Connect with a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist| TiEcon 2022
VC Connect is your chance to get feedback directly from seasoned Silicon Valley venture capitalists. These VCs have invested in and helped grow startups from the earliest stages to exit. Their expertise spans AI, blockchain, security, cloud, enterprise applications and more.
Date: Tuesday, May 3
Timings: 9:00am - 11:00am PST (overseas participants will have priority for this slot) | 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Who should attend
- Entrepreneurs working full-time on their startup
- Entrepreneurs seeking advice related to company building topics like team, marketing, sales, and, of course, fundraising.
- Only 1 founder per startup is allowed to participate.
- This is not a formal pitch session and slides are not allowed.
- Up to 3 entrepreneurs will have a roundtable discussion via Zoom with a VC for 50 minutes. Then, VCs will be rotated and you will have a second session with a different VC. This lets you get feedback from 2 investors over nearly 2 hours.
- VC Connect is a $79 add-on ($99 for non-TiE members) to your TiEcon registration.
- After registering, you will be sent a qualification form that must be submitted.
- Eligible participants will receive an email with their assigned session time and VCs by April 22. Please hold both time slots on May 3 on your calendar until you receive confirmation.
- Anyone who does not qualify for the program will have their VC Connect fee refunded after TiEcon.
- Space is limited and assigned first-come, first-served.
- Deadline to register and submit your application: April 15.
Ashmeet is the Founder and Chief Engineer of Engineering Capital. His experience includes managing venture capital funds, serving on Boards of Directors, and helping build the industry leading products VMware ESX Server and Silicon Graphics WebFORCE. Before becoming a venture capitalist, Ashmeet was an operating executive with hands-on operating experience as a CEO and entrepreneur. Ashmeet came to venture from VMware, where he ran product management for their flagship product—ESX Server. Before VMware, Ashmeet was the Founder and CEO of Sidana Systems, Inc. He started his career at Hewlett Packard and Silicon Graphics as an engineer.
Ashmeet's previous investments include Azure (NYSE: AZRE), Netsil (acquired by Nutanix), Palerra (acquired by Oracle), Freewheel (acquired by Comcast), InQuira (acquired by Oracle), Altor (acquired by Juniper), Appurify (acquired by Google), PrivateCore (acquired by Facebook) and StackStorm (acquired by Brocade). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Baffle, Passage.ai, Sail Internet, vFunction and Kontain. His current investments also include Rubrik, Diamanti, Kentik, Menlo Security, Nexla, Prismo Systems, SignalFx, vFunction, and YotaScale.
Ashmeet received an MBA from Wharton, MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Science summa cum laude from USC. In his spare-time he can be found planning his second trip to Mt. Everest.
National Grid Partners
Raghu Madabushi is a Director at National Grid Partners investing in early stage companies in the broad enterprise SW vertical. Raghu has 20+ years of experience with technology, capital markets, and IP/innovation.
He comes from SRI Ventures and GE Ventures prior to that, where he invested in deep tech and industrial infrastructure (SW, HW, and telecom). Prior to this, he managed a large portfolio of collaborative open-source technology projects while at the Linux Foundation and headed the startup investing business at Intellectual Ventures (IV) helping invest in early stage startups.
Prior to IV, Raghu held buy-side and sell-side roles at Wall Street firms (Oppenheimer & Co, Collins Stewart) and brings extensive experience in the hardware and software design space having worked in various roles including, semiconductor fabrication, chip design, systems architecture, strategy, and marketing (Texas Instruments, Intel, Cadence Design Systems).
Raghu received an MBA in Finance and Investments from Southern Methodist University, an MS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, and serves as a Kauffman Fellow. You can often catch him honing his mean backhand at a badminton court, with fellow investors and founders.
