Vator Splash comes to Oakland

Tue-Wed, May 6-7, 2014 | Two-day Conference | Oakland, CA

Speakers

James Freeman

Founder & CEO, Blue Bottle Coffee

Danny Kennedy

Co-founder, Sungevity

Jeff Clavier

Founder, Managing Partner, SoftTech VC

MC Hammer

Celebrity, Musician

Benjamin Ling

Investment Partner, Khosla Ventures

Rob Goldman

Mobile Ad Monetization, Facebook

Rebecca Lynn

General Partner, Canvas Venture Fund

Sharon Wienbar

Partner, ScaleVenture Partners

Howard Hartenbaum

Partner, August Capital

Tony Conrad

Venture Partner, True Ventures

Alex Mittal

Founder & CEO, FundersClub

Caryn Voskuil

Manager, School Model Innovation, Rocketship Education

Tim Draper

Founder & Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Yousuf Bhaijee

Head of Mobile User Acquisition, Disney Mobile

Jans Aasman

Founder & CEO, Franz, Inc

Jerome Boulon

Technical Director, Riot Games

Ravi Belani

Managing Partner, Alchemist Accelerator

Catherine Bracy

Director of Community Organizing, Code for America

Tim Brady

Founder & Partner, Image K12

Charlie Brock

CEO & President, Launch Tennessee

Gleb Budman

Founder & CEO, Backblaze

Jeff Burton

Exec. Dir., Skydeck Berkeley

Mary Ann Byrnes

C&M Partners

Carol Carpenter

CMO, ClearSlide

Shelby Clark

Founder, RelayRides

Jay Chong

Sr. Investment Director, Samsung Ventures

Wayee Chu

Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

Patrick Chung

Partner, NEA

Eric Colson

Chief Algorithms & Analytics Officer, Stitch Fix

Rob Coneybeer

Founder & Partner, Shasta Ventures

Jose Corona

Executive Director, Inner City Advisors

Drew Curtis

Founder & CEO, Fark.com

Duncan Davidson

Managing Director, Bullpen Capital

Keval Desai

Partner, Interwest Partners

Salil Deshpande

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

John Paul Ditty

Managing Director, KPMG

Noah Doyle

Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Anne Dwane

Chief Business Officer, Chegg Inc.

Shane Dyer

Founder, Arraynet

Ashara Ekundayo

Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer, ImpactHub Oakland

Karen Engel

Interim Director of Development, Peralta Community College District

Steven Fan

Head of Mobile Corporate Development, Yahoo!

