Ken Goldman, the recently hired chief financial officer of Yahoo and a veteran of the software industry, will give advice Wednesday in Buffalo to the founders of local technology startups.
Goldman was hired last October by Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer. He has worked in management positions for more than 30 years, including as CFO of Fortinent, which makes computer security software, and of Siebel Systems, which makes business software.
Goldman serves on the board of Infinera and NXP Semiconductor, and is a trustee of Cornell University, his alma mater.
Organizers say Goldman will cover a range of topics related to running a tech startup company, in particular how best to prepare to pitch your company to prospective investors.
“He’s very well-known in the venture capital industry,” said Dan Magnuszewski, chief principal innovator at the Z80 Labs tech incubator.
It’s not known whether Goldman will visit Yahoo’s 190,000-square-foot data center in the Town of Lockport, which opened in 2010, during his visit to the area.
He will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Z80 Labs, located on the first floor of The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, at the corner of Washington and Scott streets.
Goldman will be interviewed by Martin Babinec, founder and chairman of Upstate Venture Connect, and he will take questions from the audience following the presentation.
He is the fourth participant in the Z80 Labs speaker series, which began in July and seeks to connect local tech entrepreneurs with veterans of the industry.
His talk is well-timed, Magnuszewski said, because a half-dozen of the Z80 Labs startups are traveling to New York City on April 9 to make presentations to representatives from SoftBank Capital, Union Square Ventures and other leading venture capital firms.
The Goldman event is open to the public but seating is limited and anyone interested in attending must register in advance at the Strictly Business blog at buffalonews.com.