Founder Bootcamp

This Bootcamp is a series of three full day intense workshop followed by mentoring support and an by private demo night covering the fund raising needs of startups, from legal structure, to pitch workshops.


Past camps:

Fall Camp: Oct 27 – Dec 2

Summer Camp: August 5 – Oct 3

Key Benefits

• Learn the fundraising process

• Understand the legal structure of funding raising

• Practice pitching

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for earlier stage founders and founders to be in Silicon Valley who seek to raising external funding.



========= Instructors and Mentors =========

==== Instructors and Mentors ===

• Ajay Ramachandran, Founding Partner, Happiness Ventures

• Michael A. Glenn, Partner, Perkins Coie

• Jason Schneiderman, Partner, Perkins Coie

• Anna Darian, Founder, STORY BOSS NATION

•  James (Jim) F. Jensen, Partner, Perkins Coie

• Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Ventures

• Naeem Zafar, serial entrepreneur, faculty,UC Berkeley, UCSF, Ozyegin University and LUMS

• Anil Advani, Managing Partner, Inventus Law

• Lu Zhang, Founding partner, Fusion Fund,also know as NewGen capital

• Mei Xu, Partner, CPA, Moss Adams, LLP

• David Cao, Founder & CEO F50, Host of Startup Tea Talk, Founding Partner, F50 Ventures

• Li Sun, Partner,Bessmer venture

• Susan Hobbs, Partner ,CrunchFund

• Canice Wu, Vice President of Corporate Innovation,RocketSpace

• Anu (Anurag) Nigam,Former Angel Investor, Former Serial Entrepreneur Turned Professional Startup Advisor

• Sumeet Jain, Co-Founder & General Partner,Luma Capital Partners

• Chance J. Du, Founding Partner, Coefficient Ventures

• Steve Hoffman, Captain & CEO, Founders Space

•  Bin Zhai,Managing Partner, Zhai & Wang, LLP

• Shuonan Chen, General Partner, Agile VC

• More to come!

 ====  Bio =====

James (Jim) F. Jensen, Partner, Perkins Coie

Jim Jensen

James Jensen, a partner in the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice and a leader of the firm’s China Emerging Company and the Investment Fund Formation practices in Silicon Valley, represents emerging companies, accelerator/incubators and venture capital funds in diverse industries, including clean technology (e.g.,biofuels, LEDs, smart meters and solar), digital media, Internet, medical devices, mobile, security and software.  He is a technology entrepreneur and has formed and ran multiple e-commerce and other Internet companies, which gives him a unique understanding of legal issues as viewed through the eyes of entrepreneurs.  He also represents traditional brick and mortar businesses that produce profits and cash flow, anathemas to Silicon Valley startup companies.

Jim has nearly 15 years of legal experience in the following:

·  representing start-up and emerging growth companies at all stages of their development;

·  assisting corporate, angel and venture capital firms with their investment transactions in the United States and China;

·  forming angel investment and venture capital funds and providing advice to fund managers about their ongoing operations;

·  leading exit transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and other restructurings; and

·  counseling clients on board management and corporate governance issues.

Jim has been involved in more than 250 investment and exit transactions during his legal career and, as importantly, a handful of exit or restructuring transactions as a business executive.  His transactional experiences range from a few hundred thousand dollars to several billion dollars.  Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Jim managed hundreds of investment transactions as general counsel, Emerging Markets, with VantagePoint Capital Partners, a large venture capital and private equity firm.  He benefits his client through his broad network of contacts in the angel investment and venture capital community.

He is a sought-after speaker on topics related to emerging companies, venture capital and related legal issues and an author of many articles on start-up business strategy.  He is intrigued by innovation and regularly attends technology events to learn and exchange ideas about emerging technologies.  He enjoys helping entrepreneurs hone their business plans and establish strategic objectives.

His recent clients include VantagePoint Capital Partners and Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, as well as accelerators, UpWest Labs and Management LLC.  Jim has also been recently engaged to represent a large corporate investor in venture capital investments and a prominent family office in investment restructurings.

Bill Reichert – Managing Director, Garage Ventures

Bill Reichart

Bill Reichert has over 30 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and is an advisor to the Women’s Startup Lab. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Naeem Zafar, serial entrepreneur, faculty of UC Berkeley, UCSF, Ozyegin University and LUMS

Naeem Zafar

Naeem is a serial entrepreneur and currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, an IoT (Internet of Things) company creating solutions for the food safety and regulatory compliance in critical industries. He co-founded and served as the CEO of Bitzer Mobile, an enterprise security and mobility company that was acquired by Oracle in November 2013. Naeem has been teaching at the University of California Berkeley, Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology in 2005. He is also the Professor of the Practice at Brown University. He teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Technology Strategy, Innovation and New Venture Finance at Brown and Berkeley. Naeem started his own business at the age of 26 and subsequently went on to start, or work at, six startups. His first job out of Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering was to design chips and electronic systems. Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship on topics ranging from conducting market research to seeking the right funding to successful ways to start a business. Information can be found on His books including “7-Steps to a Successful Startup” are also available on, Kindle and on the iTunes App store.

