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August 15, 2001 Networking Dinner:
"Alternative Sources of Financing"

- Choosing the Right Funding Method for Your Business
- Understanding the Options Available to You
- Considerations in a Tight Capital Market

The Technology Entrepreneurs Exchange ("Texchange") cordially invites you to its Austin Technology Entrepreneurs’ Dinner and Round-Table Discussion.

6:00 p.m.
Cocktails (cash bar) with our Special Guests
6:45 p.m. Dinner and Round-Table Discussion  
8:00 p.m. Q&A/Open Discussion 

Sam Goodner - CEO, Catapult Systems Corporation
Greg Lavender - Director of Software Engineering, iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, Sun Microsystems

The Four Seasons Hotel
San Jacinto Ballroom
98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

Dinner fee is $55.00 for members, $65.00 for non-members. 
—Fixed menu, dinner, dessert included. Cash Bar available.

Advance reservations only.
First come-First served. Space is limited.

Sam Goodner
Catapult Systems Coporation

Sam Goodner is the founder and CEO of Catapult Systems Corp. Sam holds a Computer Science degree from Texas A&M; University and has a diverse international background in business development and technology. Sam founded Catapult Systems in 1993 at age 26. With over 100 employees, Catapult has grown to become one of the leading providers of E-Business consulting in central Texas. Catapult Systems made the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in the country for two years in a row, and was recently ranked the 8th largest software company in Austin by the Austin Business Journal. Despite its rapid growth, Catapult has remained private, self-funded, and debt-free. In addition to its consulting business, Catapult has also funded the development of its software product division. Catapult's flagship product, Inquisite, was first introduced in 1997 and is now the leading electronic survey system on the market.

Greg Lavender
Director of Software Engineering, iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions
Sun Microsystems

Greg Lavender is currently Director of Software Engineering within the iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions software business unit of Sun Microsystems. He has 18 years experience in Internet technology and software R&D.; In 1996 Greg co-founded Critical Angle to commercialize software for large-scale Internet Directory Services. He bootstrapped the company by making strategic OEM software licensing arrangements with key early adopter companies such as Nokia, Bank of America, Schlumberger, etc. Critical Angle was acquired in 1998 by Innosoft International, an early OEM customer of Critical Angle. As VP for Technology at Innosoft, Greg leveraged Innosoft's domestic sales and international distributor channel to take the Critical Angle software products mainstream, doubling Innosoft's gross revenue and profitability in 18 months. Innosoft was acquired in March 2000 by Sun Microsystems. Greg currently has P&L; responsibility for $100M in product license revenue for Internet Directory Services at Sun.

Suggested Reading:

Review Funding Alternatives for Growing Your Business: Key Points

The New Era of Funding: Low-Tech Back in Style

View: Private Cos. Use Market Back Door

Online Extra: When Your Bank Says No

Frogskins, Shekels, Moolah, Cash

The Money Chase - Why, After All This Time, Lenders Still Love You


Choosing the Right Funding

Alternative Financing Sources

Glossary of Alternative Financing Terms


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