U First Capital
Dr Ekta Dang has been a successful Corporate Executive, Speaker and Writer in Silicon Valley for almost two decades. She is currently the Founder and CEO of U First Capital which provides Venture Capital as a Service to mid-size and large Corporations. Ekta has solid experience both in Venture Capital and on Operating side at Intel. She has driven investment deals in several areas (eCommerce, Security, IoT, etc). She is a seasoned Industry Executive with over 15 years of experience in Product, Business Development and Venture Capital. She brings a stellar network from the Venture Capital and Corporate world to the startups. She is a startup enthusiast and is a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Google Launchpad, etc.
She has been a member of Hillary Clinton's Technology Policy Advisory Committee. She is an invited Speaker at several top Venture Capital/Startup conferences, like TiECon, Silicon Valley Open Doors, etc. She has a PhD in Physics and is a graduate of UC Berkeley Haas School's Venture Capital program. She has published several research papers in IEEE and other reputed international journals.
Monta Vista & Sure Ventures
NTT Docomo Ventures
Christine is a Director at NTT Docomo Ventures. NTT DOCOMO Ventures is the gateway for the startup and venture community into the NTT Group. I invest in US/Canadian startups for NTT DOCOMO's $150m fund and NTT Group's $250m fund.
She was also an Investor at Metaware Corporation, DataRobot, WaveXR, and Trifacta.
Noor is a Venture Capitalist at Clear Ventures. She was also a Senior Analyst at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Noor was also a VP for Corporate Development at an Online SaaS platform where Investors could connect with companies - Meetyl.
She was also a Director of Research at the Compass Technology Group, and a Consultant at Firsthand Capital Management.
Micron Tech VC fund
Gayathri is a Director Venture Capitalist at Micron Tech. Micron is a world leader in innovative memory solutions that transform how the world uses information. We have approximately 40,000 team members in 17 countries who work with the world’s most trusted brands, delivering memory and storage systems for a broad range of applications and sparking countless possibilities in technology.
Before Micron, Gayathri was a Venture Partner at Impact Venture Capital, VP Product Management at Pensa Inc., Head of Product at Catalina Labs Inc., and Director of Strategy and Corporate Development and Senior Manager Strategy and Corporate Development at Dell.
Sunil Kurkure is a Managing Director based in the Bay Area. He joined Intel Capital in 2015.
Sunil invests in cloud-native infrastructure, applications, developer tools, data platforms and security.
Sunil currently serves as the director or observer for Eclypsium, Fortanix, Kyndi, Helpshift, Synack, SecurityScorecard, and ZeroFox.
Prior to Intel Capital, Sunil worked as an enterprise-focused investor at Mirador Capital, Greenspring Associates and Charter Ventures where he held board and advisory roles with companies including Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI), Deem, Sumo Logic (NASDAQ: SUMO), Snowflake Computing (NYSE: SNOW), Xensource (NASDAQ: CTXS), Clear Standards (NYSE: SAP), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), DATAllegro (NASDAQ: MSFT), Solidcore (NASDAQ: INTC), TeleNav (NASDAQ: TNAV), and Winery Exchange.
Previously, Sunil spent several years at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in M&A and equity financing. Sunil holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an ardent sports fan and enjoys attending sporting events with his family"
Ching-Yu Hu is a Partner based in Palo Alto with an investment focus on artificial intelligence, enterprise, and frontier technologies startups. She has actively worked on Next47's investments in Yellowbrick Data, Verkada, Sila Nano, Avidbots, and Cohesity. Prior to joining Next47 in 2019, she co-founded Skybox Imaging, a data and aerospace startup that designed, built, and launched the world's largest constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites and was acquired by Google in 2014 for $500M.
Ching-Yu holds dual Bachelor's degrees in Operations Research Management Science and Statistics from UC Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. Outside of work, she can usually be found in a yoga studio, playing the piano, or spending time with her family.
I help support early stage (Seed/Series A) entrepreneurs as they disrupt the healthcare industry.
Prior to venture capital, I had been a data scientist and helped manage data operations at firms ranging from 4 to 200 people for 7+ years. I have a lot of experience within different types of data organizations in the healthcare and advertising industries.
Monta Vista & Sure Ventures
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