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Silicon Valley GC March 2013


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  • 1. Pete Szymanski Silicon Valley GCSmart Companies’ On-Demand General Counsel Email: Phone: (650) 776-4826 1
  • 2. Effective• Reduces company legal costs• Minimizes legal issue distractions for CEO and CFO• Excellently executes in-company legal functions• Gets to know, becomes an important part of team• Complements, does not replace the company’s outside law firm 2
  • 3. Experienced 3
  • 4. IP Expertise• Patents: drafted Cuil’s 8 patents (7 acquired separately by Google) • worked with PTO on Drip Drop patent• Trademarks: worked with PTO on Workshop Cafe trademarks• IP Questions: experienced best practices for Drip Drop, Doximity, and Blurb • infringement notices & cease/desists • marketing, advertising & sales team questions 4
  • 5. BizDev & Partnerships Expertise• “Frictionless” Agreements: at Blurb, Doximity, Drip Drop, and Cuil • “get deals done” templates/comments that add upside & protect downside • successful “lesser leverage” licensing & revenue agreements • design market share acquisition, domestic and international partnerships• Training and Guidance: Repeatedly help bizdev teams improve 5
  • 6. Policies & Infrastructure Expertise• Terms of Use and Privacy Policies: • Audit, update for product features (mobile, apps, plug-ins, certifications, etc.) • Confirm third party terms and allowances (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google)• International: Implement international policies for doing business in multiple countries (e.g. UK, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and Brazil)• Infrastructure: Key contracts terms, financing/M&A/IPO ready diligence systems 6
  • 7. Business & Corp Governance Expertise• Chief Executive Officer: • Requested by Board of Directors to step in as transformational 8+ month CEO of Drip Drop, a consumer medical hydration company • Built Board approved operating and strategic plan; managed operations and sales teams • Grew and opened relationships with customers, distributors and vendors; beat sales projections, grew sales in main channels: Walgreens and Amazon • Ensured graceful transition for new CEO; prepared company for next phase• Angel Financings: Closed 4 angel/equity financings for $3+M in 2012 7
  • 8. Exceptional Reputation• Available References: • Jeff Tangney, CEO of Doximity (On-Demand GC for 22+ months) • Tom Lee, CEO of One Medical, and Chairman of Board at Drip Drop (worked together for 6+ years) • Jim Fulton, Chair Partner at Cooley (worked together for 12+ years) • Pete Wheelan, COO, CRO of Blurb, at Telluride Ventures (On-Demand GC 18+ months) • Vince Sollitto, Chief Communications Officer at Yelp (together at Cuil for 18+ months) 8
  • 9. Pete Szymanski• Ethos / Background: • Team player - energetic, knowledgable, objective, and focused on getting things done • JD from Duke Law School (merit scholarship), MBA in Entrepreneurship & BS in Information Systems from Rensselaer (internships in Europe and Asia)• Personal: • Co-founder of technology company; wrote and filed patents for improving pay-per-click search advertising auction returns • Cyclist, snowboarder, yogi, nutritarian, traveller, community volunteer, “not-half-bad” chef 9
  • 10. End of Presentation Silicon Valley GC Pete Szymanski Email: Phone: (650) 776-4826 10