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Disrupt SF 2022
Serena Williams On Acing Venture After Pro Tennis
Serena Williams is the greatest to ever play the game of tennis, and she’s already made a name for herself as a VC in the tech world. At Disrupt, Williams and her Serena Ventures partner Alison Rapaport will join us to discuss the next chapter of Serena’s career, swapping out the racket for several (hundred) inbound pitch-decks. We’ll talk about their investment thesis, her plans to bring more diversity into tech, and what she brings to the table as a VC.
Rivian Grows Up
Rivian emerged from stealth in 2018 with a pair of vehicles that helped it become the buzziest EV automaker since Tesla. The company landed high-profile investors and partners, including Amazon and Ford, and is now publicly traded. Hear from founder and CEO RJ Scaringe about the company’s challenges with production bottlenecks, supply chain constraints, and layoffs as he leads the company into the electric future.
The Art of Inclusivity with Kevin Hart
Financial inclusion is multifaceted: you're fighting up against homogenous networks, deceptive warm intros and the basic need for more fluency across different demographics. There's an art to it. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart, alongside Capital Connect by JP Morgan Chase and Hartbeat Ventures, is joining us to talk about these very complexities. Hart and Robert Roman of Hartbeat Ventures will also chat about their work investing in the likes of BeyondMeat, Fabletics and Therabody, while JP Morgan will give us a look at how institutions are breaking down barriers.
Draymond Green on the aftermath of his altercation with Jordan Poole and podcasting
Basketball stars are no strangers to diversifying their portfolios. For four-time NBA champion and Golden State Warriors power forward, Draymond Green, that’s meant going front court to behind the mic. He joins us to discuss his successes on and off the court, including The Draymond Green Show podcast and the Prime Video special, The Sessions: Draymond Green.
Can Game Streaming Go Mainstream
As Netflix fights to maintain dominance in the increasingly competitive streaming market, they’re also looking to expand their media ambitions. The streaming giant has tapped former Facebook Gaming head Mike Verdu to charge ahead in the world of mobile game streaming. We look forward to discussing Verdu's efforts inking publisher deals, testing ideas and looking to make a dent in an unproven market.
Bankrolling the Blockchain with a16z Crypto
Venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is the largest and one of the best-known funding sources for web3 startups. Alongside a16z founder Marc Andreessen, general partner Chris Dixon has been integral to the firm’s rise as a giant in the crypto VC world — he was an early investor in startups including Coinbase, Uniswap and Oculus VR. Hear from Dixon about how a16z crypto is putting its massive $7.6 billion pool of capital to work by backing early-stage web3 companies.
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