I'm excited to attend Collision Conference May 5-6 in Las Vegas. One of the big highlights is their ability to put together an all star speakers list, including some of the most successful venture capitalists and angel investors in tech. After scanning the list, here's my picks on the must-see investors of Collision 2015:
Bing Gordon, Kleiner Perkins: A former executive at EA, Bing heads the ProductWorks initiative at the fund, helping bring entrepreneurs with key success partners. He serves on the board at companies such as: Amazon, Ouya, Zazzle, and Zynga.
Jim Breyer, Breyer Capital: Jim has a long list of companies he's been involved in, including Marvel, Facebook, Walmart, and Dell. As an accomplished venture capitalist, he's been involved with Etsy, Circle, and Legendary Entertainment.
Josh Elman, Greylock Partners: Josh started his career building, "startups." Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin are a few of these startups. At Twitter, he focused on user acquisition, growing the user base 10x. Josh's deal flow includes companies, Nextdoor, Path, and Meerkat. He focuses on what he knows best--social networks, and has the capabilities to guide and mentor his investments into hyper-growth.
Mark Suster, Upfront Ventures: An entrepreneur who sold several startups pre-investor role, Mark is known for giving no-nonsense practical advice to startups who are building great teams and working on traction. He's a prolific blogger, publishing contributor, and a mentor at Tech Stars.
Matt Mazzeo, Lowercase Capital: Partners with Chris Sacca, Matt started his career at Creative Artists Agency, where he began forming partnerships between Silicon Valley and Hollywood. He was involved in startup projects like Funny or Die, WhoSay, and Moonshark. Now he manages a portfolio that includes Uber, Twitter, and Stripe.
Tim Draper, Draper Triangle: Involved early in email advertising, Tim Draper is widely recognized as one of the innovators of "viral marketing." He's launched an affiliate network of venture funds in nearly every major city in the United States, and he's created an accelerator program called Draper University.
Brian Schreier, Sequoia Capital : Getting his start with the formerly small, privately held Google, Brian is known to be a young, hands on investor, helping his investments land great teams. One of his most impressive deals is Dropbox, which may go IPO in 2015, and can also boast of Hearsay Social, Qualtrics, Thumbtack, and Trulia in his portfolio.
Mark Terbeek, Greycroft Partners: Based out of LA, Mark focuses on online media and video investments with a portfolio that includes ZEFR, AwesomenessTV, DramaFever, Machinima, Bladelogic, Kontiki and VPNet Technologies. Mark has a background in both entrepreneurship and consulting, and should give great insight into online media investments.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!