2nd Annual IBA Silicon Valley from Startup to IPO/Exit Conference

“A conference presented by the IBA North American Regional Forum, supported by the IBA Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee, the IBA Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee, the IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee’s Private Equity Subcommittee, the IBA Technology Law Committee, the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum and the IBA European Regional Forum.

This conference will examine new issues, trends and strategies for forming, funding, expanding and ultimately exiting from a start-up company. The programme will explore the rise of Silicon Beach, a hotbed of Southern California companies in entertainment, media and technology, among other industries. Other regions building on the original Silicon Valley model – including Boston, Toronto and Tel Aviv – will also be examined. Panels will bring together venture capitalists, private equity players, entrepreneurs, government, legal and academic experts to focus on the various stages in the life-cycle of a successful start-up, including a profitable exit for its founders and investors.

Topics include:

  • Where are the next Silicon Valleys?
  • New trends in funding and exiting the start-up investment
  • Do’s and don’ts while raising funds
  • Pros and cons of crowd funding and internet-based investing
  • Developing an app – vital elements for success
  • The role of intellectual property
  • Financing of films, television and media
  • Silicon Beach success stories


Who should attend?

Lawyers in private practice or in-house counsel, C-level officers, private equity bankers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and others having an interest in how the original Silicon Valley model for creating, funding and growing companies has spread to other regions, and how that model can be successfully employed in the technology, media and entertainment industries.”

Startup Policy Lab — Director of Silicon Valley Patent Office

“So the US Patent Office is opening a branch in Silicon Valley. Finally. And we’d like you to meet the new Director, John Cabeca.

John is on the board for this shindig, so be prepared for a friendly face. Got a burning question and need an expedited answer? Ask John during the Q&A — or anyone else that suits your fancy. There’s no need to reach out to DC, which doesn’t exactly run on Silicon Valley time (burn!).

Snacks and lovely beverages are included. You know we’re watching out for you.

Charles Belle, with Startup Policy Lab, and the HD Patent Meetup Group are hosting this glorious event to introduce the USPTO to Silicon Valley and to help them understand our needs, ideas and concerns.

Get yourselves over here for this rare event. Space is a bit limited as our roommates from the Hacker Dojo are also invited.

See you there!”