Vator Splash Spring

Thursday, May 12 | Scottish Rite Center | Oakland, CA


Vator Splash is Vator's premier startup event and competition, which has been held in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and New York since 2010.

Vator 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.

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About Splash

The premier entrepreneurship conference.



Libby Schaaf

Mayor, City of Oakland

Andy Dunn

Co-Founder & CEO, Bonobos

Nirav Tolia

Co-Founder and CEO, Nextdoor

Oisin Hanrahan

Co-Founder & CEO, Handy

Brett Wilson

Founder & CEO, TubeMogul

Justas Janauskas

Founder & CEO, Vinted

Art Agrawal

Founder & CEO,

Tom Griffiths

CPO & Co-founder, FanDuel

Richard Jalichandra


Bart Garrett

Founder & Pastor, Christ Church

Mark Lawrence

Co-Founder & CEO, SpotHero

Daphne Carmeli

Founder and CEO, Deliv

Ken Davis

Co-Founder & CEO, TaskEasy

Joel Flory

Co-founder & CEO, VSCO

Diishan Imira

Founder & CEO, Mayvenn

Ryan Howard

Founder, iBeat and Practice Fusion; Angel Investor

Elizabeth McMillan


Sean Behr

Founder & CEO, ZIRX

Ivan Tsybaev

CEO & Founder, Trucker Path

Jed Katz

Managing Director,
Javelin Venture Partners

Erik Rannala

Co-Founder & Partner, Mucker Capital

Benjamin Ling

Investment Partner, Khosla Ventures

Rolfe Winkler

Technology Reporter,
Wall Street Journal

Eva Ho

Managing Partner,
Fika Ventures

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder & CEO, Vator

Ezra Roizen

Founder, advsr

Alex Rosen

Managing Director, IDG Ventures

Paul Martino

Managing Partner, Bullpen Capital

Alastair Goldfisher

Editor, Venture Capital Journal and peHUB

Tianxiang Zhuo

Managing Partner, Karlin Ventures

Jules Maltz

General Partner, IVP

Josh Stein

Managing Director, DFJ

Josh Elman

Partner, Greylock

Keval Desai

Partner, Interwest Partners

Wes Selke

Managing Director, Better Ventures

Cindy Padnos

Founding Managing Director,
Illuminate Ventures

Anthony Heckman

Associate, Kapor Capital

Carolina Huaranca

Principal, Kapor Capital

Zach Ware


Paul Willard

General Partner, Subtraction Capital

Mark Goldstein

Chairman, UCSF Health Hub

Matt Oguz

Founding Partner, Venture Science

Ariel Poler

Angel Investor

Alex Roizen

Managing Director, Vator Investment Club

Bianca Gates

Sales Executive, Facebook; Co-Founder & President, Birdies

Jay Reinemann

Partner, Propel Venture Partners

Alex Davidov

Vice President, Core Innovation Capital

Ben Savage

Managing Director, Clocktower Technology Ventures

Jackson Gates

Co-founder & CEO, Sweep

Anthony Shell

Principal, Avison Young

Jules Walker

Director of Venture Capital Practice, KPMG

Mike Walsh

General Partner, Structure Capital

Ari Levy

Senior Tech Reporter, CNBC

Crystal Brown

Usher Relations

James Conlon

Partner, Bullpen Capital

Todd Kimmel

Managing Director, Montage Ventures

Jonathan Allen

Principal - Broker, Avison Young

Chad Byers

General Partner, Susa Ventures

Shruti Gandhi

Managing Partner, Array Ventures

Erin Flynn

Managing Director, Vator Investment Club

Mihir Gandhi

General Manager, Lyft

Darcey Harrison

VP of Sales, Swiftype

Jim Andelman

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Rincon Venture Partners

Jenny Lefcourt

Partner, Freestyle Capital

Ian Nazzari

President & CEO at HURU Systems

Mark Noronha

Global Lead - Startup Engagement, SAP Startup Focus

Natalie Alvanez

Vice President Marketing and Business Development, Visit Oakland

​Kelly McNally

Senior Manager, Emerging Technology Practice, KPMG

Sarah Van Valer

Manager, Emerging Technology Practice, KPMG

Paul Arnold

Startup Investor, Switch Ventures

Doug Bailey

Chief Strategy Officer, Digital Guardian


Ronny Kerr

Reporter, VatorNews

Steven Loeb

Reporter, VatorNews

Sara Deshpande

Partner, Maven Ventures

Nima Elyassi-Rad

Associate in Residence, Canvas Ventures

Roman Arzhintar

Managing Director, Vator Investment Club

Jose De Dios

Mentor, Advisor, Investor at Startups Showcase Group

Patrick Hanlon

Founder, Thinktopia

Dan Rubins

Co-Founder & CEO, Legal Robot

Greg Sieck

Branding And Advertising Leader


8:00am,,9:00am,, Registration; Coffee, breakfast, courtesy (for meal-ticket holders),,

