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October 13, 2005

Woodside Fund's Vincent Occhipinti to Chair Sixth Annual IBF Early Stage Venture Investing Conference

Other Woodside Fund Participants Include Venture Partner Ashish Gupta and Managing Director John Occhipinti

Redwood Shores, CA: Woodside Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm, today announced that co-founder and managing director Vincent M. Occhipinti, also chairman of the Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA), will chair the Sixth Annual IBF Early Stage Venture Investing Conference, taking place October 20-21, 2005 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Other Woodside Fund participants will include Ashish Gupta as panelist in a session entitled How to Successfully Invest in India and China and John Occhipinti as moderator in a panel entitled Overcoming the Toughest Milestone: Follow-On Financings.

The theme for this year’s early stage conference is INVESTING TO SUSTAIN AND ADVANCE INNOVATION and includes partner participation from venture capital firms such as: Advanced Technology Ventures; Battery Ventures; Bay Partners; Bessemer Venture Partners; Canaan Partners; Clearstone Venture Partners; ComVentures; DCM – Doll Capital Management; Gabriel Venture Partners; InterWest; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Labrador Ventures; Mobius Venture Capital; Mohr, Davidow Ventures; Morgenthaler Ventures; New Enterprise Associates; ONSET Ventures; OVP Venture Partners; Sevin Rosen Funds; Shasta Ventures; US Venture Partners; and Worldview Technology Partners.

“Chairing the IBF Early Stage Venture Investing Conference since its inception in 2000 has been a rewarding responsibility. For today’s early stage investors, entrepreneurs, and limited partners, it is imperative to stay abreast of trends and business strategies, and this is a unique opportunity to learn from fellow venture capital peers,” said Vincent Occhipinti of Woodside Fund. “Attendees can expect to learn from industry experts, expand their knowledge base and hear first-hand about insightful topics ranging from the changing climate for funding startups to overcoming tough milestones.”

Discussion session topics include:

  • Early Stage Investing to Sustain and Advance Innovation
  • Limited Partner Appraisal on Early-Stage Funds
  • Due Diligence on Today’s Entrepreneur
  • How to Successfully Invest in India and China
  • Deal Flow Development: Analyzing the Pipeline
  • Partnership Trends: Syndication for Success
  • Growing Early-Stage Companies to Become Tomorrow’s Global Leaders
  • Maturity Metrics: Evaluation Early-Stage Startups
  • Angel Investing Groups: Building Strong Early-Stage Companies

International Business Forum (IBF), the presenter of the event, expects over 300 attendees and 50 speakers to participate during the two-day conference. The event will offer over 10 in-depth panel discussions and provide valuable business information exchanges, discussions on investing strategies, case study presentations, and forecasting for members of the venture capital and start-up technology business communities.

For further information about the event, please go to www.ibfconferences.com.

Vincent M. Occhipinti Biography
Vincent Occhipinti co-founded Woodside Fund in 1983, and has been intimately involved in the management and success of Woodside Fund and its portfolio companies. He is well known in the industry for his ongoing role as chairman of the conferences of the Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA), a federation of 150 seed and early-stage funds. Since 1990, the conference has brought together general partners in seed and early-stage funds to discuss issues of mutual interest. Occhipinti has a wealth of operating experience in both small and large companies in the technology industry. He founded Logisticon, Inc. which he led as President and CEO, and pioneered enterprise process and factory automation software. Earlier in his career, Occhipinti served as Vice President of Marketing for Mobility Systems, and while at Levi Strauss and Co., had profit and loss responsibility for the Stretch Levis Division. He earned a BA from Stanford University.

About Woodside Fund
Woodside Fund is a leading venture capital firm that excels in developing early-stage technology companies. Founded in 1983, Woodside Fund attributes its long record of success to the high value it places on building productive partnerships with entrepreneurs, other investors and service providers. Typically a lead investor, Woodside Fund invests from $5 million to $10 million in early-stage software, fabless semiconductor and network infrastructure companies located primarily on the West Coast. Woodside Fund has more than $330 million in capital under active management. For more information, go to www.woodsidefund.com.


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