F50 invites top startups to Connect Lounge to showcase to hundreds of investors

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We are opening applications to participate at the F50 Connect Lounge during the Global Capital Summit on September 21!

The F50 Connect Lounge offers a platform to highlight the latest cutting edge technology companies and demonstrate their products. With only 12 tables total in the lounge, exhibitors will have a unique spotlight to showcase their technologies to over 500 investors, corporate venture executives, asset managers, and CEOs from top technology companies.

We welcome applications from all growth-stage companies in the AI, Robotics, IoT, HealthTech, DeepTech, and other verticals. Applications will close on Thursday, September 7th.


Use code ” ​SVENETWORK ” for 50% off all ticket types

The startup must have raised a venture round led by a local top VC or a public company. 
Round – Pre-Series A to C
Sector – DeepTech, HealthTech, IoT, AI/Robotics, and others
F50 Connect Lounge details:
  • One cocktail style table top with 12 square foot spacing
  • Visibility to 500+ attendees, including over 350 VC executives
    • Newsletter promotion: a brief introduction of all founders at Connect Lounge through the F50 mailing list with over 40,000 subscribers
  • A private deal room where exhibitors can pitch to a select group of investors
  • F50 Concierge service where a Connector will be assigned to understand your business and help connect you with strategic contacts
    • The $5,000 cost includes two complimentary tickets and one Industry Insider pass
If you have any questions about the F50 Connect Lounge application process, please email
F50 Residence Program
F50 is looking for a few amazing people to join our Residence Program as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) or Investor in Residence (IIR) on a part-time basis. The main responsibilities will be searching and evaluating potential amazing startups, and engaging investors in the ecosystem broadly for a our primary products. Find out more here.
About the Global Capital Summit
The Global Capital Summit (GCS) is an exclusive, bi-annual gathering where the most forward-thinking global investors meet Silicon Valley’s leading venture capitalists, asset managers, and CEOs of the most promising private growth companies. The program extends over two full days and includes highly interactive sessions covering top technology and investment trends, along with post-series B company presentations by proven entrepreneurs who are leveraging innovation to build large businesses. GCS will also include a private VIP reception where attendees can enjoy high-level networking with both speakers and fellow attendees.
David Chao is the Co-Founder & General Partner at DCM Ventures. He has been listed as one of the top venture capitalists in Asia and the U.S. by Forbes Magazine since 2004 and was named to the Forbes Midas List Hall of Fame in 2016.
Paul Holland is a General Partner at Foundation Capital. He has helped to generate over $13B in market capitalization in his operating career. He invests in the IT, consumer, and digital energy sectors.
Roy Bahat is the Head of Bloomberg Beta, a venture fund solely backed by Bloomberg L.P. that is recognized as the #2 investor in AI.
Sandy Carter is the VP of Amazon Web Services. She is consistently recognized as one of the most influential and powerful women in technology.
Steve Stevanovich is a leading Chicago philanthropist who sits on the Board of Governors at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the oldest and largest U.S. national lab.
Detlef Pohl is a Managing Partner at Siemens Venture Capital, the venture arm of a global powerhouse in the fields of industry, energy, and healthcare and for infrastructure solutions.
Grant Allen is Senior Vice President of ABB Technology Ventures, the strategic venture capital unit of ABB (NYSE: ABB).

Founder Bootcamp’s Demo Night for Investors: Oct 3rd

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Oct 3rd, Founder Bootcamp will host its first Demo Night for investors. This event is free for investors. We already have more than 15 accredit investors registered. Investor registration at : (verification needed)

Besides the Founder Bootcamp founders, we are looking for few more amazing founders who has angel or VC funding to present. To apply the presentation at the bootcamp:

This event is free to accredit investors, and cost $100 for non investors

Tentative Agenda:

3PM: Pitch Review (presenter only)

4PM: Mentoring / Investor Panel (presenter only)

