VatorSplash
September 27, 2012 – 3:30 pm to midnight – CafĂ© Du Nord, San Francisco

Keynote Speakers


Samir Arora, CEO, Founder and Chairman, Glam Media

Samir Arora is a co-founder and the first investor in Glam and has served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 2006. Previously, Mr.Arora has served Glam’s interim Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2006.  He is the Chairman of Information Capital LLC, a venture capital investment fund, since 1997.  Samir has more than 25 years of executive management experience with leading consumer and technology media brands and began his career in Silicon Valley at Apple Computer.

 

Andy Kurtzig, CEO, Pearl.com

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-one information to answer just about any question, anytime, quickly, conveniently and affordably. First launched in 2003 as a resource for his wife’s round-the-clock pregnancy Pearl.com now boasts a network of more than 10,000 experts in nearly 700 categories helping people in almost 200 countries around the world.

 Kurtzig is also an angel investor with past successful investments including StubHub (acq'd by eBay); and iLike (acq'd by MySpace). An active philanthropist, Kurtzig and his wife Sara founded and host the annual Royal Ball to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Kurtzig earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Speakers


Patrick Chung, Partner, NEA

Patrick Chung is co-head of NEA’s Seed-stage investing practice and founding partner of NEA and Harvard’s Experiment Fund (www.xfund.com). He is a director of 23andMe, Euclid, GoodGuide, Lytro, Mapply, and Pulse, and is actively involved with Carezone, Curalate, Fantasy Shopper, Fanhattan, IFTTT, Rock Health, Subtext, and Tivli. In 2011, Patrick was named one of AlwaysOn’s “VC Power Players.”

Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard University in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, and a member of the Committee to Visit Harvard College.

 

Noah Doyle, Investor, Javelin Venture Partners

Noah Doyle has founded, launched and grown dozens of high technology products and companies in 20 years of entrepreneurship and management of innovation. Noah most recently directed the enterprise product line for Google's geospatial products, Google Earth and Google Maps. Prior to Google, Noah managed the Marketing Strategy and Corporate Development functions at Keyhole, Inc., the venture capital backed company that created the first Web-hosted digital earth model and was acquired by Google in 2004. Prior to Keyhole, Noah helped establish the Internet loyalty rewards marketplace as a co-founder of MyPoints.com, the largest Internet loyalty program with over 6 million active members, where he led product management and business development functions from the company's inception through an initial public offering and subsequent acquisition by United Airlines.

As an angel investor prior to forming Javelin Venture Partners, Noah has supported over a dozen start-ups. Noah's board memberships include Nexenta, Queplix, Sociable Labs, Rixty and Nuvon.

 
Amy Errett, Partner, Maveron

Amy Errett joined the Maveron team as a partner in 2008, expanding our operations beyond the rain of the Pacific Northwest’s Seattle to the fog of San Francisco. She offers Maveron more than 25 years of business and operating expertise as a leading entrepreneur, senior executive and social-mission visionary. Her focal points are emerging Web enabled consumer trends, e-commerce social shopping, and online education. Amy currently serves on the Altius Education, General Assembly, Latimer Education, Livemocha, SAY Media and Sway boards of directors.


Bambi Francisco Roizen, Founder and CEO, Vator

Bambi Francisco Roizen is founder and CEO of Vator, one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs, and VatorNews, which provides news and information on innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to Vator, Bambi was an award-winning journalist at Dow Jones MarketWatch where she was the lead columnist/correspondent focusing on Internet trends and investments, appearing online and on TV.

She was a morning business anchor for KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco and made frequent appearances as an expert on technology on CNBC, Fox Business News, and CBS.

 

Jackson Gates, VP of Business Development and Corporate Development, Pandora

I joined Pandora in Fall 2008 to focus on partnerships in automotive, consumer electronics and content. Prior to Pandora I attempted to launch two startups and served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Venrock. I have been involved in technology and digital media since the Summer of 1997 and spent the first five years of my career as a junior venture capitalist at Vulcan Capital and Lehman Brothers Venture Capital (now Tenaya Capital). I received my Bachelors Degree from Georgetown University and my MBA from Stanford.
  

 

Bryan Goldberg, Founder, VP Revenue Strategy & Operations, Bleacher Report

Bryan Goldberg oversees all operational aspects of Bleacher Report's monetization. In this capacity, he manages advertising technology, sales product marketing, campaign execution, and the overall sales pipeline. In addition, he oversees user acquisition for Bleacher Report's mobile and newsletter products. Previous to this, Bryan oversaw Product & Engineering and built the Bleacher Report website. Before co-founding Bleacher Report, Bryan worked as a management consultant with Deloitte and a summer analyst at Credit Suisse. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and a huge 49ers fan.

