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Tune in on June 7th at 2:00pm EDT as TechCrunch Live unpacks what is happening in the Atlanta tech ecosystem. Though much of the event is under wraps (stay tuned), we can promise an exciting slate of panels and articles to showcase the city’s culture and commitment to becoming a tech hub. Trust us, this is not an event you will want to miss, so stay posted for updates, and we hope you can join us as we officially welcome you to Atlanta.
This TechCrunch Live features Sameer Shariff, CEO, and co-founder of Cambly, and Sarah Tavel, a long-time investor at Benchmark and previously Greylock.
Cambly’s Series B fundraise went wildly different from its Series A. Watch this TCL event to hear the lessons Sameer learned from both rounds. Sarah Tavel led Benchmark’s investment and will speak to what made Cambly a perfect fit for the firm – and you’ll hear from Sameer on why Benchmark was an ideal fit for Cambly too.
On this event, Cube and Mayfield Partners speak on selling product before the product is built. How? According to Christina Ross, co-founder and CEO of Cube, the best product comes from deep conversations with users. And that’s what she did after leaving her role as a CFO.
Joining Christina is Rajeev Batra, a long-time investor at Mayfield. He’s on Cube’s board of directors and knows just about everything about building and managing startups.
A startup lives or dies by its board of directors. Sagi Eliyahu co-founded Tonkean in 2015 and has since raised money from some of the top investors including Joanne Chen from Foundation Capital. Chen joined Tonkean’s board of directors in 2019, and the two are set to discuss the best ways for founders to work with their board of directors including how to handle disagreements, prepare for fundraising events, and how to hire (or fire) senior management.
TechCrunch is headed to Boston! We’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on one of North America’s most important startup ecosystems. The Boston area has long been at the forefront of technological innovation, and home to countless robotics, biotechnology, and engineering companies.
Attended this extended TechCrunch Live event to hear from local startup leaders, investors, and government leaders on how startups can take advantage of Boston’s extensive resources.
Successful startups need a solid founding team of like-minded people. But how do you find and hire others to help build, sell, and manage your product? Tanis Jorge and David Blumberg are speaking about the importance of co-founders.
Arrianna Huffington’s latest company aims to improve employee well being because everyone gets burnt out. Since Thrive’s founding in 2015 the startup has raised $155 million through four rounds of financing. Join this TechCrunch Live event to hear from Huffington and Kleiner Perkins’ Mamoon Hamid on building Thrive.
Christina Cacioppo co-founded Vanta to help companies stay up-to-date with ever-changing compliances. And the industry responded enthusiastically. The company quickly raised over $200m in venture capital, becoming a unicorn with its $150m Series B in October 2022. Hear from Cacioppo and Sequoia Capital General Partner Andrew Reed on Vanta’s radical growth trajectory and fundraising strategy.
Eric Tarczynski started Contrary Capital in 2016 with the thesis of investing in people rather than companies. The idea took off, and now in 2023, there are several firms following Tarczynski’s lead. In 2019, Harshita Arora started AtoB following selling her first venture, an early cryptocurrency iOS app. Now three short years later, AtoB is worth over $800m and leading an industry shift. Hear from Tarczynski and Arora on why venture capital should look at people before businesses.
Kiran Joshi co-founded Oma Fertility after learning of several friends who went into debt after six rounds of unsuccessful cycles of IVF. Now, three years after its founding, the company raised $71 million in venture capital funding including from Root Ventures’ Chrissy Meyer. Hear how Joshi pitched Meyer, and why Meyer is a great partner in Oma Fertility’s quest to improve in vitro fertilization.
Brynne McNulty Rojas founded Habi to bring modern home buying tools to low- and middle-class home buyers in her home country of Colombia. Now, with a valuation above $1 billion USD, Habi is a serious player in the LatAm home buying market where the majority of the homes for sale are not listed online. Alexa von Tobel of Inspired Capital invested in Habi in its Series A, B, and C. Hear from Brynne and Alexa on the growth of Habi, and what it was like to work with US-based investors.
Sam Chaudhary co-founded ClassDojo in 2011, and he’s still at the helm. The mission remains the same: revolutionize education by building a classroom community. Chaudhary raised $221.12M to support this mission including from SignalFire’s CEO and founder, Chris Farmer. Hear from the two as they talk through ClassDojo’s latest efforts and fundraising.
Cambrian Biopharma bills itself as a new pharmaceutical company with a revolutionary approach to developing and managing drug development. James Peyer, Ph.D co-founded the company in 2019, and it has since raised over $180 million to accelerate the development of medicine designed to target the causes of age-related diseases. But that’s not the interesting part. Peyer’s executive team has managed to attract top talent by giving them an oversized amount of equity compared to traditional pharmaceutical companies.
Maryanna Saenko of Future Ventures is also speaking at this TechCrunch Live event. She sits on Cambrian Biopharma’s board of directors and invested in the company’s Series A, B, and C rounds. Together, the two are going to break down Cambrian Biopharma’s unique business model and explain why this process works so well.
Businesses and consumers face the same threat: identity fraud. Persona, co-founded by Richard Song in 2015, built and offers a large suite of identity verification solutions to address this ever-growing issue. Song and Mark Goldberg from Index Ventures will speak on how the company keeps pace with new threats, and how it identified ID management as an opportunity; and Index Ventures, which itself made a prescient move to spot and back Persona early on, riding on the wave of the startup’s growth.
Everything needs a home, and Garima Kapoor co-founded MinIO to build an enterprise-grade, but open source, object storage solution. The pitch sounds amazing: Simple, high performance, and a native Kubernetes operator integration. But questions remain. Kapoor and MinIO investor Mark Rostick of Intel Capital are speaking on MinIO’s growth and how it manages competition.
Sensi.AI was co-founded in 2018 by Romi Gubes. The company uses audio-based software to monitor patients and assist medical staff and family members with care. To accomplish this goal, Gubes raised capital from an impressive list of investors including Sergey Gribov of Flint Capital. But now, with the general availability of generative AI solutions, Sensi.AI is at a crossroads. Does it keep developing its own platform, or turn to generative AI to build a new solution from scratch?