5PM Keynote

5:15PM: Pitch start

6:30PM: Investor Review Panel

7PM Reception & Food

Here are all the mentors / instructors for the boocamp:

• James (Jim) F. Jensen, Partner, Perkins Coie

• Bill Reichert,  Managing Director, Garage Ventures

• Naeem Zafar, serial entrepreneur, faculty of UC Berkeley, UCSF, Ozyegin University and LUMS

• Anil Advani, Managing Partner, Inventus Law

• Lu Zhang, Fusion Fund founding partner, also know as NewGen capital

• Mei Xu, Partner, CPA, Moss Adams, LLP

• David Cao, Founder & CEO F50, Host of Startup Tea Talk, Founding Partner, F50 Ventures

• Li Sun, Bessmer venture partner

• Susan Hobbs, Partner at CrunchFund

• Canice Wu, Vice President of Corporate Innovation at RocketSpaceAnu (Anurag)

Nigam,Former Angel Investor, Former Serial Entrepreneur Turned Professional Startup Advisor

• Sumeet Jain, Co-Founder & General Partner at Luma Capital Partners

F50 & Google Developers Presents: Founder World 2015

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Join over 10,000 Entrepreneurs at SF’s largest grassroots startup conference

Date: October 27-28

Location: Pier 27, San Francisco

RSVP Here:

Founder World is the largest startup and investment ecosystem conference in the world for founders, developers and members of the broader entrepreneurial community. Join fellow founders from all stages and get matched with the resources, education and people you’ll need to help build your startup. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, grow and share your business!
F50 and Google will be powering this event at Pier 27 overlooking the beautiful San Francisco Bay. The agenda includes expos, demos, a huge job fair and a chance to compete for a spot in F50’s Season 6 Summit! Attend educational workshops, watch investor panels, keynote speeches and join in on interactive activities to teach you how to navigate your startup journey.

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F50 Just Closed More Than $2 Million in Seed Round Funding

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Online Platform Private Beta Scheduled to Launch in June 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, June 15, 2015 — F50, a private co-investment platform, announced today the successful close of its seed round for more than $2 million from a group of investment funds and angel investors. The company will use the funds to grow its team, particularly by adding developers to launch its online platform, and to expand its network of investors.

F50 has built a private network to help 1000+ investors from around the world access and share great deals. Simultaneously, F50 has helped many members of its 230+ selected founders in their seed or angel round.

“We founded F50 last year on top of Silicon Valley’s largest entrepreneur community to connect founders by providing them access to a global network of smart capital,” said David Cao, Founder & CEO of F50. “Our relationships with key influencers in the startup community, including corporations like Google and accelerator programs like StartX, have been very helpful in our success to date.”

“F50 is supporting the startup ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs with strategic investors globally. It’s great to have received such strong support from our diversified strategic partners,” said Bill Reichert, Co-founder of F50 and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures.

The company’s founding team includes Eric Ly, the Co-founder and former CTO of LinkedIn, as well as Tel Iiu, the former EVP of Tencent. F50 will host a series of private, offline-to-online events for its Network members this June, including an invitation-only F50 Season 5 Summit in downtown San Francisco to showcase 100 startups across eight major verticals to more than 400 investors worldwide.

About F50

F50 is a private co-investment platform that connects a network of high-quality founders with smart capital. F50’s curated platform of select early-stage startups provides deal flow for member investors. The easy, fast submission process together with regular, live-pitching events provides an ideal way for founders to secure early stage capital quickly from a global base of smart investors. For more information, visit

Contact: Allison Carleton
Public Relations
Phone: (415) 323-6581

We’ve selected seven gaming startups to pitch next Thursday evening in SF!

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Join us on Oct 9th Thursday @Pivotal Labs in San Francisco.

