The 15th Founder Showcase: Thursday, May 15th in Mountain View

The agenda for the 16th Founder Showcase is being finalized now. In the meantime, you can see the agenda for the last event below:

15th Founder Showcase – May 15th, 2014 at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View


Confirmed to speak at the event are Mitch Kapor (Founder of Lotus Development, Kapor Capital & Kapor Center for Social Impact, and PC Industry Pioneer), Mike Maples Jr. (Managing Partner at FLOODGATE, and the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes), and Thomas Korte (Founder of AngelPad, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators).

In addition, investor panelists include Alex Gurevich (Javelin Venture Partners), Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures), Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures), Brigette Lau (The Social+Capital Partnership), Cyan Banister (Banister Capital), Frank Chen (Andreessen Horowitz), James Cham (Bloomberg Beta), Jeff Richards (GGV Capital), Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures), and more.

Guests will mingle over appetizers and drinks in a networking hall, and all attendees get free access to the exclusive Founder Showcase Casino Afterparty at NASA Ames!


Keynote Speakers

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.

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.

Thomas Korte, Founder of AngelPad

Thomas Korte is the founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and Forbes Magazine called AngelPad a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. AngelPads exits include Mopub ($350m to Twitter), Adku (Groupon), and Astrid (Yahoo), among others. Prior, Thomas worked at Google for 7 years staring in 2002. He was Google’s first International Product Manager. Other roles included European Search Agency Business Lead and Google Evangelist. He is the co-author of several patents related to improving efficiencies in search advertising and local search results.

Pitch Judges

Alex Gurevich, Partner, Javelin Venture Partners

At Javelin, Alex focuses on consumer web, mobile, e-commerce, big data analytics and enterprise. He is active on the boards or led investments in Coterie, Engrade, PowerCloud Systems, Prismatic, Skytree, Telerivet, Thumbtack, Uncovet and WellnessFX. Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, one of the first Western venture funds focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to that, Alex was the first employee and Director of Business Development at ooma, and also co-founded, one of the web’s first free video dating sites.

Aydin Senkut, Founder/ Managing Director, Felicis Ventures

Aydin is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. He has been named one of the top tech angels by Businessweek and was featured as one of the top 50 VCs by Forbes’ Midas List. Felicis Ventures portfolio encompasses over 80 companies including Brightroll, Clearslide, Counsyl, Inkling, Practice Fusion, Rovio, and Shopify. In the last 5 years, more than 47 Felicis backed start-ups have been acquired by firms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Microsoft, AT&T, Disney, Ebay and Intuit. Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was Google’s first product manager and launched its first 10 international sites in 2000.

Boris Wertz, Founding Partner, Version One Ventures

Boris Wertz is one of the top tech early-stage investors in North-America and the founding partner of version one ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 50 early-stage consumer internet and enterprise companies, including Clio, Edmodo, Flurry, Frank & Oak, Indiegogo, Julep, Top Hat, Unbounce, and Wattpad. Boris is also a board partner with Andreessen Horowitz and one of the founders of start-up accelerator GrowLab. Before becoming an investor, Boris was the COO of, the world’s largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008.

Brigette Lau, General Partner, The Social+Capital Partnership

Brigette Lau is a General Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership – a venture capital fund that incubates and invests in breakthrough companies in healthcare, education, financial services and mobile/internet technology. She has been in Silicon Valley since 1999 and has had numerous roles in startups as well as large corporations including IBM and Ernst & Young. Brigette has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Waterloo and an MBA from Georgetown. Brigette serves on the Board of several startups including,, Episencial, and Vittana.

Cyan Banister, CEO of Zivity, Owner of Banister Capital

Cyan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity, a prolific angel investor with her husband Scott Banister (Tagged, SpaceX, Uber and others), board member, advisor and also a contributing writer for TechCrunch and Women2.0. Cyan co-founded the controversial website, which is a subscription based social networking site for creators and fans of beautiful and tasteful glamour photography. She currently serves on the board of directors for Mimoco, best known for their MIMOBOT line of designer USB storage devices.

Frank Chen, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Frank Chen is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He runs the deal and research team at the firm, which systematically identifies and evaluates investment opportunities, and builds knowledge about technology, people and trends. Prior, Frank was the VP of Strategy for HP Software, where he helped the company understand and act on changes resulting from the rapid enterprise adoption of virtualization technologies across servers, network and storage. Frank joined HP Software through its acquisition of Opsware, where he was the VP of Products and User Experience for a broad set of Opsware’s data center automation products.

James Cham, Partner, Bloomberg Beta

James is a Partner at Bloomberg Beta, a new $75 million fund backed by Bloomberg L.P. Previously, James was a Principal at Trinity Ventures and a VP at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing in consumer services, enterprise software and digital media companies. While at Bessemer, James was a board member at CrowdFlower and Open Candy, and observer at LifeLock, ReputationDefender, and BillShrink.

Jeff Richards, Managing Partner, GGV Capital

A Managing Partner at GGV Capital, Jeff joined the firm in 2008 after spending 13 years as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Jeff focuses on the Internet, Software and Mobile sectors, and currently sits on the boards of Appirio, Citrus Lane, Evolv OnDemand and Percolate. Jeff led GGV’s investments in BlueKai (acquired in 2014 by Oracle), Buddy Media (acquired in 2012 by, Flipboard, Quixey, HotelTonight and Spreecast, and is actively involved in GGV’s investments in 21ViaNet (VNET), Flipboard, hiSoft (HSFT), Qunar, SocialTouch, Square, and MediaV.

Manu Kumar, Founder & Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures

Manu previously founded, grew and sold two successful ventures, including SneakerLabs, Inc. – a company which developed software and services for web-based customer interaction – and iMeet, Inc. – a provider of webconferencing services. After the merger of iMeet with Netspoke (August 2002), Manu served on the Board of Netspoke until its acquisition by Premiere Global Services (August 2005). He also serves as an investor and/or advisor for Refocus Imaging, Dolores Labs (CrowdFlower), Twilio, DNAnexus, and others.

More judges will be announced shortly.


2:30pm – 3:00pm: Welcoming Reception
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: Mitch Kapor
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Keynote Speaker: Mike Maples, Jr.
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Keynote Speaker: Thomas Korte
8:30pm – 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.



Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus
1065 La Avenida, Building 1
Mountain View, CA, 94043
Free parking available

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