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Wilson Sonsini, PayPal, KPMG, Javelin #vatorsplashla

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting Vator Splash LA 10/2

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
September 29, 2014
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With the fourth annual Vator Splash LA just three days away (buy your tickets here!), we wanted to take some time to thank our sponsors who are helping us put the event together. We couldn't do it without them!

Check out our stellar agenda with Jessica Alba, Brian Lee (founders of The Honest Company), and Michael Heyward (Founder of Whisper) and so many more top-notch entrepreneurs and investors. 


  • First, our two champange sponsors, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (@wilsonsonsin) is a provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide. Founded in 1961, it now advises more than 300 public enterprises and 3,000 private companies and represents more companies that receive venture financing than any other law firm in the United States. 

WSCR has been our title sponsor in LA for two years in a row! (@FindMoreDoMore) is a provider of cloud-based applications for event and participant management. 

Founded in 2010, the company partners with organizers to improve the event management process and to enable them to better connection with attendees.


  • Next are our Chardonnay Sponsors, KPMG, Braintree and PayPal

KPMG (@KPMG) is an audit, tax and advisory firm which has145,000 professionals, including more than 8,000 partners, in 152 countries.

The firm has been around, in some capacity since 1870, but has been known as KPMG since 1987, when Peat Marwick joined with Klynveld Main Goerdeler. 

The firm has been a sponsor of Vator Splash events for the past four years. 

Braintree (@braintree) is an e-commerce and m-commerce platform that allows for single click payments. It provides merchants with a secure payment gateway, merchant account, recurring billing and credit card storage. 

Founded in 2007, Braintree raised a total of $70 million in funding before being purchased by eBay for $800 million last year.

Braintree has been a sponsor of Vator Splash sponsor for three years. 

PayPal (@PayPal) is an e-commerce business, which allows payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. The company was purchased by eBay for  $1.5 billion in 2002.

It is famous "PayPal Mafia," a group of entrepreneurs and angel investors who were founders or early employees of the company who went on to fuel the next-generation of startups.

They include Peter Thiel, the former CEO of PayPal, who was Facebook's first investor, and is Managing Partner at The Founders Fund. And David Sacks, founder and CEO of Yammer, which was bought by Microsoft for $1.2 billion, in cash, in 2012.

PayPal has been a sponsor of Vator Splash LA for three years. 


Javelin Venture Partners is a seed- and early-stage venture firm, focused on digital media, e-commerce, mobile and healthcare IT.

Founded in 2008 by Jed Katz and Noah Doyle, it has raised three funds: $75 million in 2008, $105 million for Fund II, and $125 million for its Javelin Venture Partners Fund III last year. The firm was one of first investors in, the winner of our very first Vator startup competition and event, all the way back in October 2009. 

Javelin has sponsored our Vator Splash events for four years running.


  • Our two lunch sponsors, Truecar and CBRE:

TrueCar (@TrueCar) provides customers with market information on new and used car transactions and by supplies an online communications platform, through which dealers and consumers can communicate with each other. The point is to help dealers move their cars quicker, and to get customers the best deals on said cars.

Founded in 2005, the company raised a total of $167 million in funding before going public in May. 

This is the first year that TrueCar is sponsoring our event.

CBRE (@CBRE) is a commercial real estate services firm serving owners, investors and occupiers. Founded in 2006, and headquarters in LA, it has around 44,000 employees and 300 offices worldwide.

The company was ranked at 387 in the Fortune 500 in 2013, making it the highest-ranked rel estate company on the list.

This is the first year that CBRE is coming on a sponsor for Vator Splash LA.


  • Our VIP after-party sponsors, Wavemaker Partners and Structure Capital:


Wavemaker Partners, formerly Siemer Ventures, is a venture capital firm that focuses on late seed stage opportunities in B2B and B2C startups.

