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Startups/VCs - Berkeley SIG: "Leadership for Success for Young Enterprises"

6:30pm - 9:00pm July 21, 2008

Siemens Technology-To-Business Center

1995 University Avenue, Suite 375

Berkeley, CA 94704-1074

In the excitement surrounding the launch of a new company, many entrepreneurs overlook the dimension of human dynamics between the founders. For example, one of the hardest thing for founders to talk about is the division and assignment of authority. Yet it's also one of the most important. And strong, competent leadership by those who hold authority is necessary if the company is to grow and prosper. Our speaker will be Dr. Peter Newton, of Peter Newton and Associates, who, through a series of case vignettes, will highlight fundamental leadership principles as they apply specifically to new enterprises.   To get the most out of this event, attendees are strongly encouraged to send, by July 7, a one or two paragraph description of a current leadership challenge they are facing, to the Berkeley SIG chair, See an example below.  Your description will be held in confidence and discussed with the group, with anonymity, by Dr. Newton on the night of the event. Those without a current challenge to share are also invited to attend and learn.   Example description: "I am involved in starting a company with two other partners.  There's a lot of work to do, and we're all contributing part-time, not drawing a salary.  No one of us has authority or accountability for the whole operation.  Should we appoint a leader?  Any tips for how to assign the work and manage each other among partners?"    In this session you will learn: - basic leadership principles from the perspective of a seasoned organizational psychologist - insights into human dynamics in startups - recommendations based on past and current company real-world leadership challenges   Who should attend: CEOs, Senior executives, co-founders, venture capitalists, or any entrepreneur interested in a deeper understanding of human dynamics in young enterprises.
About the speaker: Dr. Peter Newton
Dr. Newton has 30 years of experience helping the management of startups, established companies and professional service organizations to understand and solve organizational problems. He has taught graduate seminars in organizational psychology at Columbia University, Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley. His writing on professional development, leadership and organizational structure has earned him an international reputation in the field. He is a former Dean of the Graduate School of Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley.
ADDITIONAL LOCATION AND DATE:  We're expanding!  This month, eBig is launching a new Start-ups/VCs SIG meeting in Berkeley, hosted by SIG Chair David Howard, which meets on the third Monday each month.  Join us July 21 in Berkeley, or July 14 in Pleasanton, for Dr. Newton's session.
Pay at the door by cash or check -- Free for eBig Members, Guests $15 if pre-registered, $20 at the door.
To pre-register, please email your name to along with the event title/date.

Siemens Technology-To-Business
1995 University Avenue, Suite 375
Berkeley, CA 94704
University at Milvia, just 2 blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART station
Street parking on University and the streets in behind the building, and at the Berkeley Center Street Parking Garage
[Recommended not to use the onsite parking garage as it closes too early.]
From I-80 - Exit University Avenue, drive east roughly 2 miles, the building is at Milvia Street in between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Shattuck



  • David Howard
    David Howard | Team member
    10+ years in Silicon Valley working for technology companies in product management, product marketing and strategic marketing. Experienced in pulling together fund-raising deliverables - executive summaries, pitch presentations, business plans et...