July 19, 2024
The complete TC Early Stage 2024 agenda is here! | TechCrunch


We’re excited to reveal the complete agenda, packed with keynote stage speakers and interactive roundtable sessions. From fundraising insights to growth strategies, join us as we navigate the startup landscape together at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 on April 25 in Boston.

Don’t miss out — secure your spot now for an unforgettable experience of learning, connection, and inspiration. Prices go up at the door!

The Agenda

Women in Tech Sunrise Breakfast: How AI Is Impacting Founders

  • Lily Lyman, Partner, Underscore VC
  • Rudina Seseri, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
  • Milo Werner, General Partner, Engine Ventures

Selecting the Right Accelerator or Incubator

  • Emily Knight, President, The Engine Accelerator

The Ins and Outs of Seed Funding — Roundtable

Sponsored by: Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Spencer Ricks, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Naomi Smith, Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Dan Hoffman, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Stephen Ranere, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Adapt & Thrive: Mastering the Chameleon Mindset — Roundtable

Sponsored by: Prepare 4 VC

  • Christopher Dube, Chief Innovation Officer, Prepare 4 VC
  • Jason Kraus, CEO, Prepare 4 VC

Preparing to Raise: Cap Table Best Practices to Help You Close Fast

Sponsored by Fidelity Private Shares

  • Kristen Craft, Vice President and Business Partner Manager, Fidelity Private Shares
  • Laura Stoffel, Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
  • Melissa Withers, Founder and Managing Partner, RevUp Capital

Exiting via M&A: What Acquirers Are Looking for and How You Can Prepare for a Successful Acquisition — Roundtable

  • Dana Louie, Senior Manager, Corporate Development, HubSpot

Grabbing Investors’ Attention in a Competitive Market: Tips for Early-Stage Startups — Roundtable

  • Sergey Gribov, Partner, Flint Capital

From Inception to Cash: How I Wandered into an Idea and Jump-Started a Company

Sponsored by HomeHQ.ai

  • Oliver Palnau, Co-founder & CEO, HomeHQ.ai
  • Vinny Romano, Co-founder and COO, HomeHQ.ai

Archetypes for Product-Market Fit

  • Jess Lee, Partner, Sequoia

PR 101 for Founders: Branding Strategies to Win Over Investors, Customers and Partners — Roundtable

  • Edith Yeung, General Partner, Race Capital

Never Raise VC Money (and How to Keep More of Your company if You Do) — Roundtable

  • Jake Cohen, Partner, Vinyl Capital

How to Build an MVP and Navigate the Startup-Industrial Complex

  • James Currier, General Partner, NFX

Building the Investor Relationships You Need — Before You Need Them and in the Right Way

  • Lily Lyman, Partner, Underscore VC

Product Myth Buster: The (Actual) Right Time to Hire a Product Leader as an Early-Stage Company — Roundtable

  • Rachel Weston Rowell, SVP, Onsite Product & Tech Center of Excellence, Insight Partners

Scaling Through Chaos: The Art & Science of GTM

  • Paris Heymann, Partner, Index Ventures

How to Raise Money and Come Out Alive

  • Tom Blomfield, Group Partner, Y Combinator

Getting to Series A: Common Pitfalls to Avoid as a Founder

  • Alex Kayyal, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Hard Tech for Early-Stage Founders: HAX Invests in Startups Solving the Hardest Problems in Climate, Industrial Independence, and Healthcare

Sponsored by HAX

  • Susan Schofer, SOSV Partner and HAX Chief Science Officer, HAX
  • Sabriya Stukes, SOSV Partner and IndieBio Chief Science Officer, SOSV
  • Duncan Turner, SOSV General Partner and Managing Director of HAX

How to Intelligently Calculate Your TAM and Wow Investors

  • Tobi Coker, Deal Partner, Felicis
  • Julia Neagu, Co-founder and CEO, Quotient AI
  • Nabiha Saklayen, Co-founder and CEO, Cellino

How to Evolve Your Tech and Staff Strategies for Future Rounds

Sponsored by Sand Technologies

  • Brad Stanton, Managing Director, Sand Technologies

Early-Stage Fundraising: Convertible Notes, SAFE and Series Seed Financing

  • Rebecca Lee Whiting, Founder and Fractional General Counsel, Epigram Legal P.C.

The VC Pitch Blueprint: Strategies for Success

  • Sara Choi, Partner, Wing Venture Capital

Racing the Clock to $1M In ARR: Best Practices for Learning Fast from Launch Partners

  • Rudina Seseri, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures

Finance Fundamentals Before Your First Finance Hire: A Founder’s Guide to Navigating Early Financial Decisions

  • Dan Kang, VP of Finance, Mercury

So You Think You Can Pitch?

  • Paris Heymann, Partner, Index Ventures
  • Rachel Weston Rowell, SVP, Onsite Product and Tech Center of Excellence, Insight Partners
  • Edith Yeung, General Partner, Race Capital



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