TANCon2006 - San Francisco, October 2006 - Fostering African Entrepreneurship
The African Network
Issac J. Vaughn
Yemi Lalude
Andrew Farquharson
Awele Ndili
Doug Kelly
Laura Mellow
Kristin Peterson
Pitch Johnson
Kwesi A. Baiden
Eric M.K Osiakwan
Yaw Owusu
Ike Eze
Stephen DeBerry
C. Blake Williams
Brian Parker
Nathan Beckord


Nathan Beckord, MBA/CFA



Nathan has been writing business plans and providing strategic venture consulting services
for over ten years. He has worked on numerous deals, ranging from $1-2 million seed
rounds, to traditional later-stage VC raises, to initial public offerings, to a complex, $500
million debt-and-equity private placement.

In addition to managing VentureArchetypes, his resume lists the Equity Private Placement
Group at JP Morgan in New York, the High Tech Valuation Services Group in San Francisco,
and Access Venture Partners in Austin, Texas. His work at these firms included three
technology IPOs and nearly 40 successful acquisitions, in addition to numerous private
investments and joint ventures.

He has also worked in investment banking equity research for Volpe Brown Whelan, Piper
Jaffrey and Zacks Investment Research, and published over 30 articles analyzing technology
investment trends. Finally, he was a founder in two companies: an early e-commerce
catalog provider, and a clinical trial software startup based on technology licensed from MD
Anderson Cancer Center.

Nathan has a BS in Commerce from Santa Clara University and an MBA in Finance and
Entrepreneurship from the McCombs School of Business (UT Austin). While in Austin, he
organized the Venture Capital Investment Challenge and co-managed the annual Idea
Generation Conference, and he competed in business plan competitions in Houston,
Austin, Los Angeles, Winston-Salem, and New York. He was also a member of Venture
Capital Fellows and VP of the Entrepreneur Society.

Nathan is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the Association for
Investment Management Research. He is actively involved with the Silicon Valley
Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) and is Chair of the VC Task Force
Entrepreneurs' Gathering, a monthly elevator pitch and VC panel discussion event. He is
also an annual judge at the internationally acclaimed Global Moot Corp Business Plan
Competition, held in Austin, Texas.

He enjoys sailing on the San Francisco Bay and riding 'boxer motor' BMW motorcycles.

Nathan is available for speaking engagements on topics such as Business Plan
Development, Entrepreneurial Strategy and Capital Sourcing Alternatives.

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