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Brian Chesky, Founder & CEO of Airbnb

Airbnb airs on VatorNews in 2009, while founders were still working in their apartment. Check out Startup Sessions.


Elon Musk, Founder & CEO of SpaceX, Tesla

Musk sits down in an in-depth interview with Bambi Francisco.


Jack Dorsey, Founder & CEO of Twitter

Bambi Francisco sits down with Dorsey during his first stint as CEO in 2008.

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    Lisa Maki

    Co-Founder & CEO, PokitDok

    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!

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    Ian Ross

    Founder & CEO, Oppsites; Principle at City Design Collective

    We had no idea of the power of Vator Splash until we found the event packed with representatives from many of the region's most renowned investment groups, journalists, elected officials, and professionals from tech and related fields. After OppSites was awarded first prize, our schedule rapidly filled with meetings with top venture capital investors, interviews with local media and offers of support from business development professionals. And that is to say nothing of the exposure from being on Vator's vibrant online community and platform as well as the personal support and insight provided by Vator's founder and CEO Bambi Francisco. Vator has put OppSites on a completely new course, and has accelerated our path to success.

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    Andres Fabris

    Founder & CEO, Traxo

    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. Not only was winning Vator Splash NY a tremendous honor -- the event was THE catalyst that gave us the exposure, momentum and legitimacy in the eyes of the investment community that we needed to complete our $4.2M Series A. Thank you Bambi and team Vator for your inspiring passion and entrepreneurial spirit!

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    Aaron Hirschhorn

    Founder & CEO, DogVacay 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!

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    Jeremy Liew

    Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

    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.

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    Gagan Bayani

    Co-Founder, Udemy

    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!

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    Jed Katz

    Managing Partner, Javelin Venture Partners

    The Vator platform is a very well organized tool for learning about new start-ups, reviewing their materials, viewing their media, and helping the best ones get more exposure.

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    Cody Barbo

    Founder & CEO, Industry

    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!


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