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Office Hours with Carl Showalter, from Opus Capital

This is an exclusive event for startup founders and technologists.  

Are you a startup founder or an innovator at a tech company with burning questions looking to get some great advice on your venture or idea from an industry luminary in enterprise infrastructure, big data, SaaS and the Internet of Things?  Join us at our next VLAB Founders Series event on Thursday, October 24th featuring Carl Showalter, General Partner at Opus Capital.

Please apply to attend the October 24th Founders Series event:  Apply here

About Carl Showalter, General Partner at Opus Capital!

Carl Showalter brings a wealth of experience in the areas of the Internet of Things, network virtualization, next generation wireless, and data center/cloud infrastructure software. His investment portfolio includes many exciting startups including Panzura, SpiderCloud Wireless, Arraynet and Vertascale. Before joining Opus as a founding General Partner, Carl was a General Partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners. Prior to this, Carl served as Vice President of Marketing at Juniper Networks, where he built and led a global marketing and product management organization. Before Juniper, Carl was Vice President of Dial and Broadband Services for UUNET, overseeing the 300-person, $1B revenue division. He also held various sales and management positions at ANS, an AOL company, where he helped build AOL’s modem access network and then helped launch hardware-based firewalls and IP VPNs in the mid 1990′s.

Opus Capital is an early stage, IT-focused venture fund that invests in startups focused on building big businesses leveraging trends around the cloud, mobility and big data.

About VLAB Founders Series

VLAB Founders Series hosts leading visionary expert mentors who have brought unique innovations, special entrepreneurial characteristics, and sometimes even, the emergence of entirely new industries. These mentors have made significant impacts on the spirit of entrepreneurialism and have a strong interest in seeding the next generation of life changing developments. VLAB Founders Series events are a great opportunity to learn from the featured mentor and to network with other founders.

Founders Series events are held once a month where approximately 100 founders of solid, early stage startups are selected to take part in a collaborative “office hours” style session. Several startup founders are selected for the “Hot Seat,” where they each have six minutes to ask Carl questions and receive feedback, specifically about their startup idea, execution, or positioning. All founders in attendance will hear the questions, responses, and overall insight from the featured mentor. Questions and answers are requested to be kept confidential as a courtesy to founders whose startups are in stealth mode. Thus, the event is not a venue for pitching your start-up - promotional/marketing materials are not permitted. Hot Seat participation is optional, but, we do encourage all founders to apply even those not interested in being on the Hot Seat. Everyone will have the opportunity to network with Carl Showalter as well as other founders before and after the event.

Application process for the Founders Series event with Carl Showalter:

Please apply to the Founders Series event:  Apply here

Your application will be processed and if you are invited to attend the event, you will receive an email which provides a link where you can register for the event by purchasing a ticket (for a nominal fee).  Once you have purchased a ticket for the event, you will receive an email with the official event location and parking information 48 hours prior to event.If you have requested to be a “Hot Seat” candidate, semi-finalists will be notified no later than 24 hours prior to the event date. All Hot Seat semi-finalists will be requested to have a brief phone discussion with the VLAB Founders Series Chair and Co-Chair prior to event. Final selection will be announced at the event.

Apply early for the best chance at an invitation!

For all other questions, please contact [masked]

** DISCLAIMER: Please note that RSVP in Meetup does NOT register you for the event. Please apply for an invitation:

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  • Jeanne H.

    To reiterate what Tom Clavel stated, just because you for the RSVP'd for the meetup, does not meet you are actually registered for the event. This is for startup founders. That is why only the people who filled out the application and were accepted would receive confirmation with the location of the event. Hope that helps.

    October 24, 2013

    • Ashish A.

      Hi Jeanne.. On both counts i have done the needful. Jessica has reached out and help although its a bit late now for me to attend(Thanks Jessica Melin)

      October 24, 2013

  • Tom C.


    This event is specifically dedicated to Bay Area entrepreneurs. This is the reason why the location is withheld and revealed to registered entrepreneurs.

    As with all Office Hours/Founders Series event, the registration process is a two-step process. First we ask you to apply. This does not register you to the event, but this allows us to collect enough information from you in order to ensure that you are indeed an entrepreneur. This also give you the opportunity to contribute to the event as we give some attendees the opportunity to speak directly with our guest speaker.

    October 24, 2013

    • Tom C.

      There are several reasons why this particular type of event is restricted to entrepreneurs:
      - The content and format is specifically designed for entrepreneurs.
      - We also want to create a safe zone for entrepreneurs to share their experiences.
      - We have limited space to that event (100 seats) and entrepreneurs are the most qualified to take advantage of the content.

      However, we encourage everyone to register to our monthly events that happen on the Stanford campus. These events - scheduled every third Tuesday of the month - is open to anyone interested in the particular topic that is presented there.

      1 · October 24, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Our next open event will focus on "self-driving vehicles": the technology disruptions and the entrepreneurship opportunities. Tickets usually go out very quickly and early registration can save you up to $20 per ticket. So we do encourage everyone to register early:­.

      Thanks everyone for your continued interest in VLAB!

      Best regards,


      1 · October 24, 2013

  • Ayne D. T.

    I have such a difficult time attending events when I don't know the location and obtain such at the last minute. If I am going in one specific direction, I will take advantage of it with other meetings since I am in the area. Here, I have no clue.

    October 24, 2013

  • Ashish A.

    Can someone send the location for this event., I received a confirmation email with location TBA and the event is in less then 3 hrs.

    October 24, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Hello Ashish. Could you verify the email invitation that you received? My guess is that what you received is in fact an invitation to register. Unfortunately I do not see your name online, so that means that you probably did not register. Indeed this event is for entrepreneurs - just like you - and this is the reason why we have a two-step registration process (1. we ask you to register as an entrepreneur, 2. upon validating that you are indeed an entrepreneur we send you the proper link to register - which invitation is what you might not have answered to). Please let me know and get back to me shortly. Thank you. Tom.

      1 · October 24, 2013

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