Judge of Panel

• Patrick Mork, EIR at Signia, X-Googler, Disruptor, C-level Start-Up Builder

• Ann Burkett, Venture Partner at F50

• Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat

Pitching Startups

• ZRDS Games: Mobile phone entertainment for Kids

• Figure Of Speech: Cards Against Humanity Reinvented for Mobile

• Asylum Labs: Innovative Mobile Social Casino games

• Resonant Games LLC: Video chat with educational games and activities

• Senetur: Platform to allow game teams and studios to find talent, prototype faster, decrease time to market, and connect publishing opportunities outside of conferences

• Hero Systems & Mechanics: Developing a mobile game that connects to a physical toy swords. A mobile apps powers two opposing toy swords. During a toy sword fight NFC and bluetooth signals are sent between them and their mobile apps and a winner is determined

•  Sending.iO: We focus on using Email to help game developers acquire, retain, and monetize their users.

  • Patrick Mork, EIR at Signia, X-Googler, Disruptor, C-level Start-Up Builder

Multi-cultural, multi-lingual start-up senior executive. Worked in US / Europe / LATAM and speak 4 languages fluently.

Former global head of marketing for Google play; worked in 5 start-ups including one as CEO / co-founder and two more as board advisor. 14 Years experience in mobile content / mobile games / app retail and distribution.

Currently EIR at Signia seeking CEO / No2 role in a high growth start-up in mobile content, education, health or consumer services where strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurial drive (mixed with a bit of “madness”) can help make a significant impact for a company with big ambitions.

  • Ann Burkett, Venture Partner at F50

Ann Burkett is a Venture Partner with with F50 Venture focusing on and recommending game companies for investment in the 500k and 2Million range. She has run Game Dojos which was the original incubator for Plain Vanilla Games “Quizup” which has over 200million active users and recently raised $20Million from Sequoia Capital, with participation from all existing investors, including Tencent, Greycroft Partners, IDG Ventures, BOLDstart Ventures, CrunchFund. Game Dojos also had in its class Focused Apps LLC a small independent whose Hit Tennis games have been downloaded over 30million times. A developer by training her team also worked on games which have had up to 10million active users. She loves unique and independent games and teams that can be crafted to also be successful and has been known to show up to Gamesbeat in bad teeshirts.

She currently also founded and runs the HTML5 Developers Conference which is the currently the largest JavaScript/HTML5/CSS/node.js technology focused conference in the world. She also founded and runs IOTAconf Internet of Things Conference. HTML5Devconf, IOTACconf and will be held at Moscone Center SF in San Francisco on Oct 20, 21 with training the following week.

  • Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat

“I’ve been a business journalist since 1988. most of that time i’ve focused on technology journalism. In 2002, I published a book on the making of the Xbox, “Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft’s Plan To Unleash an Entertainment Revolution.” My second book, “The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft’s Next-Generation Video Game Console,” launched in 2006. The information is at Now I’m a lead writer on the digital media blog at”
Specialties:video games, computer hardware, chips, digital media

Bibs Won Pitch Demo Day(Consumer Mobile) Followed by Staytuned

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Winner’s Introduction:

Bibs: bibs is a platform for modernizing running events.

Go here for Angellist Profile


Bibs ties together online registration, rfid chip timing and result sharing into a single platform.

For athletes and spectators, bibs is a mobile app to sign up for events, receive times and results and share with their friends. For event organizers, bibs is a powerful tool that connects event registration, timing and management into a single platform and allows them to connect with partners and sponsors.

Bibs has:
– The top race results app in the United States
– The world’s first universal RFID platform for sports timing
– The official app of multiple top 100 events in the US

Bibs raised an angel investment from two industry leaders and is currently looking to grow more.

Galen Danziger, CTO at Bibs.


Galen has an educational background in Computational Physics and experience in numerical computing/algorithm design. He worked at multiple gambling software companies and a wearable company building a fitness tracker, then moved to help founding bibs.

Job Openings at Bibs:

We are hiring a frontend developer, with these qualifications:
– Very comfortable with javascript, (angularJS framework in particular)
– Responsive design for mobile/desktop applications
– Backbone/mobile experience also desirable
– Interested in running/athletic events

Runner up’s Introduction:

Staytuned:  Staytuned is a context aware user interface that provides users with the right apps at the right moment, directly on their lock screen.

