• Behind the Scenes of Becoming a VC

    Cross Campus

    Topic: Behind the Scenes of Becoming a VC Summary: An informal look at my experience raising $200M from Sand Hill Road, transitioning to a new role as a partner at a local LA venture fund, lessons learned, lessons learning, and what has surprised me now that I’m sitting on the other side of the table. ------------- At Shift, we raised ~$100M from DFJ, Highland Capital, Goldman Sachs, BMW and DCM before just recently raising another $140M series D. Shift started with me showing up at my co-founders apartment every morning at 10am, parking cars outside his house and taking pics with my iPhone. It’s been up and to the right like a deeply soul-searching rollercoaster. I moved back to Pasadena to be close to family and did some speed dating with the LA venture funds before landing at TenOneTen. We fund early stage entrepreneurs (usually $500k - $1M check size) and I am just learning the ropes. In this talk, I’ll reflect on what I’ve learned and what I’m still learning. Bio: Minnie Ingersoll Long-time Silicon Valley product leader and operations executive with a particular interest in building and scaling impact through elegant technical solutions and great teams. I started my career as an early product manager at Google where I co-founded the Access team. After 11+ years, I left Google to become COO of Shift. In my spare time I volunteer for city government, surf baby waves, and raise baby people.

  • Solving Complex Problems with Practical Robotics

    Cross Campus

    Topic: Solving Complex Problems with Practical Robotics Robotics is an advanced technology that will change the way we live our lives. Many of the robots we’ve seen so far have been very impressive...and also impractical. We founded inVia Robotics with a simple mission to automate repetitive tasks so people can focus on doing more meaningful work. For us that means automating warehouse order fulfillment tasks like inventory picking and replenishment, with a system that combines the power of physical robots with AI-driven software. In order to give our customers high-value solutions, we’ve had to become experts in not only the integration of robotic hardware and software, but also in the daily operations of warehouses and distribution centers. We are solving problems that haven’t been solved before, and that creates a lot of big challenges and even bigger rewards. Bio: Rand Voorhies, CTO & Co-founder, inVia Robotics Rand is a technology and robotics expert focussed on leading driving the inVia engineering team that builds behind the integrated software driving the robotics system solution. This includes product development, customer technology/software support, and management of technology investment strategy management. Prior to inVia, Rand worked within NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory during his Ph.D. i program. Ran completed his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in computer science and robotics at the University of Southern California. Rand enthusiastically joined Dan and Lior in co-founding inVia Robotics to apply intelligent automation robots to the e-commerce industry. In his free time, Rand enjoys Olympic weightlifting and restoring his 1971 Datsun 240Z. twitter: @inviarobotics LinkedIn: inVia Robotics

  • Cannabis and the Social Entrepreneur

    Cross Campus

    Topic: Cannabis and the Social Entrepreneur Summary Cannabis is positioned to create billions of dollars in revenue. For contemporary White men, this will serve as entry to generational wealth. For many Black and Brown men it served as an initiation to systems of criminal justice. Dr. Grant shares why social entrepreneurship is the only remedy. Description America has not seen a new industry like that of cannabis since the inception of the internet. The internet changed the domestic commerce chain and international relations in a way that no one expected. The cannabis industry is positioned to perform in a very similar manner, creating billions of dollars of revenue across a myriad of relevant domains. One significant difference is that the internet has never been illegal or served as a partner in the business continuity model of disenfranchising Black and Brown men. An exploration of the contemporary legislative, cultural and systemic shifts related to the cannabis industry is critical to remedy the systemic disenfranchisement that creates disproportionality for many men of color. It will be the responsibility of social entrepreneurs to lead the charge in creating a space where these men gain reprieve for a legal shift that was largely created to maintain their disenfranchisement. Biography Dr. Donald E Grant Jr began his career as a middle school science teacher in Baltimore MD after graduating from Hampton University with a Bachelors’ degree in Biology. He knew very quickly that the kids he was teaching needed more than he had to offer at the time, promoting his doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multi-Cultural Community Psychology in 2003. In addition to his broad work in film and media, coaching and wellness, Dr. Grant serves as Executive Director of the Center for Community and Social Impact (CCSI) at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena CA and has a long history of direct mental health service delivery and administrative oversight for foster care systems, child welfare programs, education systems and homeless mental wellness services. His academic partnerships span across two decades and over a dozen institutions including Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Cal State LA. He is a published author, international trainer and on air expert for NBC Universal.

  • How Crypto + Feminine Energy Can Transcend Late-Stage Capitalism

    Topic: How Crypto + Feminine Energy Can Transcend Late-Stage Capitalism Summary: Experience & meditation have shown Rachel Cook that the dysfunction in tech/finance is about an imbalance of masculine/feminine energy in all humans, & therefore in the things they build. Rachel believes crypto can help us transcend this, & will share how. Bio: Rachel Cook is the founder and CEO of Seeds, which allows anyone to redeem a token to ask for money - and receive it as a gift - with no strings attached. Seeds competed in Techcrunch Disrupt Battlefield in 2016, went through Techstars in NYC in 2015, and is a 2014 alum of Boost VC, the Bitcoin-focused startup accelerator. While working in Kenya to get Seeds set up on the ground, Rachel once spent the night in a Nairobi jail. Prior to founding Seeds, Rachel directed and produced The Microlending Film Project, a feature documentary exploring the impact of microloans on women, which was shot on 4 continents. The film was the Feature Presentation at the Chicago Social Change Film Festival in 2012. Before that, Rachel was a career-profitable futures and equities trader in Chicago and New York. She is a 2006 graduate of Duke University, and has been nomadic for several years now, but is super pumped to find a more permanent home in Pasadena soon. Twitter: @seedstweets Email: [masked] www.seedsgives.com Sign up to receive 10 free Requests for Help

  • How Crypto + Feminine Energy Can Transcend Late-Stage Capitalism

    Topic: How Crypto + Feminine Energy Can Transcend Late-Stage Capitalism Summary: Experience & meditation have shown Rachel Cook that the dysfunction in tech/finance is about an imbalance of masculine/feminine energy in all humans, & therefore in the things they build. Rachel believes crypto can help us transcend this, & will share how. Bio: Rachel Cook is the founder and CEO of Seeds, which allows anyone to redeem a token to ask for money - and receive it as a gift - with no strings attached. Seeds competed in Techcrunch Disrupt Battlefield in 2016, went through Techstars in NYC in 2015, and is a 2014 alum of Boost VC, the Bitcoin-focused startup accelerator. While working in Kenya to get Seeds set up on the ground, Rachel once spent the night in a Nairobi jail. Prior to founding Seeds, Rachel directed and produced The Microlending Film Project, a feature documentary exploring the impact of microloans on women, which was shot on 4 continents. The film was the Feature Presentation at the Chicago Social Change Film Festival in 2012. Before that, Rachel was a career-profitable futures and equities trader in Chicago and New York. She is a 2006 graduate of Duke University, and has been nomadic for several years now, but is super pumped to find a more permanent home in Pasadena soon. Twitter: @seedstweets Email: [masked] www.seedsgives.com Sign up to receive 10 free Requests for Help