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All Star Coffee is back!

It's a new year and it's time to start thinking BIG! Come join us for coffee and learn strategies from an all star panel of VC's and tech entrepreneurs on how to grow your business and take it to the next level. This year's panel is Saar Gur (General Partner at Charles River Venture Funds), Tom Katis (Founder and CEO of Voxer), and Will Quist (Partner at Slow Ventures).

This fireside chat will be moderated by Lane Merrifield, co-founder of FreshGrade and Club Penguin. The panel will be sharing their stories and answering your questions on ways to grow your company. It is bound to be one of the most inspirational coffees you'll have this year! Reserve your spot now.

Saar Gur is general partner of CRV, an early stage venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. He loves working with founders who are working on high impact businesses and helping them succeed. As an investor, Saar has been involved in early investments into companies such as Patreon, Oportun, Ring, DoorDash and ClassPass. He has also been involved in many acquisitions in the past few years including: MileIQ (acquired by MSFT), Viki (acquired by Rakuten), Orchestra/Mailbox (acquired by Dropbox) and Admob (acquired by Google). Prior to joining CRV, Saar also helped found Brightroll (acquired by Yahoo). Saar earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). Outside of work, Saar loves to kitesurf, teaches at the Stanford GSB and lives in Palo Alto with his wife and two kids. Saar is a Fellow of the 2017 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Will Quist is a Partner at Slow Ventures, an investment firm that has made hundreds of seed and later-stage investments since its formation in 2011. Among its many notable deals are Pinterest, AngelList, TaskRabbit, Nest Labs, Evernote, and Nextdoor. Previously, Will was a managing director responsible for originating, valuing and managing the secondary investments for Industry Ventures after working his way up from an associate position over the course of 5 years. Prior to joining Industry Ventures, Will worked as an Analyst with Banc of America Securities working on private capital raises, with an emphasis on growth capital in the Media, Technology and Healthcare sectors. Prior to Banc of America, Will served as an editor for the AlwaysOn Network, where he covered technology startups and was responsible for selecting the AO 100, a list of the 100 most innovative private companies. Will earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tom Katis is the founder of Voxer, LLC, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Voxer is a hybrid between a walkie-talkie and a Group Messaging App. It formally launched in May 2011 and has grown to millions of active users. Tom also co-founded Triple Canopy, a security company that he bootstrapped into an international business with over 7,000 employees. He remains Chairman and the largest shareholder. He is a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets). During his military service, Tom earned the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s badge. After 9/11, Tom put his business career on hold to re-enlist in the Army. He returned to active duty with a Special Forces team and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003. Tom was an 18E and received extensive training on all significant military communications systems. Tom was a Vice President at Netcentives, which built large-scale consumer marketing systems. As a Vice President at Citicorp, Tom was one of the founders of the Internet and ecommerce group and was the head of Internet Payment System development. He is a graduate of Yale University with a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics.



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