Three sessions to take in at the CVCA Annual Conference in Vancouver

The CVCA annual conference is the premiere gathering for relationship-building and insight into the current state of Canada’s venture capital and private equity industry and it’s coming to Vancouver in 2011.

With over 600 limited partners, fund managers, and industry influencers from across Canada, the U.S. and around the world in attendance – the CVCA Annual Conference is one of the largest gatherings of the private capital industry in North America.

Last week the CVCA announced the agenda and lineup of speakers for this year’s event and three sessions stood out.

Industrial Disruption at Warp Speed – Zero to Billions / Billions to Zero

  • This panel will discuss the rise of companies like Zynga, Facebook, Federated, Amazon, Apple, Google, Groupon, and PayPal that have grown to billions in revenue in recent years. In stark contrast, traditional media industries have declined equally dramatically in the face of new business models fuelled by wide-spread adoption of technology across business and consumer markets. The conversation is now shifting to what industries are next – yellow pages, banking, law firms, ad agencies, retail, carriers – to name a few. Where some see threats, others see opportunities. Is it market and wealth creation or market and wealth destruction and transition?
  • Moderator: Chris Albinson – Panorama Capital, Panelists: Deanna Brown – Federated Media Publishing Inc., Eric Duprat – PayPal, Matt Klainer – Google, Michael Shim – Groupon

Death of Series A and Rise of the Super Angels – Myths, Reality, and is it Really Different in the VC Business Now?

  • Capital efficient business models drive many of today’s most promising technology start-ups. A new wave of deal flow has been increasingly evident across North America’s tech clusters from the west-coast centres of Silicon Valley, Seattle and Vancouver to the eastern clusters of New York, Boston, Montreal and Toronto. Where the new breed of IT deals are clustered, a new breed of “super angels” and smaller VC funds have rapidly emerged as key players in the early-stage investment scene. This panel will explore perspectives on how (and whether) the VC industry is adapting to the shifting early-stage investment landscape and the entry of nimble new investors and investment models. Think the rules have changed? Think they haven’t? Come join the debate.
  • Moderator: Bill Bryant – Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Panelists: Chris Arsenault – iNovia Capital Inc., John Ruffolo – OMERS, Boris Wertz – W Media Ventures

Mobile, Social and Gaming on the Future of Business

  • Technology and telecommunications is the largest sector of the US Stock Market by market value. Each wave of technology, from government systems to enterprise technology, to the Internet, has been successively larger than the previous wave. Forecasters predict that the current mobile wave will eclipse all previous ones. Companies of all stripes are grappling with how to best use the internet and mobile networks, not only to maintain pace but also to build direct linkages to new and existing customers. To talk about where this is all headed – and the implications for businesses, customers, and investors – are three leaders who are not only navigating the transition, but who are actually driving it.
  • Moderator: V. Paul Lee – Vanedge Capital, Panelists: Bing Gordon – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Don Mattrick – Microsoft, Neil Young – Ngmoco

Register today to attend the CVCA annual conference in Vancouver on May 25-27th.