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Featured Session: So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
OCCC Valencia Ballroom

Objective: Inspiration
Audience Level: All
Session Type: Presentation

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur, raise money and build a company? In this session you will hear from Laura Mather, Founder & CEO of Talent Sonar & 2017 Technology Entrepreneurship ABIE Award Winner. Laura has successfully started two tech companies, and will share her entrepreneurial journey. Gené Teare from Crunchbase will share new research on the venture funding landscape and women’s participation as both investors and founders. Plus a panel of leading venture investors will share what they are looking for from the start-ups and entrepreneurs that they fund. Entrepreneurship is an exciting career path and one that more and more women are choosing. Learn more about the risks, rewards, challenges and opportunity of entrepreneurship.


Dr. Laura Mather, CEO and Founder, Talent Sonar
Brian Dixon, Venture Partner , Kapor Capital
Gené Teare, Head of Content, Crunchbase (TechCrunch)
Aileen Lee, Founder and Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder & CEO, Pipeline Angels
JP Mangalindan, Senior Correspondent, Yahoo Finance