Angel Track

A masterclass and community for angel investors who are just getting started.

Applications for the Spring 2018 session are now closed.
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This spring, First Round will bring together 15 exceptional operators in San Francisco who want to get started or level up as angel investors. Modeled after our Product Program, Angel Track invites you to learn from some of the most insightful and successful early investors in the business, exchange ideas, tactics and advice with each other, and practice the craft of investing through real fundraising discussions with entrepreneurs.

Hands-on experience for operators who want to become standout investors.

From April to June, Phin Barnes, Anita Hossain, and Ben Cmejla will host evening sessions every other week — each split into two parts. The first will be led by accomplished investors, sharing their experiences and advice. The second part will provide an opportunity to collaborate with your peers in actual fundraising conversations. As small breakout teams, you'll meet with founders, discuss them as investment opportunities, and even decide if you want to invest personally. After each pitch, you'll receive feedback on your preparation, questions and analysis from the entrepreneur, session organizers, and each other.

 

Topics We'll Explore, Together

 
 

The Program Guides

 
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Ann Miura-Ko

Partner at Floodgate

Ann has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding FLOODGATE, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey & Co.

Some of Ann’s investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, JoyRun, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth. Given the success of her investments she was on the 2017 Midas List of top 100 venture capitalists. She has a BSEE from Yale and a PhD from Stanford in math modeling of computer security.

 
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Charles Hudson

Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures

Charles is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an early­ stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies.

Prior to founding Precursor Ventures, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC. In this role, he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. In addition to his investment activities, he supports SoftTech portfolio companies on business and corporate development matters. He was also the Co-founder and CEO of Bionic Panda Games, an Android­ focused mobile games startup based in San Francisco, CA.

 

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Elad Gil

Angel Investor and Co-Founder at Color Genomics

Elad is a serial entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor or advisor to private companies such as Airbnb, Coinbase, Gusto, Instacart, Optimizely, Pinterest, Square, Stripe, Wish. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman of Color, a digital health company focused on democratizing access to genetics and preventative health.

Prior to Color, Elad spent time at Twitter as the VP of Corporate Strategy and running various product teams (Geo, Search), having arrived via the acquisition of MixerLabs where he was Co-Founder and CEO. He spent many years at Google, where he started the mobile team, was involved in three acquisitions (including of the Android team) and was the original product manager for Google Mobile Maps and other key mobile products, which are now used by hundreds of millions of people a month.

Prior to Google, Elad had product management and market seeding roles at a number of Silicon Valley companies and worked at McKinsey & Co. He received a Ph.D. from MIT and BS and BA from UCSD.

 
 
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Keith Rabois

Partner at Khosla Ventures and Co-Founder at Opendoor

Keith has a unique background as an entrepreneurial executive and investor. Since 2000, he has been instrumental in driving five startups from their early stages to successful IPOs. He has provided seed capital to another ten companies that are currently valued at over $1 B, including Airbnb, Lyft, YouTube, Wish, and Yammer.

Since March 2013, Keith Rabois has served as a senior partner at Khosla Ventures. He specializes in funding early-stage companies with a primary focus in consumer, financial services and health care innovation. At the same time, Keith co-founded Opendoor, a startup which transforms the painful process of selling a home into a delightful and immediate experience. At KV, Rabois has led investments in a broad array of startups including, DoorDash, Stripe, Thoughtspot, Affirm, Even Financial and Piazza.

Keith began his career in the industry as Executive Vice President of Business Development & Public Policy at PayPal, later acquired by eBay and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn and as chief operating officer of Square.

