August 29, 2007
Press Release: Web 2.0 Summit Launch Pad Evolves: The Venture Capital Edition
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Web 2.0 Summit Launch Pad Evolves: The Venture Capital Edition
Launch Pad Version 3 Introduces Venture Capital Panel and Sponsorship
SAN FRANCISCO -- August 29, 2007 -- O'Reilly Media, Inc. and CMP
Technology, co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 Summit, today
announced an evolution of their annual Launch Pad program, a unique
public forum that is designed to highlight the best start-ups in the
For the first time, Web 2.0 Summit Launch Pad will give deserving Web 2.0 companies a rare chance to present in front of leading venture
capitalists, while getting raw, real-time feedback from both judges
and audience members. The Web 2.0 Summit takes place October 17-19,
2007 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
"It' s an honor to be chosen as a Launch Pad company, but a true test of most companies is the presentation they must make in front of
VCs," said John Battelle, Web 2.0's Program Chair."Our new and
innovative approach to the Launch Pad, Venture Capitalist Edition, is
a direct response to how the market determines who wins and who loses
in the world of startups."
The Web 2.0 Launch Pad judging panel will be entirely made up of
venture capitalists sponsoring the program, thus freeing the
presenting companies from any participation fees. Additionally, three
vital adjustments will raise the stakes this year:
*Any company in any stage of financing can compete for a slot on
stage, regardless of whether they're launching companies or products.
* Judges will select up to eight finalists that will be given five to ten minutes on stage in front of the entire Web 2.0 Summit audience
and the VC judging panel.
* Each company will be provided feedback on its presentation in real time, by both the VC judges and the audience.
The Launch Pad session takes place October 18th at 5:00 p.m.
"We're proud to be a part of this year's Launch Pad because it allows for an entirely new and interactive level of engagement between the panel of judges, the audience and the companies that will be leading the next generation of the Web," said Jim Lussier, general partner, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP)."The Web 2.0 Summit is a valuable opportunity to network with leading Internet entrepreneurs and explore cutting-edge business models. As active investors in the consumer Internet, business Internet and digital media sectors, we look forward to helping put the spotlight on these innovative entrepreneurs during Launch Pad."
Final determination of the eight Launch Pad companies will be made by John Battelle, Web 2.0's Program Chair, in concert with VC judges
* Michael Skok / Dayna Grayson -- North Bridge Venture Partners
* Jim Lussier -- Norwest Venture Partners
* Mark Jacobsen -- O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
* Chris Albinson and Mike Jung -- Panorama/JP Morgan
The Web 2.0 Summit is known for its interactive format stressing
audience participation. Industry leaders will present their unique
perspective on the Web's Edge -- this year's conference theme.
Conference attendance is limited to maintain an intimate setting and
foster dialogue among participants. General attendee registration is
by invitation only; requests for invitations are being accepted
through mid September. Media credentials will also be extended by
The conference is produced in partnership with O'Reilly Media, Inc.
and CMP Media, and is moderated by John Battelle, Program Chair, and
O'Reilly CEO Tim O'Reilly.
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