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    April 10, 2001      File #089
    Contact: Terrie DeLorm, School of Business and Economics, (707) 664-2220

SSU and Telecom Valley Alliance Announce Series to Benefit High Tech Startups

Seeking new and innovative ways to cultivate economic development in the North Bay Area, the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University and the Telecom Valley Alliance today announced a series of seminars aimed at providing high tech entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to form and finance a successful start-up.

The seminar series, entitled "So You Want to Start a Technology Company?" will be held at the Schulz Information Center on the Sonoma State campus beginning Wednesday, May 16. Sessions will run every other week, 7:30 ? 9 p.m. ending in July. Each session is $50, or $200 for all five.

The sessions will focus on business plans, stock options, venture capital financing, founders stock, mergers, acquisitions and public offerings.

The series will feature presentations by top-tier professionals with years of experience helping high growth technology companies in Silicon Valley and the North Bay.

"We are seeing tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs to innovate, start companies and create wealth in this area," said Claire Calderon of Moss-Adams LLP. "Technology, and in particular, telecommunications, will drive much of the economic expansion of Sonoma County over the next decade,and we want to share valuable experience and information that we have developed over many years with individuals who want to participate in this expansion."

The Telecom Valley Alliance is a joint initiative of high technology law firm Fenwick & West LLP, the accounting firm of Moss-Adams LLP, merchant banking firm Thomas Weisel Partners LLC and serial entrepreneur Jean Hackenburg.

Recognizing the potential for substantial high technology growth in the North Bay, the Alliance has partnered with Sonoma State to establish relationships with the early-stage start-up community.

"Sonoma State University is very pleased to be working with the Telecom Valley Alliance. We hope to continue the momentum started with SSU?s tremendously successful Economic Outlook Conference to promote the growth of high technology in the North Bay," said Ahmad Hosseini, Dean of Business at Sonoma State University.

For additional information or to register, please visit the Telecom Valley Alliance Web site at


The Telecom Valley Alliance is a non-profit organization founded to promote the growth of high technology companies in the North Bay Area. The founding supporters of Telecom Valley Alliance include professionals from the legal, investment, and accounting communities dedicated to helping the North Bay Area?s burgeoning high-technology industry become a force in the greater Bay Area and California economies. For more information, visit

Established in 1973, Fenwick & West LLP is one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to national and international technology clients, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, the Internet, venture capital and other corporate finance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, taxation, and employment and labor law. The only law firm named to Fortune's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," in three consecutive years (1999-2001), Fenwick & West is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in Northern California and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit Fenwick & West's web site at

Jean Hackenburg is the former CFO of Alantro Communications, a successful Santa Rosa chip design start up recently acquired by Texas Instruments. She has over 25 years experience working in accounting, finance and running manufacturing operations in start up high tech companies from the Silicon Valley, to the East and North Bay. She is a member of the North Bay Angels and is currently providing consulting services in the North Bay.

Moss-Adams LLP, founded in 1913, is the 13th largest accounting and consulting firm in the U.S., with revenues in excess of $140 million, and is the largest CPA and advisory firm headquartered on the West Coast. The firm employs a staff of 1,400, including more than 170 partners. Moss Adams is a founding member of Moores Rowland International, an international network of firms in over 80 countries providing global business services to clients involved in international trade. For more information please visit their Web site at

Thomas Weisel Partners is a solely focused research-driven merchant bank providing investment banking, institutional brokerage, private client services, and private equity investing and asset management for transforming growth companies. The firm's distinctive competence is combining deep domain expertise with bulge bracket execution capability. The team at Thomas Weisel Partners has more than 800 employees, including 70 partners, and is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in New York, Boston, Menlo Park and London. For more information about the firm, please visit their website at


Dr. Ahmad Hosseini Dean School of Business and Economics Sonoma State
University (707) 664-3935

Telecom Valley Alliance (707) 535-4102

Fenwick & West LLP Brian Colucci


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