Fireside Chat with Ignition Partners: Founder Turned VC Insights

Date: May, 2 2018

Don’t miss VC, Nick Triantos of Ignition Partners at this exclusive Fireside Chat & Networking startup event.

With just about every startup career under his belt, Nick’s wisdom stems from years of success as the highly technical guy, the entrepreneur and the investor. He’s been a founder and CEO twice. He’s helped grow NVIDIA from less than 40 people to a $4 billion company as their Chief Software Architect. He turned to angel investing, and now we’re fortunate to have Nick with us in San Jose in his current role as Venture Partner at Ignition Partners.

Ignition is a well-known VC firm in the Bay Area that invests in startups at Seed and Series A stages. They’ve had over 60 successful exits and are actively investing out of the their fifth fund of $200 million.

You’ll hear Nick’s unique insights from his vast experience on what to expect from the fundraising process, helpful advice on managing your startup’s growth and meeting investor expectations. As well as plenty of time for your questions in an informal environment.

Below are just a few of the many topics we’ll be discussing:

  • How to manage the transition from being a highly technical founder to a well rounded business CEO.
  • As CEO/Founder of two startups with successful exits, Nick will provide tips for how to manage rapid growth in your company.
  • Shared experiences in helping to grow NVIDIA from $0 Rev. and 30 employees to $4 Bill Rev. and 2,000+ employees over 8 years.
  • Raising funding is not the end-goal, but building a big company is. What to do after you raise funding and what to expect.
  • What expectations investors have through different rounds of funding, from Angel, to Seed, to Series A.
  • And much more, including your questions!

If you are a startup founder or entrepreneur, this is a talk you do not want to miss!

Dinner and drinks are provided.  Free parking available.


Founders Floor is a co-working accelerator for tech startups in San Jose. We host regular, informative startup events in the Bay Area, bringing entrepreneurs and industry experts together to learn and network. Find out more about our accelerator program here or our other upcoming startup events here.


6:00pm – 7:00pm – Dinner and Networking
7:00pm – 8:30pm – Fireside Chat
8:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking

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Wednesday, 5/2/2018


6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Founders Floor

2 North 1st St., 5th Floor

San Jose, CA 95113

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Nick Triantos


Ignition Partners

Nick Triantos, VC at Ignition Partners, joined the firm in 2016. He has been in the software industry since 1992 and, most recently, Nick was managing director of the ventures team at SRI International, the research firm behind inventions ranging from Siri to the computer mouse to Arpanet (the predecessor to the internet). Nick focused on the software research labs, which cover areas ranging from artificial intelligence & machine learning to cybersecurity to computer vision and VR / AR to speech recognition and natural language understanding.

Nick has previously co-founded two companies and has been CEO twice. He has worked at 6 startups, and he has raised more than $10M dollars from investors. Nick co-founded ionGrid, which built software used by numerous Fortune 100 companies to enable tablets and smartphones to securely access corporate files and information. ionGrid was acquired by NetApp (NTAP) in 2013. Earlier in his career, Nick was one of the first software engineers at NVIDIA and became chief software architect as the company rose to make $4 billion per year.

Free street parking

Abundant street parking is available for free after 6:00 p.m. in downtown San Jose. Streets closest to Founders Floor with free street parking are Santa Clara St., North Market St. and St. John St.

Free parking garage

Founders Floor will provide a 2 hour free parking voucher to the Market & San Pedro Square Parking Garage. This garage is only one block away from Founders Floor. It’s located at 45 N. Market St., between W. Santa Clara St. and W. St. John St. Upon check-in at the Founders Floor event, make sure you ask for the 2 hour free parking voucher.

Public transportation

VTA Light Rail is right outside our building, and runs every 20 minutes making public transportation fast and easy.  Both the Mountain View-Winchester and the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa VTA light rail stop at the Santa Clara Station(s) which is located just a block away.

Refund Policy

You may request a refund up to 48 hours before the event. Unfortunately, any refunds requested less than 48 hours before the event cannot be honored. Thank you for your understanding.


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