15th Founder Showcase: May 15th, 2014
The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading seed-stage startup event, gathering top technology founders and investors to hear and learn from leading experts, and help launch promising new companies to greatness.
The 15th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled for Thursday, May 15th at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View.
The event will feature talks from leading startup entrepreneurs and investors, as well as a series of educational workshops for early-stage founders. Confirmed to speak are Mitch Kapor (Founder of Lotus Development, Kapor Capital & Kapor Center for Social Impact, and PC Industry Pioneer), Scott Painter (Founder & CEO of TrueCar, the disruptive automotive intelligence company that just filed for an IPO), and Mike Maples Jr. (Managing Partner at FLOODGATE, and the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes.)
Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 6 promising seed-stage companies, and enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares for a chance to present on stage in the Demo Table Competition.
Plus, all attendees get free access to the exclusive Starship Showcase Afterparty at NASA!
Early-Bird Tickets are available until April 25th, so get your tickets or table today.
Mitch Kapor, Founder of Lotus Development, Kapor Capital & Kapor Center for Social Impact, PC Pioneer
Mitch Kapor has been a pioneer in personal computing for more than 30 years. He is widely known as the Founder of Lotus Development. In addition, Mitch was the Founding Investor in UUNET, Co-Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Founding Investor in Real Networks, a Founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, and a Founding Investor and Chair in Linden Research. Currently, Mitch is a Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage tech startups that generate both economic returns and positive social impact, and a Co-Chair at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, whose mission is to provide educational access for all Americans, diversify the tech industry, and support startup companies that have a positive social impact.
Scott Painter, Founder & CEO of TrueCar
Scott Painter is the founder and CEO of TrueCar, the leading automotive intelligence company that disrupted the industry and recently filed for an IPO. In his illustrious career, Scott has started 37 companies and raised over $1.25 billion in venture capital. Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of CarsDirect.com, an early advisor to Tesla, an IdeaLab CEO and an eCompanies CEO, and his other ventures include Advertise.com, SharesPost, PriceLock, US Digital Gaming, Zag.com and Brighthouse.
Mike Maples, Jr., Managing Partner at FLOODGATE
Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes. His early investments include Twitter, Chegg, ng:moco, IMVU, Gowalla, Kno, YuMe Networks, TaskRabbit, Kongregate, BranchOut, and many more. Before his investment career, Mike co-founded Motive, Inc., the world’s leading broadband software company in 1997, and oversaw its growth through the “dot-bomb” to a successful IPOs in 2004.
Leading venture capitalists and angel investors participate in a judging panel onstage to review, and provide feedback for startups at the Founder Showcase event.
Judges for the 15th Founder Showcase will be announced shortly. To see a past past judging panel, see our last event page.
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Welcoming Reception with Appetizers
3:00pm – 3:15pm: Opening Remarks by the Emcee, Adeo Ressi
3:15pm – 4:00pm: Main Pitch Competition: Round 1 Pitches & Voting
4:00pm – 4:45pm: Main Pitch Competition: Round 2 Pitches & Voting
4:45pm – 5:00pm: Showcase Showdown and Grand Prize Winner
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Intermission Reception with Appetizers and Drinks
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Expert Pitch Feedback, with the Audience Choice & CrowdPitch Award Winners
7:00pm – 7:30pm: Keynote Speaker (TBA)
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Keynote Speaker (TBA)
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Keynote Speaker (TBA)
8:45pm – 9:00pm: Conclusion
9:00pm – ???: Starship Showcase Afterparty, at NASA! (all Showcase attendees get free entry)
Apply to the Showcase Competition
Any company less than 2 years old and with less than $250,000 in funding can apply to the Showcase Contest – for FREE. Click here for more information.
Tickets & Demo Tables
Tickets and Demo Tables are very limited and sell out quickly, so please RSVP today.
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1065 La Avenida, Building 1
Mountain View, CA, 94043
Free parking available
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