Anil Advani, Managing Partner, Inventus Law

Anil Advani

Anil Advani specializes in the representation of early stage startup companies, venture funds, institutional angel investors and many prominent angel investors in silicon valley, India and other startup jurisdictions around the world. In the last 17 years practicing law in Silicon Valley, Mr. Advani has represented more than 2,000 startup companies and numerous founders, venture capital investors, angel investors, investment banks and venture debt investors in silicon valley and across the world, on issues relating to formation, founder issues, consulting and advisory arrangements, capital structuring, angel financings, venture financings, debt financings, leasing, strategic licensing and customer arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Advani has represented clients in more than 300 financing and M&A transactions valued at over $2 billion in the aggregate. He also has an active practice representing: (1) U.S. based public companies, investment banks, financial institutions and venture funds on acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and other strategic transactions in India, and (2) companies from New York, Los Angeles, Arizona, Chicago, India, Singapore, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Croatia, Iceland, Czech, Hungary, Romania, South Africa, the U.K. and other world jurisdictions in setting up operations in Silicon Valley.

Prior to starting Inventus Law in September 2009, Mr. Advani was Of Counsel and Head of India Practice in the Menlo Park offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Before joining Orrick, he was General Counsel and Vice President of SemIndia, a pioneering effort to establish semiconductor manufacturing in India. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating with the Government of India in formulating a comprehensive semiconductor policy for India as well as with the State of Andhra Pradesh in structuring Fab City in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Prior to joining SemIndia, Mr. Advani was a Senior Associate in the Silicon Valley offices of Cooley Godward where his practice focused on representing emerging companies and the venture funds and banks that finance those companies. Mr. Advani started his legal career practicing in the High Court of Delhi, India. He is licensed to practice in California, New York and New Delhi, India.

Mr. Advani is fluent in English, Hindi, Sindhi and Punjabi, and loves Cricket, Golf, Basketball and Cycling.

Lu Zhang, Fusion Fund founding partner, also know as NewGen Capital

Lu Zhang is the Founding and Managing Partner of NewGen Capital.  Prior to starting NewGen, she was a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital. She participated in over 20 investments and assist M&A of the portfolios. Lu was also the Founder and CEO of Acetone Inc. (acquired 2012), a start-up focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes. She has also worked as a consultant at the United Nations Industrial Development Agency. Lu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and holds several patents. She is an advisor and mentor to several innovative programs and incubators in Silicon Valley. Lu has won numerous awards and is frequently invited to speak at events. She was recently awarded the Forbes US 30 under 30 & Featured as the Honoree of VC category. She was also awarded the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 of Finance category in the same year.

Mei Xu, Partner, CPA, Moss Adams, LLP

Mei Xu has been in public accounting since 1993. She provides clients with a range of tax- and transaction-related services, including domestic and international reporting, FIN 48, special-purpose vehicles and Renminbi (RMB) funds, and partnership structuring and terms. Her experience includes advising clients with international tax issues in jurisdictions including China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Brazil, and Singapore. She also helps resolve IRS and state tax controversies and disputes.

Before joining Moss Adams, Mei served as the director of a Big Four firm and the chief financial officer for an angel fund and its management company, specializing in early-stage technology and medical devices companies. In that role, she worked with funds and portfolio companies to see transactions through from fundraising through fund closing, often working one-on-one with portfolio company CFOs and their legal counsels to review term sheets and financing documents.

David Cao, Founder & CEO F50, Host of Startup Tea Talk, Founding Partner, F50 Ventures

David C

Founder & CEO of F50. A pioneer, believer, and a passionate leader of venture ecosystem in Silicon Valley. He led the evaluation process of selection of 350 startups from over 5000 startups during first 2.5 years of F50, and led the investment process for over 30 startups of them. David is personally involved in AI / Robotic, FinTech, HealthTech. David created Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs & Startups. Four exits (GWC US, ExtendLogic, PlayPhone, LightSurf).