 


Neal Hansch, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners

Neal Hansch brings over fifteen years of experience in venture capital, technology operations and investment banking. Before joining Rustic Canyon in 2005, Neal worked in the Corporate Development group at Macromedia, where he was responsible for executing worldwide M&A transactions and strategic equity investments.

Neal received his M.B.A. with distinction from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was a Deutschman Venture Fellow. He also received bachelor degrees in Economics and Psychology from Duke University. 
 

David Hornik, General Partner, August Capital

David Hornik; for more than a decade, David has worked with technology startups throughout the software sector.  In 2000, David joined August Capital to invest broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software, as well as consumer facing software and services.Prior to joining August Capital, David was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at Venture Law Group and Perkins Coie.

In his legal practice, David represented high tech startups in all aspects of their formation, financing, and operations, including the likes of Yahoo!, Evite (Ticketmaster) and Ofoto (Kodak).  Before that, David was a litigator in New York City at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. David has an eclectic educational background. He holds an AB in Computer Music from Stanford University, an M.Phil in Criminology from Cambridge University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

 

Thomas Korte, Founder, AngelPad

Thomas Korte is an angel investor and advisor to early-stage internet startups. In 2010 he founded AngelPad, a startup incubator in San Francisco.

Prior, Thomas worked at Google for 7 years. His roles there included International Product Marketing Manager, European Search Agency Business Lead and most recently Google Evangelist. He is the co-author of several patents related to improving efficiencies in search advertising and local search results.

 

Adam Nash, Executive in Residence, Greylock

A seasoned technology executive and general manager with experience across engineering, product management, product strategy, and venture capital. Focus on identifying business opportunities around emerging technologies and leading teams to design great products to address them. Strong passion for innovation and entrepreneurship with an affinity for public speaking and product evangelism.
Specialties

General Management, Product Management, Product Process, Product Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Internet Business Models, Web 2.0, E-Commerce, Social Networking, User Experience, Customer-Centric Design, Behavioral Finance, Economics, Public Speaking, Public Relations, Community Management.


Doug Renert, Co-Founding Partner, Tandem Capital

Doug Renert is a co-founding partner of Tandem Capital, Silicon Valley's mobile industry incubator.  Tandem backs 12 early stage mobile startups each year with its brand of "muscle capital," a powerful combination of funding and hands-on support.

Prior to Tandem, Doug built businesses as an operating executive at Oracle and as CEO of telecommunications startup Tello.  He started his career as a corporate attorney at the firm now known as DLA Piper.

 

 Ezra Roizen, Digital Media Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital


Ezra Roizen is a digital media investment banker with Ackrell Capital, a boutique investment bank. He is also an advisor and commenter on emerging ventures. He focuses on digital media, e-commerce and mobile companies. Prior to banking, Ezra co-founded and was CEO of Montclare Technologies Inc. He also co-founded and was director of business development for Convoy, which is now part of Sybase. Ezra is the Chair of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business Alumni Council.

 

Andrew Ross, Director & Valuation Practice Leader, Grant Thornton

Andrew Ross leads Grant Thornton’s Bay Area Valuation Practice and provides a range of services to entrepreneurial and venture backed companies, including both those that are raising their Seed round and those that are ready for an IPO or sale. His team addresses valuation, capital structure, compensation, and operational issues including compliance with tax and financial reporting requirements. They work with companies across the technology spectrum, including social networking, cloud computing, software, and hardware. They also have developed a focus in CleanTech.

Prior to Grant Thornton, Andrew had similar roles with Huron Consulting Group, Sutter Securities, and KPMG. He also took a turn as a start-up CFO at MagnetPoint, an early stage communications software company and has lead family office investments, including ChartWare, an electronic medical records star-up. In a prior career he worked in construction management where he helped build tangible things, including the Santa Clara County Jail (which he hopes is relatively unknown to the Vator community).

Andrew received a BS in Structural/Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley with a minor in Architecture and a very minor minor in Crew (Cal 155). He attended UCLA’s Anderson School where he received an MBA in finance and considered a career in the film industry until he saw the movie “Swimming with Sharks” at which point he returned to the relative calm of the Bay Area.

