Empowering women in the tech ecosystem

Tuesday, October 8 | Ritz-Carlton | Half Moon Bay, CA


Katherine Barr

General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Laura Bushnell

Partner, King & Spalding

Eileen Chiarello

Brand Marketer, NapaStyle

Andra Davidson

Andra Davidson, Director of Digital Media & Mom Blogs, A&E Networks

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder & CEO, Vator

Karla Gallardo

Co-founder and CEO, Cuyana

Adriana Gascoigne

Founder & CEO, Girls in Tech

Eileen Gittins

Founder, President and CEO, Blurb

Alastair Goldfisher

Editor, Venture Capital Journal and peHUB

Kristen Goldstein

CEO, BackOps

Maha Ibrahim

General Partner, Canaan Partners

Paul Lee

Partner, Lightbank

Rebecca Lynn

General Partner, Canvas Ventures

Dave McClure

Founding Partner, 500 Startups

Cindy Padnos

Founding Managing Director,
Illuminate Ventures

Lynn Perkins

Co-founder and CEO, UrbanSitter

Renata Streit Quintini

Partner, Felicis Ventures

Sharon Wienbar

Partner, ScaleVenture Partners

Jennifer Wong

Co-Founder & CEO, Alt12

Heidi Zak

Co-Founder, ThirdLove


1:30PM,,2:00PM,,Check in and networking,,

2:00PM,,2:10PM,,Opening remarks,,Adriana Gascoigne (Girls in Tech) and Bambi Francisco (Vator)

2:10PM,,2:50PM,,How have early-stage venture investing models evolved and how are early-stage investors helping their portfolio companies deal the Series A Crunch?,,Renata Quintini (Felicis Ventures), Dave McClure (500 Startups), Cindy Padnos (Illuminate Ventures), Paul Lee (Lightbank); Moderator: Alastair Goldfisher (Thomson Reuters)

2:50PM,,3:10PM,,Reinventing the book industry,,Eileen Gittins (Blurb, Founder & CEO)

3:10PM,,3:40PM,,Andra Davidson (A&E Networks), Eileen Gordon (NapaStyle), Heidi Zak (ThirdLove), Jennifer Wong (Alt21), Kristen Goldstein (BackOps); Moderator: Adriana Gascoigne (Girls in Tech)Mixing business with pleasure: Do husbands and wives make great founding teams? And can women have it all?,,


4:00PM,,4:40PM,,Venture capital is being turned on its head! What will venture capital look like in five years?,,Maha Ibrahim (Canaan Ventures), Katherine Barr ( MDV ), Sharon Wienbar ( Scale Venture Partners ), Rebecca Lynn (Morgenthaler); Moderator: Bambi Francisco (Vator)

4:40PM,,5:20PM,,CEO panel - How to land a Series A,,Kristen Goldstein (BackOps), Lynn Perkins (UrbanSitter), Karla Gallardo (Cuyana); Moderator: Laura Bushnell (King & Spalding)

5:20PM,,5:30PM,,Closing remarks,,

5:30PM,,7:00PM,,Cocktail reception,,See demo tables

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  • Get exposure online well before the event during the online competition as more than 100 startups compete for the top 10 spots.
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About Splash

The premier entrepreneurship conference.



Held on Oct. 8 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Amplify 2013 is hosted by Thomson Reuters’ PartnerConnect West Conference (#AMPLIFY2013).

Amplify is a startup event focused on empowering woment to take leadership roles in the technology ecosystem. The event will showcase leading female entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and be a forum to discuss the changing venture landscape and how to build and scale the most successful companies in this environment. Some topics to discuss will be 1) how VCs are helping their portfolio companies deal with the Series A Crunch 2) What will venture capital look like in five years? 3) How are startups raising capital in this environment? We'll dive into these topics and much more!

Previous Keynotes

Splash is one of the best startup competitions and educational events, attracting super smart thought leaders in the tech industry. It's an event that inspires. This is an event for entrepreneurs who want to learn how to innovate, raise money, and scale a company. It's also a place for new investors to learn about angel investing and established ones to sharpen their game.

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The Venue

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Journey to a spectacular cliffside resort peering over the immeasurable Pacific Coast.

1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Getting there



Vator alumni have raised $1B-plus in follow-on capital. Here are a few:

Vator Splash gives you a lot more than a fabulous evening of networking; it gives you access to an entire community of active investors and inspiring entrepreneurs that are making it happen. The event generated significant exposure for our online travel dashboard venture. Weeks after presenting we raised $100K from an investor who saw the online video of our Vator pitch.

Andres Fabris

Founder and CEO at Traxo

DogVacay.com won Vator Splash LA in June 2012. The competition allowed us an opportunity to meet and pitch against some of the great Los Angeles startups and further foster our entrepreneurial community. There was such a positive energy with so many great minds providing insightful feedback throughout the night. Two paws up, Vator!

