The Series A Crunch is on!

Wednesday, July 17 | Café Du Nord | San Francisco, CA


Mike Maples

Managing Partner, Floodgate

David Austin

Sr Director Emerging Technology, Media Camp

Stacey Bishop

Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners

Dylan Boyd

Managing Director, Nike Accelerator/TechStars

James Conlon

Partner, Bullpen Capital

Duncan Davidson

Managing Director, Bullpen Capital

Pascale Diaine

Evangelist, Orange Silicon Valley

Jenny Fielding

Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide

James Finn

VP Strategic Initiatives, Telefonica Digital

Dave Fowler

Founder & CEO at Chartio

Tod Francis

Managing Director, Shasta Ventures

Alastair Goldfisher

Editor, Venture Capital Journal and peHUB

Rob Hayes

Partner, First Round Capital

Deborah Jackson

Founder and CEO,

Michael Levit

Managing partner, Founders Den

Larry Marcus

Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital

Paul Martino

Managing Partner, Bullpen Capital

Mike McCormick

Audit Senior Manager, KPMG

John McIntyre

Managing Director, Citrix Startup Accelerator

Richard Melmon

Managing Partner, Bullpen Capital

Alex Mittal

Founder & CEO, FundersClub

Michael Neril

Director, WIN

Matt Ocko

Co-Managing Partner, Data Collective

Marcus Ogawa

Managing Partner, Quest Venture Partners

Quint Slattery

Founder and CIO, Symmetry Peak Management

Renata Streit Quintini

Partner, Felicis Ventures

Padma Rao

Board member, Julep

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder & CEO, Vator

Ezra Roizen

Founder, advsr

Alex Rosen

Managing Director, IDG Ventures


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


2:30PM,,4:00PM,,Networking, open bar, snacks, and time to check out demo tables (Open wine bar and snacks from 3:10 to 3:55 pm),,See demo tables

4:00PM,,4:15PM,,Opening remarks,,Bambi Francisco (Vator) and Paul Martino (BullPen)

4:15PM,,4:50PM,,Panel: The crunch is on. What are your options? You've just raised your seed round and you need to move on to the next stage. Series A is one option so what are Series A investors looking for? In parallel, are you getting to know potential acquirers and/or figuring out how to get profitable?,,Panelists: Matt Ocko (Data Collective), Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital), Tod Francis (Shasta Ventures), Michael Neril (WIN), Padma Rao (Julep); Moderator: Mike McCormick (KPMG)

4:50PM,,5:05PM,,Floating Point - State of the VC Union,,Duncan Davidson (Bullpen)

5:05PM,,5:40PM,,Panel: How have early-stage models evolved? It's been about four years since we've seen an explosion of incubators, accelerators and new seed-stage VCs with varying models. How are they doing? Who's pivoted? Who's raised a new fund? What are some new models?,,Panelists: Rob Hayes (First Round Capital), Mike Levit (Founder's Den), Marcus Ogawa (Quest Venture Partners), Larry Marcus (Walden VC), Deborah Jackson (Plum Alley), Alex Mittal (FundersClub); Moderator: James Conlon (Bullpen)

5:40PM,,6:20PM,,Keynote,,Mike Maples (FLOODGATE)

6:20PM,,6:55PM,,35 minute networking: Snacks, open bar, and networking and time to check out demo tables,,See demo tables

6:55PM,,7:10PM,,Floating Point,,Quint Slattery (Symmetry Peak)

7:10PM,,7:45PM,,Panel - Innovation - Accelerating or decelerating? Where are all the big ideas? We've got billions of people throwing angry birds at pigs. But is that innovation? What are the really, really, really big ideas and why can't we find them? What's exciting? Flying cars? Connected, machine-learning devices? Healthcare? The Internet of Things?,,Panelists: Stacey Bishop (Scale Venture Partners), Renata Quintini (Felicis), Tim Chang (Mayfield), Alexander Rosen (IDG Ventures), Dave Fowler (Chartio); Moderator: Richard Melmon

7:45PM,,8:15PM,,Fireside Keynote,,Ben Ling (Khosla Ventures) interviewed by Paul Martino (BullPen)

8:15PM,,8:50PM,,Panel - Accelerator Nation: It started with Y Combinator, then TechStars. Now the idea of accelerators has spread like wildfire. And inside big companies, accelerator programs are starting to replace in-house R&D efforts. Who's starting these programs? What's the benefit? How should startups work with them and is this the new normal?,,James Finn (Telefonica Digital), David Austin (Turner Broadcasting's Media Camp), Pascale Diaine (Orange Fab), Jenny Fielding (BBC Worldwide Labs), John McIntyre (Citrix Accelerator), Dylan Boyd (Nike Accelerator/TechStars); Moderator: Alastair Goldfisher (Thomson Reuters)

8:50PM,,9:00PM,,Closing remarks,,

9:00PM,,9:30PM,,More networking time and time to see demo tables,, See demo tables

9:30PM,,11:30PM,,Afterparty with Coverflow,,

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The venture capital industry has been shifting for the last decade, but the last several years has seen it transform dramatically, particularly with the introduction of new venture funds, new financing models, and new early-stage participants, such as angels and accelerators/incubators. At the same time, the ambient capital at the seed stages has birthed an army of startups that have little chance of living to their full potential.

It's not sustainable. Indeed, we're seeing the first ramifications of the topsy-turvy venture world - a Series A crunch - which is leaving a bunch of half-baked startups scrambling to survive or be acquired.

How do we navigate through this change? How do we build innovative new companies that scale? This is a forum to talk about the startup formation process, "exit" dynamics and the strategies that create the "best" companies, given the restraints and new opportunities.

Hosted by Vator and Bullpen Capital, Venture Shift will be held on the evening of July 17, 2013 at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco.

Last year, Shift focused on the JOBS Act and how it would affect fundraising. In 2011, Shift focused on the explosion of new capital seeding a plethora of startups and the anticipated Series A crunch.

This year, we'll focus on how the venture capital industry is innovating to prove out their models, to attract new investors, and to build out tomorrow's leading companies. 

Join us on the evening of July 17, 2013 in San Fracisco along with top angels, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to explore the changes disrupting the VC industry.

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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

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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!

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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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