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Join us on March 8th from 6:30 - 8:30pm as we hear from a diverse group of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors with practical tips for funding strategies, timing and approach.

Hosted by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Location: Orrick San Francisco, 405 Howard Street (corner of 1st)

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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About the Panelists

Serafina Palandech, HipChick Farms Serafina Serafina Palandech is President and Co-Founder of Hip Chick Farms [hipchickfarms.com], a groundbreaking frozen food company focused on providing organic, sustainable and humane meal solutions for busy families, based in Sebastopol, CA. Since launching in 2013, Palandech with her wife, Jennifer Johnson, have launched into over 1,000 outlets and achieved 900% year over year growth in 2015. Previously, Serafina spent more than fifteen years helping nonprofit organizations like AIDS Walk San Francisco access private funding streams for companies, and she founded and ran Tugboat Events, a boutique event production company which produced charity events for organizations. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation Board of Directors, and volunteers with many other LBGT and family-led organizations.   David Blumberg, Blumberg Capital blumberg David Blumberg is the Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital. David has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. His investment focus includes Internet (B2B and B2C), digital media, social media, mobility, SaaS, and Technology Enabled Services. David serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of Credorax, DoubleVerify, HootSuite, Legolas, Parse.ly, Addepar, VideoGenie, Cyvera, CaseStack, and Trulioo. He is a member of the Investment Committee of 137 Venture, a Board Member of the Lincoln Club of Northern California, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and is on the Advisory Committee of StartOut. David's past investment exits include Siperian, Check Point Software Technologies, Teva, CREO, DSP Group, Electronics For Imaging, AbirNet, Conduct Software, Vista Research, and IP Infusion. Jared Fliesler, Matrix Partners jared fliesler Jared Fliesler is a General Partner at Matrix Partners, where he helps founders design and implement creative solutions to scale products, teams, and revenue. At Square, Jared optimized products and built programs to grow the company’s merchant and consumer bases and massively scale its product offerings. Prior to Square, he ran product and operations for the Slide team at Google and focused on building consumer products at the intersection of mobile, social, and local. At Slide, Jared led most of the company’s revenue-focused efforts and worked in nearly every area of the company: business and corporate development, advertising, payments, policy, and strategy. Prior to Slide, he managed business development and sales for a national investment firm. Jared is a highly motivated leader who enjoys wearing many hats, working to resolve complex problems, and eating great food. Specialties: Growth, product management, monetization, business development, risk, SMBs, competitive strategy, business strategy, partnerships, payments, contract negotiation, user acquisition, social media, Facebook applications, virtual goods, game mechanics, licensing, public speaking, competitive analysis, sponsorship management, training, new product initiatives, B2C & B2B sales, ad systems, DART, DFP.   Kyle Lui, DCM Ventures kyle lui Kyle Lui is a principal at DCM Ventures , where he helps entrepreneurs scale their companies and advises on product development across consumer internet & mobile, enterprise SaaS, and the “Internet of Things”. Kyle’s investments include AnyPerk, Eaze, Shift, Tapingo, and Wrike. Prior to DCM Ventures, Kyle was the co-founder and CEO of ChoicePass, where he led product management, user acquisition, partnerships, sales and operations. ChoicePass was an enterprise perks and rewards SaaS company backed by prominent angel investors, and acquired by Salesforce.com and Rypple. At Salesforce, Kyle served as Director of Product Management on the founding product team for Work.com, growing its business to over 1,000 enterprise customers.   Moderator – Mike Sullivan sullivan1-150x150 Mike Sullivan is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group.  He focuses on the representation of startups, from pre-incorporation counseling through angel and venture capital financings, to M&A and IPO liquidity events, and also counsel investors such as Blumberg Capital, IDG Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, The Roda Group and Walden Venture Capital. He has a particular focus on the representation of emerging companies in the software, mobile, internet, social media and games, consumer and healthcare spaces. He has handled hundreds of venture capital financings and more than 50 public offerings, including the IPO for PlanetOut (ticker symbol LGBT). He has also handled numerous mergers and acquisition transactions. 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Whether you’ve already built a great company, are in the process of building one, or are interested in hooking up with “On the Market” entrepreneurs, come join us for an evening of “Co-Founder Match Making.” You’ll speed match your way to the business partner of your dreams, meeting like-minded and driven Bay Area innovators.  
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Location and Time
Twilio Offices
645 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94107
2/25/2016 6:30 - 8:30 PM (Speed Networking 7:00 - 8:00 PM)
 
