Program for 2019
Are you looking for a co-founder? Or business contacts for your startup? Just ask the audience, you have one minute to ask for whatever will help your startup make progress. (you need to register ahead of time, slots are limited).
Your first hires will make or break your startup. But how can you convince great talent to join you when they could be working at Facebook or Google instead? How can you cash-strapped startup compete with the inflated job offers that are now common in Silicon Valley?
You read in TechCrunch everyday that startups are raising tens of millions of dollars. It looks so easy. But there is a lot of sweat behind every funding. Find out the tricks and secrets that will make the difference between months of efforts with no funding at the end, and an over-subscribed round.
Six startups will pitch on stage in front of the audience and receive feedback on their pitch. The audience votes for the top 3 pitches to advance to the investor panel in the afternoon. Learn by watching others pitch. Learn from their mistakes. Will they handle the pressure?
Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur and investor known for founding various companies, including Twitch–a video game streaming platform (acquired by Amazon for $970mm). He served as Partner at Y Combinator, where he impacted over 900 companies and funded more than 130. Currently, Justin serves as CEO of Atrium, where he’s building technology to revolutionize the $450bn legal industry.
AI and Machine Learning are everywhere. Should they be in your startup too? Only if it would improve your customers’ experience with your product. What kind of features can AI improve in your product, and when is it just too much?
The 3 startups selected by the audience in the morning will be back with more time to pitch investors. You’ll be surprised how much their pitch will have improved sicne the morning (or not). Listen to investors’ question and put yourself in the shoes of the investors. How do investors think? What do they see when you pitch your idea?
Y Combinator famously teaches their startups to do whatever it takes to grow by 10% a week before Demo Day. For investors, growth, a strong customer acquisition pipeline, or awesome unit economics will trump slick slides every time. Learn what metrics matter for startups and how to focus so the numbers move up and to the right.
Jeff Clavier is Managing Partner at Uncork Capital, a seed-stage venture firm in Palo Alto and San Francisco. He founded Uncork Capital in 2004 (then called SoftTech VC) to provide active support and capital for companies in their first 18 months of life. Jeff has helped numerous companies reach successful outcomes, including Eventbrite (NYSE:EB); Sendgrid (NYSE:SEND); Fitbit (NYSE:FIT); and Mint.com (Intuit). His current investments include Vidyard, Postmates, Vungle, Molekule, Shippo and Front.
All day long, join investors for a chat and ask all the question you have about startups and investors.
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