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With Amy Yin (Defy VC), Janelle Teng (VP, Bessemer Venture Partners), Kate Walker (Susa Ventures), Dasha Shunina (Founder, Women Tech Meetup).
Wed, Jun 26, 2024 @ 06:00 PM   Not Known   Werqwise, 149 Montgomery St, 4th Fl
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Drawing from a diverse mix of experience as operators, founders, & now VCs, they'll share their AI investment strategies, emerging fundraising trends, & the art of integrating AI into your pitch, whether you're an AI startup or not. Plus, watch as they give real-time feedback to a select group of entrepreneurs who have been selected to pitch on stage.

Our panel features Amy Yin from defy VC, Janelle Teng from Bessemer Venture Partners & Kate Walker from Susa Ventures, & moderated by Dasha Shunina, Forbes Contributor, Podcast Host & Founder of Women in Tech Meetup.

This is a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, gain valuable insights from successful women leaders, & celebrate the achievements of women in the startup ecosystem. Join us as we come together to champion diversity, equality, & innovation in entrepreneurship.

Tickets can be purchased for the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event Schedule:

6pm: Doors open for networking

6:30 - 7:15pm: Navigating the AI Investment Landscape: Insights from Operators & Founders turned VCs (Panel Discussion)

7:15 - 7:35pm: 3x female founders pitching live to the panel

7:35 - 8:45pm: Networking time

Applications to pitch are now closed.




Amy Yin - defy VC (Venture Partner)

Amy is a Venture Partner at defy VC, a seed+ fund based in Woodside, CA. Her connection to defy runs deep - defy backed as as the solo founder of OfficeTogether, which was successfully acquired in 2022 by Envoy, a billion-dollar workplace management company. Her technical journey spans a decade, with engineering roles at Facebook's an

Janelle Teng - Janelle Teng (Vice President)

Janelle Teng is a Vice President in the San Francisco office where she focuses primarily on early-stage investments in AI/ML apps, data infrastructure, developer platforms, & defense tech. She specializes in applied AI & is passionate about supporting highly technical teams in the earliest stages. Currently, Janelle serves as a board director or observer for Claroty, Coactive, Databook, Ne

Kate Walker - Susa Ventures (Partner)

Kate Walker joined Susa Ventures in 2024 as a Partner based in San Francisco. Kate leads early stage venture investments at the Series A stage & beyond. She focuses on enterprise software, including vertical software & AI infrastructure. Prior to Susa, Kate spent the last five years working in venture at Bessemer Venture Partners & Geodesic Capital. She began her career advising & inve


Dasha Shunina - Women Tech Meetup (Founder)

Dasha Shunina is the Founder of Women Tech Meetup, a regular monthly event held in San Francisco, Miami, & NYC, bringing together female professionals in the spheres of technology entrepreneurship, innovation, & venture capital.
Dasha is a Venture Capital Contributor to Forbes, covering the latest trends in the venture capital world & major tech conferences. She is also a Leadershi


James Gee - Startup Grind HQ & Silicon Valley Chapter (Global Partnerships Manager)

James Gee is the Global Partnerships Manager at Startup Grind HQ who recently relocated to the Bay Area from the UK to immerse himself in Silicon Valley's vibrant tech ecosystem. With both a startup founder & a banking background, James is your go-to guy for all things startups & partnerships, & he loves connecting the dots between founders, investors, & coaches across different fields

Derek Andersen - Startup Grind (CEO)

Derek Andersen is the founder & CEO of Startup Grind, a global community that is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs designed to educate, mentor, & connect entrepreneurs. Founded in 2010 from humble beginnings with only 9 people attending his first event, 4 years later Start up Grind has grown to more than 200 cities, in 85 countries around the world.
After founding Vaporware Labs in

Karlie Valine - Startup Grind (Chief Marketing & Business Officer)

Karlie is Startup Grind's, Chief Marketing & Business Officer. Karlie was Startup Grind's third employee & has been with the organization for ~9 years. She now leads the day-to-day operations of the organization & is responsible for overseeing revenue & growth, all sales & marketing initiatives, & building strategic partnerships. With 10+ years of marketing & events exper



Gunderson Dettmer (
Gunderson Dettmer is the preeminent international law firm with an exclusive focus on the innovation economy. The firm serves market-leading venture capital & growth equity investors & pioneering companies through inception, growth & maturity, as well as groundbreaking public companies that result from the global venture capital ecosystem. The firm's clear-cut focus & well-honed technical skill enables an accelerated pace & unmatched efficiency, delivering best-in-class value.


Werqwise (
At Werqwise, we are changing the way the world works by approaching workspace unconventionally. It's not just about the space, it's about the people & the way they work. Environmental psychology drives our designs & allows us to positively impact businesses by putting people at the center of what we do. We create innovative environments that embrace different business models, different brands & different ways of ways of working.


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, & connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 600 cities & 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators & investors who share personal stories & lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers & annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups & the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections & gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.
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