Founders & VC: What's new in Tech?

Since this is our first meetup, the structure would be informal - simply greet and chat, on topics such as fundraising, investors' perspectives on certain sectors or things that interest you, etc.

We will have Chris Hollenbeck, a managing partner at Granite Ventures join us to share his perspectives on startup evaluation, fundraising, technology and others.


Chris Hollenbeck is a founding member of the Granite Ventures team. He joined Granite after serving as Vice President of Hambrecht & Quist's Venture Capital department, and focuses his investments in software. In addition to software applications, Chris is also interested in companies that capitalize on the current digital content explosion – from voice and video to consumer entertainment – and next-generation software infrastructure technologies. 

Chris currently sits on the Boards of Bunchball, HireVue, Oversight Systems, Rewarder, Smule, Telltale and YottaMark. He sponsored Granite's investments in Digimarc (NASDAQ: DMRC) and Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN), and was a member of the Boards of Auditude prior to its acquisition by Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE), AvantGo prior to its acquisition by Sybase (NYSE: SY), Convio (NASDAQ: CNVO) prior to its acquisition by Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), DecisionView prior to its acquisition by IMS Health, Episodic prior to its acquisition by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and of Liquent prior to its acquisition by Information Holdings (NYSE: IHI). 

Earlier in his career, Chris held several positions within Hambrecht & Quist's Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance departments.  Chris holds a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University.


Tentative Structure:

6:00-6:30pm: Pizza, Drinks and Get-to-Know-each-other

6:30-7:30pm: Fireside Chat, Q&A

7:30-8:00pm: Mingle

The event is FREE - but please, RSVP so that we can get a good headcount. We will bring pizza and beverage. And you will bring your awesomeness to get to know someone and help others :)


* Big thanks to Mad Valley, a cool tech co-working space, for providing space for the event. The entrance is down the stairs off of Union St. and on the left as you're coming down the walkway – look for the green and blue walls.

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  • Ann

    Well organized and informative!

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • gary

    possible to get notes from anyone who attended. Will trade notes from two other fantastic meetups. Or can i get email of speaker if his ppt is obtainable? garyatcouplewise-com

    October 8, 2013

  • Irina

    Looks like can't make it tonight...if there is a presentation available after the event, it would be great to get it :) [masked]
    Thanks ! :)

    October 8, 2013

  • Karthick

    I will only be able to make it at 6:45 PM. Do you suggest I still attend? Or would I have missed the bulk of it?


    October 8, 2013

    • Jay Z.

      We will start the chat around 630 so you would only be 15 min late.

      October 8, 2013

  • Ken M.

    Innovators :-)

    October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! Sounds like fun.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Craig

    I'm the CEO of One World Solutions, we specialize in software, erp web, and mobile development. We've been apart of 5 successful startups. I just expanded our offices to SF, loving this city! excited to me other like minded professionals.

    October 7, 2013

  • gary

    I might not be able to attend and wonder if any good note taker is going who'd be willing to trade services. I am ceo/cofounder/head psychologist of couplewise, first therapeutically robust scalable personalizable app (not yet mobile) to help couples succeed--get through the hard stuff, decide whether to commit, make ok relationships great ones, etc. We have openings too

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a start-up founder passing by the valley and eager to meet other entrepreneurs.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Thales de F.

    Finance guy and enthusiastic of new technologies.

    October 5, 2013

  • peter b.

    i know of a good place in SF that can accommodate the group - not sure on the pricing - would depend on the details - please let me know if you are still looking for a venue.

    September 23, 2013

  • TechShop Andrew :.

    hiya! any association between this MU and one in austin TX? we have a location there and they've recently reached out. secondly, LMK if you are still looking for a space or a rec:)

    September 17, 2013

    • Jay Z.

      Andrew, thanks for the offer. The venue is still undecided since that will depends on the number of people. So yes, recommendation would be helpful. P.S. we are not associated with Austin meetup.

      September 17, 2013

  • Sam M.

    Hi all - Very excited for this group. I am currently founder of fin services platform I'm constantly eager to meet folks in the startup world to share experiences, and also to help our company grow (financially and strategically). Looking forward to meeting you all.

    September 17, 2013

    • Jay Z.

      Thanks for introducing yourself. Looking forward to seeing you too.

      1 · September 17, 2013

  • Min R.

    Thank you for the invite. I am a CPA who works closely with Start ups and helps you get the financial ready for VC funding.

    I will be in China on Oct 8 but look forward to the next meeting and get to know all of you.

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Kripa

    I provide design and development services in micro-electronics and embedded systems.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • kateohara

    Thank you for the invite, at the present time I am in Ann Arbor, Michigan working on my next start up in the Mobile TV industry.

    Looking for video, film content in various genres. Just launched our mobile wine TV channel in the apple store. Best

    September 16, 2013

    • Jay Z.

      Thanks for introducing yourself Kateohara. Hope we could see you next time when you in town.

      September 16, 2013

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