TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening this October 10th! Phin Barnes and Bill Trenchard from First Round Capital in San Francisco 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 October 10th session with First Round in San Francisco fill out the application here by Wednesday, October 5th at 12pm 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.
Bill Trenchard, Partner
As a founder, operator, advisor and angel investor, Bill has helped dozens of companies launch, manage through hyper growth and win. Before joining First Round, Bill led LiveOps to $100 million in sales and hundreds of employees as the industry’s leading cloud contact center. He also founded Jump Networks, a leading web calendar and personal organizer acquired by Microsoft.
As an angel investor and founding partner at Founder Collective, Bill made investments in category-killing companies, including Uber, IronPort (acquired by Cisco), Adroll, PowerSet (acquired by Microsoft), Lending Club, HomeRun (acquired by Rearden Commerce), Tapulous (acquired by Disney), Slide (acquired by Google) and Chegg. At First Round, Bill has led investments in companies, including Looker, Flexport, LendingHome, Bright and buddybuild.
Phin Barnes, Partner
Before joining First Round, Phin worked at AND 1 from “Day 2″ and founded a fitness video game company.
In his first job after college, Phin spent six years helping to scale AND 1 Basketball from $15 million to over $225 million in revenue. As the creative director for footwear he led product direction, managed relationships with national retail accounts and created the initial concept for the signature AND 1 marketing property — the AND 1 Mix Tape.
After training for an Ironman in 2002, he wanted to build fitness technology and founded an independent video game company to do it. The company developed and published Yourself!Fitness, the first fitness game for Xbox and PlayStation 2. Phin managed product, marketing and distribution and secured retail partnerships with Nordstrom and Best Buy, as well as promotional partnerships with Procter & Gamble and McDonald’s.
If you’re interested in attending Office Hours with First Round, apply here by Wednesday, October 5th at 12pm PT.