Empowering women in the tech ecosystem

Tuesday, October 8 | One-Day Conference | Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay


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 and 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

Venture Capital Editor, VCJ and peHUB

Kristen Goldstein

CEO, BackOps

Maha Ibrahim

General Partner, Canaan Partners

Paul Lee

Partner, Lightbank

Rebecca Lynn

General Partner, Canvas Venture Fund

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

Vator Partners

Reach hundreds of influencers within the entrepreneurship community.


Reach hundreds of influencers in the high-tech entrepreneur community.

  • Be in front of entrepreneurs leading innovation, disrupting industries and redefining the economy.
  • Be in front of emerging startups while they’re young.
  • Get exposure online well before the event during the online competition as more than 100 startups compete for the top 10 spots.
  • Get online across the competition and event pages, in newsletters and emails, and at the event through banners, tables, etc.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email sponsor@vator.tv

Partners that have attended Vator Splash events

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 $400M-plus in follow-on capital. Here are a few:

We had no idea of the power of Vator Splash until we found the event packed with representatives from many of the region's most renowned investment groups, journalists, elected officials, and professionals from tech and related fields. After OppSites was awarded first prize, our schedule rapidly filled with meetings with top venture capital investors, interviews with local media, and offers of support from business development professionals.

Ian Ross

Founder & CEO OppSites; Principal at City Design Collective

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

Venture Capitalist

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


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EVENT volunteers. We are looking for Ushers and Host for specific roles:

  1. Speaker Hosts
  2. Startup Finalist Host
  3. Mic Manager
  4. Ushers
  5. Sponsor Host
  6. Demo Host
  7. Stage Manager

Trainee Opportunities:

We are looking for energetic dynamic personalities who are passionate about the venture capital community and have one or more of the following skills:

  • PR
  • Writing
  • Communications
  • Finance, venture capital

We are also looking for:

Vator Investor Relations Trainee: This person loves startups and venture capital and would like an opportunity to learn more about how the startup ecosystem works, mainly from an investor standpoint. You will be in charge of interacting with angel investors and venture capitalists and learning more about what these investors look for in an investment. This job also helps you evaluate investors, based on their past investments. We're looking for someone who can commit six months (or until the end of the school year) for a five hours a week. This person can also come to any Vator event for free.

Learn more: contact Mitos at mitos@vator.tv or volunteer@vator.tv

Vator Splash Social Media Trainee: Do you want the opportunity to beef up your resume with experience learning how to use best practices to build a large, influential social community? Would you like an excellent reference to take to your next job? We need a social media trainee to help promote Vator Splash Events. These one and two day events have been held in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York and London. You will be responsible for helping manage and engage our growing social community on a variety of platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

Learn more: contact volunteer@vator.tv

Apply here.

Requirements for Social Media trainees:

  1. Excellent written communication skills and fluent English language speaker.
  2. Comfort and familiarity with social networks and experience using them in a business context. (It's not enough to have 400 Facebook friends.)
  3. Ability to aggregate quality content to post and share. Available to spend at least 20 - 30 minutes daily (on average), focused on social marketing for Vator.
  4. A passion for marketing and excitement about growing a large, engaged community.
  5. Ability to work independently (after brief training) and with minimal supervision.
  6. Entering college senior or older, required.