 

Dan Scholnick, General Partner, Trinity Ventures


Dan Scholnick joined Trinity Ventures in 2007 and brings significant entrepreneurial and product development experience to the firm.  Prior to Trinity, Dan was the second employee at Wily Technology, a pioneer in the application performance management market. At Wily, Dan built the first version of the company’s application performance management product and held a number of key roles before its acquisition by CA (NASDAQ: CA).  Dan founded Flurry, the leading user analytics platform for mobile applications.  Dan graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Computer Science and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

In his spare time, Dan is an avid foodie and a veritable walking Zagat guide to San Francisco (ask him for restaurant recommendations).  Dan is an investor in and adviser to J&D’s Foods, the makers of Bacon Salt and Baconnaise, and is the co-founder of Schmendricks, which makes Brooklyn style bagels in San Francisco.

 

Richard Scudellari, Co-Managing Partner, DLA PIPER

Rich Scudellari is a partner in the Corporate and Securities group and co-managing partner of DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office. His practice encompasses a broad range of corporate, securities and financial areas, emphasizing strategic counseling and negotiations in areas critical to his clients’ needs. He has focused on representing companies (high tech startups through multinational corporations) and venture capital and other private equity investors, in many areas, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, strategic alliances and corporate governance.
Legal 500 recognizes Mr. Scudellari for his venture capital and emerging companies practice. His more than 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley includes major negotiations and transactions on behalf of companies and investors in the electronics, information technology, clean tech, software, Internet, health sciences and biotechnology industries.

Mr. Scudellari has negotiated hundreds of acquisition and financing transactions. He has served on the board of directors of both public and private companies.

 

Wes Selke, Founding Director, Hub Ventures

Wes Selke is Founding Director of Hub Ventures, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world.  Hub Ventures, which is part of the Global Accelerator Network championed by TechStars, helps world-changing entrepreneurs build their startups better and faster with funding, mentorship, peer collaboration, workshops, and investor connections.  Wes is also the Investment Manager for Good Capital's Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, where he leads deal sourcing, due diligence, transaction execution, and portfolio management. 

Wes earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BBA from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting.

 

Jeff Smith, CEO and Co-Founder, Smule

Jeff Smith is the CEO and co-founder of Smule. In addition to Smule, Jeff is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Music at Stanford University. He previously received a BS in Computer Science at Stanford University. In between Stanford and Stanford, Jeff co-founded and ran an email security software company which he took public on the Nasdaq and grew to $50M in sales before stepping down as CEO. Jeff is the co-author of sixteen patents in the field of email security.


 

Josh Stein, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Josh Stein is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where his current board responsibilities include Box.net, Chartbeat, Eventful, Fynanz, GoodGuide, Polaris Wireless, Redfin, SugarCRM, and ViVOTech. He is also actively involved with the firm's investments in Glam Media, Opscode, Tremor Media, and Yammer.  His previous investments include iList (acquired by IGN/News Corp) and Yardbarker (acquired by Fox Sports Interactive).

Prior to joining DFJ, Josh was a Vice President at Telephia, where he managed a group providing strategic analysis and information to the nation's largest wireless carrier. Josh holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Venture Education and the Kauffman Fellows Program, the leading educational fellowship in venture capital.


Online Judges

Patrick Dietzen, Managing Partner, DoubleRock

Patrick Dietzen brings over a decade of early stage tech venture operational expertise. He is a Managing Partner at DoubleRock, an early stage VC group based in Silicon Valley. He also serves as VP of Business Development at SaurikIT, which owns and manages Cydia, the top open software store on mobile devices. 

Patrick has played founder and executive roles in numerous technology ventures. He founded Sirigen Group Ltd, a molecular diagnostics company selling market leading chemistries for biomarker detection, which are based on ultra bright materials and are critical to healthcare diagnostics and life sciences research.

 

Jed Katz, Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Jed Katz is the Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners an early-stage venture capital firm in San Francisco.  One of the pioneers of Internet commerce, Jed has spent his 19-year career developing, advising and investing in early stage technology ventures. Jed also served on the Technology, Telecom & Media advisory group for President Barack Obama's campaign. Prior to joining Javelin Venture Partners, Jed was a Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York.

Jed holds a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Haas School of Business at the University of California – Berkeley, where he was awarded the Price Fellowship from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, of which he is currently on the advisory board.

 

Xander Mahony, Investment Professional, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Xander Mahony is an Investment Professional at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, focusing on technology investments across sectors. Prior to joining DFJ, Xander was an analyst at Sloane Robinson, a global emerging market hedge fund based in London. At Sloane Robinson, Xander concentrated mainly on China and India, and also the technology, transportation, telecoms and luxury goods sectors. Prior to working in finance, Xander started three companies, including an online music service with a proprietary algorithm for personalizing the price of digital music.

