Start Something: Some Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

October 6, 2006
Nick Triantos, Sand Hill Angels, Inc., Silicon Valley

I will provide an introduction to some of the issues entrepreneurs will face when they start a company. The talk will focus on legal, financial, and product challenges; the engineering issues are left for each of you to solve when you make the leap into building your own company. I will also try to leave plenty of time for Q&A, since this is such a broad topic. I have 15 years of experience in software engineering roles at various startups, and was most recently Chief Software Architect at NVIDIA. Today, I invest in startups as an angel investor with a group called Sand Hill Angels.

Nick is a Board Director and active member at Sand Hill Angels since 2004. He invests primarily in tech companies, especially those with a focus on high-tech medical devices. Nick has over 15 years of experience in software engineering and engineering management. He was most recently at NVIDIA for 8 years, where he served as Chief Software Architect. Nick is an expert in computer graphics and system software architecture, and also has previous work experience in the set-top box market, console game market, and business productivity software market, from his previous work at Navio (now Liberate), 3DO, and Claris (now part of Apple). These days, Nick is most interested in high-tech medical devices, web-based software applications, and knowledge systems, but he also remains interested in consumer electronics, graphics, and electronic entertainment, too. Nick has a B.S. in computer science from the State Univeristy of New York at Buffalo, and he is currently pursuing MBA's through Columbia University in New York, and the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley.