Startup <> Investor meetings: Introducing SURGE Office Hours

Startup <> Investor meetings: Introducing SURGE Office Hours

December 8, 2015 by Eoghan McNeill

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Our flagship event Web Summit is now the most important gathering of startups on the planet. Forty startups that exhibited with us in 2014 have now raised over $1 billion.

We find that our Office Hours scheme is one of the most effective elements of the Web Summit startup experience.

We’re bringing it to SURGE.

Office Hours is a way for SURGE startups to meet some of our attending investors.

At these sessions we provide a dedicated on-site meeting space and pre-schedule back-to-back 15-minute meetings between our startups and some of the world’s leading investors.

To give an idea of the kind of people who get involved, check out some of the investors who’ve taken part in Office Hours at our previous events:

Dave McClure – Founder – 500 Startups

eaf Dave is speaking at SURGE where he’ll be joining discussion in our Startups Track and more.

He’s a founding partner at 500 Startups, a fund that has invested $100 million over the course of 1,000 investments, holds $170 million in assets, and has produced two unicorns.

Dave met startups as part of Office Hours at our European event Web Summit.

Peter Thiel – Managing Partner – Founders Fund

eaf Peter first gained attention for innovations in banking and startup finance.

Today he is known as the mentor of the PayPal mafia of entrepreneurs, as well as for his warnings of a coming technology deficit with severe economic consequences.

He works to accelerate innovation to prevent such a crisis by identifying and funding promising technology ideas and by guiding successful companies to scale and dominate their industries.

Jenny Lee – Managing Partner – GGV Capital

eaf Jenny has been recognised by Forbes for four consecutive years in the Global Top 100 VC Midas list and most recently in 2015 as the top female venture capitalist.

She was #10 on the 2015 Midas list, the first time a woman has broken the top 10 and the highest ranking ever for a woman in the history of the list.

Jenny spoke at our Hong Kong event RISE this summer and also took part in Office Hours.

Shervin Pishevar – Co-Founder – Sherpa Capital

eaf Shervin was a “rookie VC” with Menlo Ventures when he made one of the most important investments of his life at Web Summit 2011.

He signed papers with Uber’s Travis Kalanick after a pint in a Dublin pub – Menlo leading Uber’s $37 million Series B.

Shervin joined us at Web Summit this year for a Centre Stage talk and has met with startups during Office Hours.

Mark Suster – Managing Partner – Upfront Ventures

eaf Mark has gotten involved with Office Hours at both Web Summit and our US event Collision.

He’s a two-time entrepreneur – Koral and BuildOnline – turned venture capitalist.

Mark joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 as a General Partner after selling his company to Salesforce.

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About the Author

Eoghan McNeill
Eoghan is a former journalist from Donegal on Ireland’s north west coast. In his spare time, he enjoys reading things he hasn’t written.