Attire
For the entrepreneurs with an established company or idea, please wear an article of red clothing, and for those open to joining a team, please wear green. If you're unable to wear the right color we'll provide you with an appropriately colored sticker.
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The event will take place at Hacker Dojo, a community of hackers and startups located in Mountain View. Drinks and small snacks will be provided. register-now-300x70   When: Thursday, February 11, 2015 at 7:00pm till 9:00pm Where: Hacker Dojo • 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043         [post_title] => LGBT Networking on the Peninsula [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => lgbt-networking-on-the-peninsula-3 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-12-28 22:35:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-12-29 05:35:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://startout.org/?post_type=event&p=11389 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_id] => 200 [post_id] => 11389 [Venue] => 0 [StartDate] => 2016-02-11 [EndDate] => 2016-02-11 [StartTime] => 00:00:00 [FinishTime] => 23:59:59 [event_schedule] => once [event_schedule_meta] => [event_frequency] => 1 [event_occurrence] => 0 [event_allday] => 1 [reoccurrence_start] => 2016-02-11 [reoccurrence_end] => 2016-02-11 [post_category] => 0 ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11392 [post_author] => 9639 [post_date] => 2016-01-10 23:47:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-01-11 06:47:14 [post_content] =>
Eat, drink, laugh so hard you feel like you’ve had an ab workout—it’s all on the communal table at Lezervations. Join us for a simple yet sumptuous meal, a cheeky glass of wine and a chance to get to know other women in the local LBTQ community. It’s like a big family dinner, if your entire family were made up of lesbians.
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Where: Bisou Bistro, 2367 Market Street @ Castro Street
When: Wednesday 27 January, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Who: 49 like-minded queer women and you
Why: Because Wednesday nights are perfect for a cocktail paired with delicious conversation
The evening starts with a cash bar for cocktails then dinner, just for us, at Bisou Bistro in the heart of the Castro.

The fine print: 

Your ticket includes a glass of wine or beer (or something non alcoholic), a main course (vegetarian or carnivore), dessert, and the fabulous company of 49 like-minded LBTQ women (all letters welcome!)

Please let us know if you have food sensitivities so we can let the restaurant know.

Lezervations is a quarterly social series initiated to provide opportunities for LBTQ women to make business and personal connections. We are partnering with StartOut, which means your registration will connect you to the Lezervations and the StartOut mailing lists.
 
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  • Date/Time: Wednesday, January 13, 2016; 8:30P.M. - 11:00P.M.
  • Location: Swig-Bar SF; 561 Geary St. (@ Jones St.)
  • RSVP: Attendance cap @ approximately 50 individuals. Please RSVP by emailing Stephanie Kelley at Crandon Law LLC. Cash bar available. Deadline to RSVP is End Of Day Monday, January 11, 2016.
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Are you ready to seek funding for your startup? Would you like to hear from a panel of experts on how to navigate accessing capital? Come join StartOut at 500 Startups for a special evening devoted to women in entrepreneurship. Our expert panel will share their insights and advice on how they accessed capital to grow their businesses. We’re proud to present a special evening devoted to women in entrepreneurship. Part of StartOut’s mission is to increase the visibility of lesbian entrepreneurs, and to strengthen the lesbian entrepreneur network. We begin the evening with a networking reception of beverages and pizza at 500 Startups.

Our expert panel will then discuss issues of significance to women entrepreneurs in general, in particular, how to go about funding for your startup. Whether you’re in the early stages of an entrepreneurial career, an experienced entrepreneur looking for new perspectives, interested in making the leap into entrepreneurship or you advise entrepreneurs, join us for an insightful and fun evening of networking and conversation with inspiring women. (Note: While this evening is focused on the issues facing women in entrepreneurship, men are welcome to attend this event.)

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:30pm through 8:30pm

Where: 500 Startups, 814 Mission Street, 6th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Event schedule:

6:30-7:00 Networking/Reception

7:00-7:45 Panel

7:45-8:00 Q&A

8:00-8:30 Networking/Reception

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Panelists: 

kate-atkinson-1Kate Atkinson 

Kate Atkinson is co-founder and Head of Product, at datasnap.io a measurement and reporting platform that delivers insight into proximity triggered engagement. Datasnap.io’s core focus is on the emerging iBeacon space, but will draw upon other location signal as well as contextual data so that marketers and business users can make sense of how people interact with brick and mortar spaces. Prior to starting datasnap.io Kate was V.P. of product at Metaresolver before it was acquired by Millennial Media where she headed up reporting, data visualization and UX.

Anne Dorman, CFO - Kii Inc.Anne Dorman 

Anne Dorman has served as a Consulting Chief Financial Officer for venture capital backed start-up companies in Silicon Valley (and beyond) for the past 25 years. Currently, she is working with game changing companies such as Automattic (WordPress), Bandcamp (musicians and fans), Coraid (storage), Kii (mobile social), RelayRides (peer to peer car sharing), SuVolta (low power semiconductor), and a few others in stealth mode. Prior to launching her own business, Anne spent nine years with Arthur Young & Company, where she was a founding member of the firm’s Entrepreneurial Services Group. Prior to Arthur Young, Anne was a co-founder of three diverse enterprises including a nonprofit educational enterprise, a 220 acre farm, and a mobile auto body frame shop. Anne has contributed time and energy back to the community for as many years as she has been working with start-up companies. She has been a board member of Boojum Institute, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Metropolitan Community Church, Resourceful Women, and was Chair of the Board of Prescott College through the leadership transition of three Presidents. Additionally, she has provided volunteer consulting to many of the Bay Area’s nonprofit enterprises.

SerafinaSerafina Palandech 

Serafina Palandech is President and Co-Founder of Hip Chick Farms [hipchickfarms.com], a groundbreaking frozen food company focused on providing organic, sustainable and humane meal solutions for busy families, based in Sebastopol, CA. Since launching in 2013, Palandech with her wife, Jennifer Johnson, have launched into over 1,000 outlets and achieved 900% year over year growth in 2015. Previously, Serafina spent more than fifteen years helping nonprofit organizations like AIDS Walk San Francisco access private funding streams for companies, and she founded and ran Tugboat Events, a boutique event production company which produced charity events for organizations. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation Board of Directors, and volunteers with many other LBGT and family-led organizations.

Moderated by:

cynthiaCynthia Dai

Cynthia Dai is CEO of Dainamic Consulting, where she has advised a clientele of established firms, new ventures and their investors on strategic growth for over 20 years. A seasoned entrepreneur, she often works as an interim executive for start-ups, small public companies or social enterprises. Cynthia teaches leadership and entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and serves on the board of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. This summer, she was a Chief Mentor at the European Innovation Academy. As a member of California’s inaugural Citizens Redistricting Commission, Cynthia redrew the electoral districts for the state based on the 2010 census.

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The 2015 StartOut Awards

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

Hotel Kabuki San Francisco

6:30 pm - Check-In Begins at Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

6:30 - 7:30 pm - VIP Cocktail Reception (included with VIP Admission)

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Cocktail Reception & Entertainment

7:30 pm - StartOut Awards Gala & Afterparty Begins

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Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual StartOut Awards, highlighting and celebrating exceptional and innovative entrepreneurs in the LGBT Community! On Thursday, November 5th, StartOut will once again honor entrepreneurs and business leaders for their accomplishments and personal commitment to the entrepreneurial and LGBT communities.