Lyle Fong

Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Gregor Freund

Founder & CEO, Versal

Malay Gandhi

Chief Strategy Officer, Rockhealth

Ashu Garg

General Partner, Foundation Capital

Matt Garratt

Corp Development, Salesforce.com

Mike Ghielmetti

Signature Development

Alastair Goldfisher

Venture Capital Editor, VCJ and peHUB

Brandon Goldman

Co-Founder, FreshPay

Alex Gurevich

Partner, Javelin Venture Partners

Andre Haddad

CEO, RelayRides

Neal Hansch

Incubator Managing Director, Meltwater

Christine Herron

Director, Intel Capital

Crystal Huang

COO, Sfuncube

Ginger Imster

Executive Director, Arch Grants

Sean Jacobsohn

Venture Partner, Emergence Capital

Reena Jadhav

Founder, CareerHero

Naveen Jain

CMO & Co-Founder, Immunity Project

JB (Mike) John-Baptiste

Angel Investor

Kelley Kahn

City of Oakland

Jed Katz

Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Meera Kaul

Investor, Entrepreneur, Chairperson, Meera Kaul Foundation

Emily Kirsch

CEO, SfunCube

Dave Krupinski

Co-Founder & CTO, Care.com

Manu Kumar

Founder and Chief Firestarter, K9 Ventures

Jeff Magnusson

Data Platform Architecture, Netflix

Jules Maltz

General Partner, IVP

Andre Marqui

Executive Dir, Lester Center, Haas/Berkeley

Kristin McDonnell

M33 Partners

Tom McGovern

Managing Director, IdeaLab

Gilad Meiri

Founder & CEO, Neura

Erik Moore

Founder and Managing Partner, Base Ventures

Conor Moore

National Co-Leader, KPMG Venture Practice

Alex Niehenke

Principal, Scale Venture Partners

Rick Moss

Managing Director, Better Ventures

Marcus Ogawa

Managing Partner, Quest Venture Partners

Kristina Omari

Angel Investor

Cindy Padnos

Founding Managing Director,
Illuminate Ventures

Jay Parekh

Business Development, Braintree

Marc Parrish

Parrish Advisors

Ali Partovi

Angel investor

Tom Patterson

Chairman and Founder, Tinker

Lynn Perkins

Co-founder and CEO, UrbanSitter

María Poblet

Executive Director, Just Cause

Brock Pierce

Co-founder & Chairman, GoCoin

Jason Portnoy

Partner, Subtraction Capital

Shauntel Poulson

Principal, NewSchools Venture Fund

Jean Quan

Mayor, City of Oakland

Chris Redlitz

Founder & General Partner, The Last Mile

Cynthia Ringo

Managing Partner, DBL Investors

Gary Rogers

Investor, Entrepreneur, Former CEO, Dreyer's Ice Cream

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder and CEO, Vator

Ezra Roizen

Digital Media Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital

Heidi Roizen

Operating Partner, DFJ

Roger Royse

Founder, Royse Law Firm

Jim Scheinman

Founder & Managing Director, Maven Ventures

Robert Scoble

Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace

Wes Selke

Managing Director, Better Ventures

Burt Smith

CIO, Franz, Inc

Shawnae Spencer

Fmr pro football player, Angel

Jared Simon

COO, HotelTonight

Josh Stein

Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Wayne Sutton

Co-founder, Student Ventures

Cameron Teitelman

Founder & CEO, StartX

Gary Tsifrin

Founder & COO, DriversEd.com

Stamos Venios

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Data Elite

Sarah Wagener

VP Talent Acquisition & Diversity, Pandora

Eric Wilhelm

Founder, Instructables.com

Greg Winner

CEO, GainSpan

Brian Wong

Founder & CEO, kiip

David Zilberman

Venture Partner, Comcast Ventures

Online Judges

Richard Chen

Angel Investor

​Patrick Lee

Co-founder, Hobo Labs

Alex Roizen

Adviser, Ackrell Capital

Chris Surdi

Enterprise Sales Executive, Braintree

​ Jules Walker

Director, KPMG

Agenda

8:30AM,,9:30AM,,Registration. Plus coffee/breakfast.

9:30AM,,9:35AM,,Opening remarks and introduction of special guest: Mayor Jean Quan,,Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

9:35AM,,9:40AM,,Session 1 - Official Welcome,,Mayor Jean Quan,, City of Oakland

9:40AM,,10:10AM,,Session 2 - Tech Startups, the A's and Oakland's Bright Future,, MC Hammer (Celebrity, Entrepreneur) - Interviewer: Erik Moore (Base VC)

10:40AM,,10:50AM,,--Break--,,

10:50AM,,11:35AM,,Session 4 - Global Splash Competition Presentations - First 5 Finalists,,Emcee: Robert Scoble (Rackspace) Judges: Manu Kumar (Founder & Chief Firestarter, K9 Ventures), Howard Hartenbaum (Partner, August Capital), Neal Hansch (Managing Director, Meltwater), Noah Doyle (Partner, Javelin Venture Partners), Ali Partovi (Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor)

11:35AM,,11:45AM,,Session 5 - Floating Point,,Presenter: Dave Krupinski (Co-founder, Care.com)

11:45AM,,12:15PM,,Session 5 - The FUTURE OF Marketplaces. A look at challenges and investment opportunities across this fast-growing market segment from leading founders/CEOs leading the charge and investors making big bets.,,Moderator: Steven Loeb (VatorNews) Panelists: Howard Hartenbaum (Partner, August Capital), Lynn Perkins (Founder & CEO, UrbanSitter), Shelby Clark (Founder, RelayRides), Jared Simon (COO, HotelTonight)

12:15PM,,1:25PM,,--Lunch--,,

1:25PM,,1:30PM,,Welcome back to the program,,Emcee: Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital)

1:30PM,,2:00PM,,Session 6 - New VC models & cool startups; Draper University and Six Californias,,Fireside Chat with Tim Draper (Founder, DFJ, Draper University; Interviewer: Heidi Roizen (Partner, DFJ)

2:00PM,,2:45PM,,Session 7 - OakTown/East Bay Startup Competition Presentations - Final 5 Finalists,,Emcee: Wayne Sutton (Founder, PitchTo). Welcome remarks by Oaktown competition sponsor Oakland Forward/Bryan Parker (Port of Oakland Commissioner). Judges: Rick Moss (Partner, Better Ventures), Erik Moore (Base VC), Eric Wilhelm (Founder & CEO, Instructables), JB (Mike) John-Baptiste (Angel Investor)

