Two executive summary events coming up

We cordially invite you to attend two great events
being held at Santa Clara University. Both events will
address writing a successful and winning executive
summary. The speakers are top venture capitalists in
two of the most respected firms in the valley.

Event 1:
-Date: Monday, Jan. 30th
-Time: 7 to 8:30pm
-Location: Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building,
-Speaker: Arati Prabhakar, currently a partner at US
Venture Partners. Bio shown below
-RSVP at evite page by clicking here

Event 2:
-Date: Thursday February 2, 2006
-Time: 6 to 7:30pm
-Location: Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building,
-Speaker: Tom Fountain, currently a principal at
Mayfield. Bio shown below
-RSVP at evite page by clicking here
Drinks and appetizers will be provided at both events.
Please mark your calendars and RSVP at the evite pages
mentioned above.

Best regards,
The EBA Team

Biography of Arati Prabhakar:

Arati Prabhakar joined U.S. Venture Partners in 2001
and is presently a partner with the firm. USVP is an
active early-stage investor in a broad array of IT and
healthcare startup companies. Arati's focus is fabless
semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing
opportunities. She serves on the boards of Leadis
Technology (NASDAQ: LDIS), Kleer, Piviotal Systems,
Arradiance, SiBeam, and Kilopass.  Arati started her
career at the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA).  In 1993, President Clinton appointed
Arati as the director of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST).  Arati later worked
at Raychem Corporation as senior vice president and
chief technology officer, and as vice president and
then president of Interval Research Corporation.  She
received her B.S.E.E. from Texas Tech University.  She
received an M.S.E.E. and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics
from Caltech.

Biography of Tom Fountain:

Tom Fountain's focus at Mayfield Fund is
infrastructure software, networking, and security.
Given this emphasis, Tom co-led Mayfield's investments
in Akimbi and Webroot. He also works with portfolio
companies including Cemaphore, Determina, Elemental
Security, Mendocino, Narus, and Scalix. Prior to
joining Mayfield in 2003, Tom was Co-founder and
Director of Engineering, Business Development, and
Corporate Development at Ingrian, a leading provider
of network and database security solutions. Tom joined
Ingrian from Stanford University where he served on
the faculty of both the Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science departments. He authored a required
course textbook and taught core graduate and
undergraduate courses ranging from programming to
systems architecture. Before joining the Stanford
faculty, Tom was Founder, President & CEO of a
software development and retail sales firm with
operations in four states. He is the co-inventor of 10
U.S. and 4 international patent-pending technologies
in networking, security, and operating systems. Tom
was a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at
Stanford University, where he earned an MBA with
distinction as an Arjay Miller Scholar from the
Graduate School of Business, an MS in Electrical
Engineering, an MS in Computer Science, and a BS in
Computer Systems Engineering.

Eid Mubarak!!

I have not posted anything in a while. Happy New Year!! Yesterday was the first day of Eid Al-adha. Muslims celebrate two Eids each lunar year. The First Eid is called Eid Al-feter and its celebrated at the end of Ramadan (the month of fasting). The second Eid is Eid Al-adha thats associated with Hajj(pilgramige). The common saying when its Eid is: Eid Mubarak which literally means “blessed Eid” or “I wish you a blessed Eid”

Mandarin Chinese

First read this article

If you are interested in learning Mandarin please let me know. We hired a professional teacher from SJCC and we organized our own little class. Our class is on Saturday 5-7pm. The cost is about $10/hour but could be less if we get more people.