The festivities include a cocktail reception, awards ceremony and dinner, an exclusive keynote interview with the recipient of the 2015 Leadership Award, and afterparty. Each award recognizes exceptional entrepreneurs for their vision, leadership and achievement in entrepreneurship, and for providing inspiration to the LGBT community.

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Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer to Host 4th Annual StartOut Awards!

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No one ever accused Suzanne of being subtle, not the shuttle driver who took her to the airport, the woman she was in line with at the grocery store yesterday and certainly not her audiences. Subtle, she is not.

After 25 years of groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering and brutally honest comedy, she’s not about to start pulling punches now.

The kid from Amish Country who began her comedy career on a dare is celebrating a quarter century of out, open, no-holds-barred comedy.

Suzanne tells the truth. The truth is life is funny, especially when it’s fermented in Suzanne’s mind. That’s why she could never be in the closet, making her a trailblazer when she started doing stand-up in the 1990s. She was the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO Special and the first openly lesbian comedian on “Late Night with David Letterman.”

Heck, she was on Sally Jesse Raphael in 1991 on a show called “Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype…Lesbians Who Don’t Look Like Lesbians.” From “OMG, a lesbian has long hair and wears make up” to “I went to Helen and Jane’s wedding last weekend,” that’s how far we’ve come in the 25 years Suzanne has been telling her truth to audiences all over the world. Some of that is certainly thanks to her candor, courage and charisma.

Suzanne never does the same show twice. She can’t. She doesn’t write anything down. She charges boldly onto the stage and what happens is always a mystery and a delight. Enjoy a wild night of comedy in a city near you.

 

Famed DJ Juanita More! to DJ Reception and Afterparty!

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This Year's Honorees

Kara Swisher

Receiving the Leadership Awardrecognizing an entrepreneur whose long term and outstanding coverage has had a profound effect on the entrepreneurial & technology ecosystem

KaraSwisher_StartOutKara Swisher is the executive editor of Re/code, host of the Re/code Decode podcast and co-executive producer of the Code Conference.

Re/code and Code are wholly owned by Vox Media, a company with an audience of 170 million worldwide. It has eight distinct media brands: The Verge (Technology and Culture), Vox.com (News), SB Nation (Sports), Polygon (Gaming), Eater (Food and Nightlife), Racked (Shopping, Beauty and Fashion), Curbed (Real Estate and Home), as well as Re/code (Tech Business).

Swisher co-founded former Re/code and Code owner Revere Digital and, before that, co-produced and co-hosted The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital,” with Mossberg. It was the major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering was considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.

She and Mossberg were also the co-executive editors of a tech and media Web site, AllThingsD.com.

Swisher worked in The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column, “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also on The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com. Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home issues called “Home Economics.”

Previously, Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

Swisher is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.

 

Andrew Tobias

Receiving the Advocate Awardrecognizing an entrepreneur, political leader and investor with a powerful voice

AndrewTobias_StartOutAuthor of The Best Little Boy In the World and The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need, among his dozen books, Harvard MBA and venture-investor Andrew Tobias has been on the mastheads at New York, Esquire, and Time . . . authored best-selling personal finance software . . . appeared on the “Today” and “Tonight” shows, “Oprah” and “Face The Nation” . . . and served for the past 17 years as the first openly gay officer of either of America’s two main political parties.  He invites you to guess which one.

 

Patrick Chung

Receiving the Trailblazer Awardrecognizing an innovator in the venture capital industry

Chung_StartOutPatrick is a founding partner of Xfund, the early-stage venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and Cambridge. Patrick was previously a partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and led the firm’s consumer and seed-stage investment practices. He is a director of 23andMe, Curalate, Euclid, MeCommerce, Philo, and Ravel Law, and is actively involved with CrowdMed, IFTTT, Rock Health, and Upworthy. Past investments include Pulse (acquired by LinkedIn), Loopt (acquired by Green Dot), GoodGuide (acquired by Underwriters Laboratories), Xfire (acquired by Viacom), and Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM). Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard College in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, and a director of Harvard Student Agencies.

