is a scam in your mind? National Venture Capital & Growth Investment Forum #oaf

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Subject: Last-Minute Opportunity for TrialPay to Present at 2010 National Venture Capital & Growth Investment Forum / March 4th / Yale Club New York


Opportunity to Present on March 4th at the Yale Club New York to Angels and
more than 150 of the Nation’s Leading Private Equity & Venture Capital Investors

Dear Alex:

I am writing to you as we recently learned that your company was selected to be featured at the Montgomery Technology Conference. In my opinion, the fact that you were chosen for this highly-regarded venue certainly speaks very well of the investment potential of your business. If you are seeking capital and things are not going a quickly as you would like, I wanted to let you know that we would be pleased to accept your application to present at our 2010 National Venture Capital & Growth Investment Forum being held on March 4th at the Yale Club New York. (My apologies for the short notice as we only recently learned about your company.) Your visibility at this unique “investor-only” venue could greatly enhance your ability to accelerate the funding process and meet your capital raising objectives on a timely basis. More information regarding the Conference and Presenter Qualifications can be found on our website at

Please take a few minutes to read this e-mail carefully, as many of your questions will be answered and you will get a much better idea as to the value proposition (that for the last nine years) has attracted so many companies to our events from all over the United States and other countries. If you are all set with your funding requirements and existing capital sources, just let me know by return e-mail and I’ll be sure to take you off our list of potential Presenter candidates right away. I am sure that the last thing you need are more unnecessary e-mails.

As a courtesy, I can tentatively hold a Presenter slot while you are considering this opportunity, subject to your confirmation and any further review of the company on our part. To get things in motion, just send your Executive Summary to me at and I will get back to you as quickly as possible. Companies will be considered for the event in the order that their information is received by our firm. If you have any questions or would like to speak with me first, please feel free to call me on my direct line in the New York area at 347 346 6650. As we only have a limited number of Presenter slots still available, kindly try to contact me as soon as possible with respect to your interest in being on the program.

This important event could provide another additional strategic opportunity to meet qualified investors and financial partners in what will also be a very prestigious setting. We expect principals from more than 150 active early and later-stage investment funds to attend from throughout the United States – representing more than $25 billion in capital. In addition, many high net worth investors and a number of prominent angel groups will be joining us. Even against the backdrop of the recent recession, our last forum on November 18th was a great success with nearly 250 registrants, which included many Angels, as well as leading private equity and venture capital firms. In addition to the well-established brand-equity of our venues, the strong investor response to our recent events would indicate that there is no shortage of interest from investment funds and private investors who are looking for serious opportunities in promising early and later-stage companies. From our vantage point, we can see there is a clear readiness to invest from many VCs, private equity funds and Angels who understand that historically, it is in times of economic downturn that the best investment opportunities are available.

In the event that you are not already familiar with our exclusive venues, kindly note our “principal differentiator” is, that unlike most groups which organize deal-oriented events, we are not part of any government agency or non-profit group, nor are we primarily subsidized by vendors or service providers, so as not to compromise our forums with a high population of non-investors such as lawyers, accountants, advisors and others offering services. Our private “investor-only” conferences could be best described as a co-op for the 12 to 15 Presenters and other featured companies. Accordingly, companies are required to pay a fee to attend or present based upon a number of factors, which may include a contingent or differed payment. We underwrite the events and the entrepreneurs share in the cost, the amount and terms of which we try to customize to a company’s particular financial situation. I would be pleased to discuss the visibility options and costs when we have a chance to talk. One thing that you can be certain of is that any fees associated with presenting at the event are substantially less that than the costs of extensive travel to meet investors or the front-end fees and retainers charged by investment bankers to reach the same caliber of investors who regularly attend our events.

Please keep in mind that our events distinguish themselves from many other venues in several key respects. Here are a few of them.

1)       Nearly 100% of the guests (not connected with the presenting companies) are active investors who have PAID to attend.

2)       Presenting companies reach a NATIONAL audience of qualified funding sources focusing on early-stage opportunities.

