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Co-Founder, TechStyle Fashion Group
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Co-Founder & CEO, The Honest Company
Founder & CEO, Dollar Shave Club
Founder & CEO, zozi
Partner, Upfront Ventures
Co-Founder & Partner, Mucker Capital
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Managing Partner, K5 Ventures
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VC, Arena Ventures
Managing Director, Vator Investment Club
Founder & CEO, Vator
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Assistant Dean, Diversity Initiatives, UCLA
Founder & CEO, Soothe
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Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
CEO, URBAN TXT
Head of Talent, Tinder
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Managing Director, Vator Investment Club
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8:30am,,9:20am,, Registration - Coffee, Light breakfast
10:10am,,10:30am,, Session 2: Bubbles, valuations and a guide to fundraising in LA,, Moderator: Rob Kornegay (Partner, Wilson Sonsini); Panelists: Peter Lee (Partner, Baroda Ventures), Erik Rannala (Co-Founder & Partner, MuckerLab), James Conlon (Partner, Bullpen Capital), Tianxiang Zhuo (Managing Partner, Karlin Ventures)
10:30am,,10:40am,, Break (10 min) See Sky Startup Showcase Alley,,
Session 3: Global Splash Competition
First 4 Finalists ,, Emcee: Naveen Jain (Co-Founder & CMO, Immunity Project); Judges: Kara Nortman (Partner, Upfront Ventures), Alex Gurevich (Partner, Javelin Venture Partners), Hilary Perchard (VP - Business Development, Sky Media), Larry Marcus (Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital)
Session 4: Getting the Flywheel going,,Moderator: Ezra Roizen (Partner, Ackrell Capital); Panelists: Kyle Hill (Founder & CEO, HomeHero), TJ Sassani (Founder & CEO, Zozi), Merlin Kauffman (Founder & CEO, Soothe)
Session 5: Global Splash Competition
Second 4 Finalists,, Emcee: Naveen Jain (CMO & Co-Founder, Immunity Project); Judges: Eric Manlunas (Co-Founder & Partner, Wavemaker), Bill Woodward (Founder & Partner, Anthem Venture Partners), Eva Ho (Founder & Partner, Susa Ventures), Brian Lee (Founder & CEO, The Honest Company)
1:25pm,,1:45pm,, Room Change (20 mins) - Check out Sky Startup Showcase Alley - Soothe Massages and cookies! *Ballroom is set up for Breakout Sessions
3:00pm,,3:10pm,, Break (10 min) - See Sky Startup Showcase Alley,,
Session 3: Why strategic investors are good partners,, Hilary Perchard (VP - Business Development, Sky Media)
3:00pm,,3:10pm,,Break (10 min) - See Sky Startup Showcase Alley,,
3:00pm,,3:10pm ,, Break (10 min) - See Sky Startup Showcase Alley,,
3:30pm,,3:50pm,, Session 4: LA’s Top Tech Reporters on the best way to tell your startup story and when to know you’re ready for the spotlight ,, Moderator: Corinna Pieloch (EVP, Moxie Group); Panelists: Patrick Hechinger (Writer, Built in LA), Melissah Yang (Associate News Editor, Bustle), Annlee Ellingson (Staff Writer, L.A. Biz)
3:50pm,,4:10pm,, Room Change (20 mins) - See Sky Startup Showcase Alley *Ballroom is set up for Main Sessions
4:10pm,,5:00pm,, Session 6: Diversity Panel - When will Tech look like LA? ,, Moderator: Sean Arian (Founder & Chief Strategist, Bixel Exchange), Panelists: Oscar Menjivar (Founder & CEO, URBAN TXT); Kimberly Freeman (Assistant Dean, Diversity Initiatives, UCLA); Dolly Singh (Founder & CEO, Thesis Couture); Roxane Lukas (Senior Vice President, People Team, JustFab), Levi Nitzberg (Head of Talent, Tinder)
5:30pm,,5:45pm,, Closing Ceremonies
6pm,,8:30pm,, After-party on the rooftop deck at Wavemaker (1333 Second street Suite 600, Santa Monica)
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Be able to start several months prior to the event. Must have solid writing, communication skills.
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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.