Mat Kaliski (Rubicon Venture Capital)

Apr 21, 2020, 9:00 – 10:00 PM

Join your friends at Startup Grind NYC for a unique virtual fireside chat with Mat Kaliski from Rubicon Venture Capital, as well as a chance to network with fellow entrepreneurial quarantiners. Hear from Mat about his passion for building communities, especially for underrepresented founders. You'll also learn about how to prepare and position your startup for a fundraise once the markets re-open.

Virtual event

About this event

This April, AWS and Startup Grind are partnering to bring you Mentorship Month. Mentors provide helpful advice, support, and feedback throughout your startup journey – both during the high times and the low. 

Join your friends at Startup Grind NYC for a unique approach to a virtual fireside chat with Mat Kaliski, Principal at Rubicon Venture Capital, a generalist fund that invests in Late Seed and Series A rounds of enterprise and omni-channel consumer companies. Mat is passionate about building and mentoring a diverse and inclusive tech community, and he is also a co-organizer of Founders Friday and the founder of FirstGeneration VC, a community committed to supporting immigrant and first generation founders.

Hear from Mat about his passion for mentorship and what mentorship means in our personal lives and to our work. He'll also share his experience in building communities, especially for underrepresented founders, as well as how to prepare and position your startup for a fundraise once the markets re-open. You'll also learn how to build a community to support underrepresented founders in NYC.

Bonus: this virtual event will feature a networking portion for you to get to know your fellow entrepreneurial quarantiners!

RSVP to receive the webinar link via email prior to the event.

This #SGVirtual event is free to attend. However, you have the option of choosing a donation-based ticket to support the team behind these programs. Your support is tremendously appreciated and helps us continue to host unique events that provide tangible value, even when circumstances are... challenging.

Exclusive application for 1:1 Mentorship with an AWS expert

As a Startup Grind community member, you are invited to apply for our exclusive AWS + Startup Grind Mentorship Program as part of Mentorship Month.

Selected applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one mentor session to get guidance on how to grow and develop your business and allow you to get first-hand advice from experts in your field. We offer 5 distinct mentoring tracks that you can choose from, including Fundraising, Product, Marketing, Sales, or Strategy & Ops, and you will get paired with an AWS expert in the field of your choice. All sessions are held remotely, and the program is completely free for all participants.

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  • Mat Kaliski

    Rubicon Venture Capital




Tuesday, April 21, 2020
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM UTC


Welcome + Announcements
Fireside Chat w/ Mat Kaliski
Community Shoutouts + Virtual Breakout Networking


  • Joshua Ness


    Director, Startup Grind NYC

  • Tova Feldheim



  • Adrian Plesca



  • Jenny Sumeragi

    CEO & Founder, JS Global Investment

  • Ami Berger

    Startup Grind

    VP of Happy Hours

  • Valencia Tong

    Columbia Venture Community

    Global Board Member and Marketing Lead

  • Alex Koshykov


    Events Team

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Dell Technologies

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