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Vator held its annual Post Seed 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.
Here are some highlights from our attendees on Twitter:
Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator), Paul Martino (Managing Partner, Bullpen Capital), Semil Shah (General Partner, Haystack)
Kicking #PostSeedConf off w/ @semil and team - interesting to hear the conversations coming out of the day around funding landscape pic.twitter.com/Vf3ROMuoin— jeff slobotski (@slobotski) December 1, 2016
@bullpencap #postseedconf pic.twitter.com/iH8PA5ePoi— anzatechnet (@anzatechnet) December 1, 2016
Session One – “Making Venture Great Again: The Post Seed Manifesto”: Duncan Davidson (Managing Director, Bullpen Capital)
"The current Seed to Big A model reduces options for founders." - @duncandavi #postseedconf pic.twitter.com/IYKqi2nxhF— Mary Keane (@marymkeane) December 1, 2016
#postseedconf less than 10% seed companies are graduating to series A. Scary. @Startupaus @techsydneyau pic.twitter.com/5XH0IHBF9I— Jennifer Zanich (@jenz) December 1, 2016
#postseedconf @dscheinm invest in EQ 51% then look at the data— anzatechnet (@anzatechnet) December 1, 2016
Session Two – “Winning at Cisco, Baseball, and Seed”: Dan Scheinman (Angel Investor, SF Giants), Paul Martino (Managing Partner, Bullpen Capital)
Talking @BusterPosey and venture with angel investor @dscheinm and @ahpah #postseedconf pic.twitter.com/hbDEydmvJS— Mary Keane (@marymkeane) December 1, 2016
#postseedconf @dscheinm the silent killer in venture is founder drama— anzatechnet (@anzatechnet) December 1, 2016
A long day of all good things. Really had fun at #postseedconf today! Great energy!— Dan Scheinman (@dscheinm) December 2, 2016
Session Three – “Investing in Categories No One is Paying Attention To”: Moderator: Eric Eric Newcomer (Startup Reporter, Bloomberg); Panelists: Michael Ma (General Partner, Liquid 2 Ventures), Dave Peterson (Co-Founder & Partner, Play Bigger Advisors), Christine Herron (Director, Intel Capital), Chris Paik (Partner, Thrive Capital), Aeref Hilaly (Partner, Sequoia Capital)
"Every breakout companies have always been outlaws in some ways, forcing you to challenge your core beliefs" @aaref at #postseedconf pic.twitter.com/LXAiM7SeR4— Antoine Nivard (@antoinenivard) December 1, 2016
#postseedconf @christine Intel Capital pro education category - who knew?— anzatechnet (@anzatechnet) December 1, 2016
Session Four – “Disrupting the Venture Ecosystem”: Chamath Palihapitiya (Founder & CEO, Social Capital LP), Semil Shah (General Partner, Haystack)
'Money is always a lagging indicator, and it's a decision to make hard decisions' -@chamath @semil @vatortv @bullpencap #postseedconf pic.twitter.com/q7etKWSBLi— Shrina (@shrina_k) December 1, 2016
"The world needs [silicon valley] to do things that are hard, but too often we're distracted by the easy and obvious" @chamath #postseedconf— nschuett (@nschuett) December 1, 2016
#postseedconf @chamath "Silicon Valley's head is so far up our ass that we don't see what is happening with Trump"— Duncan Davidson (@duncandavi) December 1, 2016
Session Five – “CEOs who Navigated the Post Seed Waters”: Moderator: Eric Wiesen (General Partner, Bullpen Capital); Panelists: Tony Vartanian (Founder & CEO, Jump Ramp Games), Stuart Landesberg (Founder & CEO, Grove Collaborative), Justin Potter (Founder & CEO, Cleanify), Dan Greenberg (Founder & CEO, Sharethrough), Aarthi Ramamurthy ( Founder, Lumoid)
"Investing in categories no one is paying attention to" with @EricNewcomer @MichaelandMa @daveptrs @christine @cpaik @aaref #postseedconf pic.twitter.com/MU3gsY0yGZ— Vator (@vatortv) December 1, 2016
Funding rounds are not to grow, they are to grow faster. Keep your optionality. @PustinJotter #postseedconf #goodadvice— Peter Conte (@peterconte) December 1, 2016
Session Six – “Getting to a Super-Sized A Round and Liquidity”: Moderator: Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator); Panelists: Winter Mead (Vice President, Sapphire Ventures), Shruti Gandhi (Managing Partner, Array Ventures), Brenda Smith (President, CV Brokerage), Brian O’Malley (Partner, Accel Partners)
More from #postseedconf Getting to a Super-Sized A Round & Liquidity. @atShruti @wintermead @omal @bambi100 pic.twitter.com/d9JuA967FR— Shuly Galili (@shulygalili) December 1, 2016
'the goal of right-sized funding is so that a company can be disciplined...14 years of cash can ruin a company' -> @omal #postseedconf— Christine Herron (@christine) December 1, 2016
#postseedconf @omal our investee companies don't succeed or fail based on— anzatechnet (@anzatechnet) December 1, 2016
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Session Seven – “Playing the Game as a Contrarian”: Aydin Senkut (Founder & Managing Director, Felicis Ventures), Rolfe Winkler (Technology Reporter, Wall Street Journal)
Always great to hear @asenkut Today on being a "contrarian investor" in conversation with @RolfeWinkler of @WSJ #postseedconf pic.twitter.com/ZdYKOJIpkg— Shuly Galili (@shulygalili) December 1, 2016
