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Increase the Probability of Entrepreneurial Success: Opportunity Computing Expands the Web as the Platform

Location: 2014 Level: Novice

Moderator: Craig Kaufman, KBRO

Panelists: Jeff Garon, Etelos; Ray Solnik, OpSource; Rene Bonvanie, Serena Software

Entrepreneurs from leading Web App companies will discuss the challenges and opportunities that the Web as a platform brings. Come learn from their experience and vision, and get answers to questions you have about the Web as a platform, like “How is Opportunity Computing expanding the Web as a platform, and how can I take advantage of it to increase my probability of success?”. These entrepreneurs will discuss what it means to have freedom of choice in developing applications, ability to migrate or scale and how offering solutions as Software as a Service impacts the decisions entrepreneurs make today.

This panel will also tackle the hot topics of freedom of choice, customer control, expansion of business solutions and how entrepreneurs can address them: do customers have control over their data, identity or account? How portable and secure is their data? Can the applications scale on-demand or be moved to any hosting environment customers wish? Can a business use available technologies to build a suite that is a best fit for its operations?

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Jeffrey L. Garon

Etelos, Inc.

Jeff Garon brings more than 25 years of senior financial, strategic
and operating expertise to Etelos. Most recently, Jeff was Managing
Director of Investment Banking responsible for West Coast activities
at Kaufman Bros., L.P. (KBRO). Prior to KBRO he served as VP/CFO of
Tripath Technology, Inc.; as CFO/VP of Finance and Administration and
Secretary of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.; as President of the
Garon Financial Group, Inc., a Silicon Valley venture capital and
venture consulting firm; and as VP/CFO of Monster Cable Products, Inc.
Prior, he held various senior positions with Visual Edge Technology,
Inc., Oracle Corporation, Ashton-Tate Corporation and Teledyne
Microelectronics. He is a graduate of California State University,
Northridge and has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

Rene Bonvanie


René Bonvanie brings nearly 25 years of executive management and marketing experience in the enterprise software industry to Serena. At Serena, Mr. Bonvanie’s responsibilities include developing business and marketing strategies to consolidate Serena’s position as the leader in application lifecycle management (ALM) and capitalize on future trends in application development, such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Web services, and Software-as-a-Service. He also leads Serena’s efforts to develop partner relationships and go-to-market activities for new products and services.
Before joining Serena, Mr. Bonvanie served as SVP and GM of AppExchange and Developer Relations at salesforce.com. Prior to that, Mr. Bonvanie served as senior vice president of global marketing at SAP, chief marketing officer at Business Objects, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at VERITAS Software Corporation, vice president of product marketing at Oracle Corporation, and senior sales and marketing positions at Ingres.
Mr. Bonvanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He lives with his wife Marie and three sons in Foster City, CA.

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Biography coming soon.

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Ray Solnik

OpSource, Inc.

As President and COO of OpSource, Mr. Solnik heads the operations of the business including sales, marketing, product management, and technical operations. Prior to OpSource, Mr. Solnik was Chief Development Officer of New Edge Networks until the sale of that company to EarthLink, a $1+ billion Internet company based in Atlanta, GA. Before joining New Edge Networks, Mr. Solnik was president of AT&T’s consumer Internet company, AT&T WorldNet, in New Jersey. He was also vice president for consumer strategic marketing for AT&T and headed a portfolio of growth businesses including AT&T CallVantage. Prior to AT&T, Mr. Solnik held senior executive positions in business development and strategy for NorthPoint Communications and SBC Communications in California. He was also interim CEO of a European joint venture, VersaPoint, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mr. Solnik worked in financial services at American Express, Intuit, and Commercial Union Capital earlier in his career. Throughout his career he has had direct functional experience in finance, marketing, product management, and call center management.

Mr. Solnik has a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Michigan. He earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.