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A Venture Capitalist View of Web 2.0 Value at AJAXWorld

Neil Sequiera will present a session at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo

The 1990s saw the Web’s rise and abrupt fall. Venture capitalists poured hundreds of millions of dollars into start-ups that burst along with the bubble. Welcome to its re-birth: deemed Web 2.0. From wiki’s, blogs, podcasts, to RIAs, RSS feeds and user generated content: this is the new generation of a user-driven internet. This presentation will provide the audience a VC’s perspective, sharing insights into what investors are looking for; uncover its controversies; and discuss the utilization of the Web as a platform for novel businesses driving real revenues. Discussion will focus on the shift in WWW, possibilities for the business opportunities emerging from Web 2.0.

Neil invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include: Internet and new media; software; consumer services; and network infrastructure. He is currently a board member of Eons and ViTrue, a board observer for BrightCove, and Qumas and is actively involved with BlackDuck, ITA Software, Maven. Neil joined General Catalyst Partners from Time Warner where he was most recently Managing Director, Technology for Time Warner Investments formerly AOL Time Warner Ventures, the early stage private investment vehicle for the world's largest media company. During his four years at Time Warner, Neil worked closely with various operating groups including AOL, HBO, Time Inc., Time Warner Cable, Turner and Warner Bros. to identify investment opportunities. Neil sourced, led and was actively involved with the boards of several of the companies within the Time Warner Investments portfolio including Arroyo Video Solutions, BigBand Networks, Entropic, Goldpocket Interactive (Tandberg), N2Broadband (Tandberg) and Waterfront Media. Prior to joining Time Warner, Neil led Mergers and Acquisitions for CMGI, a diversified technology operating company and venture capital firm. While at CMGI Neil worked on a variety of acquisitions and investments in software, media and networking infrastructure and was actively involved with CMGI companies including Alta Vista (YHOO), Engage, NaviSite (NAVI), Ubid (CCSR), and Yesmail (IUSA). Previously, Neil was an Associate with Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to Goldman, Neil was a senior consultant with Accenture, where he managed project teams on technology focused strategic and process initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Neil was an early employee at Goldenvoice Presents, a diversified media company and was a contributor to the founding of OpenRatings, a venture backed software start-up based in Boston. He has spoken at numerous media and venture capital conferences and is a judge for the Harvard, MIT and Wharton Business Plan Competitions. Neil holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from the Harvard Business Scho

With IBM joining the event as a Gold Sponsor, the lineup of charter sponsors and exhibitors of the conference now comprises some of the leading AJAX technology providers in the world, including Adobe, IBM, TIBCO, Backbase, ComponentArt, Helmi Technologies, Laszlo Systems, Nexaweb, telerik, Google, Parasoft, ILOG, Apress, and Zapatek.

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