SF: Pre-VC Funding: Life Before Sand Hill Road
The formative stage is tough! Entrepreneurs need help during their seed stage, well before they usually work with upstream venture capitalists. Yet few funds exist whose sole purpose is to make these smaller investments. Find out the skinny on where to go for help.
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Co-hosted by the Women's Technology Cluster
Panel of VCs
Andrew Anker, General Partner, August Capital
Richard Grogan-Crane, General Partner, Crescendo Ventures
George Zachary, General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
These days, the bar for getting venture capital funding is higher than ever. VC firms are looking for startups with much more progress than in the past. But getting to that level of validation still requires investment, leaving many entrepreneurs in a "progress requires funding which requires progress" dilemma. Robert von Goeben, Managing Director of Starter Fluid,L.P., one of the few institutionally-backed pure seed funds, will discuss how to build and fund pre-VC companies, and how to take them out for later funding.
Stick around as Robert moderates a wildly active and honest panel of VCs entitled: "No Stock Answers: The VC Grills The VCs." Never get a straight answer from VCs? Now here's your chance. This panel of VCs will discuss strategies for building and funding early stage companies in his challenging market. And since it takes one to know one, this panel will be moderated by a VC, who will actively filter "VC speak" to get to the heart of your questions.
Robert von Goeben, Managing Director, Starter Fluid
Robert von Goeben is Starter Fluid’s founder and lead investment director. Prior to starting Starter Fluid, Robert was a founding director of Redleaf Venture Management, one of Silicon Valley’s first Internet-only venture funds.
Robert spent many years before that in desktop publishing and digital imaging with Applied Graphics Technology a leading digital services company whose clients included Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures and MCA. More...
8:30am-9:00am Registration/Networking/Continental breakfast
10:30am-12:00 Panel of Venture Capitalists, with Q&A
Women's Technology Cluster
The first high tech incubator focused on women entrepreneurs.
1207 Indiana Street, Suite 4
San Francisco, CA
Cost (Continental Breakfast included)
$49 SDForum Members & SVASE Members