Mark your calendar! StrictlyVC's second and final INSIDER event of 2018 takes place Tuesday evening, September 25th, at the elegant third floor offices of Norwest Venture Partners at 2 South Park Street in San Francisco. If you want to mingle with some of the smartest operators in the tech-investing ecosystem and catch up with friends, you won't want to miss it.
1.) Juul founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees have quietly become among the most influential designers in the world, having created one of the first vaporizers (Ploom), a widely favored cannabis vaporizer (Pax), and now Juul, a nicotine vaporizer that is challenging companies like Philip Morris for supremacy in the multi-billion-dollar cigarette market.
We'll talk with them about their wild, 14-year ride, their design philosophy, and where they see the company heading. We'll also discuss the challenges and controversies they've been facing in navigating emerging regulatory hurdles.
2.) Ask anyone about the most disruptive force in Silicon Valley and the broader tech industry, and the answer is simple: it's SoftBank and its $93 billion Vision Fund, a vehicle that may well be one in a series.
We'll talk with Managing Director Jeff Housenbold and Investment Director Anna Lo about how they pick and choose what companies to fund, along with many other aspects of the Japanese conglomerate's strategy -- and its massive ripple effect throughout the venture industry.
3.) David Rogier is the cofounder and CEO of MasterClass, the immensely popular, four-year-old online class platform that has been able to snag a dizzying array of celebrity instructors, like cooking maestro Gordon Ramsay, ace tennis star Serena Williams, and famed director
How did Rogier manage to create what has become the Netflix of e-learning? What's the company's greatest threat? And what's on MasterClass's road map? We'll talk with him about these issues and much more.
4.) Renée DiResta has spent years studying the growing magnitude of the disinformation problem — and what can be done about it, including as the head of policy for Data for Democracy, and more newly as the head of research for New Knowledge, a startup helps companies figure out why they're under attack. Congress has been listening to her; Bradley Tusk, the startup "fixer," investor, and longtime political strategist, will talk to DiResta about the upcoming midterm elections -- and what we might see happen.
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The StrictlyVC INSIDER Series fee is $105 per person and includes access to the featured interviews, along with the following social gathering. Hope you can make it for a night of top-notch content, great networking, and delicious food!
This event is now sold out. You can join our waitlist here.