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Brian Weisfeld author of The Startup Squad — August 27th, 2019


Kids and adults join WAFFA for an evening with Brian Weisfeld, founder and author of The Startup Squad, and a Wharton grad. The Startup Squad, is a multi-platform dedicated to empower girls to realize their dreams. Brian will be signing copies of the recently released first book in The Startup Squad series, which has been described as THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB meet LEAN IN. We will discuss everything from having the courage to follow your dreams to how to learn from failure. Brian will share how he as a parent to two girls share the ups and downs of his journey from COO to startup founder and author.

Date: Tuesday Aug 27th
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Location: Dandelion Chocolate, 2600 16th Street (@ Alabama/Rescue Row), San Francisco, CA 94103


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Sandra Shpilberg, Founder & CEO of Seeker Health – July 18, 2019

Sandra will talk at this session about the state of the healthcare industry, which broadly encompasses any tool, service or product with which a patient may interact to seek a diagnosis or treatment, and the opportunity exists to bring technologies that are currently in adoption mode in other industries (tech, gaming) into healthcare.

Healthcare follows when it comes to tech adoption; it doesn’t lead. This presents the opportunity to take proven successful technologies adopted in other industries and bring them to healthcare in customized ways. It also presents the opportunity to find new technologies that increase the efficiency of the healthcare system. In this talk you’ll learn about:

  1. Healthcare as follower
  2. Buyer types and influence
  3. B2B business models that work

As well as: Exit Strategy – Making the most of a once in a lifetime opportunity to sell your business; Mindful startup – Key lessons for periods of high output and creativity.

More about Sandra:

Ms. Shpilberg is the Founder of Seeker Health. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Seeker Health offers breakthrough digital patient identification technology to accelerate drug development and commercialization for biopharmaceutical companies. Since starting the company in 2015, Ms. Shpilberg developed a breakthrough software product, filed a US patent, and built a team which serves 40+ biopharmaceutical companies to accelerate clinical trial enrollment in rare diseases and oncology. During this time, the revenue of Seeker Health doubled each year and profit tripled. In September 2018, EVERSANA the leading independent provider of global services to the life science industry acquired Seeker Health, in an all cash deal. Ms. Shpilberg continues to lead the company.

Prior to this successful entrepreneurial pursuit, Ms. Shpilberg held executive roles at biopharmaceutical companies. She served as Vice President of Commercial Development and Strategic Marketing for Nora Therapeutics, and as Executive Director at BioMarin Pharmaceutical where she led the commercial launches of NAGLAZYME and KUVAN, and advanced PALINZIQ from Phase 2 to Phase 3.

Medical Marketing & Media named her a Top 40 Healthcare Transformer, and she was a featured speaker at 2018 SXSW. She’s originally from Uruguay, speaks fluent Spanish, and brings a global approach to her work and impact. She holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: 2479 E. Bayshore Drive, Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Cost: $10

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Fireside Chat & Happy Hour at Women’s Fund, AVG – April 2nd, 2019

 

Join us April 2nd at the Alumni Ventures Group office in San Francisco for a special fireside chat and happy hour with Gail Gilbert Ball, Senior Partner of the new Women’s Fund and Managing Director of Chestnut Street Ventures. Gail will speak about her journey to venture and the new AVG Women’s Fund. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Gail in San Francisco! Plus Happy Hour!

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Date:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019 
Time:
  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Spaces Mission and 3rd95 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost:
 Free, but you must register to attend.

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The New Old Fashioned -Smitten Ice Cream Founder Robyn Sue Fisher is Not Your Typical Silicon Valley Startup and is on a Mission to Make The World’s Best Ice Cream – April 30, 2019

Balancing technology and old time ways, join Shannon Grant, Founder of Deus Capital and Robyn Sue Fisher, Founder of Smitten Ice Cream as she shares her story and her mission to make the absolute best ice cream. Breakfast will include ice-cream sampling, with a discussion on fundraising and Robyn’s journey on bringing a healthy, freshly made product to the consumer.

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Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 
T
ime:  8:30am – 9:30am
Location:
 CANOPY Jackson Square, 595 Pacific Ave, F4, San Francisco
Cost: $10 including breakfast & FREE ice-cream sampling

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Earliest Lessons in Perseverance with Oatly Co-founder Bjorn Oste – June 25th, 2019

Enjoy breakfast and a discussion with Bjorn Oste, co-founder of oat milk brand Oatly and a leading ‘man in the movement’ on his unlikely path to creating the plant-based milk of the moment and on his way to building a billion dollar business.

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Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (previously scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2019)
T
ime:  8:30am – 9:30am
Location: CANOPY Jackson Square, 595 Pacific Ave, F4, San Francisco
Cost: $10 including breakfast

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Know Your Numbers With Eurie Kim, Partner, Forerunner Ventures – June 6th, 2019

Join WAFFA as we host an inspired happy hour with Forerunner Ventures Partner Eurie Kim, WG’09. Common advice for female founders is “Know Your Numbers.” Over the past 15+ years, Eurie has evaluated, invested in, and advised a breadth of companies in their quest to define business models, identify target markets, understand consumer behavior, and overcome operational and competitive challenges to drive growth. She serves on the board of innovative consumer brands Away, Alchemy 43, Curology, MoveWith, ShopShops, The Farmer’s Dog, and others. Hear her perspective on the numbers you need to know.

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Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019Time:  6:30pm – onwards
Location:
 Narvar, 50 Beale St, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Cost: $10

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Alternative Sources of Capital Panel Discussion – June 27th, 2019

Venture capital funding is not the only option to fuel the growth of your startup and for most startups is not the right option. This panel will explore alternative sources of capital and reflect on their strengths and weaknesses.

Melinda Moore and Shruti Shah together with Shannon Grant will share how they are disrupting the traditional funding model and challenging the status quo mindset that VC is the ultimate goal. They will also discuss what questions to ask oneself before talking capital and how women founders can increase their chance of getting funded.

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Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time:  6pm – 7:30pm
Location: WeWork, 1161 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: $10

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Know Your Numbers With Storm Ventures – May 14th, 2019

A common piece of advice for female founders is “know your numbers.” Gain confidence in the metrics you need to know with this new WAFFA speaker series featuring top VCs.

In May, hear from investors at Storm Ventures. Storm invests in enterprise powerhouses like Marketo, Workato, and Mobile Iron. They’re experts in GTM, sales, and SaaS.  Hear  from Ryan Floyd, Founder and Managing Director and Pascale Diaine, Principal at Storm Ventures as they explain the metrics you need to know.

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Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 
T
ime:  6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location:
 Storm Ventures, 3000 Sand Hill Road, Building 4, Suite 210 Menlo Park, California, 94025
Cost: $10 

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