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The Reverse VC Panel and Dinner@Stanford

Theme: "Lets Get a VC We Do Not Know to Mentor Us"

*** ReverseVC Press Features 2011 ***

How to Charm a VC Into Mentoring You

5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Getting Mentored by a VC

NY Times
This Week in Small Business
Larry Chiang, author and chief executive, explains how to charm a venture capitalist into mentoring you.

COLUMN: You're the Boss

7 ways to get a VC you don't know to mentor you

How to Get VCs You Don't Know to Open Their Rolodexes

*** ReverseVC Press Features END ***

The Wall Street Journal covered the debut of the "Reverse VC Pitch Party" at SXSW in March

This is a party where tier one VCs pitch us.
It is #hiLarryAss #reverseVC

Larry Chiang was the entrepreneur sherpa at #sxsw

from Omar Gallaga
Austin American Statesman

"I met 10 VCs within 24 hours because of Larry Chiang's introductions"

Kristina Garza CEO and Founder

LarryChiang is hosting another one of his classic
VC/entrepreneur mashups at #sxsw - Sign up

from David Rohrsheim
Draper Fisher Jurvetson

The Wall Street Journal covered VCs Pitching. Here are VIDEOs

The ReverseVC Pitch Panel and Dinner

Larry Chiang

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM (PST)

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
VC Speaker
Thx! If you show up, your money is refunded. This is to ensure you don't replace yourself with a crap associate :-)
Sold Out Ended $395.00 $10.87
One ticket per purchase. If you don't let us know 7 hrs prior, you lose your ticket)
Sold Out Ended $42.00 $2.04
Founder Ticket   more info 3 Tickets Ended $49.95 $2.24
(deposit) Stanford Student Tix -21.11 rebated when u show up.
If you show up, you get your $21.11 back. One ticket per purchase. If you don't let us know 21 minutes prior to event, you lose your deposit. Includes 8:30pm dinner and beverage that costs $40+ Yes, it is ok if you go to I-L-L-I-N-I :-) Please confirm enrollment via sms by texting me a photo of your Stanford ID to 415-720-8500
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Dinner Sponsor   more info Sold Out Ended $1,195.00 $0.00
Dessert Sponsor Package   more info 1 Ticket Ended $720.00 $18.99
VC Ticket (Yes you pay 6x what an Entrepreneur pays) 4, 65%off discount codes "kauffman"   more info 5 Tickets Ended $309.00 $8.72
Mark McCormack scholarship ticket   more info Sold Out Ended
IPO Ticket (if youre not a VC or an entrepreneur)
This is a ticketed event. All sales are final
10 Tickets Ended $120.00 $3.99

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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"

Theme: #ReverseVC

VCs pitch us the entrepreneur.

It debuted at Stanford Business School. Grand-opened at Kauffman Fellows Center for Venture Education and launched at SXSW.

Sometimes VCs stand on a soapbox. Sometimes a VC will speak on a 2am panel.

Sometimes I will crash a VCs admin onto a SXSW stage and have them tell us how it is really done.

••••• VCs •••••

Rebecca Lynn
Partner Morgenthaler

Christine Herron
Intel Capital

Joel Yarmon
Draper Associates

Deepak Kamra
General Partner, Cannan

••••• Moderators •••••

Amy Saper
Co-President SWIB

Anthony Ha
Managing Editor VentureBeat



*If you'd like an invite, email me, Larry Chiang, the event secretary*

Here is how:

  1. Email me your company and 2 sentence pitch (
  2. Tell me what VC you like and who would you like to mentor you - dream BIG
  3. I'll ping back a code so that you can get a ticket
  4. I reserve the right to revoke your ticket up to 24 hrs prior
  5. 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 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: 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 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 / #reverseVC".

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


Wed Jan 5
 7:00pm Registration
10:20pm VCs Introduced

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.

11:11am FIrst Session: Yoga. You can watch or you can do.
11:20am Welcome Address from Party Secretary, Larry Chiang.
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 -
 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.

Have questions about The ReverseVC Pitch Panel and Dinner? Contact Larry Chiang
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When & Where

Palo Alto, 94301

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM (PST)

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Asse9 stands for Austin Secret Society of Entrepreneurs 9. It means if you're not striving to be entrepreneurial, you're asinine.

No we don't have a website or else it would not be very secret now would it

All we have is a hashtag that we rarely use '#asse9' but what we do have is a huge rolodex.


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