SOURCE: Technology Council of Southern California

September 28, 2009 17:28 ET

Rotohog CEO Kelly Perdew and ReachLocal CEO Zorik Gordon to Deliver VentureNet™ 2009 Keynotes

Thirteen of the Most Promising Technology Companies in Southern California Present to Top Venture Capital Firms in 14th Year of Region's Premier Capital Conference

TORRANCE, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2009) - The Technology Council of Southern California,, today announced that Kelly Perdew, CEO of Rotohog, and Zorik Gordon, CEO of ReachLocal, will give the keynote addresses at VentureNet™ 2009, the region's premier capital conference for software and information technology companies.

This year's annual conference will be held Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif. A limited number of conference registrations are still available online at, or by calling (310) 325-4000.

Perdew will present the opening keynote, titled "Take Command: 10 Leadership Principles I Learned in the Military and Put to Work for Donald Trump (and Start-Ups!)." Perdew will draw from his experience serving in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer and airborne ranger, as well as his time spent as an executive vice president in the Trump Organization, where he managed several projects after winning the second season of the NBC hit show, "The Apprentice."

Perdew has also achieved success working in a variety of executive-level positions at organizations including, CoreObjects Software;, K12 Productions and He is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership, technology, career development and entrepreneurship, also serving as a national spokesperson for Big Brothers/Sisters and The National Guard Youth Challenge Program. Perdew received a Presidential Appointment to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in June 2006.

Gordon will present the closing keynote, titled "Media Digitization: The Future of Acquiring and Retaining Local Customers." He will shine light on the history of his company, ReachLocal, including insight into how the company was built into the successful organization it is today. At ReachLocal, Gordon leads a company that is bringing order to the fragmented local Internet by connecting advertisers, publishers, and creative solutions providers together on one platform.

In his previous role as CEO for WorldWinner, Inc., Gordon signed major partnerships with Yahoo!, Pogo, Lycos, and Shockwave that positioned WorldWinner as the number one provider of cash tournaments on the Internet. Zorik also founded, an Idealab business that has grown to become Connexus Corp., one of the leading online marketing companies.

This year's conference will feature capital presentations by 13 pre-qualified companies seeking to make funding connections. These organizations include Southern California's most promising technology organizations, situated from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to San Diego -- representing a variety of technologies and seeking all levels of funding.

The conference will feature two investor review panels, featuring some of the most notable capital firms and angels in the nation. The firms involved include GRP Partners, Intel Capital, MHS Capital, Mission Ventures, Rincon Venture Partners, Steamboat Ventures and Tech Coast Angels.

More than 35 companies, including the 13 presenting companies, will also be exhibiting in the Entrepreneur's Showcase, where much of the conference's networking takes place. A "Best of Show" award will be given to the company determined by panelists to have delivered the best overall presentation.

Moderators for the event include Mark Skaist, partner at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, and Kris Kaufman, partner at Deloitte. Uri Blackman, Technology Council Chairman and CEO at Gideon Informatics, will serve as event emcee.

Presented by the Technology Council of Southern California, the conference is sponsored by Deloitte, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, ArcadeMedia, Corent, Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, Ruder Finn, Inc.,, and TechZulu.

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