SplashX - Networking Event for Startups and Investors

Thursday, July 28, Oakland, CA


David Kaplan

David Kaplan, CFO 99designs

John Hubinger

Managing Director, Hub and Spoke Ventures

Anand Kulkarni

Founder & President, LeadGenius


Cindy Padnos

Founding Managing Director,
Illuminate Ventures

Wes Selke

Managing Director, Better Ventures

Ruben Hernandez

Co-Founder, Devlabs

Nat Goldhaber

Managing Director & Founder, Claremont Creek Ventures

Erin Flynn

Managing Director, Vator Investment Club

Anthony Shell

Principal, Avison Young

Tifani Resch

Registration Manager


5:30pm,,6:15pm,, Registration,, See demo tables

6:15pm,,6:30pm,, Opening Remarks ,,Emcee: Tifani Resch (SplashX Associate Producer, Vator), Anthony Shell (Senior Vice President, Avison Young)

6:30pm,,6:55pm,, Session 1: Lessons Learned ,, David Kaplan (CFO, 99designs)

6:55pm,,7:30pm,, Session 2: What does Venture Capital look like in 2016?,,Cindy Padnos (Partner, Illuminate Ventures), Wes Selke (Managing Director, BetterVC), Nat Goldhaber (Managing Director & Founder, Claremont Creek Ventures), Ruben Hernandez (Co-Founder, DevLabs), Erin Flynn (Managing Partner, VIC) as Moderator.

7:30pm,,7:40pm,, Break,, See Demo Tables

7:40pm,,8:05pm,, Session 3: "What do you think about the M&A landscape?" ,, John Hubinger (Managing Director, Hub and Spoke Ventures)

8:05pm,,8:25pm,, Session 4: "Lessons Learned - Fundraising" ,,Anand Kulkarni (Founder & President, LeadGenius)

8:25pm,,9:00pm,, Networking ,, Soft drinks & Pizza - Beer & Wine (cash bar)

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About Splash

The premier entrepreneurship conference.



SplashX isn't Splash - our full-day event and startup competition. SplashX is an intimate (100 people) evening gathering for startups (and investors), designed to be part networking, and part learning (particularly about the startup ecosystem in a particular city/location). After all, it's great to talk and make connections, but it's even better if you can do so while also being informed, and having something to talk about, or something to break the ice - like some awesome Splash Talks.

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


EMBARCADERO COVE 1755 Embarcadero | Oakland, CA 94606

Getting there




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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Kristin Karaoglu

Tech Ninja

Mitos Suson

Producer and Director, Vator Events

Tifani Resch

Registration Manager

Darwin Price

Kwisatz Haderach


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