April 25 | One Day Conference | 8AM-6PM
2550 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA

What is the VC Taskforce StartUP World Conference?

3,000 attendees? That's not us.

StartUP World provides a very high investor-to-attendee ratio,
which means you can easily meet investors on our panels.

We make time for you to question our panelists.

Our conference is more favorable for investors remembering you.

Come hear issues investors say stand in the way of you
or your company being considered for funding.


StartUP World conference is a full day of investor panels and
investor workshops designed specifically to help you in your funding process.

At this event you’ll get funding advice and guidance directly from investors
as to what they want and expect from your start-up company seeking funding.

Register now if you want to meet our investors on April 25th

Who attends the Start Up World conference?

  • All types of entrepreneurs looking for funding
  • Entrepreneurs thinking about starting a company
  • Entrepreneurs who are serious about talking to investors
  • Entrepreneurs who would like to understand how investors think
  • Entrepreneurs looking to network with investors
  • Entrepreneurs looking to network with other entrepreneurs
  • Investors looking for deal flow
  • Investors wanting to connect with other investors


2018 Speakers

Chris Yeh

Wasabi Ventures

Curtis Feeny

Silicon Valley Data Capital

Leon Wong

Harvard Angels

Ron Weissman

Band of Angels

Bill Reichert

Garage Technology Ventures

Carol Sands

The Angels' Forum

Steve Wurzburg

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Jean Kovacs

HBS Alumni Angels

Tom O'Malley


Max Shapiro

Keiretsu Forum

Maryanne Morrow

Keiretsu Forum

Japheth Dillman

AML BitCoin

Yasemin Kliman

Harvard Business School Angels

Arjun Chopra


Kartik Gada

Woodside Capital Partners

Allan Young

Piedmont Partners

Shuonan Chen

Agile VC

Ben Narasin


Peter Relan

YouWeb Incubator

Tony Lazar

HBS Alumni Angels

John Scull

Southern Cross Venture Partners

Mengyao Ella Li

ZGC Capital Corporation

Manthi Nguyen

Sandhill Angels

Lilia Shirman

Golden Seeds

Crystal Huang

GGV Capital

Dr. Shubhra Jain

Cota Capital

John Ricci

US Angels

SC Moatti

Mighty Capital


This conference is a program of investors providing panels, workshops, keynotes and fireside chats organized specifically to help start-ups in the funding process. At this event you’ll get funding advice & guidance directly from Investors as to what they want and expect from a start-up company seeking funding.


Date: April 25th, 2018

Location: 2550 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA


Check-in, Networking, Continental Breakfast



June Riley, CEO, VC Taskforce
Tom O'Malley, CEO, Convetit



Chris Yeh, General Partner, Wasabi Ventures Global


Legal Presentation Relevant To Start-ups

Steve Wurzburg, Partner, Pillsbury


The Entrepreneur as a Potential Investment: The Investors' Perspective

Moderator: Ron Weissman

  • Allan Young, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures
  • Carol Sands, Managing Partner, Angels’ Forum
  • Crystal Huang, GGV Capital
  • Jean Kovacs, President, HBS Alumni Angels



How Fundable Is Your Team?

Moderator: Curtis Feeny, Managing Director, Voyager Capital and Silicon Valley Data Capital

  • Shuo Chen, General Partner, Agile VC
  • Ben Narasin, Venture Partner, NEA
  • John Scull, Managing Director, Southern Cross Venture Partners
  • SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital




The First Six Months After Funding - What Does the Investor Expect?

Moderator: Leon Wong, HBS Angels

  • Yasemin Kliman, Co-President, Harvard Business School Angels
  • Arjun Chopra, Partner, Floodgate
  • Mengyao Ella Li, Senior Director of Investment, ZGC Capital Corporation
  • Yoni Blau, Managing Director, LabIX


Startup Workshop - The Art of Raising Capital

Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures



ICOs 101 Workshop

  • Kartik Gada, Executive Director, Woodside Capital
  • Japheth Dillman, Chief Strategy Officer, AML BitCoin
  • Peter Relan, YouWeb Incubator


Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Seeking Funding

Moderator: Max Shapiro, Keiretsu Forum

  • Aaron Michel, Partner, 1984 Ventures
  • Maryanne Morrow, Keiretsu Forum
  • Lilia Shirman, Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • Shubhra Jain, Senior Associate, Cota Capital
  • John Ricci, President, US Angels


Conference Ends

(subject to change)

VC Taskforce™ has built an organization that the venture community can give input and direction to and get immediate results that benefit both investors and their portfolio companies.

Contact Us

For additional information, please get in touch:

June Riley
CEO, VC Taskforce

E-mail: june@vctaskforce.com