From the Entrepreneurial Trenches: The Search for Funding, Unicorns and other Imaginary Creatures

Turning Vision into Value

If you are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if you’re visiting, please invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2010 Series…

SVII “First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting
May 5th, 2010
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.


From the Entrepreneurial Trenches: The Search for Funding, Unicorns and other Imaginary Creatures

Guest Speaker:

Vitaly Golomb, Entrepreneur, Designer and Information Architect

Most people choose the corporate route in their careers. Some branch out and start lifestyle businesses. But true innovations are brought to market by scrappy entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs sometimes stumble on to a problem, and other times they will go looking for problems to solve. The resulting solutions they develop create new companies, categories, and sometimes, industries. Many things have to go right for these new ventures to succeed, and it takes a special group of people who have the perspective and tenacity required to lead the charge.

Vitaly Golomb is an entrepreneur who has been involved with a number of software and professional services start-ups throughout his career. He has spent the few years building an innovative software company to disrupt one of the oldest industries in the world: print. He will discuss latest lessons he has learned in the areas of venture fund-raising, hiring talent, finding the right partners, and bringing software products to market.

About Vitaly M. Golomb

Vitaly began his career in the graphic arts industry when he was hired in one of Kinko’s first computer services departments as a teenager. Soon after, he co-founded a graphic design service bureau and commercial printing company with his father.

While still in college, Vitaly additionally juggled design clients and a technology leadership role at an enterprise software start-up. He returned to the family print business as President during the dotcom nuclear winter and managed to greatly improve both sales and productivity. During this time he was involved with several early stage software start-ups in the mobile, health, and social media sectors. Upon selling the print business in 2005, Vitaly started a branding, web design, and online marketing firm that quickly landed a number of big name clients and expanded operations to Southern California.

In late 2007, Vitaly began development on a next-generation e-commerce solution for the printing industry, which later became Keen Systems. Currently in private beta, the company has already received industry acclaim after its announcement at the DEMOfall ’09 conference.

Vitaly is an expert on branding, analytics-driven online marketing, e-commerce, information architecture, and software interface design. He is an award-winning web, multimedia and print designer. In the past, he has guest lectured at Northwestern Polytechnic University, Cal State Hayward, and UC Berkeley. He is currently the Communications Director for the non-profit Silicon Valley Innovation Instituteand is an active member of the Bay Area start-up ecosystem. Vitaly studied Communications at Santa Clara University and holds a BA in Computer & Video Imaging from Cogswell Polytechnical College. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Joyce, son Ari, and has a daughter on the way.

Blog: Twitter: @vitalyg

Program Schedule

6:00 Arrival and networking
6:45 Community dinner
7:15 SVII Business
7:30 Feature Presentation
9:30 Closing

Event fee: $35 drop-ins, and $25 members.

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.

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Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

In Palo Alto, take Embarcadero East past Ming’s restaurant, then turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course driveway; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Archives and Outlook

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SVII “First Wednesday”
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Please note that the SVII Ning group is being replaced soon by the following social networks:

You can now follow SVII on Twitter @sviihq

Join the new SVII Facebook group and the LinkedIn group.

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