Tech Coast Venture Network Presents Interactive Discussion of Entrepreneur War Stories: How I Got Here and What's Next?

Irvine, CA, July 16, 2008 --( A tandem of chief executives who have successfully launched their businesses and are now preparing for their next phase of growth will discuss their evolution and their future plans at the Tech Coast Venture Network’s monthly forum on July 24, 2008 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the 2nd floor Conference Center of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, 2040 Main Street in Irvine, Calif.

According to TCVN chairman Bart Greenberg, attendees will be able to see and interact with two founders and CEOs who have shifted out of first gear and are now ready to accelerate. “Like many entrepreneurs, they have struggled to survive, and their business plan has likely changed innumerable times, “Greenberg noted. “We want our members to know that they are not alone and that our speakers, like many successful early stage companies, have had to endure many of the issue for which they are now facing. Our speakers will discuss how each of them faced these obstacles and the lessons that they learned in doing so.”

Greenberg added that this Forum will be a different format than TCVN’s typical Forum, with an emphasis on a more interactive dialogue between the speakers and the audience.

The panel moderator is TCVN Chairman Bart Greenberg, a partner in the business and transactions group in the Orange County office of Manatt, Phelps & Philips, LLP, where he also serves as co-chair of Manatt's Venture Capital & Technology Practice Group. Greenberg practices general corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings. His practice also extends to the cost-effective representation of emerging and start-up companies, primarily in the technology sector.

Panelists include:
Marty Metro is the founder and CEO of (UCB), a revolutionary and earth-friendly company tackling the gratuitous $120 billion worth of cardboard boxes produced around the world each year… most of which are used once, and just thrown away. Prior to founding, Metro held a number of executive positions with leading technology and consulting organizations. Metro oversaw all sales and operations worldwide, as vice president of The EDCO Group, an enterprise technology firm. As a global project manager for AT&T Solutions, he was responsible for large-scale business process improvements across the three different divisions of this international organization. Metro began his career in management consulting with Andersen Consulting, where he worked with Fortune 500 clients to implement enterprise technologies and manage the large-scale organizational changes that inevitably ran parallel. Metro holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, with concentrations in Information Systems and Management. Prior to graduate studies, Metro graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland.

Elmer Thomas, founder and CEO of Thembid, is a social media expert, entrepreneur, tech blogger and computer engineer. He specializes in using open source technology to increase productivity and revenue for both in-house projects and companies looking to take advantage of new media and web 2.0. Most recently he drove millions of page views to various websites utilizing social media marketing strategies. In addition, Thomas donates countless hours to the community, mentoring young students and owners of start-up businesses. Through a previous company, he provided over 200 low cost dynamic and interactive web sites to small businesses. His award-winning accomplishments have been featured, syndicated and referenced all across the Internet, media and public sector. You can find out more at and

Admission to the TCVN Forum is $45 for pre-registrants and $55 at the door. For further information, contact Tech Coast Venture Network via e-mail at or on the Web at

TCVN Platinum Sponsors include The Bloomfield Group (, Daly-Swartz PR (; Hall & Company (, Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh (; Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP (; and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP ( The TCVN Web Site Sponsor is Head First, Inc (

The Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to assisting, educating and connecting entrepreneurs and emerging companies with capital and resources. TCVN has been directly or indirectly responsible for the establishment and growth of a significant number of early-stage businesses.


Daly-Swartz PR for TCVN
Jeffrey Swartz, 949.470.0075
Tech Coast Venture Network
Jeffrey Swartz