Vator Splash Oakland: The most inspiring two days

Thank you to everyone who attended the event! Here's how it played out on Twitter

Financial trends and news by Steven Loeb
April 24, 2015 | Comments
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Vator held its second ever Splash Oakland event on Thursday, and it couldn't have gone better. Not only were the panelists, and all of our presenting companies great, but so were all of our audience members, who helped us to preserved the memory of the event on Twitter forever.

In fact, because of so many Breakout Sessions the first day and more learning the second, the audience got a good dosage of inspiration.

  • Opening Remarks
Libby Schaaf (Mayor of the City of Oakland) and  Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)
  • What's it like to be a Unicorn? 
Adam Goldenberg (Founder & CEO, JustFab) and Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator) - See more at: http://events.vator.tv/2015-splash-oakland/#agenda

Adam Goldenberg (Founder & CEO, JustFab) and Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

Session 2: Unicorns & Super-Sized A rounds, Do you need these to run and build a successful startup? - See more at: http://events.vator.tv/2015-splash-oakland/#agenda
  • Unicorns & Super-Sized A rounds, Do you need these to run and build a successful startup?
Meet the Active Angels - How do you get them to listen and can they be instrumental in landing your Series A? - See more at: http://events.vator.tv/2015-splash-oakland/#agenda
  • Meet the Active Angels - How do you get them to listen and can they be instrumental in landing your Series A?

Moderator: Semil Shah (General Partner, Haystack); Panelists: Jonathon Triest (Ludlow Ventures), Tikhon Bernstam (Angel investor), Renee DiResta (Vice President of Business Development, Haven)

  • How Venture Capital is Being Turned on its Head

Cory Johnson ( Bloomberg TV) and Josh Elman (Greylock)

Accelerator Nation - How Accelerators are Evolving and Changing the Local Ecosystem - See more at: http://events.vator.tv/2015-splash-oakland/#agenda
  • Accelerator Nation - How Accelerators are Evolving and Changing the Local Ecosystem

Moderator: Marisa Raya (Economic Development, City of Oakland); Panelists: Vinitha Watson (Executive Director, Zoo Labs), Rani Croager (Founder, Uptima Bootcamp), Emily Kirsch (CEO, Co-Founder, SfunCube), Jose Lopez (Co-founder, DevLabs)

  • When will Tech Look Like America? - The US has a racially and ethnically diverse population and there are more women than men. Yet the tech world doesn't mirror this. Hear and participate in a thoughtful discussion from leaders in the tech industry who are making inroads into achieving diversity - women, minorities - in tech startups, boardrooms, and venture firms
Moderator: Evie Nagy (Staff Writer, Fast Company) Panelists: Freada Kapor Klein (Co-Founder, Kapor Center), Libby Schaaf (Mayor, City of Oakland), Kimberly Bryant (Founder, Black Girls Code), Nilka Thomas (Manager - Global Diversity and Talent Inclusion, Google), Lisa Lee (Senior Diversity Manager, Pandora) - See more at: http://events.vator.tv/2015-splash-oakland/#agenda
  • Lessons Learned - Getting the Marketplace flywheel going
Slava Rubin (Founder & CEO, Indiegogo)
  • Building the One-Stop Local Services Empir
Marco Zappacosta (Co-Founder & CEO, Thumbtack), Jed Katz (Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners) and Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)
  • Announce Splash and People's Choice Winner

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