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Form SC 13D/A Firsthand Technology Filed by: Star Equity Fund, LP

February 23, 2024 5:54 PM EST

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
______________

SCHEDULE 13D
(Rule 13d-101)

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT
TO RULE 13d-1(a) AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED PURSUANT TO
RULE 13d-2(a)

(Amendment No. 11)1

Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc.
(Name of Issuer)

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share
(Title of Class of Securities)

33766Y100
(CUSIP Number)

STAR EQUITY FUND, LP
53 Forest Avenue, Suite 101
Old Greenwich, Connecticut 06870
(203) 489-9504
(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person
Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

February 21, 2024
(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of This Statement)

    If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of Rule 13d-1(e), 13d-1(f) or 13d-1(g), check the following box ☐.

    Note. Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See Rule 13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.
1    The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

    The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).


CUSIP No. 817732100

1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

STAR EQUITY FUND, LP
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*(a) ☒
(b) ☐
3SEC USE ONLY
4
SOURCE OF FUNDS
WC
5
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)☐
6
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

DELAWARE
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH7
SOLE VOTING POWER

1,985,724
8
SHARED VOTING POWER

- 0 -
9
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

1,985,724
10
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -
11
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

1,985,724
12
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES☐
13
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

28.81%
14
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

PN


2

CUSIP No. 817732100

1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

STAR EQUITY FUND GP, LLC
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*(a) ☒
(b) ☐
3SEC USE ONLY
4
SOURCE OF FUNDS
AF
5
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)☐
6
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

DELAWARE
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH7
SOLE VOTING POWER

1,985,724
8
SHARED VOTING POWER

- 0 -
9
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

1,985,724
10
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -
11
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

1,985,724
12
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES☐
13
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

28.81%
14
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

OO


3

CUSIP No. 817732100

1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

STAR INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, LLC
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*(a) ☒
(b) ☐
3SEC USE ONLY
4
SOURCE OF FUNDS
AF
5
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)☐
6
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

CONNECTICUT
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH7
SOLE VOTING POWER

1,985,724
8
SHARED VOTING POWER

- 0 -
9
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

1,985,724
10
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -
11
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

1,985,724
12
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES☐
13
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

28.81%
14
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

OO


4

CUSIP No. 817732100

1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

STAR EQUITY HOLDINGS, INC.
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*(a) ☒
(b) ☐
3SEC USE ONLY
4
SOURCE OF FUNDS
AF, OO
5
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)☐
6
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

DELAWARE
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH7
SOLE VOTING POWER

1,985,724
8
SHARED VOTING POWER

- 0 -
9
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

1,985,724
10
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -
11
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

1,985,724
12
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES☐
13
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

28.81%
14
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

CO


5

CUSIP No. 817732100

1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

JEFFREY E. EBERWEIN
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*(a) ☒
(b) ☐
3SEC USE ONLY
4
SOURCE OF FUNDS
AF, PF
5
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)☐
6
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

USA
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH7
SOLE VOTING POWER

1,985,724
8
SHARED VOTING POWER

- 0 -
9
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

1,985,724
10
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -
11
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

1,985,724
12
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES☐
13
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

28.81%
14
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

IN


6

CUSIP No. 817732100

1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

STAR VALUE, LLC
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*(a) ☒
(b) ☐
3SEC USE ONLY
4
SOURCE OF FUNDS
AF
5
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)☐
6
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

DELAWARE
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH7
SOLE VOTING POWER

1,985,724
8
SHARED VOTING POWER

- 0 -
9
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

1,985,724
10
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -
11
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

1,985,724
12
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES☐
13
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

28.81%
14
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

OO



7

CUSIP No. 817732100
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

HANNAH M. BIBLE
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*(a)
(b)
3SEC USE ONLY
4
SOURCE OF FUNDS
AF, PF
5
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)☐
6
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

USA
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH7
SOLE VOTING POWER

-0-
8
SHARED VOTING POWER

- 0 -
9
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

-0-
10
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -
11
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

-0-
12
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES☐
13
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

0%
14
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

IN



8

CUSIP No. 817732100
1
NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS

ROBERT G. PEARSE
2
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*(a)
(b)
3SEC USE ONLY
4
SOURCE OF FUNDS
AF, PF
5
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)☐
6
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

USA
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH7
SOLE VOTING POWER

-0-
8
SHARED VOTING POWER

- 0 -
9
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

-0-
10
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -
11
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

-0-
12
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES☐
13
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

0%
14
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

IN



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The following constitutes Amendment No. 11 ("Amendment No.11") to the Schedule 13D filed by the undersigned on November 25, 2022 (the “Schedule 13D”). This Amendment No. 11 amends the Schedule 13D as specifically set forth herein.



