SplashX LA presents "Joy Ventures"



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.

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

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



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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The Venue

JustFab / TechStyle Fashion Group HQ

800 Apollo St, El Segundo, CA 90245


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Mitos Suson

Producer and Director, Vator Events

Kristin Karaoglu


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Production Assistant

Fely Tchaco

Stage Goddess

Brad Turner

Speaker Host

Ashish Singh

Startup Scout Master

Jarrett Rogers

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