VC Perspectives: A Journey from Innovation to IPO


“I’ll be speaking passionately about what it takes create a startup from scratch that can go all the way to IPO!” – Captain Hoff

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You have an idea and start a startup wanting to change the world for the better. While exciting, startups are also challenging. You face problems in funding, product-market fit, talent acquisition, and scale-up.

If you are among the lucky few crossing the chasm, your company becomes a known brand and attract attention from the media, customers, and capital. Now what? IPO may be a natural choice for a startup. What about other exit options?

For this event, we have invited two of the veteran investors, Steve Hoffman and David Lane, to talk about the startup journey from innovation to a successful exit. Steve and David will share their experience working with entrepreneurs and learnings from the best.


6:30-7:00pm Social and light dinner
7:00-8:00pm Panel Discussion
8:00-8:30pm Q&A
8:30-9:00pm Make Elephants Fly Book Signing and Networking


Steve Hoffman: Eminence Ventures
David Lane: Daimond Head Ventures

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The Book (United States)

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Make Elephants Fly reveals the process of radical innovation. Drawing on case studies from the most innovative startups in Silicon Valley, this step-by-step guide shows you how to develop, validate and launch your next huge idea.

Why It’s Important

In today’s world, everyone will need to innovate to stay competitive. It doesn’t matter if you’re a startup founder, corporate executive, small business owner, freelancer or professional, there’s a technology out there that’s going to upend your industry. And if you aren’t able to harness it to your advantage, someone else will. Innovation is no longer an option–-it’s the price of admission into the business world.

What You’ll Learn

The book is designed to help you implement the same innovation methodologies and processes as Silicon Valley startups. It will teach you exactly how startups come up with breakthrough products and services. What are the methods entrepreneurs use to innovate? How do you structure innovation teams? What are the best ways to identify and vet new ideas? What does it take to foster a culture of innovation? And how can you put in place a process of innovation throughout your organization?

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