Item 2.        Identity and Background.

Item 2 is hereby amended to add the following:

In connection with the conclusion of the Issuer’s 2023 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), Hannah M. Bible and Robert G. Pearse are no longer members of the Section 13(d) group and shall cease to be Reporting Persons immediately upon the filing of this Amendment No. 11 to the Schedule 13D, at which time the Joint Filing and Solicitation Agreement, described in Item 6, is also terminated. The remaining Reporting Persons will continue filing statements on Schedule 13D with respect to their beneficial ownership of securities of the Issuer to the extent required by applicable law. Each of the remaining Reporting Persons is party to the A&R Joint Filing Agreement, as further described in Item 6 below.



Item 3.    Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration.

Item 3 is hereby amended and restated as follows:

The Shares purchased by Star Equity Fund were purchased with working capital (which may, at any given time, include margin loans made by brokerage firms in the ordinary course of business) in open market purchases, except as otherwise noted, as set forth in Schedule A, which is incorporated by reference herein. The aggregate purchase price of the 1,985,724 Shares beneficially owned by Star Equity Fund is approximately $1,064,760, excluding brokerage commissions.
Item 5.        Interest in Securities of the Issuer.

Item 5 (a)-(c) is hereby amended and restated as follows:

The aggregate percentage of the Shares reported owned by each person named herein is based upon 6,893,056 Shares outstanding as of September 30, 2023, which is the total number of Shares reported outstanding in the Issuer’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 14, 2023.
A.    Star Equity Holdings
(a)    Star Equity Holdings, as the parent of Star Value, sole member of Star Management, and limited partner of Star Equity Fund may be deemed the beneficial owner of the 1,985,724 Shares beneficially owned by Star Equity Fund.
Percentage: Approximately 28.81%
(b)    1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 1,985,724
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 0
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 1,985,724
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0

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(c)    Star Equity Holdings has not entered into any transactions in the Shares during the past 60 days. The transactions in the Shares on behalf of Star Equity Fund during the past 60 days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.
B.    Star Equity Fund
(a)    As of the close of business on February 23, 2024, Star Equity Fund beneficially owned 1,985,724 Shares.
Percentage: Approximately 28.81%
(b)    1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 1,985,724
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 0
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 1,985,724
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0

(c)    The transactions in the Shares by Star Equity Fund during the past 60 days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.
C.    Star Equity GP
(a)    Star Equity GP, as the general partner of Star Equity Fund, may be deemed the beneficial owner of the 1,985,724 Shares owned by Star Equity Fund.
Percentage: Approximately 28.81%
(b)    1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 1,985,724
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 0
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 1,985,724
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0

(c)    Star Equity GP has not entered into any transactions in the Shares during the past 60 days. The transactions in the Shares on behalf of Star Equity Fund during the past 60 days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.
D.    Star Investment Management
(a)    Star Investment Management, as the investment manager of Star Equity Fund, may be deemed the beneficial owner of the 1,985,724 Shares owned by Star Equity Fund.
Percentage: Approximately 28.81%
(b)    1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 1,985,724
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 0
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 1,985,724
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0

(c)    Star Investment Management has not entered into any transactions in the Shares during the past 60 days. The transactions in the Shares on behalf of Star Equity Fund during the past 60 days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.
E.    Mr. Eberwein
(a)    Mr. Eberwein, as the manager of Star Equity GP and Star Equity Management, may be deemed the beneficial owner of the 1,985,724 Shares owned by Star Equity Fund.
Percentage: Approximately 28.81%
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(b)    1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 1,985,724
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 0
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 1,985,724
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0
(c)    Mr. Eberwein has not entered into any transactions in the Shares during the past 60 days The transactions in the shares on behalf of Star Equity Fund during the past 60 days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.
F.    Star Value
(a)    Star Value, as the sole member of Star Equity GP may be deemed the beneficial owner of the Shares owned by Star Equity Fund.
Percentage: Approximately 28.81%
(b)    1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 1,985,724
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 0
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 1,985,724
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0

