Pitch Night & Investor Panel Discussion With Shasta Ventures ($1b) & Sand Hill Angels

Date: Monday, February 25 2019

Pitch your startup to Rachel Star of Shasta Ventures and Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels at our Pitch Night and Investor Panel Discussion on Monday February 25!

Shasta Ventures has more than $1B under management including over 30 successful exits from companies such as Dollar Shave Club, Mint and Nest to name just a few. Shasta Ventures invests in enterprise and consumer companies with a deep focus on emerging platforms.

Jim Connor is an investor at Sand Hill Angels, one of Silicon Valley’s largest angel investment groups, with over 170 investments to their name.  Jim is also a successful entrepreneur, having sold his previous company SymPro, Inc., to JP Morgan Chase & Co. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of the Angel Capital Association, the largest angel professional development organization in the world.   

Dinner and drinks are provided.  Free parking available.
Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket now.


The event will start with a round-table discussion where our investors will talk about the fundraising process and what it takes to successfully fundraise, and take questions from the audience via our online portal. Pre-selected startups will pitch to the investor panel for 5 minutes with their slide deck, followed by feedback and Q&A from the investor panel. 

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.

If you are a startup founder or entrepreneur, this is an event you don’t want to miss! 


Apply using the link below for an opportunity to pitch your company to the investor panel.  You must purchase a General Admission ticket to submit your pitch deck for consideration. All pitch deck submissions must be in a PDF format.  


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. There are a limited amount of pitch slots available, so submit your pitch deck now for consideration.


During the investor panel you will have the opportunity to ask the panel your questions, just follow the steps below:

  • Submit your question to our online question portal – meet.ps/PitchNight either before or during the startup event
  • Upvote the questions you want to have asked.
  • If your question is selected, you’ll have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your company to our investor panel before asking your question.
  • 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.

Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket now.


6:00pm – 7:00pm    Registration and Networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm    Investor Discussion & Startup Pitches
8:00pm – 8:30pm    Meet the Investors and Network


Monday, 2/25/2018


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.

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Rachel Star
Shasta Ventures

Shasta Ventures is a leading early-stage venture capital firm partnering with bold creative entrepreneurs who have a deep focus on emerging platforms. Founded in 2004, Shasta Ventures has more than $1B under management investing in enterprise and consumer companies including Anaplan, Apptio, Dollar Shave Club, Eero, Mint, Nest, Nextdoor, Smule, Turo, and Zuora.

Rachel Star holds a B.S. degree Engineering from Northwestern University with a double major in Manufacturing and Design, Psychology. Prior to joining Shasta Ventures, Rachel was part of the Corporate Strategy team at Nordstrom and a  consultant with McKinsey & Co., focusing on consumer brands, retailers, supply chain, and manufacturing.


Jim Connor
Sand Hill Angels

Jim is an investor at Sand Hill Angels and has been investing in and advising emerging technology companies since 2007.

He is the CEO of First Focus Learning Systems and Producer/Host of the talk show Game Changers Silicon Valley. He serves as a board member of Liftopia, Tabtor, KMVT Silicon Valley Media, the Angel Capital Association and Startup Learning. He currently serves as President of First Focus Learning Systems and was previously President of JPMorgan SymPro providing treasury and portfolio management software solutions.




Matt Day
Founder & CEO, Founders Floor

Matt is Founder and Managing Director of Founders Floor, a coworking accelerator for tech startups that provides a startup ecosystem to help companies build their businesses, accelerator their growth and increase their probability for success.  

Matt is a four-time founder himself, his companies have varied from developing in-store analytics by applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to consumer behavior data, to creating leading technology in interactive digital advertising. Twenty years ago, Matt’s first startup was one of the first ever e-commerce sites to sell socks apparel online. From these experiences, Matt now enjoys helping other startups launch and grow their companies.

Though Matt has called Silicon Valley home for almost 20 years, he grew up in Iowa, earning his B.A. degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa.


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: www.foundersfloor.com/disclaimer

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