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"It was great to present at SVOD and meet world-class entrepreneurs and investors. Our venture was off to a fast start in the funding round after the conference, we had an early closing to the round, and I look forward to being part of SVOD in the future!"
Alexei Dunayev, CEO &CoFounder, TranscribeMe
The SVOD pitch was pivotal for us - we raised our first $250K there, and the rest followed quickly. The credit goes to Anna and Stas who mentored us on how to present, introduced us to investors, and even advised through the close process! If I ever have to raise money again, SVOD will be my first stop.
AlekVernitsky, CEO &CoFounder, GetGoing
Thank you for the opportunity to present Driveway at SVOD, it gave us much needed exposure to the wide investor community. Combining the pitch preparation classes with the presentation content guidance, we came out strong and confident from the podium. During the conference we had a chance to speak to many investors and industry leaders resulting in a very valuable feedback. Overall, SVOD is a very valuable resource for the entrepreneurs looking to gain an exposure in US markets and the Silicon Valley.
Jake Diner, Driveway Software, Co-founder & CEO
At the beginning there was SVOD-2009… Advenira's journey had started there with the award for the best business plan literally unlocking bright and challenging future for the company.It was made possible ONLY with tremendous amount of work that organizers dedicated to coaching start-ups, bringing in investors of all kind, managing vendors and participants - e.g. putting together a terrific event.
Elmira Ryabova, CEO &Founder ,Advenira
"Cleary one of the very best conferences we attended and sponsored in Silicon Valley this year. To us the conference truly captured what we see in our daily practice, the substantial opportunities and also the challenges with cross-border business arrangements. SVOD is very much a meeting place for those who have done the Silicon Valley journey very, very successfully for 30 or 40 years and the new generation of investors and entrepreneurs who are working on or hope to be part of the "next big thing." We made many new meaningful connections. Anna and Stas and their team have found a formula that works and accomplished something that really stands out in Silicon Valley."
Lars Johansson, Partner, K&L Gates
"Great conference, interesting presentations and most important, relevant participants with concrete ideas and tremendous willingness to mentor and help startups."
Adi Bittan, Founder & CEO, OwnerListens
"The SVOD conference was a wonderful event. Networking is very important for start-ups. The challenge for them is often not money: it is mentoring and finding people who can give good advice from experience."
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
"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.
"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

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