(c)    Star Value has not entered into any transactions in the Shares during the past 60 days. The transactions in the Shares on behalf of Star Equity Fund during the past 60 days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.    
G.     Mr. Pearse

(a)    As of the close of business on February 23, 2024, Mr. Pearse directly owned 0 Shares.
Percentage: Approximately 0%
(b)    1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 0
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 0
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0
(c)    Mr. Pearse has not entered into any transactions in the Shares during the past 60 days
H.     Ms. Bible

(a)    As of the close of business on February 23, 2024, Ms. Bible directly owned 0 Shares.

Percentage: Approximately 0%
(b)    1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 0
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 0
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0
(c)    Ms. Bible has not entered into any transactions in the Shares during the past 60 days.
The filing of this Schedule 13D shall not be deemed an admission that the Reporting Persons are, for purposes of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the beneficial owners of any securities of the Issuer that he, she, or it does not directly own. Each of the Reporting Persons specifically disclaims beneficial ownership of the securities reported herein that he, she, or it does not directly own.
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Item 6.Contracts, Arrangements, Understandings or Relationships With Respect to Securities of the Issuer.
Item 6 is hereby amended to add the following:
On February 23, 2024, the Reporting Persons entered into an Amended and Restated Joint Filing and Solicitation Agreement (the “A&R Joint Filing Agreement”) in which the Reporting Persons who will remain Reporting Persons subsequent to this Amendment No. 11 agreed to the joint filing on behalf of each of them of statements on Schedule 13D with respect to the securities of the Issuer to the extent required by applicable law. The A&R Joint Filing Agreement replaces the original Joint Filing and Solicitation Agreement entered into on December 5, 2022, which was filed with Amendment No. 1 to the Schedule 13D. The A&R Joint Filing Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.7 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7.Material to be Filed as Exhibits.

Item 7 is hereby amended to add the following:

The following items are filed as exhibits:

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SIGNATURES
After reasonable inquiry and to the best of his knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.
Dated: February 23, 2024
Star Equity Fund, LP
By:
Star Equity Fund GP, LLC
General Partner
By:/s/ Jeffrey E. Eberwein
Name:Jeffrey E. Eberwein
Title:Manager
Star Equity Holdings, Inc.
By:/s/ Richard K Coleman Jr.
Name:Richard K. Coleman, Jr.
Title:Chief Executive Officer

Star Equity Fund GP, LLC
By:/s/ Jeffrey E. Eberwein
Name:Jeffrey E. Eberwein
Title:Manager

Star Investment Management, LLC
By:/s/ Jeffrey E. Eberwein
Name:Jeffrey E. Eberwein
Title:Manager

Star Value, LLC
By:Star Equity Holdings, Inc.
By:/s/ Richard K. Coleman, Jr.
Name:Richard K. Coleman, Jr.
Title:Chief Executive Officer

/s/ Jeffrey E. Eberwein
Jeffrey E. Eberwein
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Individually and as attorney-in-fact for Robert G. Pearse
/s/ Hannah Bible
Hannah Bible

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SCHEDULE A
Transactions in the Securities of the Issuer Since the Filing of Amendment No. 10 to the Schedule 13D
Shares of Common Stock
Purchased/(Sold)
Price Per
Share ($)1
Date of
Purchase / Sale

STAR EQUITY FUND, LP

11,000$0.30 12/21/2023
3,193$0.31 12/22/2023
1,000$0.30 12/26/2023
10,500$0.34 12/27/2023
10,000$0.30 12/28/2023
22,735$0.30 
(1)
12/29/2023
150,000$0.28 2/21/2024
15,952$0.29 
(1)
2/23/2024

1 The prices reported in this column are weighted average prices. Star Equity Fund, LP undertakes to provide the Issuer and any security holder of the Issuer, or the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, upon request, full information regarding the number of shares purchased (or sold) at each separate price such shares were purchased.

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ATTACHMENTS / EXHIBITS

EX-99.7



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