,, ,, (Main stage) ,,

9:00am,,9:10am,, Opening Remarks,, Emcee: Alex Roizen (Managing Director, Vator Investment Club), Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

9:10am,,9:40am,, Session 1: Diversity & Social Factors: How innovation can have the biggest global impact ,, Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator), Mitch Kapor (Founder, Kapor Center for Social Impact)

9:40am,,10:05am,, Session 2: What does Venture Capital look like in 2016?,, Rolfe Winkler (Reporter, Wall Street Journal), Josh Stein (Partner, DFJ)

10:05am,,10:15am,, Break - First Floor - See Demo Tables brought to you by they're hiring! ,,

10:15am,,10:55am,, Session 3: Global Splash Competition
First 4 Finalists ,, Emcee: Emcee: Mark Goldstein (Partner, Efficient Capacity); Judges: Jed Katz (Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners), Josh Elman (Partner, Greylock), Cindy Padnos (Founding Managing Director, Illuminate Ventures), Paul Arnold (Startup Investor, Switch Ventures)

10:55am,,11:15am,, Session 4: Entrepreneurs’ Hits & Misses! ,, Ariel Poler (Super Angel)

11:15am,,11:55am,, Session 5: Global Splash Competition
Second 4 Finalists,, Emcee: Mark Goldstein (Partner, Efficient Capacity); Judges: Wes Selke (Partner, Better Ventures), Paul Willard (Partner, Subtraction Capital), Keval Desai (Partner, InterWest Partners), Ben Ling (Partner, Khosla Ventures)

11:55am,, 11:57am,, Tour Oakland Lunch Intro,, Natalie Alvanez (Vice President Marketing and Business Development at Visit Oakland)

11:57pm,,1:20pm,, Lunch - See Oakland! Snack at Food Trucks outside! First Floor: Demo Tables brought to you by they're hiring! Plus lunch for meal-ticket holders.

1:20pm,,1:30pm,, Afternoon Sessions' Opening,, Libby Schaaf (Mayor, City of Oakland), Alex Roizen (Managing Director, Vator Investment Club)

1:30pm,,1:40pm,, Session 6: Technology, the 4th Amendment and National Security ,, Doug Bailey, (Chief Strategy Officer, Digital Guardian)

1:40 pm,,2:05pm,, Session 7: The On-demand revolution ,,Oisin Hanrahan (Founder & CEO, Handy), Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

2:05pm,,2:30pm,, Session 8: The zero waste economy - putting every idle minute and asset to work ,,Moderator: Mike Walsh (Partner, Structure Capital) Panelists: Art Agrawal (Founder & CEO, YourMechanic), Sean Behr (Founder & CEO, ZIRX), Ken Davis (Co-Founder & CEO, TaskEasy), Daphne Carmeli (Founder and CEO, Deliv)

2:30pm,,2:55pm,,Session 9: Marketplaces - How to get the flywheel going,, Moderator: Ezra Roizen (Managing Director, Vator Investment Club); Panelists: Justas Janauskas (Founder & CEO, Vinted), Mark Lawrence (Co-Founder & CEO, SpotHero), Ivan Tsybaev (Founder & CEO, Trucker Path)

2:55pm,,3:15pm,, Session 10: From start to IPO - the journey ,, Brett Wilson (Founder & CEO, TubeMogul)

3:15pm,,3:35pm,, Session 11: Oakland Founders' and Success Stories,, Moderator: Ezra Roizen (Managing Director, Vator Investment Club); Diishan Imira (Founder & CEO, Mayvenn), Joel Flory (Co-founder & CEO, VSCO), Elizabeth McMillan (CEO,

3:40pm,,4:00pm,,Partner Pitches: Oakland’s Rising Stars and SAP Startup Focus Role Model ,, Quick pitches by Clef, Angeloop, Saint Harridan, NPM; Plus Ian Nazzari (President & CEO at Huru Systems), Mark Noronha (Global Head, SAP Startup Focus Program)

4:00pm,,4:10pm,, Break - First Floor - See Demo Tables brought to you by they're hiring! ,,

,, ,,Room A (Investing),, Emcee: Erin Flynn (Advisor, Ackrell Capital)

1:30pm,,2:15pm,,Session 6: Pitching to social impact VCs: Demystifying what it takes to attract their investments, and deliver social and financial returns ,, Anthony Heckman (Associate, Kapor Capital), Carolina Huaranca (Principal, Kapor Capital)

2:15pm,,2:40pm,, Session 7: Surviving an evolving venture biz, and finding deals as an emerging VC fund ,, Moderator: Alastair Goldfisher (Editor, Venture Capital Journal and peHUB); Panelists: Eva Ho (Partner, Susa Ventures), Paul Willard (Partner, Subtraction Capital), Zach Ware (Partner, VTF Capital), Matt Oguz (Partner, Palo Alto Venture Science)

