Launch Pad

Launch Pad
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At this year’s Web 2.0 Summit, we are once again changing up the Launch Pad program. For Launch Pad 2008, the focus will be twofold: First, on startups in the fields of alternative energies, social entreprenuerialism, microfinance, developing economies, political action, renewable technologies, and the like (we’ll be particularly interested in where these companies display significant cross over with the web, of course, but this will not be required.) And secondly, we’re interested in companies addressing where the Web literally meets the world: mobility, mapping and geolocation, sensor networks – anything where the Web and the real world intersect.

Similar to last year, there is no fee for companies involved, instead, our VC panel will be sponsoring the program. See this year’s esteemed Launch Pad judges and bios.

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John Battelle

Federated Media Publishing Inc.

John Battelle, 45, is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author who has founded or co-founded scores of online, conference, magazine, and other media businesses.

In addition to his work at Federated Media, one of the largest media companies on the Internet, Battelle continues to serve as the Executive Producer and Program Chair of the Web 2 Summit, as well as a partner with Battelle also maintains Searchblog, an ongoing analysis site that covers the intersection of media, technology, and culture at

Previously, Battelle occupied the Bloomberg chair in Business Journalism for the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Chairman and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and Prior to that, he was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures.

In 2005 Battelle authored The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture (Penguin/Portfolio), an international bestseller published in more than 25 languages. He is at work on his second book, with the working title What We Hath Wrought: A History of the Internet’s Next 30 Years. He is an expert in the field of media and technology, and has appeared on many national and international news channels such as CBS, BBC, CNN, PBS, Discovery, CNBC, and dozens more.

Battelle was a founding Board member of the Online Publishers Association and currently sits on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. He sits on various startup advisory boards and served for nearly a decade on the Board of his children’s school.

Battelle’s honors and awards include: “Global Leader for Tomorrow” and “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; finalist rank in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition by Ernst & Young; “Innovator – One of Ten Best Marketers in the Business”by Advertising Age; and one of the “Most Important People on The Web” by PCWorld. Battelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Vinod Khosla

Khosla Ventures

Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs and helping them build technology based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make positive impact through scaling alternative energy, achieving petroleum independence, and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Chris Albinson

Panorama Capital

Mr. Albinson is a co-founder and Managing Director of Panorama where he
focuses primarily on internet technology investments. Mr. Albinson was
also a General Partner at JP Morgan Partners running the technology
venture capital practice. Prior to JP Morgan Partners, Mr. Albinson
helped grow four start ups most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for
Digital Island, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISLD; acquired by Cable & Wireless, Inc. in
2001). Previously, Mr. Albinson held corporate development roles at
Newbridge Networks, Inc. where he was involved in a $217 million
corporate venture fund, which invested in 27 companies, including
Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNPR), Cambrian Systems Corporation
(acquired by Nortel Corporation), Abatis Systems Corporation (acquired
by Redback Networks Inc.), Fastlane Technologies Inc. (acquired by Quest
Software, Inc.), BNI Systems (acquired by Nortel Corporation), and
PixStream Incorporated (acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.). Mr. Albinson
has been a speaker, panelist, and judge at Web 2.0 Summit, Next
Generation Networks, Red Herring Top 100, Canada’s Top 10 Technology
Start Ups, and the Gilder’s Telecosm conference.

Mr. Albinson holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the University of Western
Ontario. He currently serves on the board of directors of Federated
Media Publishing, BelAir Networks., Cedar Point Communications, and
Eltek-Valere Power, Inc. Mr. Albinson is also on the advisory board of
Partners for Growth, a venture lending firm backed by Silicon Valley

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Michael L. Goguen

Sequoia Capital

Michael Goguen is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital focusing on cleantech, semiconductor and systems investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1996, Michael spent 10 years in various engineering, research, and product management roles at DEC, SynOptics and Centillion, and was a director of Engineering at Bay Networks (NT). Michael was also a Technical Chairman of the ATM Forum. Michael has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Todor Tashev

Omidyar Network

Todor leads Omidyar Network’s Financial Capital function, overseeing the process for making, managing, and evaluating investments. In addition, he leads the Consumer Internet & Mobile investment area, making investments that encourage people to express themselves, connect to others with shared interests, and take action on what matters to them. His portfolio includes Digg, Linden Lab, and Metaweb, among others. Todor serves as a board member for Common Sense Media and Meetup, a board advisor for O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, and a board observer for Federated Media Publishing and Socialtext.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Todor advised the founding team of LiveOps, a leader in the on-demand and virtual call center space, on a range of strategy and fundraising issues. At Tellme Networks, he developed and led the company’s mobile applications strategy, targeting the largest U.S. wireless carriers. Earlier, at JP Morgan, he worked on more than $200 million in private equity investments across a range of industries and investment stages. Todor has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MA in international economics from Carleton University, Canada, and an International Law degree (LLM) from the Moscow Institute of International Relations.

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Patrick Chung

New Enterprise Associates

Patrick joined NEA in 2004 and became Partner in 2007. Patrick focuses on consumer, Internet and mobile investments across stage. He is a director of Loopt, Realtime Worlds, and GoodGuide, co-led NEA’s investment in 23andMe, and is actively involved with Nurien, Xoom and the firm’s venture growth activities. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software, and services companies. Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree and won both class prizes for Best Dissertation and Best Overall Performance. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard University in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, and a member of the Committee to Visit Harvard College.

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Erik Straser

MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures

Erik leads MDV’s cleantech investment team and appies his expertise in solar, biofuels, energy storage, industrial biotech and clean coal. His board seats include: Catilin, Energy Innovations, Gordon Murray Design, Nanosolar, OPX Biotechnology, Recurrent Energy and ZeaChem. Erik serves on the advisory boards of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Stanford’s BASES, NVCA Cleantech Council, and Cleantech Venture Network. Erik earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and doctoral and master’s degrees from Stanford.

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