2:45PM,,3:15PM,,Session 8 - The FUTURE OF Mobile Monetization. A look at challenges and investment opportunities across this fast-growing market segment from leading founders/CEOs leading the charge and investors making big bets.,,Moderator: Tom Patterson (Serial entrepreneur). Panelists: Brian Wong (Founder & CEO, Kiip), Ashu Garg (Partner, Foundation Capital), Yousuf Bhanjee (Disney/Zynga), Rob Goldman (Facebook), Steven Fan (Yahoo)

3:15PM,,3:25PM,,--Snack Break--,,

3:25PM,,3:55PM,,Session 9 -The FUTURE OF EdTech: A look at challenges and investment opportunities across this fast-growing market segment from leading founders/CEOs leading the charge and investors making big bets.,,Moderator: Faith Merino (VatorNews). Panelists: Tim Brady (Founder & Partner, Imagine K12), Wayee Chu (Angel investor), Shauntel Poulson (NewSchools), Gregor Freund (Founder & CEO, Versal), Caryn Voskuil (Manager, school model innovation, Rocketship Education)

3:55PM,,4:40PM,,Session 10 - Global Splash Competition Presentations - Second 5 Finalists,,Emcee: Robert Scoble (Rackspace) Judges: Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC), Rob Goldman (Facebook), Lyle Fong (East Bay Serial Entrepreneur, Founder Lithium Technologies), Patrick Chung (NEA), Patrick Lee (East Bay Serial Entrepreneur, Founder Rotten Tomatoes)

5:30PM,, ,,VIP Dinner Party - Centouno Restaurant, 101 Broadway - Tickets available separately

10:10AM,,10:30AM,,Session 1 - Splash Talk - Founders Lessons Learned,,Presenter: Ali Partovi (Serial entrepreneur, Angel investor)

10:30AM,,11:00AM,,Session 2 - Singles vs. Home Runs - Business Development, M&A & Next Round,,Presenter: Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital)

11:00AM,,11:10AM,,--Break--,,

11:10AM,,11:40AM,,Session 3 - The Renaissance of Corporate VCs. Big funds are forming under corporate umbrellas underscoring a resurgence last seen in the late 90s. What's going on and how can entrepreneurs benefit,,Moderator: Kristina Omari (Angel investor). Panelists: David Zilberman (Venture Partner, Comcast Ventures), Matt Garratt (Director of Corporate Development & Investments, Salesforce), Jay Chong (Sr. Investment Director, Samsung Ventures)

11:40AM,,12:10PM,,Session 4 - When and How to Scale Your Startup,,Presenter: Sharon Wienbar (Partner, Scale Venture Partners)

12:15PM,,1:25PM,,--Lunch--,,

1:40PM,,2:10PM,,Session 5 - Startup Success Secrets - A Female Perspective. What does it take to be a female entrepreneur? Challenges in hiring, fundraising, differences in management styles, leadership development, networking and more.,,Moderator: Reena Jadhav. Panelists: Carol Carpenter (Chief Marketing Officer, ClearSlide), Mary Ann Byrnes (C&M Partners), Kristin McDonnell (M33 Partners), Anne Dwane (Chief Business Officer, Chegg) , Meera Kaul (Meera Kaul Foundation, Tech founder, Angel Investor)

2:10PM,,2:40PM,,Session 6 - Accelerator Nation! It started with Y Combinator, then TechStars. Now accelerators are everywhere. What's working and what's not and what are the new strategies, if any?,,Moderator: Lev Mass (XSeed Capital). Panelists: Cameron Teitelman (Founder, StartX), Crystal Huang (COO, Sfuncube), Ravi Belani (Managing Dir., Alchemist Accelerator),
Jeff Burton (Exec. Dir., Skydeck Berkeley)

2:40PM,,3:10PM,,Session 7 - The Early-Stage Investor Landscape. How is the landscape changing for early-stage investors? Given the influx of seed-stage financing and the dearth of Series A investments, are there opportunities for investors to make money? If so, what are they?,,

Moderator: Alastair Goldfisher (Thomson Reuters). Panelists: Jeff Clavier (Founder & Partner, SoftTech VC), Christine Herron (Partner, Intel Capital), Salil Deshpande (Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures), Patrick Chung (Partner, NEA)

5:30PM,, ,,VIP Dinner Party - Centouno Restaurant, 101 Broadway - Tickets available separately,,

8:30AM,,9:30AM,,Registration. Plus coffee/breakfast.,,

9:30AM,,9:40AM,,Opening Remarks,,Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator), joined by Gary Rogers (Fmr CEO of Dreyer's)

9:40AM,,10:10AM,,Session 1 - "Coffee Talk",,Fireside Chat with James Freeman (Founder & CEO, Blue Bottle Coffee); Interviewer: Tony Conrad (Partner, True Ventures)

