FOR FOUNDERS BY FOUNDERS
With more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and investors, the Startup Conference is one of the larger conferences for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Whether you are just exploring an idea or have already raised a seed round, The Startup Conference is for you.
Launch your startup, learn how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, reach early adopters and influencers and more.
PRESS COVERAGEThe Startup Conference has been covered by:
SpeakersEach year, we feature the most relevant entrepreneurs who can provide actionable advice for your startup and share their tricks and secrets on funding and growing a tech startup.
We have another great program this year. Eric Yuan, founder of Zoom.us, has raised $145M. Ali Vahabzadeh, founder of Chariot, went through Y Combinator and was acquired by Ford. Tom Villante, the founder of YapStone, raised $185M. Jack Altman, CEO and Co-Founder of Lattice. Varun Jain is the Head, Early Stage Fund, Qualcomm Ventures. Soma Somasegar is a Managing Director at Madron Venture and was previously Microsoft’s Senior Vice President of the Developer Division. Rama Sekhar is a Partner at Norwest Venture. And many more.
We’ll announce the final program soon.
Conference ScheduleThe Startup Conference is a one-day conference that will take place on May 17, 2018 from 9am to 5pm. The detailed agenda and speakers will be announced as we get closer to the date of the conference.
Are you looking for a co-founder? Pitch the audience during this quick-fire open mike session and ask the audience for help.
Paul Graham says the #1 quality of a founder is to be relentlessly resourceful. Getting an idea is the easy part. Turning it into a startup that shows potential to attract investment is where all the hard work is.
Startups selected for the pitch competition will pitch their startup to the audience. 3 minutes each, plus Q&A. Then, the audience votes to decide the top 3 finalists who make it to the VC panel in the afternoon.
You would think that once you raised a B round of $10-$30M, your startup is finally out of the woods. Instead, that’s when the real challenges start. Scaling. Hiring. That transition is also one of the most likely times for a founder to be replaced as CEO. So watch out!
The 3 top startups selected by the audience at the end of the morning pitch competition get to pitch a panel of VC partners. Then, the VCs deliberate, just like a real partner meeting, to elect the one winner. A great way to see how VCs make decisions behind the scenes.
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