2013 Splash, San Francisco

Wednesday, October 2 | Café Du Nord | San Francisco, CA


Keith Krach

Chairman and CEO, DocuSign

Jared Simon

COO, HotelTonight

Rob Coneybeer

Founder & Partner, Shasta Ventures

Tony Conrad

Venture Partner, True Ventures

Jenny Fielding

Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide

Howard Hartenbaum

Partner, August Capital

Charles Hudson

Venture Partner, SoftTech VC

Jed Katz

Managing Director,
Javelin Venture Partners

Lars Leckie

Partner, Hummer Winblad

Rick Lewis

General Partner, US Venture Partners

Charles Moldow

General Partner, Foundation Capital

Rick Moss

Partner, Better Ventures

Rory O’Driscoll

Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Lisa Maki

CEO, PokitDok

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder & CEO, Vator

Ezra Roizen

Founder, advsr

Andrew Ross

Director & Valuation Practice Leader, Grant Thornton

Dave Samuel

Founder, Freestyle Capital

Ted G. Wang

Partner, Fenwick & West

Benjamin Ling

Investment Partner, Khosla Ventures

Online Judges & Musicians

Alan Chiu

Partner, XSeed Capital

Deepak Gupta

Mentor, 500 Startups

Keith McCurdy


Alex Roizen

Managing Director, Vator Investment Club

Toby E. Stuart

Professor, Haas School of Business

Jules Walker

Director of Venture Capital Practice, KPMG

Ethan Beard

Director of Business Development, Facebook

Tim Chang

Managing Director, Mayfield Fund

Prashant Fuloria

Chief Product Officer, Flurry

Philip Kaplan

Founder and CEO, ADHD Labs

Raj Kapoor

Venture Partner, Mayfield Fund

Kristian Segerstrale

Initial Capital

The Mule



3:30PM,,5:15PM,,Socializing, open wine bar, and time to see demo tables on 2nd and 3rd floors. Light snacks served at 4:30 on 3rd floor,,See demo tables

5:15PM,,5:20PM,,Welcome remarks,,Bambi Francisco (Vator)

5:20PM,,5:25PM,,Keynote introduction,,Rory O'Driscoll (Scale Venture Partners)

5:25PM,,5:55PM,,Keynote presentation, plus Q&A,,Keith Krach (CEO, DocuSign)

5:55PM,,6:05PM,,Floating Point - "How I raised my Series A during the Crunch!",,Lisa Maki (Pokitdok)

6:05PM,,6:45PM,,40 minutes for first five startup pitches (3 minutes each),,Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), Howard Hartenbaum (August Capital), Charles Hudson (SoftTechVC), Lars Leckie (Hummer Winblad), Jenny Fielding (BBC Worldwide); Emcee: Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital); Musical timekeeper: The Mule(Smule)

6:45PM,,7:15PM,,Networking break - snacks on 3rd floor, open wine bar, time to see demo tables on 2nd and 3rd floors

7:15PM,,7:55PM,,40 minutes for next five startup pitches (3 minutes each),,Tony Conrad (True Ventures), Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Rick Moss (Hub Ventures), Charles Moldow (Foundation Capital), Andy Ross (Grant Thornton); Emcee: Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital); Musical timekeeper: The Mule(Smule)

7:55PM,,8:00PM,,Keynote introduction,,Rick Lewis (US Venture Partners)

8:00PM,,8:30PM,,Keynote presentation, plus Q&A,,Jared Simon (Founder/COO HotelTonight)

8:30PM,,9:10PM,,40 minutes "Late Night" with Raj Kapoor (talking VC/angel investing),,Dave Samuel (Freestyle), Ben Ling (Khosla Ventures), Kristian Segerstråle (Initial Capital), Phil Kaplan (Entrepreneur), Ted Wang (Fenwick & West)

9:10PM,,9:15PM,,Announce winners; Closing remarks

9:15PM,,12:00AM,,Networking afterparty in the night club with Coverflow,,Raj Kapoor (Mayfield), Tim Chang (Mayfield), Prashant Fuloria (Mayfield), Ethan Beard (ex-Facebook), Phil Kaplan (Entrepreneur), Kristian Segerstråle (Initial Capital)

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.

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Partners that have attended Vator Splash events

About Splash

The premier entrepreneurship conference.



Splash brings together high-caliber speakers who talk about how to build and scale great successful companies, how their industries are changing and the opportunities those changes are creating.

Splash also allows the audience to mingle with top venture capitalists and angels who are funding tomorrow's next Google and Facebook. These influencers will give you insights into how they think when it comes to investments and they'll also talk about their changing investment strategies in light of the emergence of super angels, angels, micro-VCs and incubators.

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

Café Du Nord

A funky and edgy experience, filled with a lot of fun, wine, learning, absorbing, networking and dancing!

2170 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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


Check back after the event is over for press coverage.


VATOR SPLASH EVENT volunteers. Day of.

Click here to volunteer.

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