The firm has raised three funds: an $8 million fund, a $28 million second fund raised in 2011 and a $45 million early stage venture fund called stage Wavemaker Fund III. When its third fund fully closes, it will give Wavelength a total of $81 million raised.

This is the first year that Wavemaker is sponsoring Vator Splash LA.


Next are out rosé sponsors, Scrubbed, Stratpoint Technologies, EVENT Live, AdSemble and Rackspace:

Scrubbed (@scrubbednet) is a professional accounting services company. Its serviced include accounting setup, general ledger management. financial statement preparation and analysis, dashboard reports, billing and collection management, and payroll accounting.

This the second year that Scrubbed will be a sponsor of Vator Splash LA.

Stratpoint Technologies (@stratpointoffers web and mobile application solutions, business and IT consulting.

Founded in 1998, its services include outsourced software development, an assigned software team and software engineering service.

Stratpoint has now been a sponsor of Vator Splash for two years. 

EVENT Live is a company that allows event organizers to build a custom mobile app, and provides a private social network where attendees can interact with one another. Event Live then curates and delivers these events to consumers based on their geography, interest and social influences.

Founded in 2013, and based in Tampa, Florida, the company has not raised any money and operates on current cash flow.

AdSemble (@AdSembleTweets) is  an online marketplace for buying & selling advertising space.

Founded in 2007, and located in Los Gatos, California, AdSemble's name is a mix of the words "Assemble," as in assembling every digital signage screen together in one place, and "Ad" as in advertisement.

Rackspace (@Rackspace) is a hybrid cloud company, as well as the founder of OpenStack, the open-source operating system for the cloud.

The company delivers fit infrastructure for IT needs, leveraging a product portfolio that allows workloads to run where they perform best, whether on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. 

The San Antonio-based Rackspace went public in 2008. 



  • Our production partners, Bixel Exchange and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce:




Bixel Exchange (@BixelExchange)  is a partnership with the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Network. It was developed by the SBDC and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. 

It connects technology entrepreneurs with mentors and business advisers, gives gives access to L.A.'s business and political world, and offers a variety of events and workshops.

The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (@LAAreaChamber) is an organization whose goal is to omprove the business climate and quality of life in the Los Angeles community, through advocacy, networking and business development programs.

It partnered with the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center Network to create the Bixel Network to promote entrepreunership and technology.


  • Our wine sponor, Bread & Butter:

Bread & Butter Wines (@breadbutterwine) is a winery located in Napa Valley. It makes chardonnay, pinot noir and riesling. 

The company has been a sponsor of Splash for four years. 


  • And, finally, our transportation sponsor, Toro Ride:

Toro Ride (@ToroRide) is  an on-demand car service that offers black cars and SUVs, as well as the luxury and exotics  cars, such as Bentley, Maybach and Rolls-Royce.

It is currently available in Los Angeles, with San Diego and San Francisco coming soon. 

Feel free to contact any of our sponsors on Twitter to thank them for making Vator Splash possible!

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Toro Ride
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TrueCar Inc
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Description: Rackspace is a recognized leader in the IT hosting market. We deliver enterprise-level managed services to businesses of all sizes and ki...
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Javelin Venture Partners
Angel group/VC
Description: Invests in early-stage tech companies with incredible potential, managed by teams of energetic, trustworthy and capable leaders. Key focu...
Description: Thumbtack helps you accomplish the personal projects that are central to your life. Whether you need to paint your home, learn a new lang...
Description: EVENT Live allows event organizers to build a customized mobile community for their attendees in minutes, providing a private social netw...
Description: AdSemble was founded on a clear, simple idea: Make advertising across multiple digital signage screens easy and effective. Affectionately...
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Description: KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International's member firms have 137,0...
Stratpoint Technologies
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Bio: Serial entrepreneur turned VC looking to support to outstanding teams building great companies.
Bio: Jed Katz is the Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners. One of the pioneers of online commerce, Jed has spent his 20 yea...
Bio: David has been involved in the Internet space for over a decade as an entrepreneur, executive and investor.

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