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CIE Presents: Office Hours for Entrepreneurs (Consumer Internet Focus) with XG Ventures Angel Investors Andrea Zurek and Pietro Dova

CIE Presents: Office Hours for Entrepreneurs-Consumer Internet Focus with Andrea Zurek & Pietro Dova of XG Ventures®
Thursday, April 26, 1-3 pm (Appointments Required)

Silicon Valley angel investors Andrea Zurek and Pietro Dova of XG Ventures® will review your business plan or presentation, critique your pitch and answer your questions in 20-minute one-on-one-sessions in the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship on Thursday, April 26-appointments are required. If your venture or project is in the consumer internet sector (especially mobile, gaming, data or analytics), this is the opportunity for you! Andrea and Pietro are ex-Googlers (the "xg" in XG Ventures) who are now focused on the consumer internet including the mobile, video, gaming, social media and online media sectors.
To schedule your appointment (appointments will be with both Andrea and Pietro), please send your 3 available meeting time preferences and a very brief (1-2 sentences) background on what you'd like to discuss/your venture to Linda Jenkins at before Friday, April 13. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first served basis. The CIE Office Hours for Entrepreneurs is a quarterly event designed to help keep your ideas and your venture moving forward, we hope you enjoy them.
Meeting Times (submit 3 in order of preference including the information requested above):
1:00-1:20 pm
1:20-1:40 pm
1:40-2:00 pm
2:00-2:20 pm
2:20-2:40 pm
2:40-3:00 pm
About Andrea Zurek & Pietro Dova:
Andrea Zurek

Andrea most recently worked at Google, as a Regional Sales Manager and as an Agency Training Program Manager, within the direct sales organization. She has over 16 years of sales experience in both the print and Internet advertising industries. She founded and managed a group of national trainers who were responsible for educating the top advertising agencies, and their Fortune 500 clients from Madison Avenue to the local San Francisco market. She had been with Google for over 7 years, joining in early 2000, and was one of the original sales people hired to sell Google advertising. She built and managed the West Coast sales region, leading over 30 sales people with annual bookings of $100M+. She was responsible for inking over 200+ deals of new business, across multiple verticals, including building original partnerships with eBay, Wal-Mart, E*Trade, CNet, and Sun Microsystems. Prior to joining Google, she worked at Computerworld, an IDG publication, selling print advertising to high tech, enterprise companies. Andrea received both her BA in English, as well as an MBA in Marketing from Santa Clara University. Andrea is also a member of the Board of Directors at Sand Hill Angels. She has a passion for Italian automobiles, cooking, and competes in the Skip Barber regional race series. She most recently was profiled in the 2009 Top 40 Under 40 in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Pietro Dova

Pietro was Corporate Controller and Finance Director at Google from 2001 to 2007. He was partly responsible for the Google IPO and roadshow, and directed Google’s operational and transactional accounting responsibilities worldwide. Immediately prior to joining Google, Pietro was CFO of From 1996 to 1999, Pietro was VP Finance of, an early online pioneer providing financial news and stock information to active investors. Pietro began his career in technology in 1988 at Oracle Corporation and held various executive finance positions through 1992. From 1993 to 1996 Pietro headed Fulcrum Technologies’ European finance operations based in Paris, France. Pietro received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, London and his Masters in Management from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management.

XG Ventures® is a small group of ex-Googlers, who were early hires in strategic roles at Google. This group is now dedicated to advising and investing in supremely talented early stage teams. We learned a great deal at Google, including how its unique culture shaped a dynamic and fun enterprise. Together, with our complementary expertise, our goal is to help successfully guide the start-up teams, in which we invest and advise, to the next stage. We provide operational and strategic expertise, mentorship, global networking contacts, and access to seed capital and beyond.

XG Ventures® is focused primarily on the consumer internet, including the mobile, video, gaming, social media, and online media sectors.

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