ASK THE VC | Mar Hershenson | Pear Ventures


Date: March 26 2019

This is your opportunity to quick pitch your startup to Pear Ventures and ask those burning fundraising and startup questions.

Understanding the fundraising process and how to grow your startup is difficult. This new, interactive event gives you the opportunity to ask those burning questions to a well known VC, and to give your startup’s elevator pitch and potentially create a relationship with this VC firm.

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

See below for event details.  Dinner and drinks are provided.


Mar Hershenson is a Founding Managing Partner at Pear Ventures, a venture capital firm based out of Palo Alto, California.  Founded by immigrants, Pear focus on seed and early-stage tech startups, and have invested in marquee companies such as Doordash, Gusto, Branch, Mattermark, Guardant Health, and many others. Read more >


#1) Submit your question to our online question portal – either before or during the startup event.

#2) Upvote the questions you want to have asked.

#3) 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, as a warm follow-up after the event is always better than a cold email later.

#4) 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 to your own circumstances.

#5) Network with the VC and your peers before and after the event.


Click here to submit your questions:


6:00pm – 7:00pm 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, 3/26/2018


6:00pm – 9:00pm


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.

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OUR VC | Mar Hershenson |Founding Managing Partner, Pear Ventures

Mar Hershenson is a Founding Managing Partner at Pear Ventures, a venture capital firm based out of Palo Alto, California.  Founded by immigrants, Pear focus on seed and early-stage tech startups, the founding managers historically seeded early stage tech startups such as Dropbox, Lending Club, Zoosk, Addepar and Path. Since founding Pear Ventures four years ago they have invested marquee companies such as Doordash, Gusto, Branch, One Concern, Guardant Health, and many others.

With a PhD from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering, Mar brings operational and technical expertise to the Pear investment team. Before cofounding Pear, Mar was a startup cofounder for three startups in the mobile/e-commerce, enterprise software and semiconductor industries. Through her experience, Mar has a wealth of experience as a founder, as well as a VC.

Mar has been recognized by MIT Technology Review as a Top Innovator Under 35, named a Champion of Innovation by Fast Company, included by EE Times in its listing of the Top 10 Women in Microelectronics, and awarded the Digital Automation Conference’s Marie R. Pistilli Achievement Award.


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.


By participating in this Founders Floor Event, you agree to this liability disclaimer:

Pitch Night & Investor Panel Discussion With Ignition Partners & Sand Hill Angels
Founders Floor, 2 N 1st St,San Jose,CA-95113
Starting on
March 6, 2018
Ending on
March 6, 2018
Join us for our Pitch Night and Investor Panel Discussion with Preeti Rathi of Ignition Partners and Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels. Selected companies will have 5 minutes to pitch their company, including slide deck, to the investor panel. Questions and feedback from the investor panel will follow for an additional 5 minutes. The event will start with a round-table discussion where our investors will talk about the fundraising process and what it takes to successfully raise funding. Whether you are attending as an audience member or have been selected to pitch, all attendees can learn from these investors, their quality feedback and unique insights. Connect with these investors afterward during general networking, and create a relationship with them and their firms.
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