Li Sun,Bessmer venture partner, Bessmer is a big fund

Li Sun joined BVP in Oct 2016 as a senior associate at the Menlo Park office. She comes from a global background spanning 4 countries with diverse experiences across engineering, science, technology and entrepreneurship. Born in China, she holds a B.Eng in EE and business with highest honors from NTU in Singapore, an M.Eng in materials technologies from MIT, and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University. For her thesis at MIT, she worked closely with the founders of A123 Systems, evaluating the commercialization potential of various clean technologies integrating solar, energy storage and electric vehicles in an urban setting. Later on, during her PhD in nanophotonics and immunotherapy, she cofounded and ran two startups on the side, including Raynovi Tech, a VR company that commercializes a transparent glass display she co-invented, and NEMO Central, an internet startup that helps better connect isolated communities. For her PhD thesis, she invented a single-cell platform to identify and select individual effective T cell – tumor cell pairs. This technology allows the precise determination of the T-cell receptor – antigen pair, which has the potential to greatly improve the TCR and CAR-T technology. A startup is recently born out of the lab trying to commercialize this technology.

As a scientist and engineer, Li is passionate about inventing technologies that transform human life and turning those technologies into products that have a lasting positive impact on the world. As an entrepreneur turned VC, Li looks for positive impact in a startup/technology, and resourcefulness and relentless determination in a founder/founding team.

In her spare time, Li enjoys reading, swimming and gardening. Back in Boston, she used to grow a variety of vegetables on her rooftop. Now she cannot wait to start year-round “serious” gardening in the Bay Area!

Susan Hobbs,Partner at CrunchFund. CrunchFund has pretty good reputation in the valley

Susan is a Partner at CrunchFund. Previously, Susan worked at Y Combinator and as the Director of Global Programming at TechCrunch where she focused on the programming and speakers for the TechCrunch events and the Startup Battlefield. She started her career as a teacher in Southern California and returned to her Silicon Valley roots in 2004 to join a hardware startup based in the UK and the Silicon Valley. Susan was the first non-engineering hire at both Codian (acquired by Tandberg in 2007, then by Cisco Systems in 2008) and at CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget in 2010, then by in 2013). Her focus was in Product, Business Development and Marketing. You can reach her directly on Twitter @slh.

Canice Wu, Vice President of Corporate Innovation at RocketSpace

Serial entrepreneur and investor who leverages operating experience and network to establish market leaders. Over 27 years of experience in founding, operating, investing, and scaling successful companies in Software-as-a-Service business, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Mobile Internet, management consulting, and innovation accelerator. Passionate about leveraging innovation to tackle major challenges. International experience across North America, Asia, and Europe. Expertise in:

Venture Building | Product to Market | Scale Operations | Strategic Investment
Product Marketing | Strategic Business Development | Customer Success | Internationalization

Proven by establishing RocketSpace innovation center, transforming Plug and Play Tech Center into global leader, founding Insights OnDemand, and developing Siebel’s industry business unit for financial services from scratch to over $300 million in revenue in 5 years.

Anu (Anurag) Nigam,Former Angel Investor, Former Serial Entrepreneur Turned Professional Startup Advisor

Ever since my first startup, I’ve enjoyed working with small driven teams with cutting edge technologies who develop them into successful businesses. My first two startups revolutionized fiber-optic telecommunications resulting in two acquisitions both in the Top 10 Largest VC-Backed M&A Deals of All Time.* After the .com crash, I shifted sights to consumer internet and started one of the world’s first social networks,, which grew to 60M MAU. When the first smartphone came out, I started an app company that organically attracted 15M installs.

Beyond my life in operations, I have contributed positively to the startup ecosystem in a variety of ways. I have personally invested in over 50 startups and have served as an advisor to a litany of others. After multiple interactions with A-list entrepreneurs, I realized that the biggest need for an entrepreneur isn’t capital; it’s solid advice. That need and my passion for startups has led me to join ETW Advisors, a firm that provides trusted counsel to startup founders as they grow their business from concept to product to scale.

The journey of most startups is dynamic and can be filled with many unknowns. The advisors at ETW have been there before and can help make that journey a little bit easier. It doesn’t have to be quite as lonely with our stellar team by your side.

Sumeet Jain, Co-Founder & General Partner at Luma Capital Partners

Venture capital and growth equity investor, M&A and capital markets expertise, Adviser, Entrepreneurship

Focus on marketing technology: software, advertising technology, commerce, consumer media platforms.

Specialties: Venture Capital and private equity, Investment banking, strategy, product management, sales & business development

Chance J. Du, Founding Partner, Coefficient Ventures

Chance is the Founding Partner at Coefficient Ventures, a seed fund targeting in investing in the AI, blockchain and space tech. Prior to start Coefficient, Chance has been an early stage investor since 2015. Companies she has invested in and involved including GrubMarket, Scaled Inference, Protocol labs, etc. She is an advisor for Sudo Review, KCH partners, IW ventures. Prior to being a venture capitalist, Chance was a founder and CEO of The One Inc.(acquired in 2015.)

