We host Pitch Parties, both live & virtual events which give entrepreneurs a chance to pitch to investors & get feedback on their pitches.
Craft your Pitch for Funding! Pitch Perfect is a 4-week virtual coaching program to prepare your startup for funding success.
Winning the Venture Game for Women! We also have a strong focus on supporting female startups & women entrepreneurs on preparing for funding.
Investor Perspective: Know the investor audience to whom you are pitching!
Our next Pitch Party will be @Black Founders meetup in San Francisco on 8th September 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Join us!
10 entrepreneurs will pitch for 3 minutes each and investors will give them feedback about their business. 3 winners will be chosen who will be given the opportunity to do the PitchPerfect program free.
Confirmed investors are
Gwen Edwards, Golden Seeds
Gwen Edwards brings over 30 years of experience building products, services, and profitable business units in high technology sectors. From Stanford Research Institute to Fortune 50 executive (SBC, Nortel Networks, Bell Canada, to Venture Capital backed technology start up CEO and advisor, she unites the knowledge of successful brands, experience with scale, and the skills of managing innovation. Since 2001, Gwen has been working in advisory capacities with angel and venture backed companies assisting with capital formation, key milestone achievement to enhance value, developing target market strategies, cultivating customer input, and assisting in the execution of key deliverables. Gwen currently serves on the advisory board of Astia, an organization dedicated to the success of women entrepreneurs, as well as co-leads Golden Seeds San Francisco, an angel investment network. She also serves on the board of the National Health Foundation. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MA degree in Communications from California State University, and a BA from the University of California (National Scholastic Award Scholarship).
Nancy Pfund, DBL Investors
Nancy Pfund is a Managing Partner of DBL Investors. Nancy currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of a number of private companies, including Primus Power, SolarCity, Solaria, Brightsource Energy and Pandora. Ms. Pfund also worked closely with exited portfolio company Tesla Motors. Previously, Nancy was a Managing Director at JPMorgan. She joined JPMorgan (then Hambrecht & Quist) in 1984 as a securities analyst and later joined its venture capital department as principal and then Managing Director in 1989. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, Stanford University, the State of California, and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Cameron Lester, Azure Capital Partners
Cameron Lester is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software and related infrastructure technologies. His current board memberships include Brightkite, EzRez Software, PSS Systems, SilkRoad technology, SourceCode Technology and Zend Technologies. Other successful investments include TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), VMware (acquired by EMC), Interwoven (IPO in 1999) and Salesforce.com (IPO in 2004). Cameron received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Check out my interviews with Cameron ‘Bias Disallows Disruptive Investment’ Part I & Part II.
Bryce Roberts, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV)
Bryce T. Roberts, Managing Director. Bryce co-founded O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) in 2005. At OATV he focuses on consumer and enterprise software and services investments. Prior to OATV, Bryce sourced and led a number of successful early stage investments at Wasatch Venture Fund, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate. In 2004, Bryce co-founded the Open Source Business Conference (sold to IDG) in order to spark a conversation around commercializing the highly disruptive technologies and services emerging from the open source community. Prior to Wasatch, Bryce was a member of a small team at vertical search pioneer Whizbang! Labs. While at WhizBang!, he defined and launched the FlipDog.com division (sold to Monster Worldwide). He began his career in technology doing large enterprise software deployments, saving his employer from the dreaded Y2K Bug. His investments at OATV include Bit.ly, Foursquare, Get Satisfaction, OpenCandy, OpenX, Parakey (acquired by Facebook), and Path Intelligence. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brigham Young University.