San Francisco Founder Day Recap!

Our SF community showed up in full force for Founder Day!

The value-packed day started with a Fundraising Masterclass by Leslie Feinzaig, Founder & Managing Director, Graham & Walker Venture Fund.
Fernanda Baker, Director, VC & Startup Partnerships at Zendesk, led a CX Guide for Startups presentation.
Esther Zhi (far right), Business Development Manager at Dell for Startups, moderated a panel discussion with (from left to right) Kelly Caviglia, Shayna Modarresi, and Mike Lederman from Bridge Bank on Startup Banking.
Our partners at Cooley (from left to right) Noel Ripberger-Scheick, Associate, and Sepideh Mousakhani, Associate, covered Legal for Early Stage Startups: Incorporation, Equity, and Fundraising. (Moderated by Divya Kakkad, Partner, Graham & Walker).
Our last Founder Day workshop was on Fundraising Bias and led by Lily Xu, Underrepresented Founder Startups, and Kristy Brackett, Senior Sales Leader – Startups from AWS.

Throughout the day, founders had the opportunity to meet 1:1 with prominent investors from Magnify Ventures, Precursor Ventures, Fuerza Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Acrew Capital along with our partners at Cooley, Bridge Bank, Dell for Startups, Zendesk, and AWS. Thank you to all of our inspiring mentors!

The evening began with an Investor Panel with Heidi Patel (2nd from left), Managing Partner of Rethink Impact, Joanna Drake (2nd from right), Co-Founder, Managing Partner of Magnify Ventures, and Leslie Feinzaig (far right), our Founder & Managing Director of Graham & Walker Venture Fund. The conversation was moderated by Natasha Mascarenhas (far left), VC & Startups Reporter of The Information.

The happy hour at the end of the day sparked meaningful conversations and lasting connections between founders, investors, partners, and friends. (See more photos below).

Thank you to all who joined us to make the day so substantive and inspiring.

Featured speakers:

Leslie Feinzaig, Founder & Managing Director, Graham & Walker Venture Fund

Fernanda Baker, Director, VC & Startup Partnerships, Zendesk

Esther Zhi, Business Development Manager, Dell for Startups

Kelly Caviglia, Senior Vice President Head of Startup Banking, Bridge Bank

Shayna Modarresi, Senior Vice President, Venture Debt Investor, Bridge Bank

Mike Lederman, Senior Vice President, Regional Market Manager, Bridge Bank

Noel Ripberger-Scheick, Associate, Cooley

Sepideh Mousakhani, Associate, Cooley

Divya Kakkad, Partner, Graham & Walker

Lily Xu, Underrepresented Founder Startups, AWS

Kristy Brackett, Senior Sales Leader – Startups, AWS


Heidi Patel, Managing Partner, Rethink Impact

Joanna Drake, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Magnify Ventures

Leslie Feinzaig, Founder & Managing Director, Graham & Walker Venture Fund

Natasha Mascarenhas, VC & Startups Reporter, The Information

Learn more about our speakers here.


Meet our mentors here!

Thank you to our airlines partner, Alaska Air, for enabling us to go on this roadshow!

Thank you to the team at AWS Startup Lofts for the beautiful, bright venue and for all the support behind the scenes.

A huge thank you also to Reenie Raschke Photography and Polly Martini Events.

This day would not have been possible without the generous support of our amazing partners at Zendesk, Dell for Startups, Cooley, Bridge Bank, and AWS.

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