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June 6, 2006
5:30PM -9:00PM
KPMG, Mountain View
5:30PM-6:30PM Poster Sessions/ Buffet Dinner/ Networking
6:30PM-7:30PM Startup Company Presentations / Q & A
7:30PM-8:00PM Break
8:00PM-9:00PM Panel Discussion
Topic: "Alternative Fuel: Opportunities for the 21st Century"
9:00PM-9:30PM Discussion

Moderator: Charles Cooper, Executive Editor, CNET


Charles Cooper

Charlie Cooper is an executive editor and columnist with CNET, an award-winning technology news site. Cooper produces's daily podcast and also runs the Commentary and Newsmaker sections. He was the
2002 winner of the Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists for Northern California. He previously worked at ZDNet, PC Week, Computer Shopper and Computer & Software News. Cooper also worked as a sports reporter for the Associated Press. He has a Masters Degree in Political Science from Columbia University.
Panelist: Erik Straser, General Partner, MDV

Erik Straser

Erik Straser joined MDV in 1998 and specializes in investing in and building energy, materials and software companies. Prior to MDV Erik worked at Interval Research Corp., a technology incubator funded by Paul Allen, and at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a technical staff member. He also consulted to several seed and early stage venture capital firms. While pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford, Erik led an interdisciplinary project between the electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering departments to develop a next-generation monitoring system for critical facilities. He holds a U.S. patent from his research work. From 1996 to 1998, he served as president of the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students (BASES), Stanford's largest student group focused on entrepreneurship and technology management.

Panelist: Gal Luft Ph.D. , Co-Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security


Gal Luft

Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and co-chair of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. Newsweek Magazine called him a “tireless and independent advocate of energy security.” Dr. Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications such as Foreign Affairs, Commentary Magazine, LA Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He appears frequently in the media and consults to various think tanks and news organizations worldwide. Dr. Luft testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including Senate Foreign Relations, House International Relations, House Science and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He holds degrees in international relations, international economics, Middle East studies and strategic studies and a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS,) Johns Hopkins University.
Panelist: Ajit Nazre Ph.D. , Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

 Ajit Nazre

Ajit joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2003. His areas of investment include enterprise software and services, material science pertinent to energy, environment and life sciences.Before joining KPCB, Ajit was with SAP for 5 years. At SAP, he worked for Dr. Hasso Plattner, CEO, Chairman and cofounder, SAP. Ajit played a key role in formulating and executing SAP's internet strategy ( He co-founded SAPMarkets, a fully owned company of SAP, focused on Marketplace applications and technology. As the Managing Director of SAPMarkets Americas, Ajit grew the business to $100 million in six quarters. In 2002, he laid the foundation for SAP Inspire - SAP's New Venture Unit.
School. Ajit holds seven U.S. and four European patents and has published/presented over 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Panelist: Tom Baruch, Founder and Managing Director, CMEA Ventures

Tom Baruch

Tom Baruch founded CMEA Ventures in 1989 as an affiliated fund of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and was one of the original investors in Aclara BioSciences (which merged with Virologic – NASDAQ: VLGC), Flextronics (FLEX), Netro (NTRO), Silicon Spice (acquired by BRCM), and Symyx Technologies (SMMX). He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alien Technology and Codexis, Inc., and also serves on the boards of ChemConnect, E-Markets, Entropic Communications, Foveon, Intermolecular, NewPath Ventures, Physiometrix, Raven, RF Magic, Symwave, Symyx, and Virologic. Tom's investment interests include the semiconductor, wireless and life sciences industries. Before starting CMEA, Tom was a founder and CEO of Microwave Technology, Inc. Just prior to that, he managed a dedicated venture fund at Exxon, and was President of the Exxon Materials Division. Earlier in his career, Tom worked as a patent attorney. Mr. Baruch holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University. Tom is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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