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Our distinguished panel will discuss the latest innovations in robotics. Please come with questions and comments.
If you are a robotics startup and would like space on a demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to:
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W 9/13 Robotics Startup Demo Table
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Panel Discussion, Audience Q & A
8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking
About the Panelists:
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Shahin Farshchi is a partner at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park. Shahin empowers entrepreneurs aiming to accelerate humanity towards a fantastic future through feats of engineering. He is passionate about artificial intelligence, robots, space, cars, and engines.
He led Lux’s investments in Silicon Clocks (NASDAQ:SLAB), which shrank electronics by baking bulky quartz crystals into silicon chips; SiBeam (NASDAQ:SIMG), which aims to eliminate wires from living rooms by introducing full-HD wireless connectivity; Planet Labs, which is launching the world’s largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites; Plethora, which is rolling out a fleet of robotic machine shops; Flex Logix, making chips that can reprogram themselves; Nervana, the first full-stack platform for machine intelligence; a stealth driverless car company, and Scaled Inference.
Previously, Shahin co-founded Vista Integrated Systems, which built wireless vital sign monitors based on a neural interface technology he developed during his PhD at UCLA. Shahin also developed hybrid electric vehicles for GM in Detroit, worked as a software developer in several Silicon Valley startups, and researched new techniques for semiconductor manufacturing. He earned his Bachelor’s in EECS at UC Berkeley.
Ashish Argawal invests in early stage companies in Robotics, Connected Devices, AI/ML, and Frontier Technologies across the complete stack at Grishin Robotics. Before that, Ashish led strategic corporate acquisitions, investments, and divestitures for Opera Software where he oversaw transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ashish also worked in marketing analytics for consumer and enterprise products at Dell in Austin Texas. At Yahoo! Ashish built large-scale enterprise infrastructure for advertising products. He led service-engineering teams to design dev-ops systems and architected complex advertising systems. He has also worked as an investor for OCA Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Chicago Illinois.
Ashish is a Special Advisor for Mind The Bridge Foundation, a non-profit that runs programs to support all actors in entrepreneurial ecosystems. He led the selection of growth stage companies as part of Startup Europe Partnership, an integrated pan-European platform to help the best startups emerge from these local ecosystems and scale-up.
Ashish actively mentors entrepreneurs from various accelerator programs across the world. Ashish has lived and worked in the US, China, UK, and India, and has conducted business globally. He started two companies for the Indian market, one in e-commerce and the other in social live TV space. Ashish also has been an Editor for YourStory.com
Ashish holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Masters in Engineering Management with a focus on Design Thinking from McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Information Science from RV College of Engineering, India.
Dr. Deepak Sekar is the founder and CEO of Chowbotics, a company that makes food preparation fun by automating tedious, repetitive tasks with robotics. Deepak started his company to commercialize a food robot he built for fun. He has grown the company to 20+ employees with a market-ready product that ships. Chowbotics has received funding from Foundry Group and Techstars Ventures.
Prior to Chowbotics, Deepak served as a director at Rambus and as Chief Scientist at MonolithIC 3D Inc. In his various roles, he managed engineering teams, marketing teams, handled IP portfolios and built B2B sales relationships.
Deepak received his B. Tech from IIT Madras and his PhD from Georgia Tech. He is an inventor who holds more than 100 patents. A dozen of his inventions are used in every iPhone.
About the Moderator:
Arman Pahlavan is a corporate attorney and partner at the Perkins Coie’s Emerging Companies and Private Equity groups in Palo Alto. He advises venture capital and private equity funds and their portfolio companies across their legal needs. He counsels them on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, intellectual property transactions and fund formation matters. Arman has extensive experience advising clients with emphasis on cross border transactions for corporate clients and in his investment company practice. His knowledge runs across industry lines including operating in the software information technologies, life sciences and energy.
With an aggregate transaction value measured in billions, Arman represents clients based in Silicon Valley and throughout the country and abroad. He has served as fund counsel to various funds and represented public companies and foreign private issuers in their securities matters.
Arman has been an active participant in industry symposiums and roundtables, including events sponsored by VentureOne Summit and BayBio. Topics he has spoken on include term sheet best practices and funding strategies for emerging companies and smart grid investments. Arman is active in the investment community and has been able to garner first institutional round investments and CEO placements for his clients over the years to advance their growth and funding prospects.
His private equity transactions have included TSG’s buy-out of IT Cosmetics and the leveraged buy-out Sigma International with Frontenac Capital as PEG sponsor.
Arman’s investment fund clients have included Benhamou Global Ventures, Sofinnova Ventures, Invesco, The VR Fund, Tomorrow Ventures, Vedanta Capital, Novirian Capital, Invesco Private Capital, Claremont Creek Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital and NEA. He has been tapped by sovereign wealth funds to establish their investment structures in the U.S. and abroad.
His emerging company clients have included Aditive Inc. (acquired by Acxiom Corporation); eCullet, NeoAccel (Acquired by VMWare – VMW: NYSE), Play First (Acquired by GlueMobile – GLUU: NASDAQ), Rodo Medical, Sonitus Medical, Signal Digital, Veritcal Response (acquired by Deluxe Corporation – DLX: NYSE), Voyage Medical (acquired by Intuitive Surgical – ISRG: NASDAQ).
Arman routinely represents Special Committees and Board of Directors of publicly traded and growth companies in connection with bet-the-company complex litigation and corporate matters.
Arman was selected by his peers for inclusion in Law & Politics magazine’s list of Northern California Super Lawyers in 2004 and 2011.
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