5:30 PM-6:00 PM: Cocktails/Check-In
6:00 PM-7:00 PM: Lecture
John Funk (Speaker)
Principal and Chief Product Scout, Evergreen IP
John is Principal and Chief Product Scout. John has been involved with new product development, innovation, licensing and entrepreneurship for almost 15 years. John raised over $30m in venture capital across the 3 companies he launched over the past 10 years, and all 3 companies had successful exits via IPO or M&A transactions (over $500m in value creation for shareholders). In prior lives he has worked for Bell Atlantic and the law firm of SkaddenArps, Slate, Meagher &Flom. John received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, graduated cum laude from Northwestern School of Law (concentration in IP law), and received his Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
W. David Bayless (Speaker)
Principal, Evergreen IP
Dave focuses on building the company's collaboration and product development capacities. Dave has extensive experience supporting entrepreneurs as a lender, private equity investor, and strategic advisor. Most recently, he was actively involved in the launch or reorganization of numerous businesses including PrintingForLess.com (a former member of the Inc. 500), RightNow Technologies (NASDAQ: RNOW), and Quris. Dave also founded the Pioneer Entrepreneurs project. Previously, he was a principal of Hoak Capital Corporation (the general partner of Cypress Capital Partners), a Dallas-based private equity firm. Prior to that, he was involved with the leveraged buyout and buildup activities of Citicorp in Dallas and Continental Bank in Chicago. Dave received a BS with highest honors from Montana State University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.