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What are the Challenges for Venture Backed Startups?
TECHCODE 1172 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040
MONDAY, JULY 24 2017 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM
Join us for VCChat on the challenges that Venture Backed Startups face with Susan Mason, Aligned Partners & Clint Korver, Ulu Ventures.
GLOBAL DEMO NITE @TechCode: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT DOMAIN SPECIFIC BUT COVERS ALL DOMAINS. All demo startups will have a table to promote their startup & have an opportunity to give a 3minute pitch to the attendees after VC Chat between 8pm & 8:30pm. You will also have a video of your pitch uploaded to youtube.
6:30pm to 7:00pm Networking
7:00pm to 8:00pm VC Chat
8:00pm to 8:30pm Demo Pitches
8:30pm to 9:00pm Networking
Susan Mason, Managing Partner Aligned Partners has over 25 years of operating management and venture capital experience. She is the co-founding partner of Aligned Partners, an early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in capital efficient start-ups in the enterprise space. Prior to Aligned Partners, she was a General Partner with ONSET Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with $600 million under management. Susan specializes in investing in the information technology area, specifically communications, security and financial technology. As an investor and board member, Susan has played a pivotal role in the development of companies including Securent (acqd CSCO), Alteon (IPO), Gadzoox (IPO), SilverTail Systems (acqd EMC), Omney (acqd MA), and many others. Prior to entering venture capital investing, she held positions in high-technology engineering, marketing and business development. She led a highly successful consulting practice, helping Fortune 1000 corporations capitalize on emerging markets and technologies. Early in her career, she held positions in marketing and engineering design of high-performance systems and microprocessors for Fujitsu Microelectronics, Fairchild Semiconductor and NCR Microelectronics. Susan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a regular guest speaker on entrepreneurial topics at Stanford University, UCLA and many of the local events in Silicon Valley. She is a founding boardmember of the Center for Venture Education, which operates the Kauffman Fellows Program. She has served as its Chairman and continues to serve on the board as Chair Emeritus.
Clint Korver, Partner Ulu Ventures graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. with honors in mathematics. He also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in management sciences and engineering. He is a partner and co-founder at Ulu Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm investing in early-stage information technology companies. He is also a Kauffman fellow, co-founder and co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, and a venture partner at Crescendo Ventures. Prior to venture investing, Clint founded and led Outcome Software, Decision Street, The Decision Company, and Decision Quality International, all of which helped individuals or organizations make better decisions through software, consulting, or training. He regularly guest lectures at Stanford on entrepreneurship, decision-making, and ethics. He has taught ethical decision-making at both Stanford and Grinnell College and co-authored Ethics for the Real World (Harvard Business Press 2008).