Theme: "Getting a VC We Don't Know To Mentor Us" Professor Tom Kosnik and I have this theory that people do better when a mentor paves a way... Yay, lets do a party and get this process going. Lets get CS majors and VCs in a room VCs are always hunting for CS talent.B-school founders are just two developer founders short of rounding out their team.Engineers also bitch about not... [read more]
Theme: "Getting a VC We Don't Know To Mentor Us" Professor Tom Kosnik and I have this theory that people do better when a mentor paves a way... Yay, lets do a party and get this process going. Lets get CS majors and VCs in a room VCs are always hunting for CS talent.B-school founders are just two developer founders short of rounding out their team.Engineers also bitch about not having enough engineering talent.Me and Professor Kosnik solve problems and thats where E145 comes in.We are taking an already legendary class and taking it to the next next level during summer session.Last year, I crashed 30 Stanford kids into major major tech conferences. Lets all execute my obnoxious article on GigaOm and over-the-top post in TechCrunch. It is required reading for engineers that expect to graduate street-smart**. Step ONE is about "How to Charm a VC to Mentor Us" Remember, in this age of 'Moore's law' and "everything is FASTER"... ...if you can not get your ROI for your $96 BEFORE you come... you should probably read my articles on "How to Work a Conference". If you don't get your money's worth before the party starts, you should not be coming and maybe you should re-think being an entrepreneur. See the list of VCs I like HERE - The all-star VC line-up includes: Roelof Botha (Sequoia) Tom Ball (Austin Ventures) Luke Nosek (Founders Fund) Ken Howery (Founders Fund) Jon Teo (Benchmark) Mark Suster (GRP) Rob Hayes (First Round) Ethan Kurzweil (Bessemer) Joel Yarmon (Draper) Tim Draper (DFJ) Jonathan Erbinger (Blue Run Ventures) Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer (Sierra Ventures) Eric Engineer (Sevin Rosen Funds) Rajiv Bala (S3 Ventures) Dave McClure (500 Startups) Michael Derring (Stanford) Carly Spoljaric** (First Round Capital) She was last year's all-star SXSW VC Panelist + more *Where*: Palo Alto Community's College. Location is messaged 11:11pm day before *Co-hosts*: VCs, Associates, VC Admins and ex-VCs *Featured Guests:* Join celeb CEO's and VCs *Co-Hosting Organizations*: Email the party secretary: larry chiang *Media We Love*: GigaOm, AlwaysON, TechCrunch, Venture Wire, WSJ, All Things D, Venture Beat and GigaOm (I said GigaOm twice because I like them a lot) *Party Secretary*: Larry Chiang* Text me so I can prep you BEFORE. Don't just buy a tix and show up. I need to prep you. Text me at 650-283-8008 * Larry Chiang is also the founder, funder, managing director, and only member of his fanclub on facebook :-) ** *How to redundantly RSVP*: Text message, 650-283-8008, to RSVP. Include your full name, title AND org, email address, FOR example, text message, "Sheila Wisnowski / CEO-founder / Sheila@ProsperAss.com/ #VCsecrets". Genius stuff they don't teach you at B-school: coincide a tweet with your RSVP. Medium Capacity*. This will sell out *PRESS*: I am limiting it to 1st 5 bloggers so text message, 650-283-8008 your name and press outlet Tweet out this party Reverse VC Pitch Conference at CES The Reverse VC Pitch Summit is in LAS VEGAS Agenda Wed Jan 5 7:00pm Registration 9:30pm OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION*** 10:20pm VCs Introduced THURS Jan 6 (aka STILL WED NIGHT) 12:01am Drunk VC Panel Real VCs, ex-VCs and Anonymous VCs tell it like it is (No videos, No cameras, No tweeting) Yes this will be EXTREMELY awesome. It is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND as a sequel to the 2:00am VC panel at SXSW. THURS Jan 6 11:11am FIrst Session: Yoga. You can watch or you can do. 11:20am Welcome Address from Party Secretary, Larry Chiang. 11:25am FIRESIDE CHAT 12:30pm Working Lunch. 2:00pm Concurrent Sessions led by 5 VCs and 5 entrepreneurs *Preview sessions HERE *Submit your panel via email or here on this wiki page - http://bit.ly/vc1005w 3:30pm VC Secrets Panel 7:00pm VIP Dinner (separate ticket may be required if I, larry @LarryChiang dot com, can't sell the sponsorship :-) FRI Jan 7 7:45am Applied Entrepreneurship: Lets all learn to promote at a conference. ON the front lines you will learn: How to sell like an effen PRO even if youre an undergrad CS major. How do you speak at a conference to promote your startup. How do you host an afterParty for no money. How do you work an expo booth. SAT Jan 8 12:45am #AfterParty Somewhere in Las Vegas* The last party had a Theme: #BYOVC B - bring Y - your O - own V - venture C - captialist Everyone has a VC friend that does not want to fund them. In my case I have about 80 of these 'friends' HEY, have you heard of a "White Elephant" gift exchange?! It is where you bring a gift you did not want and you pool all the unwanted gifts together. You get to pick one and you go through rounds where people trade, steal, borror, swap gifts. It is fun! PLOT spoiler: Everyone goes home with a new gift they do not want. Think of the BYOVC theme as a white elephant exchange for VCs.