This is a panel discussion on Available Alternative to Traditional Funding at The Embarkons Peer Financing Conference on March 19, 2010 hosted by Sun Microsystems and PayPal X. The conference was held at Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, CA.

What are the options for funding? Incubators, mentors and more. This session will discuss the new ideas that are driving the next generation of financing. We’ll discuss crowd funding and the ways that businesses are getting from a good concept to a successful business.

Nathan Beckord - Nathan Beckord has been consulting to startups for over 10 years. As Founder and Principal of VentureArchetypes, he has worked with more than 100 companies across a broad range of industries-- from software, SaaS, and social media, to mobile/wireless, entertainment, and consumer products. His startup clients have collectively raised more than $88 million in seed, Series A, and Series B financing. He has also served in interim CFO and Business Development roles, and helped several firms structure key strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies.

Ankit Agarwal - Ankit is the Founder and CEO of Micello, Inc. Micello is the leader in creating accurate indoor maps of places of interest; shopping malls, college campuses, airports, convention centers, etc, and making it available on any internet enabled device. In addition to his role as CEO, Ankit focuses on core product development and well as overseeing the development of various maps in Micello’s indoor map network. Micello unveiled at the prestigious DEMOfall 2009 conference in San Diego and has been featured in national newspapers and popular technology blogs all over the world. Prior to Micello, Ankit was pursuing his Bachelors in Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. While in school, he competed for and won the highly coveted internship to the Clorox R&D facility in Pleasanton, CA. At Clorox, Ankit worked with the Product Development for New Business Group. Ankit also worked at Tesoro's Golden Eagle Refinery at two separate occasions, first in Operations, and second in Process Engineering. Both times, he was involved in refinery projects to optimize various stream processes.

Danae Ringelmann - Danae co-founded IndieGoGo to democratize fundraising. She brings entertainment industry and finance expertise, and serves as an Advisor to The Conversation. Prior to IndieGoGo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lions Gate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling.

Kayvan Baroumand - As COO, Plug and Play Tech Center, Kayvan Baroumand is responsible for Plug and Play Tech Center's multiple business divisions providing early stage technology companies accelerated access to angel, institutional and corporate venture funding, flexible real estate services, datacenter services, product development, corporate development, government partnerships, recruiting services, events, legal and financial services all under one roof to help build tomorrow’s technology leaders. Kayvan, a seasoned executive, joined Plug and Play in March 2006 with more than 15 years experience in the high-tech, manufacturing, and distribution sectors. Prior to Plug and Play, Kayvan served as Vice President of Baroumand and Associates, a management consulting, accounting and legal services firm where he directed all company operations and advised companies in the high-tech industry.

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