Are you ready to mess around, australiabusinessblog.com style? Twenty of the most promising and creative early-stage startups – chosen from the elite Start up Battlefield 200 — will bring the heat for $100,000 in the world-famous Startup Battlefield competition on australiabusinessblog.com Disrupt on October 18-20 in San Francisco.
We have an excellent cohort of VCs ready to hear and follow up on their pitches with tough Q&As – and we’re excited to add three more to the slate. Did you miss the other Startup Battlefield VC judges? You can find them in groups a, two, three, four and five.
Did you know? Startup Battlefield isn’t just exciting to watch; it’s a masterclass in how investors think. The feedback from the judges provides insight into the criteria they use to determine whether a company is viable or not. Watch and learn what investors are looking for, what motivates them, and what drives them to schedule a meeting.
Brace yourself folks, here are the next three judges ready to help crown the next Startup Battlefield champion:
Josephine Chen, a partner at Sequoia
Josephine Chen focuses on seed and Series A companies in enterprise software, fintech and crypto. She works with companies such as Found, Magic Eden, Benchling and Anrok. Before joining Sequoia, Chen worked at Emergence Capital and McKinsey.
Dave Samuel, the co-founder of Freestyle.vc
Dave Samuel, an accomplished executive, serial entrepreneur and internet pioneer in software and media, is the co-founder of Freestyle.vc. The venture capital firm has more than $565 million in assets under management and invests in more than 150 startups. Freestyle led the seed rounds in Airtable, Patreon, BetterUp, Narvar and Snapdocs.
In 2004, Samuel co-founded Crackle, an internet video platform acquired by Sony in 2006 for $65 million. Earlier in his career, he founded Spinner, the first Internet radio service, which AOL acquired in 1999 for $320 million. Samuel graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering.
Lo Toney, the founding managing partner at Plexo Capital
Lo Toney has incubated and spawned Plexo Capital from GV with a strategy to increase access to early stage deal flow. The company invests in early stage emerging VCs (led by several managers) and invests directly in companies drawn from the portfolios of VCs in which Plexo Capital has an investment.
Investors in Plexo Capital funds include Alphabet/Google, Intel Capital, Cisco Investments, RBC, Southern New Hampshire University, Home Depot, Hearst Corporation, Hampton University Endowment, JIMCO and the Ford Foundation.
Toney’s investment expertise spans corporate infrastructure, cybersecurity, financial technology, marketplaces, e-commerce, gaming, and technology consumers. A regular contributor to CNBC, he provides commentary on financial markets and technology companies.
Prior to founding Plexo Capital, Toney was a partner in the GV investment team focusing on marketplaces, mobile and consumer products. Toney received his MBA from the Haas School of Business (University of California at Berkeley) and his BS from Hampton University in Virginia.
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