OPEN Silicon Valley is proud to present the OPEN Forum 2011 to be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA on June 4th 2011. OPEN Forum, the flagship conference of OPEN Silicon Valley, annually attracts hundreds of Professionals and Entrepreneurs from top technology companies, exciting start-ups, global service providers and leading venture firms. This one day conference will give you the unique opportunity to network with and learn from seasoned CEOs, Venture Capitalists, Financial Market Experts, Government Policy Makers and Professionals from the Silicon Valley.

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9:00 AM Opening Remarks by Naeem Zafar, President, OPEN SV
9:15 AM Morning Keynote – Aaref Hilaly – President and CEO Clearwell: “Zero to $400m: Building an enterprise from scratch”
  Track I Track II  
10:00 AM Opportunities in Gaming and Digital Media: The Rise of the Tablet CLOUD: The Next Great Opportunity in Hi-Tech  
11:00 AM Tea Break
11:30 AM Innovation and Disruption in eCommerce Launching Non-Corporate Careers – It Pays to be Creativenoine  
12:30 PM Lunch Youth Track
1:45 PM * Keynote: Raymie Stata, Chief Technology Officer, Yahoo!, Inc: “Technologies Catalyzing Digital Media” Youth Keynote: Faran Tahir, Actor: “Paths Less Travelled – Conquering New Frontiers”
2:30 PM Workshop: Secrets of Company Valuation, Legal Formation & Term Sheets for Startups The New Face of Funding: How accelerators/incubators are changing the rules Gen Y Entrepreneurs
3:30 PM Social Media: New Rules in Mobilizing and Driving Impact
Workshop: 8 Essential Skills to Accelerate Your Career Workshop- Pitch to Win: The Art of Fundraising
4:30 PM Tea Break
5:00 PM Evening Keynote: Wendy J. Chamberlin – Former US Ambassador to Pakistan and President Middle East Institute: “Pushing the reset button on US Pakistan Relations — How Business could lead the way”
5:45 PM Final Remarks & Conclusion by Naeem Zafar,  President, OPEN SV

* Tribute to Omar Ahmed at 1:30 pm

Keynote Speakers

Aaref A. Hilaly – President & CEO, Clearwell (Sold to Symantec for $410M on May 19th, 2011)

Zero to $400m: Building an enterprise from scratch

In his 11-year career in Silicon Valley, Aaref has helped to create and sell two software companies collectively worth close to half a billion dollars. Most recently, as President and CEO of Clearwell, he grew the company from a handful of engineers at the early stages of product development into a high-growth, profitable company with over $50 million in annual revenue. Clearwell is the leading provider of electronic discovery software, with over 400 customers and 75 partners in 14 different countries. On May 19, 2011, Symantec announced that it would acquire Clearwell for $410 million. The transaction is expected to close in July.

Prior to Clearwell, Aaref was Founder and CEO of CenterRun, which he led from inception in 2000 to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems for $66 million in August 2003. CenterRun was a leading provider of application provisioning software and today forms the basis of Sun’s data center automation product suite.

Aaref earned an MBA from Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar. He holds a BA Honor’s degree from Oxford University, and a Master’s degree from McGill University, where he was awarded the Arthur Tagge Fellowship. While a full-time student, he completed internships at Linklaters, Slaughter and May, and the UN Center For Human Rights in Geneva.

You can follow Aaref on Twitter at and learn more about his thoughts about E-Discovery at his blog

Raymie Stata, Chief Technology Officer, Yahoo!, Inc.

Technologies Catalyzing Digital Media

Technical forces are converging to unlock the true potential of Digital Media. Tablets provide an immersive canvass for interactive experiences that captivate users of all ages. The proliferation of smart phones and connected televisions, together with ubiquitous, wireless networking, allows us to connect to users in every possible context. And all of these screens are connected via a smart, big-data cloud that supports continuous, contextual, personalized programming. This new world of Digital Media is not only attractive to consumers, but also offers advertisers and publishers opportunities to connect with their audiences in new, compelling ways.

So what are the big bets being placed to support the next wave of digital media? How are innovative new native / HTML5 hybrid app development approaches and video technologies enabling rich consumer experiences and increasing personalization? Raymie Stata will talk about the frontiers of Digital Media and demonstrate some new user experiences coming out of Yahoo!’s research labs.

Raymie Stata is Chief Technology Officer of Yahoo!.  He is responsible for the company’s technical strategy and long-term direction and plays a hands-on role translating that strategy into execution.  Over the years, Stata has held a number of roles at Yahoo!, in which he helped initiate the Hadoop project, provided leadership for Search, and was the founding architect for Yahoo!’s display advertising platform.

Before Yahoo!, Stata founded Stata Laboratories, maker of the Bloomba search-based e-mail client, which Yahoo! acquired in 2004.  He also worked at Digital’s Systems Research Center, and at UC Santa Cruz.  He is an inventor on over a dozen patents, and author of numerous technical papers. Stata received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 1996.Pushing the reset button on US Pakistan Relations — How Business could lead the way


Events in 2011 have marked a low level of bilateral trust between US and Pakistan. The current political debate obscures the real source of Pakistan’s strength — its middle class, its entrepreneurial technocrats and its youth. There are lessons from the Arab Spring that could apply to Pakistan. Pakistan’s diaspora businessmen are well positioned to play positive role. What policies and programs could the US government adopt to enable development.

Wendy Chamberlin has served as President of the Middle East Institute since March 2007. She previously served as Ambassador to Pakistan (2001) and to the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (1995-98). She was the Deputy High Commissioner for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2004-2006). She served as Assistant Administrator for the Asia Near East Bureau in USAID from 2002 until she retired from the US diplomatic service in 2004. Ambassador Chamberlin is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Diplomacy, The Hollings Center, and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. Chamberlin has a MS in Education from Boston University and participated in the Executive Program at Harvard University. She also holds an honorary PhD from Northwestern University and meritorious awards from the US State Department.

Paths Less Travelled… Conquering New Frontiers

Come and be inspired by Faran Tahir as he shares his journey and experiences as he charted his way to success in a non-traditional career. He has a refreshing perspective that can provide invaluable ideas for people at all stages of their lives and how they can reinvent their careers.

Faran Tahir is a third generation Pakistani/American actor who has shown his talents equally in film, television and theater. His most recent film credits include the vicious villain, Raza, in the 2008 Marvel live action blockbuster, Iron Man, starring alongside Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terence Howard. In 2009, he followed the success of Iron Man with another super hit, Star Trek, as the dashing and heroic Federation Captain. The casting marks a historic moment in the Star Trek saga and for him as well. He played the first Federation Captain of South Asian/Middle Eastern ethnicity. Tahir’s vast television resume includes over 40 television appearances. He has been seen as guest leads in notable shows like Lost, Chuck, NYPD Blue, NCIS, NCIS- Los Angeles, Cold Case, The West Wing, Warehouse 13 etc. Faran also plays a lead role in Shoieb Yunus’ feature film TWO MOTHERS (now in post-production).

Faran graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Theatre before acquiring a graduate degree from Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training.