Calling all entrepreneurs! Here’s your chance to get in front of VCs and get immediate feedback on your pitch. A good pitch is the first step in the funding process. At this pitchfest, each entrepreneur will give a 3-minute elevator pitch to the investor panel. This will be followed by 4 minutes of Q&A and 3 minutes of non-rebuttal feedback from the panel. The winning pitch will receive a year membership to TiE and an invitation to be screened by TiE Angels.
If you are an entrepreneur in software, internet, or mobile, this event is for you! If interested in pitching, please send an email with introduction to email@example.com. Only selcted companies will be contacted with more details. TiE members will be given special consideration. 7-8 companies will be selected to present at the event.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event even if you’re not there to pitch – just observing the interaction will give you key takeaways.
Hosts: TiE San Francisco Forum and DLA Piper
Moderator: Rajiv Dharnidharka, Partner, DLA Piper Silicon Valley litigation group
David Le, Corporate Counsel, Lyft
Krish Parikh, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Ankur Jain, Venture Investor, Nexus Ventures
6pm: Registration & Networking
555 Mission Street, 24th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
About the panel:
Rajiv Dharnidharka is a partner in DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley litigation group. He handles international and domestic business disputes and potential disputes, focusing in intellectual property and technology, securities and general corporate matters through counselling, litigation, arbitration and mediation. He represents public and private companies from Fortune 500 companies to startups. Rajiv is a member of DLA Piper’s US-India team, and an active member of the ABA India section, US-India Business Council, and TiE.
David Le is currently Corporate Counsel at Lyft, focusing on equity-related matters, venture investments, strategic transactions and commercial partnerships for the ride-sharing startup. Prior to Lyft, he was Senior Counsel at Electronic Arts, leading M&A and strategic investments as well as supporting EA’s mobile games business. David began his practice at Pillsbury Winthrop’s Palo Alto office, executing a variety of transactions for venture-backed clients, including venture financing, M&A and IPOs.
Krish joined Lightspeed in 2011 and leads the firm’s business services initiatives. Krish is focused on providing a broad range of business development, technical recruiting and value-add services to Lightspeed portfolio companies, including running the Lightspeed CIO Forum.
Prior to joining Lightspeed, Krish was with cloud storage startup Box.net focused on enterprise partnerships, product strategy, and channel programs. Earlier in his career, Krish worked in the business development group at Oracle where he drove strategic partnerships and acquisitions in the applications and systems management space.
Krish holds a Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Ankur is venture investor at Nexus Ventures, an international venture capital firm with $700M under management. Ankur is also co-founder of VAMA Inc, a startup that develops bio-pesticides and new generation technologies for pest control. Previously, Ankur was Vice President at Blumberg Capital and invested in early stage companies. Earlier, Ankur led product teams at Cisco following its acquisition of Andiamo Systems in 2004 where he was an early engineer. Prior to that, Ankur held engineering roles at Softaware Networks and later at Digital Island which acquired Softaware Networks in 2000.
Ankur holds a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi, an M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA, and an MBA in Management from the Wharton School where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. Ankur is also a co-inventor for five technology patents.