How to Get your Cloud Company Funded
Cloud, cloud, cloud – it seems there is another cloud startup every week. In today’s highly competitive cloud computing sector, getting your startup noticed by investors is tantamount to survival. The cloud startups with the best chance of becoming global leaders need to articulate their message and explain their technology innovation clearly to venture investors, who back only a handful of the cloud startups vying for attention.
In this session, Glenn Solomon, one of the leading venture investors in the cloud computing industry and two-time speaker at UP Cloud Computing Conference, will offer his high-level expertise on the direction the enterprise software and infrastructure markets are headed. This presentation will include practical tips entrepreneurs can use to get noticed by investors, as well as strategies entrepreneurs should adopt to drive maximum growth for their cloud companies. Glenn will outline which cloud business models are currently driving sustainable revenues, and which emerging models hold the most promise. Entrepreneurs will walk away from this presentation with actionable strategies to boost their chances of attracting venture funding for their cloud companies.
- by Glenn Solomon , partner of GGV Capital
Glenn Solomon, Partner, GGV Capital Since joining GGV Capital as a Partner in 2006, Glenn has led GGV’s investments in Pandora (NYSE: P), Successfactors (NYSE: SFSF/Acq by SAP), Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN/Acq by EMC), Quinstreet (NASDAQ: QNST), Square, Conviva, and Zendesk, helping the first four successfully navigate the initial public offering process. He is also actively involved with GGV’s investments in Appirio, BlueKai, Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com) and China Talent Group (CTG). Glenn focuses on enterprise software-as-a-service (Saas), cloud infrastructure and mobile. Prior to GGV, Glenn was a General Partner with Partech International, where he led successful investments in Broadbase Software (acquired by Kana), Datacenter Technologies (acquired by Veritas/Symantec), Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless), Pentasafe (acquired by NetIQ) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). Earlier in his career, Glenn worked with Goldman Sachs and also with SPO Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment partnership. Glenn graduated from Stanford University, where he started on three NCAA championship tennis teams, and also earned an M.B.A from Stanford where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He co-founded and remains active with The Spotlight Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding social entrepreneurs focused on education. Glenn is a well-known speaker about cloud and venture topics, and has spoken at UP two years running, as well as GigaOM Structure, GigaOM Net:Work, SaaSCon, OnDemand, CloudConnect, SVASE Launch Silicon Valley, on the cloud panel, All About the Cloud, and Venture Summit Silicon Valley.