Founders’ Series:
The Next Wave of Venture


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As the investment from major VC funds into Series A rounds and subsequent growth rounds continue to get larger, we are witnessing the emergence of new funds for smaller, earlier-stage companies. To fill this need, some VCs have formed new funds. Is this a “back to our roots” movement or a new wave in the VC community?

With an amazing track record of helping multiple startups become some of the biggest players in their respective industries, Mamoon Hamid has joined Kleiner Perkins to show that big can be nimble, too. In this special Founders’ Series event, Mamoon will share his insight and experience. Founders seeking financing will hear about various options and the consequences, and a few select founders will have the opportunity to get individual counseling about their unique challenge.

Join us on June 6 to hear more about the next wave of venture funding.

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Our Panelists

Mamoon Hamid, Partner, Kleiner Perkins

Prior to joining Kleiner Perkins, Mamoon was a co-founder and general partner at Social Capital. Mamoon has been an early investor in and served on the boards of some of the most innovative software companies of recent times including Slack, Box, Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), Intercom, and Netskope. Prior to Social Capital, he was a Partner at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP). Mamoon started his Silicon Valley career at Xilinx where he spent six years in various engineering and business roles. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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

Stephanie has extensive experience representing both private and public companies in mergers and acquisitions, investments, strategic transactions and corporate governance matters. She also represents emerging growth companies, founders, and institutional and strategic investors with the formation, financing, and exits of emerging growth and technology companies.

She serves clients in the software, life sciences, and digital media industries. Her clients describe her as “an excellent negotiator” with a “broad understanding of issues.” (Chambers USA Northern California: Venture Capital and M&A).

Stephanie serves as an advisor to VLAB, Astia, and UCSF CTSI’s Catalyst Awards Program. She received her J.D. from UC Hastings and her B.A. from Pepperdine. Stephanie enjoys running, stand up paddle boarding, and riding bikes with her kids.

Sheppard Mullin’s Emerging Growth practice is a leading advisor to start-ups in the United States, Europe, and Asia. With 780 attorneys in 15 offices across the globe, we provide “one-stop” legal services to help an emerging company grow.


Ticket Includes Food and Drink

San Francisco
(Address will be sent to registered attendees.)

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Reception: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fireside Chat: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

About the VLAB Founders’ Series

Founders’ Series events provide a unique opportunity for startups and technologists to take part in an interactive session. Come prepared with your burning questions!

If you would like to have the rare opportunity to take the “Hot Seat” on stage to receive feedback from the speakers, please be sure to enter your question in the field below. Startup founders selected for the “Hot Seat” will be notified in advance.

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