10:10AM,,10:40AM,,Session 2 - City/State-focused Accelerator Programs- Continuing with our theme of building tech ecosystems, we'll take a look at best practices across accelerator programs with an eye toward creating jobs in their respecitve local economies.,,Moderator: Bambi Francisco. Panelists: Charlie Brock (CEO & President, Launch Tennessee), Chris Redlitz (Founder, The Last Mile), Ginger Imster (Executive Director, Arch Grants)

10:40AM,,10:50AM,,--Break--,,

10:50AM,,11:35AM,,Session 3 - Global Splash Competition Presentations - Third set of 5 Finalists,,Emcee: Robert Scoble (Rackspace); Judges: Tom McGovern (Managing Dir, IdeaLab), Conor Moore (Partner, KPMG), Jay Parekh (Braintree), Marcus Ogawa (Qwest Venture Partners), Cindy Padnos (Founder & Partner, Illuminate Ventures)

11:35AM,,11:45AM,,Session 4 - Floating Point - The FUTURE of Internet of Things,,Greg Winner (CEO, GainSpan)

11:45AM,,12:15PM,,Session 5 -THE FUTURE OF the Internet of Things. A look at challenges and investment opportunities across this fast-growing market segment from leading data scientists from the major tech companies.,,Moderator: Steve Loeb (VatorNews). Panelists: Rob Coneybeer (Founder & Managing Partner, Shasta Ventures), Shane Dyer (Founder & CEO, Arrayent), Greg Winner (CEO, GainSpan), Gilad Meiri (Founder & CEO, Neura)

12:15PM,,1:25PM,,--Lunch--,,(Selection Committee judges deliberation from 12:30 pm to 12:50 pm in the Speaker Lounge)

1:30PM,,1:40PM,,Session 6 - Building an Ice Cream Empire in Oakland,,Gary Rogers (Investor, Entrepreneur, Former CEO, Dreyer's Ice Cream)

1:40PM,,2:10PM,,Session 7 -THE FUTURE OF Solar,,Danny Kennedy (Co-founder & President, Sungevity)

2:10PM,,2:40PM,,Session 8 -THE FUTURE OF Bitcoin. A look at challenges and investment opportunities across this fast-growing market segment from leading founders/CEOs and the investors making big bets in this space.,,Moderator: Bryan Parker (Port Commissioner of Oakland). Panelists: Brock Pierce (Co-founder & Chairman, GoCoin), Brandon Goldman, (Co-Founder, FreshPay), Will Wheeler (CEO,expresscoin), Ryan Singer (CryptoCorp) 

2:40PM,,3:10PM,,Session 9 - THE FUTURE OF Healthtech and the Quantified Self. A look at challenges and investment opportunities across this fast-growing market segment from leading VCs making big bets.,,Moderator: Faith Merino (VatorNews). Panelists: Malay Gandhi (Chief Strategy Officer, Rock Health), Rebecca Lynn (Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures), Andre Marqui (Executive Dir, Lester Center, Haas/Berkeley), Keval Desai (General Partner, Interwest)

3:10PM,,3:25PM,,--Snack Break--,,

3:25PM,,3:55PM,,Session 10 - THE FUTURE OF Big Data. A look at challenges and investment opportunities across this fast-growing market segment from leading data scientists from the major tech companies.,,Moderator: Stamos Venios (Co-founder, Data Elite). Panelists: Marc Parrish (Parrish Advisors), Jerome Boulon (Riot Games), (Pandora), Jeff Magnusson (Data Platform Architecture, Netflix), Burt Smith (Franz, Inc), Eric Colson (Chief Algorithms & Analytics Officer, Stitch Fix)

3:55PM,,4:40PM,,Session 11 - Top 5 Startup Finalist Showdown,,Emcee: Robert Scoble. Panelists: Josh Stein (Partner, DFJ), Jed Katz (Partner, Javelin Venture Partners), Ben Ling (Khosla Ventures)

4:40PM,,5:00PM,,--Break--,,(Selection committee deliberation in Speaker Lounge)

5:00PM,,5:30PM,,Awards ceremony for Top Winner, People's Choice and OakTech Winner

6:00PM,, ,,VIP Winner's Dinner - Bocanova, 55 Webster St. - Tickets available separately,,


10:10AM,,10:30AM,,Session 1 - Splash Talk - Founders Lessons Learned,,Presenter: Lyle Fong (Serial Entrepreneur, Angel investor)

10:30AM,,11:00AM,,Session 2 - How to raise a round (VC, Bank, Crowdfunding),,Moderator: Roger Royse (Royse Law Firm). Panelists: Alex Gurevich (Partner, Javelin Venture Partners), Ezra Roizen (Vator), Alex Mittal (Founder & CEO, FundersClub)

