Empowering women in the tech ecosystem

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


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!

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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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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

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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