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Pre-Season Event - Seven Secrets of Silicon Valley

5.30pm - 7.30pm, Monday 16 May 2011, Wintergarden Room, Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland 

The stories behind these unusual aspects of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley will dispel some myths. Areas where the business practices adopted by Silicon Valley start-ups differ from those adopted in more traditional industry sectors.


David Smith Founder,
Silicon Valley Business School and serial entrepreneur.

A serial entrepreneur, David founded numerous successful high technology startup companies in a career spanning almost 30 years. David’s current portfolio of companies includes Tynax, the global patent and technology exchange, Cambridge Manhattan Group, a startup creation and incubation company, SVBS Co. Silicon Valley Business School, and

As Apple World Marketing Manager in the early 1990’s, David was responsible for Apple Computer’s marketing programs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. A pioneer of the early Internet and worldwide web, David’s was founder and CEO of SurfMonkey, Inc., developing the leading web browser and safety service for kids. As CEO of MediaLive Inc., David designed one of the first web browsers, email and TV-set-top-box systems.

Davids' inventions have been awarded U.S. patents and his software and multimedia products have won critical acclaim. David authored the book Zero-to-IPO, now published in Japanese as well as English language. He has addressed U.S. government congressional hearings and appeared on several radio and TV shows.

He holds a BSc.(Hons.) Computer Science & Economics from the University of Leeds (U.K.), a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Westminster (U.K.) and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (U.S.). 

Assembling the Nuts & Bolts of Entrepreneurship - Silicon Valley Style

8.30am - 5.00pm, Tuesday 17 May 2011, Wintergarden Room, Northern Club, 19 Princess Street, Auckland

A unique one-day seminar for entrepreneurs, their advisors and investors. This seminar helps entrepreneurs, their lawyers, advisors and investors understand how to form and structure high-tech startup companies, how to raise finance from investors, protect their intellectual property, sell the company and sell shares to public investors. Highly valuable to anyone interested in guiding high-tech startup companies toward success and avoiding the pitfalls.


Mark Lowndes
Partner, Lowndes Associates

Mark Lowndes, founder of Lowndes Associates, has a broad ranging corporate and commercial practice, including mergers & acquisitions, private equity & venture capital, banking & finance, technology, telecommunications, insolvency, corporate recovery, and international investment.

Mark’s 30 years of commercial law practice commenced at Simpson Grierson, a large national firm. He spent two years as in-house counsel for BP Oil New Zealand Limited before founding Lowndes Jordan in 1986 as perhaps New Zealand's first 'boutique' specialist law firm. He founded Lowndes Associates in 2000 to create a new style of corporate and commercial law firm bringing the boutique style of client service and orientation to a broader range of commercial specialties.

Mark led the legal work on over $450 million of transactions over the past year. He has acted on numerous large M & A transactions and on financial services transactions including the establishment of life and health insurance schemes, mortgage lending organisations, and loyalty programmes. He has acted on mortgage and insurance securitisation transactions and generally for various banking, finance and insurance organisations.

Technology, telecommunications & IP also form a significant part of Mark’s practice. Mark acts for a number of the major participants in the telecommunications industry including network operators, equipment manufacturers and service suppliers. On the technology side Mark acts for a range of clients from established companies to start-ups, handling their commercial, technology and intellectual property law needs.

Mark advises receivers and liquidators and has acted on various high profile insolvency and restructuring assignments. He was High Court appointed counsel to represent over 14,000 investors in two large high profile corporate collapses.

Mark’s practice has a significant international component. In 2012-2013 he was Chairman of Multilaw, one of the top international associations of independent legal firms, with more than 6,500 lawyers practising in over 150 commercial centres throughout the world.

Mark has honours law and commerce degrees, is admitted to the bar in Australia and New Zealand, and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia

He has held various company directorships and serves as a mentor for the Institute of Directors' new and aspiring directors programme.

Mark is active in a number of international trade organisations, has participated in various trade missions and is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Mauritius.

Leonard Cousins of Lowndes Associates Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys.