Two weeks ago, I got back to NYC after spending a week running up and down Sand Hill Road, University Ave and parts of SF.
I was out west on CBS’s annual West Coast Venture Capital Trek, an absolute must for a) students who want to learn about VC funds, but already have a basic understanding of venture investing or b) students like me, who are 100% focused on working in venture capital after graduation. The goal of the trek is to give a group of highly engaged students the chance to meet with investors at their offices. Think of it as back-to-back-to-back-to-back, etc etc informational meetings with VCs.
One of my classmates, Roger, was in charge of planning the trek this year. I planned it last year. Planning it is hard. Organizing calendars during that first week of January can be a total pain- first week back from New Year, head-to-head with CES, fund offsites, travel problems, investor meetings, etc.
Roger killed it and managed to set up a ridiculously strong lineup of 17 (!!!) funds in five days. Some meetings were with CBS alums, some recent MBA grads, some senior founding partners, some cold calls, some personal connections. Regardless, this was a very strong lineup and diverse across sector, stage, job title and investment philosophy.
We met with (in order): Haystack (Semil Shah), Shasta, Battery, General Catalyst, Xfund, a16z, Greylock, IVP, DFJ, Formation 8, Founders Fund, Scale, Venrock, Accel, Canaan, Foundation, Mohr Davidow.
Insane lineup. More posts to follow about lessons from the week.