Silicon Valley Open Doors
Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings
"The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is that their passion for starting new companies transcends languages and geographic boundaries. I felt very comfortable at SVOD and recognized its participants as having the same type of DNA that made Silicon Valley what it is today."
Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal
"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. But our first real experience of presenting our project to a prominent group of potential investors was at SVOD. It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up. I'm not sure it would be possible without us doing this very first step - the presentation at SVOD".
Maxim Faldin, CEO, Wikimart
"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"
Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity
“We are glad to have an opportunity to meet with the movers and shakers of the Silicon Valley and to invite them to participate in building the new high tech industry in Russia. We will continue using SVOD as a platform to dispel some old myths about Russian ways of doing business and tell our partners a new story – that of a reliable and competent friend interested in building long-term relationships.”
Leonid Gozman, Board Member, RUSNANO
"I am delighted to participate in and sponsor SVOD. It is particularly gratifying to me at this stage of my professional career to be able to support this unique organization and give back to the high tech community. Looking back, I regret not having the benefits of SVOD network early on, when I really needed it! However, it is wonderful to see the new startups taking advantage of this very special forum."
Mike Sandler, CEO of Epiphan
"If the SVOD crowd is any indication of the Russian enthusiasm for high-tech and their sense of humor, I can't wait for my trip to Moscow in December!"
Guy Kawasaki, Managing Partner of Garage Technology Ventures
"SVOD continues to be the leading annual event that brings Russian and Russian-American entrepreneurs together with the Silicon Valley venture capitalists."
Pitch Johnson, the founding partner of Asset Management Company.
"Today SVOD is a leading meeting place for Russian-American venture business. RUSNANO will continue discussions with investors and entrepreneurs, which have started at SVOD."
Dmitry Lisenkov, Managing Director, RUSNANO
"SVOD Expo was very useful. A CRM solutions company has found us looking for the product like Clienteq, so we've got the first channel partner now."
Dimitri Lisitski, Founder, Clienteq