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Jason Nazar
Wednesday, May 11

Jason Nazar

Comparably

Jason Nazar is an active tech entrepreneur, investor, and writer. Jason is the Co-founder and CEO of Comparably, the online platform to understand compensation and culture. He was the co-founder and CEO of Docstoc (Acquired by INTUIT), the premier content site to start, grow and manage small businesses.

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Tracy Chou (Pinterest)
Thursday, May 26

Tracy Chou

Pinterest

Tracy Chou is a software engineer at Pinterest. She has worked on the home feed and recommendations team, was tech lead on the ads and web teams, and worked on infrastructure, API, email, and growth. Prior to Pinterest, she was an early engineer at Quora. Tracy helped pioneer the wave of tech company diversity data disclosures with a '13 Github repository collecting numbers on women in engineering. She was named Forbes Tech 30 under 30 in 2014 and has been profiled in Vogue and WIRED for her work. Tracy has her M.S. & B.S. from Stanford University.

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Brian Garrett
Tuesday, June 28

Brian Garrett

Crosscut Ventures, StyleSaint

Brian is the Founder & Managing Director of CrossCut Ventures, the company-building capital of LA & a catalyst for innovation across the SoCal Tech ecosystem. CrossCut has a $75M fund to invest in early-stage startups. Brian is the co-founder of StyleSaint, a CrossCut portfolio company. Previously, Brian was partner at Palomar Ventures, and prior to Palomar Brian drove turn-around at Quepasa.com.

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Marc Hemeon

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Amit Kapur

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TX Zhuo

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Chirag Chotalia

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Lewis Howes

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Paige Craig

Paige Craig

Dylan Boyd

Dylan Boyd

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

Josef Gorowitz & Scott Dudelson

Josef Gorowitz & Scott Dudelson

Monica Dodi

Monica Dodi

Eva Ho

Eva Ho

Cody Simms

Cody Simms

Adam Lilling

Adam Lilling

David Lee

David Lee

Keyvan Peymani

Keyvan Peymani

Tracy DiNunzio

Tracy DiNunzio

Scot Rubin

Scot Rubin

Robert Tercek

Robert Tercek

Mark Suster

Mark Suster

Peter Samuelson

Peter Samuelson

Ed Ulbrich

Ed Ulbrich

Simon Mainwaring

Simon Mainwaring

Wade Eyerly

Wade Eyerly

Thom Kozik

Thom Kozik

Thom Kozik

Christian Jacobs

Christian Jacobs

Aaron DeBevoise

Aaron DeBevoise

Tracy DiNunzio

Tracy DiNunzio

Gabriele Gresta

Gabriele Gresta

Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis

Brian Norgad

Brian Norgad

Rich Raddon and Zach James

Rich Raddon and Zach James

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3 Things I Learned From Gary Vaynerchuk

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of interviewing serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and 3 time NY Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk in front of a sold out crowd in Santa Monica at Startup Grind LA. For those of you who don’t know, Gary is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs of our time. He began his career by growing his family’s wine business from $3 to $60 million, co-founded one of the hottest ad agencies in VaynerMedia which is now worth over $65 million and growing, angel invested in some of the world’s best companies (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, and many more,) and wrote 3 NY Times best-selling books. He is a true hustler and practioner of what he preaches. Gary is one of the only entrepreneurs with an actual fan base so I knew I had to really deliver for this interview to be special.

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Go It Alone or Join the Pack?

As the founder of a new startup, you will be faced with myriad decisions early on, many of them crucial. One of these is where to set up shop, and it is likely that you will be advised to go with one of four options: working at home, a coworking space, an accelerator/incubator, or moving directly to your own leased office space. Although you will need to choose one of these, it might be good to remember the old adage “always look before you leap” before making the move. Taking a realistic look at which stage your company is in, and what resources are needed to keep it afloat is a good beginning.

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What I've Learned as a Solo, Female Founder in Silicon Valley

DON’T BE BASIC
On 4/20, I woke up in Motel 6, my cat pacing back-and-forth on the bed and my anxiety level hovering just below panic. No, this wasn't an early start to a 420 weed infused bender, it was my first day of 500 Startups. As I prepped for the day, the words of "encouragement" my uncle gave me the night before echoed in my head, “Are you sure you want to do this? I'm really not sure your business is a good idea. Wouldn't it be easier to marry a rich guy or sell insurance? We’re all waiting for you to have kids.” Yes, I’m 31 and my eggs might be shriveling up. Noted. After blasting a bit of Kanye and snapping a quick selfie to capture the last of my Venice Beach babeness (before this program makes me look like Obama) - I headed to the Mountain View.

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