404. VC’s and GC’s:  Addressing Legal Needs at Startups and Finding Opportunities through Investor Connections

DATE: Saturday, July 22, 2017      TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: USPTO, 2nd floor, Alaska Room

This panel will focus on how VC’s and CEO’s address legal needs at startups, the role of the GC at startups, and when and how they consider hiring their first GC.  The panel will also discuss the role of external counsel and how external counsel are identified and recommended.

No CLE credit will be provided for this panel.


Chester Te

Assistant General Counsel, Silicon Valley Bank

Chester Te is Assistant General Counsel at Silicon Valley Bank, which provides commercial, international and private banking services to the software, internet, hardware, life sciences, cleantech, venture capital and premium wine industries through more than 34 worldwide locations. At SVB, Chester heads up management of enterprise-wide litigation, and legal support for core operations, including Human Resources, Vendor Management, Privacy, Security and Fraud, amongst others. Prior to joining SVB, Chester worked in financial services at Wells Fargo and Smith Barney, and was a commercial litigator at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn in New York City. Chester graduated from Yale College and the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, Chester clerked for United States District Court Judge Alvin W. Thompson (D. Conn).

Chester is actively involved in the community. He is a past President and VP of APABA-SV, and has served on its Judiciary and Endorsements Committee, In-House Committee, and as a mentor and board member. Chester has also served as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of NAPABA; as a member of the Judiciary and Diversity Committee and also the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association; and as President of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (Northern California chapter). Currently, Chester is a board member of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, which raises funds for legal services for the needy.


Abhas Gupta

Founder and CEO, Calyx Health

Abhas is the founder of Calyx Health, a technology platform for payers and providers to maximize network-wide primary care performance. Previously, Abhas was a venture capitalist at MDV and Wildcat Ventures, working closely with Clover Health, RiskMatch, Earnest, BuildDirect, and WorkFusion. Abhas received his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he also completed the Ph.D. core curriculum; he holds a B.S. in Computational Biology from Brown University.

Managing Director, Storm Ventures

Tae Hea Nahm

Tae Hea Nahm is co-founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures.  There, he incubated and was the founding CEO of Airespace (enterprise WiFi) which was later sold to Cisco for $450m.  He was the early investor and board member of Com2uS (Korean mobile game) and Marketo (marketing automation), both billion dollar exits.  He also invested in Berkana (sold to Qualcomm), Cellfire (sold to Catalina), EchoSign (sold to Adobe) and Sierra Monolithics (sold to Semtech). Storm’s other exits include Kidaro (sold to Microsoft), iML (Taiwan IPO/sold to Exar), Metacloud (sold to Cisco), Risesmart (sold to Randstad) and Sandforce (sold to LSI).

Prior to Storm, Tae Hea was a founding partner of Venture Law Group, a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and an associate at Shin & Kim (leading Korean law firm), where he advised numerous startups. He holds an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and a JD from University of Chicago Law School. He was born in Seoul, Korea.  He also blogs at medium@tnahm.