Theme: "Getting a VC We Don't Know To Mentor Us"
I have this theory that people do better when a mentor paves a way... groomed ski runs are so much easier than fresh powder on the back bowls.
Just like in Whistler- Blackcomb, I like long easy blue runs with a mega altitude differential and a nice breeze while using minimal leg muscle effort. Ok, enough with the paved fun ski analogy
Lets all learn to use a VC to mentor us
During my legendary VC panel at SXSW where I crashed people on to my panel... one big *NUGGET* of knowledge was, "Ask for mentorshipship before you ask for money"
Think about that.
There is an article on GigaOm that is required reading. It is about "How to Charm a VC to Mentor Us"
VCs pitch us the entrepreneur.
It debuted at Stanford Business School. Grand-opened at Kauffman Fellows Center for Venture Education and launched at
Sometimes VCs stand on a soapbox. Sometimes a VC will speak on a 2am
Sometimes I will crash a VCs admin onto a SXSW stage and have them
tell us how it is really done.
••••• VCs •••••
General Partner, Cannan
••••• Moderators •••••
Managing Editor VentureBeat
*If you'd like an invite, email me, Larry Chiang, the event secretary*
Here is how:
- Email me your company and 2 sentence pitch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Tell me what VC you like and who would you like to mentor you - dream BIG
- I'll ping back a code so that you can get a ticket
- I reserve the right to revoke your ticket up to 24 hrs prior
- I reserve the right to kick you out with a 100% refund on the spot if you're an jerk to one of my VCs that I had to use my relationship capital to woo to pay to pitch you... so BE NICE and kiss some VC butt. The food you're eating costs more than what you paid.
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
- 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: Email messaged Mon, Jan 10 at 5pm
*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*: Venture Beat, AlwaysON, TechCrunch, Venture Wire, WSJ, All Things D and Venture Beat (we said Venture Beat 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
*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/ #reverseVC".
Genius stuff they don't teach you at B-school:
coincide a tweet with your
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
Wed Jan 5
||OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION***
|| VCs Introduced
THURS Jan 6 (aka STILL WED NIGHT)
||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
|| FIrst Session: Yoga. You can watch or you can do.
|| Welcome Address from Party Secretary, Larry Chiang.
|| FIRESIDE CHAT
|| Working Lunch.
|| Concurrent Sessions led by 5 VCs and 5 entrepreneurs
*Submit your panel via email or here on this wiki page -
||VC Secrets Panel
|| VIP Dinner (separate ticket may be required if I, larry
@LarryChiang dot com, can't sell
the sponsorship :-)
FRI Jan 7
Lets all learn to promote at a
ON the front lines you will
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
Somewhere in Las Vegas*
The last party had a
- 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.