Vator Splash Back in Oakland to Host Tech Influencers, VCs, Entrepreneurs on May 12

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Mitch Kapor, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and investors representing $40-plus billion in assets under management will be joined by an audience of 1,000.

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"The Vator team has done a tremendous job gathering leading innovators from around the world as well as local entrepreneurs and investors here in Oakland," said Mitch Kapor, partner at Kapor Capital.

Vator Splash Spring is back and bigger. On May 12, 1,000 blue-chip tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, media will gather at the third annual Vator Splash event held in Oakland. Splash is an one-day event that gathers tech innovators and financiers for a day of learning, inspiration, discussion and networking. Oakland mayor, Libby Schaaf will give welcome remarks.

Even though it’s belt-tightening times for many in the venture capital industry, VC funds raised $12 billion in the first quarter, their best three months in a decade, according to NVCA. At Splash Spring, hundreds of investors are expected, and the speakers alone represent $40-plus billion of assets under management.

Splash is proud to help bring that investment heft to Oakland and put a spotlight on the tech scene with Oakland’s Rising Stars, hosted by City of Oakland, Visit Oakland and the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, showcasing top local startups that everyone should know.

Local sponsorship support has been tremendous, underscoring Oakland’s appreciation for the Splash event. Sponsors include: Kapor Center for Social Impact, City of Oakland, Visit Oakland, Oakland Chamber of Commerce, The Port Workspaces, Wendel Rosen, Avison Young, Illuminate Ventures and Better Ventures. Mitch Kapor will be opening up the event with a Fireside Chat that will allot significant time for audience questions.

"The Vator team has done a tremendous job gathering leading innovators from around the world as well as local entrepreneurs and investors here in Oakland," said Mitch Kapor, partner at Kapor Capital. "We are pleased to have been supporters from the beginning."

Other longstanding Splash sponsors include KPMG, Javelin Venture Partners, Bread and Butter Wine, Scrubbed and Stratpoint.

At Splash, you can join in on the discussions about the hottest areas of innovation and where investors are placing their bets.

Highlights and topics include:

The sharing economy and on-demand revolution. Speakers include Oisin Oharan, Founder and CEO, Handy; Art Agrawal, Founder and CEO, YourMechanic; Julien Smith, Founder and CEO, Breather; Justas Janauska, Founder & CEO, Vinted; Sean Behr, Founder and CEO, Zirx; Ivan Tsybaev, Founder and CEO, Trucker Path; Jen O'Neal, Founder & CEO, Tripping.

Firesides, and Splash Talks. Breakouts. Speakers include Mitch Kapor, Founder, Kapor Center for Social Impact; Josh Stein, Partner, DFJ and Rolfe Winkler, Wall Street Journal Reporter; Andy Dunn, Founder and CEO, Bonobos; Sarah Leary, co-Founder, NextDoor; Nigel Eccles, Founder & CEO, FanDuel and Paul Martino, Partner, Bullpen Capital; Brett Wilson, Founder & CEO, TubeMogul.

Surviving an evolving venture business and the outlook for venture. Speakers include Eva Ho, Partner, Susa Ventures; Alex Rosen, Partner, IDG; Zach Ware, Parter, VTF Capital, Paul Willard, Partner, Subtraction Capital; Matt Oguz, Partner, Palo Alto Venture Science; TX Zhuo, Partner, Karlin Ventures; Erik Rannala, Founder, Mucker Capital; Jules Maltz, Partner, IVP.

Judging tomorrow's Facebook! Judges include Josh Elman, Partner, Greylock; Erik Moore, Partner, BaseVC; Jed Katz, Partner, Javelin Venture Partners; Cindy Padnos, Partner, Illuminate Ventures; Wes Selke, Managing Director, Better Ventures; Keval Desai, Partner, InterWest Partners; Ben Ling, Partner, Khosla Ventures.

Who's behind FinTech funding? Speakers include Jay Reinemann, Partner, Propel.VC; Alex Davidow, Partner, Core.VC; Ben Savage, Managing Director, Clocktower Ventures; Todd Kimmel, Partner, Montage Ventures.

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About Vator Splash:

Vator Splash, the international startup competition and event series, bringing together entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs and high-tech influencers to discuss the current state of technology, innovation and investment. Vator Splash events have been held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London and Oakland.

About Vator

Vator (short for innovator) is an awesome business network dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs and investors. Vator consists of, the online network with 150,000-plus members; VatorX - a platform to help filter for great startups; Vator Investment Club - made up of Vator investor members who invest in Vator-curated startups; Vator Media, which includes VatorNews, a provider of analysis, commentary, and news about innovation and venture capital.

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