ASK THE VC | Manu Kumar | K9 Ventures


Ask our VC your burning startup question and get the opportunity to pitch your startup in this interactive startup event.

It’s difficult for founders and entrepreneurs to reach investors to ask them questions about the fundraising process and your startup.

The ASK THE VC event allows founders to interact directly with a top Silicon Valley VC in an intimate, informative setting.


Manu Kumar is the Founder and General Partner of K9 Ventures, focussing on seed and early-stage startups with close to $100 million under management.

K9 Ventures has some exceptionally notable portfolio companies – Lyft, Twilio, Lucidchart and eShares to name just a few. Read more >


  • Submit your question to our online question portal – either before or during the startup event.
  • Upvote the questions you want to have asked.
  • The questions with the most votes will be selected to ask the VC. Authors of the questions will have the option to ask their question, AND the opportunity to give their 60-second startup pitch to the VC before asking their question. It’s a great way to build an investor relationship, with a warm follow up, rather then a cold email later.
  • The questions that are upvoted the most are unique and relevant to the majority of all founders and entrepreneurs. So try not to be too specific or unique to your own circumstance.
  • Network with the VC and your peers after the event.
What kind of metrics do you want to see from founders?
What’s the best time in a startup’s life to approach VCs for funding?
How do investors find deal flow and quality startups to invest in?


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Registration, networking, dinner and drinks
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Event begins
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Meet the investors and network

Food and beverages will be provided.


Tuesday, 2/26/2018


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Founders Floor
2 North 1st St., 5th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113










Founders Floor provides low cost co-working space and expert mentorship and advisement to early-stage startups. To find out how we can help grow your startup, apply for a tour.

Please Support Our Sponsors

OUR VC – Manu Kumar |General Partner, K9 Ventures

Manu Kumar is Founder and General Partner of K9 Ventures, a venture capital firm based out of Palo Alto, California. K9 Ventures focusses on seed and early-stage funding with notable exits including Twilio, Osmo and Gradescope.

Manu is a seasoned veteran in Silicon Valley, having founded several successful companies in the 1990s and 2000s, as well as attending Stanford University, where he occasionally guest lectures.

With a doctorate in Computer Science from Stanford, and a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Manu well and truly comes from a technical background. He and his investing team at K9 Ventures generally have a preference for working with technical founders and co-founders.


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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