Founders + Funders Program

San Francisco, May 2019


8:00 am - Doors open + Registration + Networking

8:25am - Yoga Like a Boss

20 minute mindfulness and wellness session led by Jennifer Keller

9:00 am - Opening Remarks + Lightning Talks

Opening remarks by Kate Brodock, CEO of Women 2.0, and Melissa Moore, Partner at Seneca VC

Emcee Corey Ponder, Policy Lead at Google and Founder of Empact Strategies, will kick off our Lightning Talks.

  • Think Cupcakes: A Quick Refresher on Lean Startup with Janice Fraser, Partner at Seneca VC

  • Why you don't need a technical co-founder with Chantal Emmanuel, CTO and Co-Founder of LimeLoop

  • Achieving Escape Velocity: Keeping your burn rate under control with Asra Nadeem, VP of Entrepreneurship Programs at Draper University

  • Third topic TBD

9:30 am - Getting to Product-Market Fit

Sara Mauskopf, CEO of Winnie, in conversation with Hannah Levy, Director of Content at Wealthfront and manager at Tech Ladies

9:50 am - Scaling Lean: From Founding a Startup to Leading Product

Sudeshna Basu, Principal Product Manager at Zendesk

10:40 am - Lessons From Two Fundraising Rounds and $7.3m in Capital Raised

Kristina Jones, CEO & Co-Founder of Court Buddy, in conversation with Yao Meng, Investor at Gopher Asset Management

11:00 am - The Gap Table: A discussion on capital table management

Emily Kramer, VP of Marketing at Carta

11:20 am - Fundraising 101: Creating FOMO with VCs

Elizabeth Yin, General Partner and Co-Founder at Hustle Fund

11:40 am - Game Thinking: 3 Powerful Ideas to Help Investors Make Smart Decisions

Amy Jo Kim, CEO & Author of

11:50 am - Backing Immigrants, Minorities, and Underestimated Founders

Menan Metha, Founding Partner of Unshackled Ventures

12:00 pm - Lunch and Roundtable Discussions with Founders + Funders

Our attendees will have the opportunity to connect with table leads, who will be available to talk about topics of specific interest. Topics include: Getting into a top accelerator program, Punch up your pitch, Startup growth, Negotiations, General VC office hours, and more.

1:20 pm - Startup Legal: The Nitty Gritty

Debra Vernon, Partner at VLP Law

1:40 pm - How to De-risk Your First Investments

Trish Costello, CEO of Portfolia, in conversation with Kate Brodock, CEO of Women 2.0

2:00 pm - AMA (Ask Me Anything)

A session with Shaherose Charania, Senior Portfolio Director at Nike's Valiant Labs and Founder of Women 2.0, and Eric Ries, Founder of The Lean Startup and LTSE

3:15 pm - Angel Investing 101: So you want to be an Angel Investor

Phin Barnes, Partner at First Round Capital, in conversations with Brianne Kimmel, Angel Investor

3:45 pm - The Art of Venture Capital: Picking and managing portfolios

Shruti Gandhi, Managing Partner at Array Ventures, Lan Xuezhao, Founding and Managing Partner at Basis Set Venture, and Jake Zeller, Partner at Angelist, in conversation with Vivian Cheng, Investor at Javelin Ventures Partners

4:15 pm - Next Generation of Investors: Crowdfunding, Syndicates, and New Ways of Raising Money

Karen Cahn, CEO and Founder of iFundWomen, and Dr Roshawnna Novellus, CEO and Founder of EnrichHer, in conversation with Holly Grant, VP of Operations at LTSE

4:45 pm - Startup Showcase

6:00 pm - HAPPY HOUR