Xander has a BA in Computer Science from Oxford University and has completed Level III of the CFA program. Whilst at Oxford, Xander was captain of the varsity karate team, raced for the varsity go-karting team and played basketball and soccer at the inter-college level. Xander also qualified for the England Under 20s bridge team.

 

Manu Rekhi, Principal, Inventus Capital Partners

Manu Rekhi is a seasoned internet executive and Venture Partner at Inventus since 2008.  Manu brings a well respected operating record with both Silicon Valley startups and cross-border US-India companies.  Currently VP of Products at Myspace, Manu previously oversaw strategy, marketing, business and corporate development at Lolapps, a startup where he transformed the company into a promising social gaming business.  Prior to Lolapps, he was on the product team at Google where he worked on several products including the launch of Gmail, Calendar, OpenSocial, and Orkut and spent over a year with Google in India.

Manu has been active with Inventus for nearly 3 years informally diligencing new investments as well as advising and mentoring Inventus entrepreneurs at Vivu, Genwi, Dhingana, and Credit Sesame.  He has also advised entrepreneurs in India (Games2Win, Sapplica and Popcorn Apps), Canada (j2play and Social Game Universe) and Brasil (Mentez).  j2play was acquired by EA in 2009.

Manu holds a B.S. from Boston University and a joint MBA from Columbia Business School and Walter Haas School of Business.

 

Musicians


Ethan Beard, Director, Platform Partnerships, Facebook

Ethan Beard is the current Director of Business Development at Facebook. In March, 2008, Beard left his position as the Director of Social Media at Google to take the position at Facebook. Before working for Google, Beard served as Director of Business Development for MTV/VH1 Interactive, as well as Silicon Alley Venture Partners, Fountainhead Capital, and Bank of America.

 

Tim Chang, Managing Director, Mayfield Fund

 Tim Chang is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive. He was named on the 2011 Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Dealmakers, was featured by The Deal as one of five emerging VCs to watch and by the AlwaysON Hollywood IT List recognizing technology leaders in the digital entertainment industry.

Tim began his career in venture capital in 1999 during his time at Stanford Business School as part of the founding team of CTR Ventures, a venture accelerator in Tokyo focused on seed and early-stage mobile consumer applications for the Japanese market.

Tim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an MS in Electrical Engineering/System Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
  

 

Prashant Fuloria, Director, Monetization Products, Facebook

Prashant Fuloria currently manages monetization products at Facebook,including Facebook Ads and Facebook Credits. Prior to joining Facebook, Prashant worked at Google for over six years in several product management capacities, including early contributions to AdWords, building out Google's billing and payments products and managing all Google's products (search, ads, apps) for the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to Google, Prashant was an early employee at Closedloop Solutions, a provider of web-based financial planning and forecasting products that was subsequently acquired by Lawson Software (LWSN).

 

Philip Kaplan, Founder and CEO, ADHD Labs

Philip Kaplan is an entrepreneur in San Francisco, California. Philip has founded several companies, including TinyLetter (email service provider, acquired by MailChimp), Blippy (a venture-backed social shopping company), AdBrite (a large ad network), F-dcompany.com, PK Interactive (software development company), and others.  

In 2010, Philip was entrepreneur-in-residence at Charles River Ventures. Philip is the bestselling author of F'd Companies: Spectacular Dot-com Flameouts (Simon & Schuster). He is an active angel investor and advises several companies.  Philip is on the board of advisors of Syracuse University.  

 

Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor  is an entrepreneur , Internet industry pioneer and blogger (vcinme.typepad.com) . He invests in the online advertising, e-commerce, consumer internet/digital media and internet infrastructure services and software segments.

Prior to joining Mayfield, Raj was co-founder and CEO of Snapfish, a leading global online photo service. Raj orchestrated the sale of Snapfish to Hewlett-Packard in March 2005.

Raj received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. with honors in mechanical/robotics engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He serves on the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Advisory Council and Harvard Business School's California Research Center Advisory Board. He enjoys surfing, triathlons and family.


The "Mule"


The Mule started playing bagpipes at the age of 9. In 2003 he competed in the World Pipe Band Competition in Glasgow, Scotland as a member of the Sir James McDonald pipe band. They won 3rd place in the "Youth Pipe Band" category that year. Since then he has received a MA in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford University and CCRMA, and BS in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami.

He once visited 34 Apple stores in one week and was kicked out of graciously removed from 17 of them. Other random talents include, unicycling, moon walking, talkboxing, and the ability to say the ABC's backwards in under 4 seconds.

 

 

 

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