Vator, Inc.
Location: Alameda, California, United States United States
Founded in: 2007
Stage: Revenue generating
Number of employees: 6-15
Funding history:
- Date: 03/2016, Seed: $100 k
- Date: 09/2010, Series A: $400 k
Investors: Barry Silbert, Drew Curtis, Andrew Kurtzig, Georges Harik, Anu Nigam, Peter Thiel, Anurag Nigam, Andy Kurtzig, Mike Ackrell, Drew Curtis, Bambi Francisco Roizen
- Date: 05/2008, Seed: $850 k
Investors: Peter Thiel, Richard Rosenblatt, Jeff Peterson, Georges Harik, VentureFarm, Anu Nigam
Short URL: vator.co/vator
Testimonials

Vator has the best b-plan competition platform around which we use to source deals and to simply stay on top of new ideas and startup trends. And Vator News has the best 'short and to the point' startup/entrepreneur interviews anywhere. You can find out what you need to know quickly so that you can move on to tackling the rest of the day.

Vator has been great for eCareDiary and is a tremendous help to start-ups in so many ways. We have connected with a potential investor through Vator so I can't state how valuable this site has been to us.

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

Udemy was the winner of the May 2010 Vator Splash, and it was perhaps the most important award we've won to-date. Vator Splash is an incredible event in which entrepreneurs are given a chance to showcase their wares in front of a huge crowd of investors, advisors, executives and fellow entrepreneurs. Bambi and team do a great job running the event and bring in top-quality speakers and judges. 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!

If you are lucky enough to get in front of the real Vator community (including investors and coaches and CEOs who have been though the wars) you can reap the benefits of their company and advice in no uncertain terms. To the point, unflinching reality, invaluable side notes, and a few musical notes thrown in for levity. A GREAT resource for ANY fledgling start-up, restart, or new CEO who thinks they've heard it all... Highly recommended.

Vator, Inc.

Voice of the Entrepreneur
Startup/business
California, United States United States
http://vator.tv

Vator (short for innovator) aims to help great entrepreneurs find funding, and for investors to get in on the ground floor of tomorrow's leading companies. Founded and run by award-winning journalist Bambi Francisco, Vator has a vibrant social network, events and news platform.

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Company description

Vator (short for innovator) is an awesome professional network for entrepreneurs and investors.

Vator consists of VatorX - a Saas platform for organizations to filter and find startups; Vator - an online network for startups and investors; Vator Events - which runs the popular Splash startup series and Post Seed VC series. Vator's newest endeavor is Vator Investment Club - where accredited investors can invest in Splash startups or startups Vator identifies. 

Background:

Vator has always been a catalyst for innovation. Since our launch in June 2007, we have been a professional network for ideas and businesses. People initially used Vator to pitch their ideas/businesses through video. Today, people use their company profiles to share their story to the entrepreneur community on Vator as well as the broad community across the vast Web. 

Our goal has always been to help the best entrepreneurs succeed.


Team
  • Bambi Francisco Roizen
    Bambi Francisco Roizen | Founder
    Founder Vator, Managing Partner - Vator Investment Club; Former Columnist/correspondent Dow Jones MarketWatch; Business anchor CBS affiliate KPIX
  • Steven Loeb
    Steven Loeb | Team member
  • Kristin Karaoglu
    Kristin Karaoglu | Team member
    Database System Engineer
  • Faith Merino
    Faith Merino | Team member
    I'm finally putting my BA in English to good use and reporting for VatorNews, which means I get paid to write and hang out with cool people at parties with open bars. 
Business model

lead generation, sponsorships, licensing

Investors
Peter Thiel
Founder and President, Clairum Capital Management, LLC - Oct. 2002 to present. Clarium is a $2-plus billion macro-focused hedge fund. Managing Partner at The Founders Fund - March 2006 to present. Other partners in the fund include PayPal co-found...
Anurag Nigam
He is the President & Board Director of Sand Hill Angels, a group of 60 Silicon Valley angels investing in innovative technology companies.  He has been an active angel investor for the last 8 years putting his money into 40+ companies in...
Andy Kurtzig
Andy Kurtzig is the founder and CEO of Pearl.com, which connects people with verified professionals in hundreds of different categories – from doctors, lawyers and vets to auto mechanics, IT support and more -  for personalized, one-on-...
Mike Ackrell
ABN Amro, Head of Technology Investment Banking, 2000-2001 WR Hambrecht, Head of Investment Banking, 1999-2000 Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Technology Investment Banking, 1988-1999
Drew Curtis
Founder/CEO/Sole Owner Fark, Inc
Bambi Francisco Roizen
Founder Vator, Managing Partner - Vator Investment Club; Former Columnist/correspondent Dow Jones MarketWatch; Business anchor CBS affiliate KPIX