 

Serafina Palandech

Receiving the Next Generation Awardrecognizing an emerging entrepreneur of accomplishment

SerafinaSerafina Palandech is President and Co-Founder of Hip Chick Farms [hipchickfarms.com], a groundbreaking frozen food company focused on providing organic, sustainable and humane meal solutions for busy families, based in Sebastopol, CA. Since launching in 2013, Palandech with her wife, Jennifer Johnson, have launched into over 1,000 outlets and achieved 900% year over year growth in 2015.

Previously, Serafina spent more than fifteen years helping nonprofit organizations like AIDS Walk San Francisco access private funding streams for companies, and she founded and ran Tugboat Events, a boutique event production company which produced charity events for organizations. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation Board of Directors, and volunteers with many other LBGT and family-led organizations.

 

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Thinking about getting an MBA? Not sure if it’s right for you? Join us at 500 Startups SF office and learn from successful entrepreneurs that hold MBAs and those who don’t.

Hear about experiences that only happen in an MBA school environment first hand from entrepreneurs and how these experiences and perspectives are different from those that who’ve not completed an MBA program.
Panelists: Not MBA: Thomas BrownThomas Brown, Founder Ad Altius Advisors with operations in San Francisco and Zurich. Thomas's work has included the energy, aerospace, defense and semiconductor sectors, focusing on eliminating barriers to required financial performance outcomes. A psychologist at Yale, Governor at StartOut.   Tom Stepien, Primus Power headshotTom Stepien, Co-Founder & CEO at Primus Power, has raised over $80 million from venture capital sources, strategic investors and government grants. He has over 30 years of engineering, operations and general management experience at small and large companies. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where he was a Pi Tau Sigma, Bendix, and Alpha Tau Omega Scholar. Bonnie LaiBonnie Lai, Startup Advisor; In 2014, Bon co-founded her own startup and grew it from a simple idea to a full-fledged online platform, raising $875K along the way and growing the team to 6 members. Bonnie has also led the successful deployment of an order management platform, allowing company revenues to grow from $2.8M to $26M. MS UC Davis     With MBA: Joe DiPasqualeJoe DiPasquale, MBA Stanford, is Founder and CEO at Regroup, the leading mass messaging solution for large organizations. Regroup provides a one-click solution for administrators at cities, companies, and schools to notify constituents via email, text, social media, and more, in case of emergency events or day-to-day announcements. In 2008, Joe raised a $2M round of financing for Regroup that included prominent venture capital and angel investors. Joe also co-Founded StartOut and serves as a Director. Previously, he worked in Strategy Consulting for Bain, IBM, and McKinsey, and in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. Joe completed his BA at Harvard and MBA at Stanford. Michael-BelkinMichael Belkin, MBA Harvard, Founder & CEO at Distinc.tt, The Wall Street Journal called Distinc.tt “The Gay App You Can Bring Home to Mom.” with more than 1 million users.     Moderator: Scott A ThackerScott Thacker, MBA Wharton. Scott has helped start and transform businesses through product and service innovations, new business initiatives, M&A activities, and financial transactions. CEO of Ivory Consulting Corporation, the software and consulting company that has helped define the modern equipment finance industry. Also a member of the Board of Governors of StartOut and a member of Sand Hill Angels.   register-now-300x70   Where: 500 Startups, 814 Mission Street, San FranciscoCA 94105 When: October 6th, 2015 at 6:30pm till 9:30pm      
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Join us on March 8th from 6:30 - 8:30pm as we hear from a diverse group of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors with practical tips for funding strategies, timing and approach.