Session Eight – “Post Seed/Small A is a Big Thing”: Moderator: Andre Gharakhanian (Founder & Partner, Silicon Legal Strategy); Panelists: Leo Polovets (Partner, Susa Ventures), Marc Michel (Managing Partner, Runway Venture Partners), Jim Andelman (Co-founder and Managing Partner, Rincon Venture Partners), Jed Katz (Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners)
"Post Seed/Small A is a BIG Thing with @siliconlegal @lpolovets @marcmichelvc @jimandelman @JedKatz here at #postseedconf pic.twitter.com/WXz8LKGgSM— Vator (@vatortv) December 1, 2016
Session Nine – “Magic Box Paradigm” - The unconventional view on M&A: Ezra Roizen (Founder, advsr), Andre Gharakhanian (Founder & Partner, Silicon Legal Strategy)
Fireside chat "Magic Box Paradigm" with @roizen here at #postseedconf @advisr pic.twitter.com/wFtiQMoJQf— Vator (@vatortv) December 1, 2016
M&A must be open-ended conversation: what can co's do together? Raising money, selling product very different approach @roizen #postseedconf— Boris Wertz (@bwertz) December 1, 2016
#postseedconf Ezra Roizen @roizen M&A for startups, awesome advice. Start early, develop your strategic relationships @bullpencap— Jennifer Zanich (@jenz) December 1, 2016
Session Ten – “From Seed to IPO”: Jeff Lawson (CEO, Twilio), Byron Deeter (Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners)
Twilio's @jeffiel has a fascinating back story before founding @twilio. Catch the archive from #postseedconf @bdeeter @vatortv pic.twitter.com/TPSU8s3DTZ— Peter Mullen (@pemullen) December 2, 2016
"You have to love the product and your customers cause that what gets you through the tough times" @jeffiel #postseedconf— Shuly Galili (@shulygalili) December 2, 2016
@jeffiel Jeff Lawson at #postseedconf Twilio never killed an API. It's like having a kid, once you launch it, it's yours forever— rlewis (@rlewis) December 2, 2016
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Sequoia Capital is a venture capital firm founded by Don Valentine in 1972. The Wall Street Journal has called Sequoia Capital “one of the highest-caliber venture firms” and noted that it is “one of Silicon Valley’s most influential venture-capital firms”. It invests between $100,000 and $1 million in seed stage, between $1 million and $10 million in early stage, and between $10 million and $100 million in growth stage.
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Bullpen Capital is second round investor who invests in companies previously seeded by the Super Angel funds.
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In 1911, Henry Phipps founded Bessemer Securities to reinvest the proceeds of his sale of Carnegie Steel for the benefit of his descendents. The start-up investment operations were spun out into Bessemer Venture Partners, which now operates out of seven offices around the globe.
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Invests in early-stage tech companies with incredible potential, managed by teams of energetic, trustworthy and capable leaders. Key focus areas include digital media, Internet commerce, mobile and healthcare IT. Javelin looks for advanced bleeding-edge innovations, where the addressable market size is substantial and strong competitive advantages exist. A typical investment is between $1 to $4 million, with reserves for follow-on investments. In addition, Javelin also considers smaller seed investments for unique companies just getting started. Located in downtown San Francisco, while invests throughout the world. Javelin is a very active investor with a long-term outlook and the objective of creating substantial value.
Joined Vator onI'm a general partner at Susa Ventures, a seed fund that focuses on companies with strong competitive advantages. Before Susa, I was a software engineer. I was one of the first employees at LinkedIn, then worked at Google and at Factual.
Joined Vator onMarc is co-founding partner of Metamorphic Ventures, a New York City based seed stage venture capital firm focused on Transactional Media, the intersection between digital media and commerce.
Joined Vator onFounding partner at Silicon Legal Strategy. Clients include Lyft, TaskRabbit, Threadflip, Ticketfly, Floodgate Fund, Baseline Ventures and Felicis Ventures. In 2012, Andre was named one of the top 20 lawyers in California under the age of 40.
Joined Vator onJed Katz is the Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners. One of the pioneers of online commerce, Jed has spent his 20 year career developing, advising & investing in early stage tech ventures.
Joined Vator onJim Andelman is Co-founder of Rincon Venture Partners. Before Rincon, Jim led software investing at Broadview Capital, a $250mm Bay Area VC firm. Before BCP, Jim was with Alex. Brown's Tech Group and boutique strategy consulting firm Symmetrix.
Joined Vator onFounder and CEO of Vator, a media and research firm for entrepreneurs and investors; Managing Director of Vator Health Fund; Co-Founder of Invent Health; Author and award-winning journalist.
Joined Vator onDan Scheinman has been an angel investor since 2011 focusing on experienced teams, tackling big challenges in the enterprise. Prior to that, long run @Cisco Systems including SVP Corp Dev and running internal startup.
Joined Vator onDuncan is a serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist who co-founded Bullpen Capital, a seed fund which focuses on the "post seed" round to get to a Super-Sized A round