Go here for Angellist Profile


Staytuned collects devices’ hardware (sensors) and software (usage of mobile apps) data to learn from the users and predict their future
behavior. It provides users with a direct access to their most used
applications for every context and with the most suitable applications already available in their devices. Additionally, it works as a platform for app developers increase their loyal users from their already existing user base.

Founder and CEO: Alejandro Garcia Del Bosque


Business techy with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong international background. Founder and CEO of Staytuned, a young startup in the mobile industry based in Palo Alto. Previous experience in cross-border M&A/Fundraising operations in the TMT industry and business development at a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. Networks in the US/Germany/Mexico.



Pictures from the event:


Judges with winners and runner up


Thanks everyone for coming yesterday!

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Thanks PubNub for sponsoring us great venue and food!


Meet with Ted Kraus, Adam Gold, Ryan Bloomer, Mike Loftus and David Cao at Saturday’s Pitch Demo Day

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When: 9AM – 12:30PM Aug 16th Saturday

Where: InnoSpring, 2901 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA

Check out here for selected startups’ profiles!

Judge Panel List

  • Ted Kraus, Managing Partner at Tech-Rx Ventures
  • Adam Gold, Founder at Espial Ventures
  • Ryan Bloomer, Managing Partner at Momentum Accelerator
  • Mike Loftus, Startup Executive & Angel Investor at F50
  • David Cao, Startup Hunter, Angel Investor at F50

Judge Panel Bio

Ted is a Managing Partner at Tech-Rx ( where he focuses on commercializing consumer products and technologies in the energy, biotechnology and web industries.  Prior to Tech-Rx, he was a Principal at 8 Rivers Capital ( where he managed deal flow and due diligence for potential investment opportunities and developed commercialization strategies for NET Power, ParkIntuit and Hemosonics. In 2011, he Founded BUYSTAND (merged), an ECN and trading platform for consumer goods, where he served as COO from 2011 – 2013.  Early in his career, Ted was a Technology Analyst for Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment network in the US. He received an MBA from Loyola Marymount and a BS in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. In 2013 Ted completed the Executive Program in Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.
He lives in Silicon Valley and is an avid snowboarder, runner and mountain biker.

Adam Gold, Founder at Espial Ventures

Espial Ventures was launched to invest in the next generation of leading companies with a keen focus on backing imagination and innovation. Prior to Espial Ventures in 2014, Adam founded Espial Capital in 2012 to capitalize on the tectonic shifts underway across the global public equity technology, media, and telecommunication (TMT) universe. Espial’s strategy capitalizes on powerful tailwinds and headwinds that result in behavioral changes in consumption, distribution, retailing, and computing, across dozens of electronics, services, and digital and physical product categories. Adam previously ran money at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co (GGHC) in New York, which he joined in 2008. GGHC managed $5B in capital with a focus on global growth investing. Prior to GGHC, Adam worked at Coatue Management, a $10B fund with a focus on global TMT investing, which he joined in 2007. Adam began his career at EnTrust Capital in 2001 as an Intern and Summer Analyst, and became a full-time analyst in 2005, where he covered all of EnTrust’s TMT investments. Graduating early with numerous honors and distinctions from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2004, Adam holds a B.S. Magna Cum Laude with double-majors in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Journalism & Mass Communication. Adam is also Chairman of the Espial Foundation, which he started in 2013 to invest in the next generation of student leaders and innovators. The Foundation’s core tenet: TECH (Technology | Education | Children | Health) is an investment in a more innovative and skilled workforce, and a more vibrant economy.

Ryan Bloomer, Managing Partner at Momentum Venture Partners 

We invest and grow leading mobile startups from around the world.

Mike Loftus, Startup Executive & Angel Investor at F50

David Cao, Startup Hunter, Angel Investor at F50