Hosted by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Location: Orrick San Francisco, 405 Howard Street (corner of 1st)

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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About the Panelists

Serafina Palandech, HipChick Farms Serafina Serafina Palandech is President and Co-Founder of Hip Chick Farms [hipchickfarms.com], a groundbreaking frozen food company focused on providing organic, sustainable and humane meal solutions for busy families, based in Sebastopol, CA. Since launching in 2013, Palandech with her wife, Jennifer Johnson, have launched into over 1,000 outlets and achieved 900% year over year growth in 2015. Previously, Serafina spent more than fifteen years helping nonprofit organizations like AIDS Walk San Francisco access private funding streams for companies, and she founded and ran Tugboat Events, a boutique event production company which produced charity events for organizations. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation Board of Directors, and volunteers with many other LBGT and family-led organizations.   David Blumberg, Blumberg Capital blumberg David Blumberg is the Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital. David has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. His investment focus includes Internet (B2B and B2C), digital media, social media, mobility, SaaS, and Technology Enabled Services. David serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of Credorax, DoubleVerify, HootSuite, Legolas, Parse.ly, Addepar, VideoGenie, Cyvera, CaseStack, and Trulioo. He is a member of the Investment Committee of 137 Venture, a Board Member of the Lincoln Club of Northern California, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and is on the Advisory Committee of StartOut. David's past investment exits include Siperian, Check Point Software Technologies, Teva, CREO, DSP Group, Electronics For Imaging, AbirNet, Conduct Software, Vista Research, and IP Infusion. Jared Fliesler, Matrix Partners jared fliesler Jared Fliesler is a General Partner at Matrix Partners, where he helps founders design and implement creative solutions to scale products, teams, and revenue. At Square, Jared optimized products and built programs to grow the company’s merchant and consumer bases and massively scale its product offerings. Prior to Square, he ran product and operations for the Slide team at Google and focused on building consumer products at the intersection of mobile, social, and local. At Slide, Jared led most of the company’s revenue-focused efforts and worked in nearly every area of the company: business and corporate development, advertising, payments, policy, and strategy. Prior to Slide, he managed business development and sales for a national investment firm. Jared is a highly motivated leader who enjoys wearing many hats, working to resolve complex problems, and eating great food. Specialties: Growth, product management, monetization, business development, risk, SMBs, competitive strategy, business strategy, partnerships, payments, contract negotiation, user acquisition, social media, Facebook applications, virtual goods, game mechanics, licensing, public speaking, competitive analysis, sponsorship management, training, new product initiatives, B2C & B2B sales, ad systems, DART, DFP.   Kyle Lui, DCM Ventures kyle lui Kyle Lui is a principal at DCM Ventures , where he helps entrepreneurs scale their companies and advises on product development across consumer internet & mobile, enterprise SaaS, and the “Internet of Things”. Kyle’s investments include AnyPerk, Eaze, Shift, Tapingo, and Wrike. Prior to DCM Ventures, Kyle was the co-founder and CEO of ChoicePass, where he led product management, user acquisition, partnerships, sales and operations. ChoicePass was an enterprise perks and rewards SaaS company backed by prominent angel investors, and acquired by Salesforce.com and Rypple. At Salesforce, Kyle served as Director of Product Management on the founding product team for Work.com, growing its business to over 1,000 enterprise customers.   Moderator – Mike Sullivan sullivan1-150x150 Mike Sullivan is a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group.  He focuses on the representation of startups, from pre-incorporation counseling through angel and venture capital financings, to M&A and IPO liquidity events, and also counsel investors such as Blumberg Capital, IDG Ventures, Illuminate Ventures, The Roda Group and Walden Venture Capital. He has a particular focus on the representation of emerging companies in the software, mobile, internet, social media and games, consumer and healthcare spaces. He has handled hundreds of venture capital financings and more than 50 public offerings, including the IPO for PlanetOut (ticker symbol LGBT). He has also handled numerous mergers and acquisition transactions. 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