3)       Only 12 to 15 companies are featured on the program which provides for high visibility to investors.

4)       The events are not primarily sponsor supported and accordingly NOT heavily populated with service providers.

5)       There are no concurrent activities or competing presentations. All companies present to the entire audience.

6)       Companies are never more than 10 to 20 minutes from their breakout sessions after they present.

7)       These are “deal-oriented” events. There are no panels or other distractions from putting the spotlight on the presenters.

8)       The majority of the attendees are PRINCIPALS of the private equity or venture capital firms whom they represent.

9)       Presenters can plan for the forums in advance as we provide confirmed guest information prior to the conference dates.

Our private equity forums, started in 2001, are among America’s best-attended events – noted for a first-class venue and an ultra high-end roster of funding sources. These deal-focused symposiums have provided a remarkably beneficial venue for companies to reach a national audience of qualified potential investors. The management of presenting companies benefit from being able to get their story across a receptive audience in a very favorable upscale setting. Our experience has shown that the investor venue created through our forums can significantly reduce the cost of capital as well as the time necessary to raise it, particularly in this current market with fewer active players for early-stage companies and tougher investment criteria. Because the investors come from all over the U.S., this exclusive forum is like a “Road Show” that comes to you.

The upcoming venue can help you solve the three biggest problems in raising capital 1) identifying qualified investors, 2) gaining credible entrée to them and 3) meeting them under favorable circumstances. Moreover, the event drives the single most essential factor in getting funded quickly, and that is the ability to create contemporaneous interest among investors – which also can serve to significantly improve deal terms.

Again, of particular importance, is the fact that our events are not primarily supported by paid sponsors. As a result, they are not heavily populated by service providers or vendors who would have no interest in investing in your company. Because we draw from all over the country, this venue will be a most cost-effective way for Presenters to meet investors from outside of their particular regions. You should also be aware that the majority of guests are partners, founders and managing directors of their respective firms; affording the featured companies a chance to reach senior people from the outset.

If your company is selected to present, M. J. Segal Associates can provide you with introductions to any of the firms listed on the conference website, irrespective of their attendance at the upcoming event. As I previously mentioned, companies can pay investment bankers up to several hundred thousand dollars in front-end fees and monthly retainers to gain access to these types of investment groups. Companies presenting at this forum gain the same entrée at only a small fraction of that cost, notwithstanding the inherent efficiency of our highly-targeted venue. You can find a complete listing of our prior conference registrants, organized by “Industry Sector Preferences”, at

With respect to the Presenter qualifications, we favor companies with some revenues, but will also consider pre-revenue development-stage companies with new platform technology or some proof of concept. Revenues forecast by the third year following funding should approach $15 to $20 million. Preferred industry sectors are Information Management Systems, Enterprise Software, Business Process Management, Computer Technology, Wireless Technology, Telecommunications, Energy Technology, Network Hardware and Software, Healthcare Services, Education & Training, Medical Devices, Manufacturing Technology, New Media and Publishing, Internet-Based Business Solutions, Life Sciences, Distance Learning, Financial Services, Consumer Marketing, Specialty Retail, Outsourced Business Services, CleanTech, Homeland Security and Supply Chain Management. Other sectors may also be considered with sufficient growth potential.

If raising capital is the primary obstacle that stands in the way of moving your company forward, you should seriously consider the visibility that we can provide at the upcoming event. As I am sure you are aware, most professional investors will not even consider deals where they do not personally know management or those which have not been referred by a reliable source. Our forums significantly help to remove these barriers to management’s power to reach qualified investors. Private Equity 2010: National Venture Capital & Growth Investment Forum can provide the third-party endorsement and credibility, which is so critical for getting funded in today’s market.

