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Wednesday March 23, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM PDT

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Previous Alchemist Series Events:

How to Spot a Disruptive Business Idea

Creating the Right Founding Team                             Pimp My Business - How to Fundraise

Videos from Alchemist Series Events:

Where is the next opportunity?

Trip Adler tells how Scribd got started

Inspirational story from Jay Jamison from BlueRun Ventures


Helen Poldsam                        415-265-6822                                                            Alchemist Series


Live Streaming from Greenberg Traurig's San Francisco Office. We will provide a link to live streaming to all registrants shortly prior to the panel.

Alchemist Series Event: What I wish I had known before my first product launch LIVE STREAM!

The Alchemist Series: A Six Part Speaker Series to accelerate the transformation of hackers into entrepreneurs.

Please join us for the fourth chapter of The Alchemist Series where we provide a toolkit to become the founder of the next startup that everybody is talking about.

Our panelists are:

Loic Le Meur, Seesmic

Elaine Wherry, Meebo

George Zachary, Charles River Ventures

The panel is moderated by Ravi Belani (Startup advisor and seed investor)


Loic Le Meur

Loic Le Meur is the founder and CEO of Seesmic, a software company that makes one of the most popular Twitter and Facebook social software application. Seesmic helps you share and receive all your feedback from up to 50 social networks. Seesmic is available everywhere you are on the web, desktop and mobile platforms such as Android and Blackberry.

Loic also founded and hosts the #1 tech event in Europe,, with his wife Geraldine. LeWeb gathers together 2500 entrepreneurs and investors from 50 countries in December every year.

Prior to Seesmic and LeWeb, Loic started several other businesses such as Six Apart Europe, RapidSite, a web hosting service (acquired by France Telecom in 1999) as well as B2L, an interactive agency in 1999 (acquired by BBDO).

Recently, Business Week Magazine named Loic one of The 25 Most Influential People on the Web. Loic was also named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. He advises the World Economic Forum as well as covers the Annual Summit every year in Davos. Originally from the South of France, Loic lives in San Francisco, California and has three boys.


Elaine WherryElaine Wherry is Co-Founder and Vice President of Products for Meebo, one of the Web’s fastest growing consumer Internet companies that enables almost 170 million people to share and connect with their friends online. Wherry leads the Web, Product Management and User Experience teams, and designs the look and feel of all Meebo’s products.

Wherry, along with college friends Seth Steinberg and Sandy Jen, started Meebo in 2005 to connect people to their friends across the Web. Wherry authored Meebo’s initial JavaScript framework five years ago, and has been the driving force behind product developments such as Meebo Messenger, Meebo Mobile and the Meebo Bar.

Prior to starting Meebo, Wherry worked at Synaptics as a Human Factors Researcher and later became the Manager of Usability and Design.

Wherry, a classically trained violinist, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Symbolic Systems and a concentration in Human Computer Interaction. She is a recent recipient of the Founders Fund TechFellows Award in Engineering Leadership.

When she’s not writing code, Wherry blogs about thoughts on the art of design at


George ZacharyGeorge Zachary joined Charles River Ventures in 2004. He brings more than 17 years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. George's focus is on building great services and software technology companies. George led CRV's investments in Twitter, Yammer, Millennial Media, Metaplace (Playdom/Disney), Jambool (Google), Cloudshare and Geni.  George also co-led CRV's investment in Scribd.

Previously, he was a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). His directorships included: Accrue Software (Nasdaq:ACRU), Andale, Critical Path (Nasdaq:CPTH), Ovation Entertainment, Sandcastle (acquired by Adobe, Nasdaq:ADBE), Securify (acquired by Kroll-O'Gara, Nasdaq: KROG), Shutterfly (Nasdaq:SFLY) Supertracks (acquired by Centerspan) and Telebot (acquired by Z-Tel, Nasdaq: ZTEL).

Previously, George led the Nintendo 64 development business at Silicon Graphics, managed sales and marketing for virtual reality pioneer VPL Research, and served as a product marketeer at CATS Software. George is on the board of Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE Labs). He is also an advisor to X PRIZE. George earned a joint BS from MIT and MIT Sloan School of Business.



Ravi BelaniRavi Belani is an advisor and seed investor in startups, including Komli, Justin.TV, Badgeville, Ondeego, Redux, and Booshaka. Ravi formerly spent six years as part of the internet investment team at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he led investments and served as a board member or observer on numerous companies, including Pubmatic, Vizu, and Yield Software. Prior to Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Ravi worked in product management at software startup Zaplet (acquired by MetricStream) and enterprise software company Extensity (IPOd then acquired by GEAC). Ravi has also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company's San Francisco office, at Medtronic on wireless communication technologies for remote patient monitoring ,and in equity research at Bridgewater Associates.


Ravi is a Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi graduate of Stanford University, holding a BS with Distinction and MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. Ravi also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a Board Fellow at Harvard, Ravi served the Global Board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). Ravi is also a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.

The Alchemist Series

The Alchemist Series is targeted at young alums of Ivy League / Ivy League caliber universities with Computer Science and Engineering backgrounds.

The events are panel-driven discussions exploring significant milestones in the trajectory of the development of a business. The intent is to provide a toolkit to accelerate the progress over the six sessions.

The events will be held in the evenings on the 4th Wednesday of the months of September, November, January, March, May, and July from 2010– 2011. The venue host is Greenberg Traurig's office in San Francisco.

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