TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening on June 16th! Pejman Nozad, Mar Hershenson, Ajay Kamat and Neda Blocho from Pejman Mar Ventures, along with Adam Plotkin from ffVC, will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups.
Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level.
The Office Hours program is part of that effort. Once monthly, TechCrunch works with VC partners to provide feedback and advice to early-stage companies. To be considered for a meeting in our June session with Pejman Mar in San Francisco or ffVC in New York City, fill out the application here by Friday, June 10th at 9am PT.
Underrepresented groups in tech include, but are not limited to, Black, Latino, Native American, LGBT and female founders. Preference will be given to teams that can meet in person. Startups should at least be at the prototype stage.
Let’s learn more about our co-hosts.
Pejman Nozad is a co-founder and a managing partner of Pejman Mar Ventures. Pejman has been named by Forbes as “one of the most successful angel investors,” with over 15 years of experience investing in early-stage high-tech startups. He’s invested in over 100 startups and has seeded several multi-billion dollar companies, such as Dropbox, Lending Club, SoundHound and Gusto (formally Zenpayroll). He is also an investor in industry defying emerging startups, such as Doordash, Guardant Health and Branchmetrics. Pejman was a 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award recipient, given by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), an award that pays homage to the immigrant experience and the contribution made to America by immigrants.
Mar Hershenson has over 13 years of founder experience, having co-founded three startups in the mobile, e-commerce, enterprise software and semiconductor industries. Mar’s deep technical expertise led her to becoming an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University for almost nine years. Mar holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University with a combined hardware/software focus. Mar is currently the co-founder and a managing partner at Pejman Mar Ventures.
If you’re interested in attending Office Hours with Pejman Mar or ffVC, apply here by Friday June 10th.