Aaron Hirschhorn

Founder & CEO at DogVacay

Vator's competition platform made it simple to judge contestants by accessing video, PPT, ratings, executive summaries all in one place. It's the most efficient solution to judging competitions and it makes the process of judging a lot more fun! And the Vator Splash competition makes it easy and efficient to review a large number of early-stage startups that I would not otherwise have been exposed to

Jeremy Liew

The event provides results: a significant number of investors, advisors and business development opportunities arose after we won Vator Splash in front of a crowd of more than 200. Furthermore, one of the judges - Dave McClure - ended up investing in our company. Finally, VatorSplash was a great momentum-builder for us as we were getting ready to fundraise. The victory provided social proof to prospective investors and increased our chances of successfully attracting investment. We went on to raise $1M from a great group of angel investors!

Gagan Biyani

Co-founder, Udemy

The Vator community and its Splash event provided the perfect launch pad to generate exposure for our company. Winning Vator Splash 2013 SF gave us the exposure, quality venture capital meetings and network effect every startup needs to initiate and complete a successful round. The very next quarter, we raised a $4M Series A. Thanks Vator!

Lisa Maki

CEO, PokitDok

The VatorSplash events have been a fantastic opportunity to see great start-ups, connect with other investors, and hear from industry visionaries. Javelin has proudly sponsored the event for many years, and plans to keep actively supporting it for many more."

Jed Katz

Managing Director,
Javelin Venture Partners

The Post.Seed Conference is the very first event of its kind. Startups seem to make or break their future in the post-seed gap, but financing is becoming so difficult to secure during this period. We can see this trend having a huge impact on the future of tech entrepreneurship, and we want to see what the best minds have to say about it.

Paul Martino

Managing Partner, Bullpen Capital

This gap is a new phenomenon, making it unfamiliar ground for both entrepreneurs and investors to navigate. But it’s a reality that’s not going away. In order to understand how to build the best startups, we need to address how to get through this stage. For early-stage founders and investors, the perspectives on financing and the networking opportunities will be invaluable.

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder & CEO, Vator

The Series A ‘crunch’ is no small matter for startups that are trying to beat overwhelming odds. Post Seed is all about giving early-stage entrepreneurs and investors a forum to discuss some of the more pressing issues around fundraising. We want to start the discussion for both entrepreneurs and investors.

Brandon Zeuner

Managing Partner, Venture51

I’ve attended the Splash event over the last few years, and it is one of my favorite tech events due to the quality of entrepreneurs and investors who attend. For Splash 2016, we were fortunate to make it to the finals, pitch Mark Cuban, and take home the win! Soon after, we successfully announced a $2.3M SEED round. The Vator team has become family since, and we are so fortunate to have been given the opportunity. We highly recommend being part of Vator and its events as a way to expand your knowledge, network, and success. Cheers!

Cody Barbo

Founder & CEO, Industry


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VATOR SPLASH EVENT volunteers. Day of.

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EVENT volunteers. Day of.

  • Speaker Hosts
  • Finalists Hosts
  • Stage Hands
  • Ushers
  • Sponsor and Demo Host
  • Stage Manager
  • Social Media


  1. Team call meeting 10 days to 2 weeks prior
  2. Day-before-event meeting at venue (1 hour) to prep, or as early as 6:00 am, day of event
  3. Arrival at event
  4. Venue visit (1 month prior – for Usher Lead, Stage Manager, Speaker Host)

PRE-PRODUCTION volunteers. Up to 5 months prior.

  • Startup Scout Master
  • Startup & Finalist Host
  • Director of Investor Relations
  • Accelerator Partner Relations
  • Media Partner Relations
  • Social Media
  • Press Relations


Be able to start several months prior to the event. Must have solid writing, communication skills.

For those interested in working with startups.

Details about pre-production roles:

Startup Scout Master, Startup Finalist Host: This person loves to work with startups and would love to learn more about them. Your job will be to identify promising startups, interact with them and help prep finalists to get on stage. This job is great for someone who wants to work at a startup or invest in them.

Director of Investor Relations, Accelerator Partner Relations: This person wants to interact with venture capitalists and angel investors and corporate investors – in short – investors. You will engage with them around 5 to 6 weeks prior to the event. Your job is to get to know them and their investments and to help them to evaluate the startups in the finalist competition. The Accelerator Partner Relations person will communicate with accelerators to engage their startups in the event and competition.

Social Media and Press: This person(s) is proficient at putting press releases together and posting social media updates on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Vator. This person has excellent writing skills and is fluent in English. This person has comfort and familiarity with social networks. This person must spend at least 20 minutes daily posting for Vator one month prior to the event about the event speakers, relevant news and throughout the day of event. Press person should work on at least one press release.

Also contact: volunteer@vator.tv (with any questions) or mitos@vator.tv