Now, we’re gearing up for our first evening of 2020. Giant thanks to Felicis Ventures, the boutique, early-stage, Bay Area venture firm with bets (and exits) around the globe. Felicis generously volunteered to be the exclusive partner in the evening in order to supporting this community of loyal readers. (Thank you, Felicis!)
You can nab a seat for the event tonight by clicking here.
Scott Cutler, the CEO of Detroit-based StockX, one of the hottest privately held companies on the planet (and one of the most interesting exchanges);
Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and Posterous cofounder Garry Tan, who today run the progressive, early-stage venture firm Initialized Capital together;
Laura Deming, the research scientist, former Thiel Fellow, and founder of Longevity Fund, whose ambition it is to find and fund startups that can extend the human lifespan;
And founder-GPs Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, Eva Ho of Fika Ventures, and Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures, who are coming to talk about starting a venture fund brand — and keeping it afloat (the good, the bad, and the ugly).
With much-appreciated interviewing help from Erin Griffith of the New York Times and Lora Kolodny of CNBC.
Our official event site is right here.
Note: we’re aware of coronavirus concerns as all of us navigate the world right now. We’ll have a no-handshakes policy (though elbow bumps are fine!). We’ll also make sure attendees have plenty of physical space at The Pearl, which is thankfully expansive. Not last, we’ll have hand sanitizer at the ready.:)
For those who haven’t experienced our events yet, we think of them like cocktail parties with great content. Past entrepreneurs who have appeared include Sam Altman (OpenAI and Y Combinator), Juul founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees, Vlad Tenev (Robinhood), Emily Weiss (Glossier), Patrick Brown (Impossible Foods), Julie Wainwright (The RealReal), Daphne Koller (Insitro), Peter Szulczeski (Wish), Marten Mickos (HackerOne), Tina Sharkey (Brandless), Chris Urmson (Aurora), Howie Liu (Airtable), Marco Zappacosta (Thumbtack), Amy Chang (Accompany), Matt Mullenweg (Automattic), Kim Scott (Radical Candor), David Rogier (MasterClass), Mark Gainey (Strava), Ryan Williams (Cadre), Carl Bass (Autodesk), Zander Lurie (SurveyMonkey), Jim Collins (Kitchen United), and Vivek Ramaswamy (Riovant Sciences), among others.
We’ve also hosted some very interesting VCs, including Marc Andreessen (Andreessen Horowitz), Chamath Palihapitiya (Social Capital), Ravi Mhatre (Lightspeed Venture Partners), Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Cyan Banister (Founders Fund) Steve Jurvetson and Maryanna Saenko (Future Ventures), Brad Feld (Foundry Group), Bill Maris (Section 32), Craig Hanson (NextWorld Capital), Megan Quinn (Spark Capital), Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures), Jessica Verrilli (GV), Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Heidi Roizen (DFJ), Bradley Tusk (Tusk Ventures), Naval Ravikant (AngelList), Hans Tung (GGV Capital), Tony Conrad (True Ventures), Greg Gretsch (Jackson Square Ventures), Caterina Fake (Yes VC), Dan Morehead (Pantera Capital), Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures), Bryan Schreier (Sequoia Capital), Semil Shah (Haystack), Mamoon Hamid and Ilya Fushman (Kleiner Perkins), and Jeffrey Housenbold and Anna Lo of the SoftBank Vision Fund.
Again, stay tuned for more information about our upcoming get-together. We’ll be posting updates here.