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CANCELLED – You Have a GREAT Idea¦Now What?

Rick Bolander

For every engineer who wants to be a successful entrepreneur, the first and most important question is: Now what? What do I do to find the right help I need? How do I protect my idea while turning it into a first-rate product or service? Should I raise funds by myself or try to hook up with the right venture capital firm? What factors should be considered to reach my entrepreneurial goals?

· How do venture capitalists evaluate opportunities?
· How do venture capitalists secure financing?
· What are the key foundational areas for growth alternatives?
· What are the aspects of raising venture capital?

In January 1999, Mr. Rick Bolander, Managing General Partner, co-founded Gabriel Venture Partners®, a firm with $260M under management focused on early-stage technology venture capital investments. Rick Bolander has been involved in more than 50 venture deals, and led over $100M in early-stage financings in the areas of Communications, Information Technology and the Internet, including AccessLine Communications, Concord Communications (acquired by Computer Associates), Exodus Communications, and Tut Systems. Prior to co-founding Gabriel Venture Partners, he spent four years with Chicago-based Apex Investment Partners, where he was a general partner. Rick's background in technology and operating management allows him to partner with entrepreneurs and nurture venture capital investments. He spent over seven years at AT&T and Chevron working in various operating areas. Bolander currently serves as non-executive chairman of AccessLine Holdings and is a board member of Arula Systems, IPWireless, NetScaler (acquired by Citrix) and Encentuate. He also is an advisor to The Infinity Venture Fund, a venture capital fund based in India. He is also a Charter member of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE). Bolander honed his interest in international venture capital during a brief consulting assignment for the African Communications Group.

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