 
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Jana Messerschmidt

Co-Founder #Angels

Jana was formerly the Vice President of Global Business Development and Platform at Twitter. She was responsible for partnerships at Twitter, including business development, enterprise sales, developer relations, partner engineering, platform operations, as well as platform marketing and strategy. Prior to joining Twitter in 2010, Jana was director of business development at Netflix, where she focused on mobile and consumer electronics partnerships. Earlier in her career, she worked at DivX and AT&T. She has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 
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Alfred Lin

Partner at Sequoia Capital

Alfred is a Partner at Sequoia Capital and works with inspiring founders focused on disrupting the mobile, marketplace, commerce, consumer services, and online-to-offline sectors. He currently represents Sequoia on the boards of Airbnb, Dia, DoorDash, Houzz, Stella & Dot, and Zipline and was previously on the Board of Achievers, FutureAdvisor, Humble Bundle, and Shopular (Ebates/Rakuten).

Prior to joining Sequoia in 2010, Alfred was fortunate enough to be associated with a variety of successful upstarts and served as COO/CFO of Zappos, VP of Finance and Business Development of Tellme Networks (MSFT), and VP of Finance of LinkExchange (MSFT). Alfred also co-founded Venture Frogs, LLC and invested in companies such as Ask Jeeves, MongoMusic, MyAble, OpenTable, Tellme and Zappos. Alfred has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford.

 
 
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Jessica Verrilli

Co-Founder #Angels

Jessica was the VP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Twitter where she led the company's consumer focused M&A and strategy efforts. Over her 7 year+ tenure she led 20+ acquisitions and drove key strategic initiatives for the company. She also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Prior to Twitter Jessica held investment roles at Google Ventures (as a Partner) and Venrock (as an Associate).

Jessica graduated from Stanford University where she was a Mayfield Fellow and Division 1 varsity lacrosse player. She loves the Bay Area although the Pacific Northwest will always feel like home.

 
 
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Megan Quinn

General Partner at Spark Capital

Megan is a General Partner at Spark Capital, focusing on growth investments. She specializes in working with world-changing entrepreneurs to design, build and scale transformative consumer products and companies.

Prior to joining Spark in 2015, Megan was a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she led a number of the firm’s early-stage and growth consumer investments. Megan joined KPCB from Square, where she was Director of Products, leading strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences.

Before Square, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in marketing, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and launch of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products. Megan received her degree in Political Science and History from Stanford University

 
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Rob Hayes

Partner at First Round

Rob joined First Round as a partner in 2006, opening up the firm’s San Francisco office. Over the past ten years, he has led investments in companies such as Mint (acquired by Intuit), GNIP (acquired by Twitter), Square, Uber and Planet Labs. Rob invests across categories, with his interests spanning financial tech, the sharing economy, meal delivery, and consumer hardware. He is constantly exploring new areas, and enjoys working with founders who push the boundaries of existing markets.

Prior to joining First Round, Rob became the first venture investor at Omidyar Network, the investment firm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. While there, he led most of the initial venture capital deals and later built and ran the technology investing group. Before that, Rob worked at Palm, where he product managed Palm OS during the heyday of Palm products (Palm III, Palm V, Handspring Treo). He also started the company’s corporate venture fund and managed the strategic spinoff of PalmSource.

 

Angel Investments Made by our Guides

 

FAQ

1. Who should apply?

Anyone interested in getting started or improving as an angel investor in technology startups should apply. You might have started a company, worked at a fast growing startup or somewhere larger. You should be excited about backing the next wave of entrepreneurs.

2. Do I need to be an accredited investor to apply?

No. While investing in startups requires you be accredited, you don't need to be an accredited investor to take part in this program.

3. Do I need to have made angel investments before?

No. We're expecting several participants will be completely new to angel investing.

4. Where are the sessions held?

All the sessions will be held in-person at First Round's San Francisco office.

5. When are the in-person sessions?

Sessions run from 6pm-9pm on the following Thursdays: April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17, May 31, June 14.

6. What if I can't make all the sessions?

 We strongly encourage everyone to attend all sessions. We ask about this in the application and it will be a deciding factor.

7. Do I receive any investment capital as part of being in the program?

This program is focused entirely on education and community. We will not be providing capital to participants.

 

Have more questions?  Email angeltrack@firstround.com.

 

Applications for the Spring 2018 session are now closed.
Sign up to be the first to hear about future Angel Track programs.


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