Steve Hoffman, Captain & CEO of Founders Space

Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, LP in August Capital, and author of the book Make Elephants Fly: The Process of Radical Innovation. Hoffman is also the Captain & CEO of Founders Space, one of the world’s leading incubators and accelerators, with over 50 partners in 22 countries.

Always innovating on his life, Captain Hoff has tried more professions than cats have lives, including serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, studio head, computer engineer, filmmaker, Hollywood TV exec, published author, coder, game designer, manga rewriter, animator and voice actor.

Hoffman was the Founder and Chairman of the Producers Guild Silicon Valley Chapter, Board of Governors of the New Media Council, and founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group.

While in Hollywood, Hoffman worked as a TV development executive at Fries Entertainment, known for producing over a hundred TV shows (acquired by MGM). He went on to pioneer interactive television with his venture-funded startup Spiderdance, which produced interactive TV shows with NBC, MTV, Turner, Warner Brothers, History Channel, Game Show Network and others.

In Silicon Valley, Hoffman founded two more venture-backed startups in the areas of games and entertainment, and worked as Mobile Studio Head for Infospace, with such hit mobile games as Tetris, Wheel of Fortune, Tomb Raider, Thief, Hitman, Skee-Ball and X-Files.

Hoffman went on to launch Founders Space, with the mission to educate and accelerate entrepreneurs. Founders Space has become one of the top startup accelerators in the world. Hoffman has trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation and routinely works with the world’s largest global corporations and venture funds.

Hoffman has a BS from the University of California in Computer Engineering and an MFA from the University of Southern California in Cinema Television. He currently resides in San Francisco but spends most of his time in the air, visiting startups, investors and innovators all over the world.

Bin Zhai,Managing Partner at Zhai & Wang, LLP


A seventeen-year CPA practitioner, also practice in financial planning, helps many professionals, high net-worth individuals and small business owners from tax, accounting to wealth management. I specialize in personal and corporate tax planning and preparation; company formation; small business accounting, payroll, company benefit, international taxation and personal finance.

Securities services offered through HD Vest Investment Services(SM) (HDVIS), Member/SIPC.

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Shuonan Chen, General Partner at Agile VC

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General Partner at Agile VC, CEO of Shinect, Instructor at UC Berkeley and Singularity University

Ajay Ramachandran, Founding Partner, Happiness Ventures

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Ajay is a Founding Partner at Happiness Ventures – a venture fund that invests in technology companies lead by entrepreneurs who have a passion and mission to make the world a happier place. With $480mm under management, the fund group concentrates on both early stage (Seed and Series A) start-ups and growth stage companies.  Happiness Ventures invests with a long-term view and supports our startups throughout their entire lifecycle.  Prior to Happiness Ventures, Ajay was a serial entrepreneur/co-founder/executive in 10 start-ups with 6 acquisitions and 2 IPOs. Ajay has also been an active angel investor and co-founded a successful international incubator based in Bangalore, India.  Ajay is a “valley native” who grew up in the silicon valley.  Ajay also volunteers and mentors various youth programs helping develop future global leaders.

Michael A. Glenn, Partner, Perkins Coie

Michael Glenn is a partner with the firm’s Intellectual Property practice with a focus on patent prosecution. He represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property law and at all phases of patent prosecution, including handling IP audits and strategy, opinions of counsel, pre-litigation patent defense and assertion, appeals, reissues and reexaminations. Michael has experience with the following representative technologies: telecommunications, information technology, business methods, medical devices and mechanical inventions.

Jason Schneiderman, Partner, Perkins Coie

Jason Schneiderman, a partner in the firm’s Corporate practice, focuses his practice in the area of business law with a particular emphasis on the formation of startup/emerging companies, venture capital and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing and general corporate matters. He represents clients in a number of industries, including computer software, hardware, electronics companies, communications, software as a service, computer games, virtual reality, consumer facing websites (with an emphasis in the travel, real estate and social networking industries), and media/publishing companies. He advises startups and venture-backed companies on business plans, incorporation, financing, founders stock, employee equity plans, intellectual property protection, licensing, distribution and strategic agreements, and mergers and acquisitions.

Jason also represents a number of search funds and has experience at all stages from formation, acquisition of targets, debt financing, general corporate matters, follow on investments to liquidation of the search fund. Jason also has a special practice representing companies, venture funds, and joint partnership through our Australian Corporate Sub-Practice Group regarding Australian companies “flip” into the U.S. or otherwise in establishing a U.S. presence or U.S. companies establishing an Australian presence or acquiring companies. Internally Jason has the additional roll as the firm’s Corporate Training Partner overseeing the corporate training, mentoring and attorney development programs.



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The Bootcamp is free if you are one of the past winners of SVE demo night. You will get 30% off if you are a presenter in the past SVE demo night. We need to verify before we can add you to a special pass. Please email your request to