Launch your Startup. Pitch investors.

Join more than 1,000 entrepreneurs.

One of the larger Silicon Valley conferences

Redwood City, United States Fox Theatre California
May 17, 2018
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From 125 USD
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With more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and investors, the Startup Conference is one of the larger conferences in Silicon Valley.

Whether you are just exploring an idea or have already raised a seed round, The Startup Conference is for you.

Launch your startup, learn how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, reach early adopters and influencers and more.

We have another great program this year. Eric Yuan, founder of, has raised $145M. Ali Vahabzadeh, founder of Chariot, went through Y Combinator and was acquired by Ford. Tom Villante, the founder of YapStone, raised $185M. Jack Altman, CEO and Co-Founder of Lattice. Varun Jain is the Head, Early Stage Fund, Qualcomm Ventures. Soma Somasegar is a Managing Director at Madron Venture and was previously Microsoft’s Senior Vice President of the Developer Division. Rama Sekhar is a Partner at Norwest Venture. And many more.


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It was a great place to be, well organizes and with a great audience and atmosphere to meet entrepreneurs. VC one-onöone was good, but maybe for a lot of startups a little early, Business Angels migt be good. I don't know if a lot of Business Angels attended. that woul dbe a great audience for future conferences.

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Great presenters and speakers.

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Seems that startups were really there for founders' stories and VC panel. Would love for that to be continued! Wish Q&A was opened up longer. I rather there be less sessions but more time for longer panels and Q&A.

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Great Event! I will be excited to come back again next year!

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For the money we paid, we were expecting at least free water/coffee, and some snacks would have been great. Granted, the even is conveniently located downtown where Starbucks is next door, and restaurants are nearby, it would have been nice to have water at least. I would have liked to see more pitching companies. There were only 6. I think 10 would be good to see from variety of industries such as fashion, food, gadgets, and household products. Overall, the experience was good. It was just a bit hard to stay awake after lunch. The voice of one of the guests from the 2:30PM panel was too monotone. The exhibits were pretty slim. I noticed that there are less or almost no marketing/promotion items available to attract people to their booths. The take away for me is that great idea s, are just that, until you act on it. And even if you do act on it, getting funding is a big challenge.

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A great event!

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Dan Odio


Some of the highlights for me were Guy Kawasaki, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, George Zachary of CRV and other VCs describing investor pitch do's & don'ts

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Rob Taylor


Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, gave a killer talk about the success and growth of his company and how he did it

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Reviews from 2017

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Like minded individuls. Good networking. Registration wasnt seamless - needs improvement.

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Program was fantastic. I;ve met a lot of people I will def keep in touch with. Venue and surroundings can be improved if you wish for people around to survive the day. Few improvements and it will be a perfect event. Get some extra refreshments, add some seating around the venue (benches outside are too few). What about phone charging facilities? Starbucks on the corner seems to be the only option. I will regardless recommend your event - good job.

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Insightful speakers you don't see elsewhere.

Reviews from 2014

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Reviews from 2013

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This event might take over sastr one day. Good job guys.

Speakers 17


Ali Vahabzadeh

  • Chariot
  • founder of Chariot, went through Y Combinator and sold it to Ford Mobility

Ching-Yu Hu

  • next47
  • Principal

Jack Altman

  • Lattice
  • CEO and Co-Founder of Lattice

Erik Murphy-Chutorian

  • 8th Wall
  • Founder and CEO

Tony Espinosa

  • CouchSurfing
  • CEO

John Mannes

  • Basis Set Ventures
  • Investor

Steffen Bartschat

  • Hill88
  • CEO

Varun Jain

  • Qualcomm Ventures
  • is the Head, Early Stage Fund, Qualcomm Ventures

Soma Somasegar

  • Madrona Venture Group
  • is a MD at Madrona Venture and was previously Microsoft’s Corporate VP of the Developer Division

Rama Sekhar

  • Norwest Venture Partners
  • is a Partner at Norwest Venture Partners

Tom Villante

  • YapStone
  • the founder of YapStone, raised $185M

Eric Yuan

  • Zoom
  • founder of, has raised $145M

Karl Alomar

  • DigitalOcean
  • Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Beckord

  • CEO

Shubhra Jain

  • Cota Capital
  • Investor

Sumeet Jain

  • LUMA Capital Partners
  • Co-Founder and General Partner

Bill Reichert

  • Garage Technology Ventures
  • Managing Director


9:00 AM
Open Mic: Find a Co-Founder

Are you looking for a co-founder? Pitch the audience during this quick-fire open mike session and ask the audience for help.

9:15 AM
Panel Discussion: Grinding it out, from idea to the first VC round

Paul Graham says the #1 quality of a founder is to be relentlessly resourceful. Getting an idea is the easy part.

Turning it into a startup that shows potential to attract investment is where all the hard work is.

09:45 AM
Opening Keynote
10:15 AM
From Bunk Beds to Big Business: A Startup Scaling Story
10:35 AM
VC Panel: How to Pitch to Investors
11:00 AM
Pitch Competition

Startups selected for the pitch competition will pitch their startup to the audience. 3 minutes each, plus Q&A.

Then, the audience votes to decide the top 3 finalists who make it to the VC panel in the afternoon.

1:30 PM
Funding in 2018
2:00 PM
Afternoon Keynote
2:25 PM
Founder Panel: VCs just gave me millions, now I have real problems

You would think that once you raised a B round of $10-$30M, your startup is finally out of the woods. Instead, that’s when the real challenges start.

Scaling. Hiring. That transition is also one of the most likely times for a founder to be replaced as CEO. So watch out!

2:55 PM
A Founder Story
3:15 PM
3:45 PM
4:45 PM
VC Panel: Pitch Competition Finalists

The 3 top startups selected by the audience at the end of the morning pitch competition get to pitch a panel of VC partners.

Then, the VCs deliberate, just like a real partner meeting, to elect the one winner. A great way to see how VCs make decisions behind the scenes.

5:00 PM
After Party

Join everyone for drinks after the conference, for an evening of informal networking.



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