As many of our Splash attendees know, Splash is an unparalleled opportunity to hear awesome presentations about successes and failures throughout an entrepreneur's journey. Check out the video of some past speakers.
At our upcoming Splash SF startup event and competition this Oct. 2, we'll have two entrepreneurs who will share some very interesting stories.
Keith Krach is the CEO of DocuSign, which has raised $125 million in venture financing.
Krach also founded Ariba, which he brought public during the first Internet IPO wave circa 1999.
We'll also have Jared Simon is the co-founder and COO of HotelTonight, which just last week announced that it raised $45 million, bringing its total round of funding to $80 million.
You'll hear their lessons learned and advice on how they disrupted and scaled their businesses. DocuSign is overhauling the way documents are being signed and processed!
HotelTonight is today's Priceline (which emerged during Web 1.0 as the place to find last-minute discounts on hotel rooms, airfare and car rentals). The difference is HotelTonight just seems way cooler and easy to use on a mobile phone!
Get your tickets before they go up at midnight tonight!
We're excited to have both entrepreneurs join us along with our lineup of VC speakers and judges from Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), Tony Conrad (True Ventures), Ben Ling (Khsola Ventures), Jenny Fielding (BBC Worldwide), Sean Flynn (Shasta Ventures), Howard Hartenbaum (August Capital), Charles Hudson (SoftTech VC), Charles Moldow (Foundation Capital), Andrew Ross (Grant Thornton), Lars Leckie (Hummer Winblad), Rory O'Driscoll (Scale Venture Partners), Dave Samuel (Freestyle), Rick Moss (Hub Ventures). Alan Chiu (XSeed Capital), Deepak Gupta (500 Startups), Erin Hakansson (Ackrell Capital), Keith McCurdy, Alex Roizen (Ackrell Capital), Toby Stuart (Haas School of Business), Jules Walker (KPMG), and of course our entertaining emcee Ezra Roizen and our musical timekeeper The Mule from Smule.
If you want to present on stage alongside these folks and in front of some 350 to 400 attendees, there's still time to apply to the competition. Winners and finalists of our past competitions have gone on to raise $100 million in follow-on capital.
Even if you're not fundraising at the moment, it's still good to make connections or re-connections in the VC community. If you're a consumer Internet or enterprise software company, t's a good time to get feedback and maybe even secure new customers.
It's free to apply. There's nothing like free promotion. Apply here!
The Splash review process is simple. There are two rounds before you get on stage. The first round is a popular voting round, which consists of startups showing their ability to market themselves. But it's not only the number of votes they get, but who's voting. Moreover, Vator applies a weighting system that gives certain companies bonus points. After that round, the top 18 move into the judges' round. That's where we have a group of distinguished angels, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs help us find the top 10.
The winner gets sit-down meetings with August Capital, Freestyle Capital, Javelin Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and Shasta Ventures. They'll also win other prizes, like two-hour accounting consultations from Grant Thornton, $24,000 worth of services, courtesy Rackspace; free services from Backops, a couple bottles of wine, courtesy Bread & Butter, and an Apple iPad Mini, to name a few.
Speaking of prizes, thanks to our sponsors for providing them and helping us to get this event off the ground!
Thanks again to our judges online and on stage!
And a special thanks to Coverflow for being our afterparty entertainment!