SplashX LA presents "Joy Ventures"



Brian Garrett

Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Crosscut Ventures

Shawn Gold

CMO, TechStyle FG

Laurent Grill

Program Director and Investor, Luma Launch

Richard Jun

Managing Partner, BAM Ventures

Carmen Palafox

Partner, Make in LA

Colleen Poynton

Vice President, Core Innovation Capital

Mitch Thrower

Founder and Chairman, Events.com

Chris Vaughn

Founder and CEO, Saucey

Kevin Zhang

Partner, Upfront Ventures


5:30pm,,6:00pm,, REGISTRATION,, Light refreshments, beverages, beer, wine

6:00pm,,6:10pm,, OPENING REMARKS,, MC Shawn Gold, CMO of TechStyle Fashion Group, and Tram Davies, Producer of SplashX LA

6:10pm,,6:40pm,, THE 10-SECOND FUNDING SECRET: And 9 Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur,, Mitch Thrower, Founder of Events.com

6:40pm,,7:20pm,, THE FUNDING LANDSCAPE: 2017 looks bullish for early-stage investing and IPOs!,, Moderator: Carmen Palafox, Partner of Make in LA. Panel: Brian Garrett, Co-Founder and Operating Partner of Crosscut Ventures; Laurent Grill, Program Director and Investor of Luma Launch; Rich Jun, Managing Partner of BAM Ventures; Colleen Poynton, Vice President of Core Innovation Capital; Kevin Zhang, Partner of Upfront Ventures

7:20pm,,7:50pm,, THE SECRET SAUCE: How an aspiring investment banker pushed the boundaries of on-demand apps by delivering booze at the push of a button,, Chris Vaughn, Founder and CEO of Saucey

7:50pm,,9:00pm,, AFTER-MIXER,, Mingle

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SplashX LA presents "Joy Ventures" – trendsetting enterprises that delight us

Twilight tech talk and mixer for entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors



Tech visionaries in fashion, on-demand booze, event planning, and venture capital will converge at Vator #SplashX LA on January 19, 2017! Join Mitch Thrower, Founder of Events.com; Chris Vaughn, Founder of Saucey; Shawn Gold, CMO of Techstyle; Carmen Palafox, Partner of Make in LA; Brian Garrett, Co-Founder of Crosscut Ventures; Rich Jun, Managing Partner of BAM Ventures; and many more.

Welcome to Vator #SplashX LA, a twilight tech talk and mixer, where valuable lessons and inspirations are shared by founders and C-level executives from local startups that have reached a level of success by raising $15M+ in funding. Splash Talks and Splash Chats are 20 minutes of pure, raw wisdom about fundraising, building, and scaling a startup, proceeded by 10-minute audience Q&As. What makes this event so unique? It brings together innovative entrepreneurs and influential VCs for a relaxing evening of mingling and sharing lessons and inspirations on starting and growing a successful company.

This first SplashX LA is focused on "Joy Ventures" – trendsetting enterprises with products and services that delight us. Featured companies include Techstyle, Events.com, and Saucey.

Watch the complete playlist of all the speakers here: SplashX LA "Joy Ventures" playlist

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Vator (short for innovator) is a vibrant startup and investor community, founded by veteran, award-winning business journalist, Bambi Francisco.

Splash is Vator’s large startup and investor festival and one of the most popular pitch competitions in the U.S.

SplashX is Vator’s intimate Splash by night, a tech talk series and mixer where top influencers, entrepreneurs, and investors share insights on what's trending and valuable lessons on fundraising, building, and scaling a startup.

Launched in 2010 in San Francisco, Splash events, competitions, and verticals, such as Splash Health, Post Seed, and Splash Sharing have expanded to NY, LA, London, and Oakland.

The Venue

JustFab / TechStyle Fashion Group HQ

800 Apollo St, El Segundo, CA 90245


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


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