We estimate that more than $300 million has gone to past Presenters and Entrepreneur Guests over the last several years, much of which could be directly or indirectly attributed to our forums  Our prior conference guests and other funds who have invested in these businesses include such prominent groups as listed below by funded company. Of course, there is no assurance that presenting at our upcoming forum will result in obtaining capital. This can be affected by many factors over which we have no control, such as the deal terms that you would find acceptable and how well a company prepares for the event, follow-ups with investors and responds to due diligence questions. Accordingly, this information on prior fundings should be viewed as instructive, but not predictive.

Aircuity: IDP, Navigator Technology Ventures, Venture Capital Fund of New England, Industrial Development Partners

Signalink: Private Investors through Corporate Strategies

iKimbo: Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Draper Atlantic, MRW Enterprises, Schoffstall Ventures and Riggs Capital Investment

Visioneered Image Systems: Baker Capital, 21Venture and Arcturus Capital.

Adzilla: Alloy Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners

LNL Technologies: Mohr and Davidow Ventures

BioVigilant: Battelle Ventures, Community Investment Corporation, Innovation Valley Partners and Pearl Street Venture Funds

Ifbyphone: Apex Venture Partners and Origin Ventures

HardMetrics: NextStage Capital, Osage Ventures and SilkRoad Equity

Burly Bear Network: NB Capital Venture Partners, New York City Investment Fund, Constellation Ventures and Citigroup Investments

Multimedia Tutorial Services: Corporate Strategies, Maniv Ventures, Winner Media and other investors

TelaDoc, Dogmatic and Vystar: Tri-State Private Investors Network

Cybersettle: Spencer Trask Ventures, Tri-State Private Investors Network, Bowery Partners and Saint-Donat & Co.

E Ink: FA Technology Ventures, Hearst Corporation, Intel Capital and Motorola Ventures

Xtellus: AIG Orion Fund, Alta Berkeley Venture Partners and Israel Seed Partners

nTag: Pilot House Ventures and Group Sevin Rosen Funds

Operative (Formerly Trafficmac): Aardvark Capital

AgriPower: Vogel Capital Management and other investors

Hingi: Opus Capital Ventures

Health Plan One: Pequot Capital, Greycroft Partners and individual Investors

We sincerely believe that if a company’s potential is truly compelling, and that management’s vision can be effectively communicated, it will not find a more cost-effective way to reach potential funding sources directly, than by presenting at the upcoming event. Again, this is a unique opportunity to get your message across in “one place and in one day” to active serious investors who want to see fundable deals.

If you would not like to receive any further information on upcoming conferences, please let us know by return e-mail and your email address of will be promptly deleted from our distribution list. In this regard, please provide us with any other e-mail addresses that you use to ensure that you receive no further communications from our office.

I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your funding requirements.

Kindest regards,

Mike Segal, President

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630 W. 246th St. Suite 728

Riverdale, New York 10471

Direct Line: 347 346 6650

Select Early Registrants – 2010 National Venture Capital & Growth Investment Forum

(Kindly Note the Names of Angels, Individual Participants and High Net Worth Investors are not Shown for Privacy and Security Purposes)

88 Capital

Access International Capital

Alerion Partners

Andlinger & Co.

Anisfield Investments

Armvida (Private Investors)

Asset Development Corporation (Private Investors)

Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Bespoke Growth Partners

Blue Wolf Capital

Boston Financial Equity Corp

Bose Capital Partners

Bowery Partners LLC (Private Investors)

Brand Building Ventures

Brock Capital

Carter Stone & Company (Private Investors)

Chatsworth Securities

Chiron Capital

Cloudleap Partners

Core Resources

Corporate Strategies (Private Investors)

Criterion Capital

Cross Border Enterprises

Cycle Capital

Dawntreader Ventures

Emerson Equity

Endeavor Capital

ESK Investments

GE Capital

Global Enterprises (Private Investors)

Gray Ghost Ventures

GroundWork Equity

Green Power Funding

Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners

Hartford Ventures

Harvest Capital (Private Investors)

Heron Capital

Hinduja Group

Hudson Venture Partners

Infusion Capital Group

Innovation Ventures

Internet Capital Group

IQ Ventures

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