2:40pm,,3:20pm ,, Session 8: With the market slide, what’s the outlook for venture? ,,Moderator: Jules Walker (Venture Director, KPMG); Panelists: Tianxiang Zhuo (Karlin Ventures), Jules Maltz (Partner, IVP); Alex Rosen (Partner, IDG Ventures), Erik Rannala (Partner, Mucker Capital)

3:20pm,,3:40pm,,Session 9: With VC investments slowing down, are Post Seed rounds more prominent? ,, Moderator: Ari Levy (Reporter, CNBC); Panelists: James Conlon (Partner, Bullpen Capital), Shruti Gandhi (Managing Partner, Array Ventures), Chad Byers (Partner, Susa Ventures), Jenny Lefcourt (Partner, Freestyle VC), Jim Andelman (Co-founder and Managing Partner, Rincon Venture Partners)

3:40pm,,4:00pm ,, Session 10: VC money is pouring into FinTech: What’s hot and what’s not and how do you get your startup funded? ,, Moderator: Jackson Gates (Founder & CEO, Sweep); Panelists: Jay Reinemann (Partner, Propel.VC), Alex Davidov (Partner, Core.VC), Ben Savage (Managing Director, Clocktower Ventures), Todd Kimmel (Managing Partner, Montage Ventures),

4:00pm,,4:10pm,, Break - First Floor - See Demo Tables brought to you by they're hiring! ,,

,, ,,Room B (Entrepreneurship),, Emcee: Crystal Brown (Founder & CEO, Healthiest)

1:30pm,,2:10pm ,, Session 6: Protecting yourself as a startup founder ,, Ryan Howard (Founder, Chairman, Practice Fusion)

2:10pm,,2:30pm ,, Session 7: Fear, Anger, Apprehension, Self-Loathing, Jealousy, Dissatisfaction, Etc… ,, Bart Garrett, (Founder, Christ Church)

2:30pm,,2:50pm,, Session 8: Startup 2.0: The Art of re-igniting the growth story ,, Richard Jalichandra (CEO,

2:50pm,,3:15pm,, Session 9: Everything you need to know to relocate to Oakland: Real estate realities and the importance of office culture ,, Moderator: Anthony Shell (Partner, Avison Young); Panelists: Jonathan Allen (Partner, Avison Young), Mihir Gandhi (General Manager, Lyft), Darcey Harrison (VP of Sales, Swiftype)

3:15pm,,4:00pm,, Session 10: Path to Profitability - How to keep your Company up to date with your Innovation ,, Sarah Van Valer (Manager, Emerging Technology Practice, KPMG), Kelly McNally (Senior Manager, Emerging Technology Practice, KPMG)

4:00pm,,4:10pm,, Break - First Floor - See Demo Tables brought to you by they're hiring! ,,

,, ,,Main Stage,,

4:10pm,,4:35pm,,Session 12: It takes a village: The social neighborhood ,, Nirav Tolia (Co-Founder & CEO, NextDoor) and Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

4:35pm,,5:00pm,, Session 13: The future of brands and commerce ,,Andy Dunn (Founder & CEO, Bonobos), Bianca Gates (Sales Executive, Facebook, Co-founder & President, Birdies)

5:00pm,,5:25pm,, Session 14: The future of fantasy sports ,, Paul Martino (Partner, Bullpen Capital), Tom Griffiths (CPO & Co-founder, FanDuel)

5:25pm,,5:35pm,, Closing Ceremonies,, KPMG

6pm,,8:30pm,, After-Party - Lake Chalet, 1520 Lakeside (across the street), courtesy Avison Young,,

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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The Venue


Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Merritt, Oakland Scottish Rite Center is located near downtown Oakland and just a short ride from San Francisco. With space available for up to 1500 participants in the auditorium, it is the perfect venue for corporate meetings. WIFI: SRCGUEST

1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612

Getting there



Please email for press pass.


Jerry Chang

Director of Media Relations

Richard Dudzinski

Chief AV

Igor Feerer

Accelerator Partner Relations

Andrew Herwitz

Chief Videographer

Kristin Karaoglu


Ronny Kerr

Reporter, VatorNews

Milton Lee

Startup Relations

Jenny Liu

Startup Relations

Steven Loeb

Reporter, VatorNews

David Nixon

Speaker Relations, Vator Events

Adrian Nunn

Speaker Relations, Vator Events

Dakota Ortiz

Registration Honcho

Kimberly Ratilla

Sunshine Officer

Randy Rimple

Operations Manager

Meliza Solan Surdi

Registration, Vator

Mitos Suson

Producer and Director, Vator Events

Fely Tchaco

Stage Goddess

Sera Smith

Speaker Host, Vator Events

Devi Raman

Demo Host & Social Media Manager

Julie Stein

Registration Manager


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: (with any questions) or