The Investors You Actually Want on Your Cap Table Speak Words of Wisdom — Our Top Picks from PreMoney SF

PreMoney San Francisco is just around the corner.

Wait, what’s PreMoney??

It’s our slightly-more-than-annual investor event brings together our industry’s most forward-thinking VCs, LPs, and founders.

When we were asked to curate a list of our favorite PreMoney talks, our first response was, “BUT THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT ONES!”

Painful as it was, we were able to whittle it down to 5 essential talks.

Below, you’ll find nuggets from CB Insights’ Anand Sanwal, SoftTech’s Charles Hudson, Diishan Imira of Mayvenn, Shauntel Poulson of Reach Capital, Sean O’Sullivan of SOS Ventures, Scale’s Kate Mitchell, and Dan Rosen from Commerce Ventures.

This is just a tiny taste of what we’ve pulled together for 2016’s PreMoney SF, which includes cameos by Bill Draper, Aileen Lee, Dave Morin, Danielle Morrill, Jason Lemkin, Arielle Zuckerberg, Aaron Batalion, Tomas Tunguz and lots more.

If you haven’t yet, you can still register here: http://sanfrancisco.premoney.co/

Anand Sanwal, CB Insights: “A Quantitative Look At Bubbles, Unicorns, Fund Formation + More”

The takeaway: If you keep saying there’s a tech bubble, you’ll eventually be right. But for now, Sanwal goes by the facts, which suggests otherwise. After all, CB Insights’s motto is “In God we trust. All others must bring data.”

Panel: “Diversity, Product-Culture Fit & The Market Opps VCs Are Missing”

The takeaway: Investing in diverse founders isn’t risky, sexy, or charitable. It’s necessary (especially if you’re a “greed f***ing bastard,” like Dave, who wants to make a lot of money).

Sean O’Sullivan, SOS Ventures: “Accelerating Biology” 

The takeaway: Programming life is now a possibility, thanks to biotech. So are animal-free egg whites, which need less than 1/5 the amount of water that traditional eggs require for production.

Kate Mitchell, Scale VP: “The Fundraising Trenches: How I Closed A $300M Fund In 92 Days”

The takeaway: Be who you are, and be where you’ll succeed. Although Mitchell was initially drawn to early-stage investing (“You get to wear jeans, not dresses!”), she realized she brought the most value to companies that were just about to scale.

Dan Rosen, Commerce Ventures: “Fintech Fixes…& Fortunes”

The takeaway: The financial industry is ripe for disruption, and fintech is ending banking, insurance, and “Wall Street” as we know them.


For additional insights into the future of venture capital, don’t miss PreMoney SF, 500’s one-day, investor-only conference featuring the most disruptive strategies, models, and technologies in VC.

Hear personal anecdotes and tactics from Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Anand Sanwal (CB Insights), Kate Mitchell (Scale VP), and Jason Calacanis (Inside.com), as well as speakers from AngelList, Mattermark, Y Combinator, KPCB, Techstars, Greylock, EquityZen, and more.

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