Getting Your Music/Tech Startup Funded
Lots of music/tech startups venture to SXSW but very few get funded. What can you do to increase your odds, and how can you avoid the pitfalls which might prevent that from happening?
Peter Delevett covers startups and venture capital for the San Jose Mercury News. He's written about Silicon Valley since 1998, and his "Wiretap" column has long been required reading for tech industry junkies around the world. After a four-year hiatus editing the Merc's political coverage, culminating in Jerry Brown's trouncing of Meg Whitman, he rejoined the startup beat in early 2011. His desert-island, can't-live-without CD is "The Best of Taj Mahal."
Hany Nada is co-founder of GGV Capital and has worked as a long-term partner with more than 150 companies over the past decade to build companies that can succeed in today's global marketplace. He is a trusted resource to public and private company CEOs and management teams on global market development, customer introductions and M&A/IPO guidance across US and Asian markets. CEOs that have worked with Hany characterize him as their go-to advisor for both general direction and company growth strategies.
As a leading venture investor, Hany made his first investment in China in 2001, and has led the firm’s successful investments in athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU), Kintana (acquired by Mercury Interactive), Turbine (acquired by Time Warner) and Xfire (acquired by Viacom). Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Tudou, China’s leading video content provider, Vocera Communications, RootMusic, Glu Mobile, and Wild Tangent. In addition to actively making investments in the mobile and gaming sectors in the US and China, Hany is responsible for one of the industry’s most successful China/US investment teams as well as general oversight of the firm's funds.
Before entering the venture capital business, Hany spent ten years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst at Piper Jaffray focusing on Internet software and infrastructure.
Hany is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in political science.
First attended SXSW in 1999 with The Green Witch Internet Radio... a lot has happened since then.
BRIAN ZISK is a parallel entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting, and distribution technologies. Brian created and runs both the SF MusicTech Summit, and the Future of Money and Technology Summit. Additionally, Brian is a Co-Founder of the Future of Music Coalition and a Board Member and/or Strategic Advisor for a wide variety of tech companies and non-profits.