WHAT I DO
As an entrepreneur, corporate VC, dealmaker and strategic adviser, I have focused my entire career on monetizing innovation by
delivering ambition, strategy and positioning, relevance and visibility
creating new business models and deal frameworks
executing on revenue growth, business development and transactions
deliberately extending my network to benefit the organizations I serve
For startups: I help deliver market access, build channels, structure deals, organize fundraising
For corporations and agencies: organize impactful ecosystem engagement programs such as HP Startup Central
For investors: systematically build proprietary dealflow, review opportunities and provide advisory and governance
GROWTH - STRATEGIC IMPACT - ECOSYSTEM BUILDING - TRANSACTIONS
Silicon Valley is the World's Innovation Marketplace
California = 50% of US VC
US = 75% of World Venture Capital
"Bernard was an amazing advisor for GNS3 as we transitioned our business from Canada to Silicon Valley.
Aside from being very well connected in the area he brought a great level of strategic thinking as we positioned our company for our first round of financing.
Highly recommend Bernard to any start-up looking to get their bearings in the Valley."
Results That Matter For Startups, Investors and Corporations:
"Getting introductions to the people that matter at large corporations is hard. Bernard helped us find our way in the corporate jungle.
Report to him about your meeting and he'll "read" that meeting for you, explaining why this or that was said by the people at the other end of the table, and what the best next step would be. That's valuable information".
"Bernard exceeded my expectation since he joined HP to strengthen the Venture Capital function.
He helped realize over $50M in value from the portfolio. He introduced several disruptive startups that impacted business unit roadmaps.
He has also been instrumental in establishing a high-caliber Startup and VC Advisory Council to guide how HP works with startups. He is quickly able to establish trusted relationships. This, combined with his business savvy, team spirit and drive are real assets"
"Bernard Slede's experience and talents make him a commercialization warrior.
He is creative and he seems always ready to explore. Our organization has the history it does because everyone contributes, and Bernard is a shining example.
He has made critical contributions to the scorecard."
Innovation: Happens Everywhere...
"Silicon Valley is no longer a region, it is actually a platform"
- Vicente Vento, CEO of Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, Menlo Park
I can positively impact your business too:
executive and board experience
growing global network of 7,000 connections
experience across 3 continents and countless business models.
- Mark Blackwell
Sold to SolarWinds
- Bruno Lowagie
Acquired by Hancom
- Sherman McCorkle
A Lockheed Martin Foundation
- Sanjiv Parikh
HP Corporate Ventures