Exit Strategies Debated

Oxford style debate: Exit by acquisition is new norm, plan for it.

We’re launching VLAB’s Debate Series, a lively Oxford style debate, sponsored by PwC. To weigh the costs and consequences for you, your employees, and your current investors, out team of our world-class investing firms, and a leading law firm debate the proposition “Exit by acquisition is the new norm. Plan for it.”

This is for you if you are a C-level startup executive in growth stage, contemplating exit strategies. You pose questions to the debaters, You determine the outcome.

This event is invite only. If you would like to be considered or nominate someone, send that person’s name, company, and email to debates@vlab.org.

Where and When:

Quadrus Conference Center,

2400 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025

May 11, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Debate Chair

Stephanie Zeppa, Sheppard Mullin, Partner, Corporate & Securities Practice Group

Debate team For the motion

Tricia Salinero, Woodside Capital Partners, Partner and Managing Director

Elliott Robinson, Microsoft Ventures, Principal

Debate team against the motion

Kempton Dunn, Morgan Stanley, Managing Director

Jonathan MacQuitty, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Venture Partner

Why attend

  1. Get insights and war stories from leading investors in the Valley.
  2. Put your questions to the debaters. Get opposing views.


6:00 to 6:30 PM – Social with wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres

6:30 to 6:40 PM – Welcome and introductions

6:40 to  8:00 – Oxford style debate

  • Audience Poll
  • Opening arguments
  • Audience questions
  • Closing arguments
  • Post audience polls

8:00 to 9:00 – Social with wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres

About VLAB

VLAB is a non-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship. Since 1990 VLAB is known for its monthly forums where startups founders, VCs, and thought leaders debate upcoming disruptions. Past panel participants have included CEOs and founding executives from companies such as Yahoo!, Tesla Motors, Siri, Google, Tellme, Mint, Cloudera, and LinkedIn, before they were household names. Learn more.

About PwC

With over 223,000 people in 157 countries, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) is one of the world’s largest professional services networks. With a corporate purpose to “Build trust in society and solve important problems”, PwC is organized around 3 primary business lines: Assurance, Advisory, and Tax / Legal.  PwC’s people work tirelessly to serve their clients around their most pressing issues, while also enhancing their own professional experiences and development.  PwC is a VLAB Platinum sponsor.  Learn more at www.pwc.com.






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