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Thursday, October 3 • 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Panel: Investing in API companies - a VC's Perspective

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Investing in API-centric companeis requires a few key fundamental shifts in how we think about companies. Can we measure "developer adoption" similar to how we measure "customer adoption"? What new metrics to investors look for - API calls per month or API calls per customer? How can an API maintain a competitive edge in the market when a customer can simply switch API's any day they want? We ask VC's who are active in the API investment space to lend their opinions on what makes a good API-centric investment.

Moderators
avatar for Anthony Ha

Anthony Ha

Tech reporter, Techcrunch

Speakers
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Byron Deeter

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Byron Deeter, a partner in Bessemer’s Menlo Park, Calif. office, joined the firm in 2005. At Bessemer, he focuses on investments in the cloud-computing and Internet sectors. | | Prior to joining Bessemer, Byron was a successful entrepreneur, investor and consultant. He most recently worked as an executive at IBM after the company’s 2004 acquisition of Trigo Technologies. Byron served as founding president & CEO of Trigo, which... Read More →
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Scott Raney

Partner, Redpoint Ventures
Scott Raney is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures focusing on information and consumer technology with a particular emphasis on enterprise software and infrastructure, mobile technology and services, and social gaming. Scott serves on the board of directors of adap.tv, JumpTap, mig33, Heroku and LetsTalk, and is involved with Redpoint's investments in Gaia Online, Sparkplay Media, Scribd, Cortina Systems, MobiTV, Kodiak Networks and VMOps... Read More →
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Josh Stein

Managing Director, DFJ
Josh Stein is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where his current board responsibilities include Box, Chartbeat, LendKey, SugarCRM , and Swell. He is also actively involved with the firm's investments in Glam Media, Opscode, Path, Redfin, Tremor Video, and Twilio. His previous investments include GoodGuide (acquired by UL), iList (acquired by IGN/News Corp), Polaris Wireless (strategic recapitalization), Yammer (acquired by... Read More →
avatar for Mike Volpi

Mike Volpi

General Partner, Index Ventures
Mike Volpi has been a partner at Index Ventures since 2009. He is focused on investments in the enterprise software infrastructure and consumer Internet sectors. Mike led the investment by Index Ventures in Cloud.com (CTRX) and is currently a director of Sonos, Soundcloud, Lookout, Path, Big Switch Networks, Zuora, Hortonworks, Pure Storage, and StorSimple. Mike also serves on the board of EXOR SpA (EXO:IM)Mike performed in various executive... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2013 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Fort Mason Center 2 Marina Blvd San Francisco, CA 94123

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