11:00AM,,11:10AM,,--Break--

11:10AM,,11:40AM,,Session 3 - Go-to-Market for Startups. Tips, challenges and metrics to develop your business partners. Learn 4 types of business development: referral partnerships, production integrations, corporate development and resellers.,,Presenter: Sean Jacobsohn (Partner, Emergence Capital)

11:40AM,,12:10PM,,Session 4 - The Virtues of Bootstrapping,,Moderator: Naveen Jain (Founder, Immunity Project). Panelists: Gleb Budman (Founder & CEO, Backblaze), Drew Curtis (Founder & CEO, Fark), Gary Tsifrin (Founder & CEO, Driversed.com)

12:10PM,,1:25PM,,--Lunch--,,

1:40PM,,2:10PM,,Session 5 - The Explosion of Micro VCs (sub $50M fund). They come in all shapes and sizes and while they sometimes co-invest with one another, many have different strategies. Meet some of the micro-VCs and learn about which strategies are working best.,,Moderator: Alastair Goldfisher (Thomson Reuters). Panelists: Marcus Ogawa (Founder & Partner, Quest Venture Partners), Erik Moore (Founder & Partner, Base VC), Jim Schienman (Founder & Partner, Maven), Jason Portnoy (Founder & Partner, Subtraction Capital)

2:10PM,,2:40PM,,Session 6 - The VC Landscape in a Post-Seed World.,,Presenter: Duncan Davidson (Partner, Bullpen)

2:40PM,,3:10PM,,Session 7 - Where's the Boom? There's a boom in seed-stage investing and a boom in IPO exits. Does that mean there's a boom in the growth-stages of investing too? How's today's seemingly frothy environment changing the landscape for these investors?,,Panelists: Jules Maltz (IVP), JP Ditty (Partner, KPMG), Alex Niehenke (Scale Venture Partners)

3:10PM,,3:20PM,,--Break--,,

3:20PM,,4:40PM,,Session 8 - Envisioning a Vibrant and Inclusive Oakland Tech Ecosystem. Hosted by the Kapor Center for Social Impact, 2.Oakland & Live Work Oakland, Bay Area leaders from a cross-section of sectors have been invited look forward and share their respective organization's "State of the Future City" address in a session that delves into key questions: What kind of tech ecosystem would be ideal for Oakland? What will it take to get there in the next four years? And what special characteristics of our city do we want to maintain in the process?,,Hosts: Cedric Brown (Kapor Center for Social Impact), Karen Wertman (Vator Splash Oakland & 2.Oakland), Susan Mernit (Live Work Oakland, Oakland Local). Speakers: Sarah Wagener (VP of Talent Acquisition, Pandora), Maria Poblet (Executive Director, Causa Justa), Mike Ghielmetti (President, Signature Development), Kelley Kahn (Special Projects Director,City of Oakland), Ashara Ekundayo (Chief Creative Officer, ImpactHub Oakland), Catherine Bracy (Director of Organizing, Code for America), Karen Engel (Interim Director of Development, Peralta Community College District), Jose Corona (CEO, Inner City Advisors)

4:40PM,,5:00PM,,--Break--,,(Selection committee deliberation in Speaker Lounge)

5:00PM,,5:30PM,,Awards ceremony for Top Winner, People's Choice and OakTech Winner,,

6:00PM,,8:00PM,,Oakland Forward VIP Winners' Dinner at Bocanova (55 Webster St.) (Advance ticket purchase online),,

7:30PM,,10:00PM,,VATOR SPLASH AFTER PARTY! (Advanced ticket purchase online). Food from Centouno 101 Taverna, fabulous wine tastings from Oakland vineyards Dashe Cellars, Stage Left Cellars & Paradox Wines and live entertainment form Sungevity's award-winning R & B band, the killaWatts - 2013 winners of the national solar "Battle of the Bands".

Day 1 (May 6) - Main Stage

Day 1 (May 6) - Palm Tree Stage

Day 2 (May 7) - Main Stage

Day 2 (May 7) - Palm Tree Stage

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


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Vator is bringing its popular event to Oakland and it's jam-packed with incredible content and speakers. Only a few more days to get your tickets and join hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and civic leaders in Oakland, the Bay Area's emerging tech hub! Network, mingle with blue-ribbon VCs, learn from legendary founders.

The inaugural two-day event will be held at historic Jack London Square.


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

Jack London Square

Brilliantly simple to get here from just about anywhere!

55 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA

Getting there

Parking

Alumni

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

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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Volunteer

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.