TechFire to Host VC David Siemer Dec. 11


“TechFire” will present another one of its fireside chats Friday, Dec. 11, at the offices of Microsoft in Playa Vista. The speaker will be venture capitalist David Seimer of Wavemaker Partners.

The event starts at 2:30 p.m. but there will be mingling opportunities for those who arrive as early as 2 p.m., when the doors open. The conversation with Mr. Seimer will be moderated by Robert Kornegay of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.

Wilson Sonsini, a premier law firm in the startup space, will co-host this event along with CBRE, a commercial real estate firm.

TechFire, which hosts an ongoing series of events like this one, is the brainchild of David Murphy, a prominent member of the Silicon Beach community.

David Murphy of TechFire; Patrick Anding of Wilson Sonsini; and David Bettinelli of Upfront Ventures at a recent TechFire fireside chat held in Santa Monica.
David Siemer is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of one of L.A.’s leading venture capital firms, Wavemaker Partners, an early-stage, cross-border VC firm with dual headquarters in Los Angeles and Singapore.

Since 2003, Wavemaker (formerly known as Siemer Ventures) has invested in more than 150 Internet, Mobile and Enterprise technology startups. Wavemaker Partners is a member of the DFJ Global Network, the world’s leading venture capital collective with 15 firms spread across 4 continents.

He also founded Siemer & Associates, LLC in 2007 to fulfill his vision of a true boutique merchant bank that works with technology, software and digital media companies throughout their complete life cycle. He was previously with Montgomery & Co. where he served as a key member of the Digital Media Investment Banking Group.

Ranked as one of the most active VC firms in Southern California by CB Insights, Wavemaker makes an average of 20-30 new investments each year in digital media startups. In this capacity he led sales to major media companies such as News Corp, Google, Sony, Yahoo!, Hearst, Viacom, WPP and Disney, and he managed equity private placements from multiple venture capital firms and hedge funds.

Mr. Siemer began his career in 1995 at Desco Capital Partners, a Chicago based Internet and software venture fund. Here he managed investments into companies such as: Total Control Products (sold to GE), Conquest Communications (Sold to AT&T), StorageApps (Sold to HP) and Enact Software (sold to Sage SalesLogix). Mr. Siemer received his M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, with high honors. He completed his undergraduate work at Lehigh University with degrees in Management Information Systems and Accounting.

There will be a reception following the discussion. The networking that takes place at TechFire events is often as valuable as the time spent listening to speakers. The event will be over at 4:30 p.m.

Microsoft is located at 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd (The Reserve), Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90094. For more information or tickets, go to: