Upstream Events: The Path to a16z GP with David Haber, All Things Marketing with Hubspot CMO Kipp Bodnar, Pitch Contest with Female Founders Fund, Emerging Managers Session, & More!

4 min readSep 14, 2021

Hey everyone,

Incredible turnout for our conversation with Reid Hoffman about mastering scale last Friday.

We tested our own mastery of scale, hosting the largest Upstream virtual event in company history (466 RSVPs!)

Missed the event? You can watch the event on Upstream’s YouTube page here.

Order a copy of Reid’s book Masters of Scale and join the Upstream Bookclub hosted by Nikki Nikki Bogopolskaya and Danielle Mantich to discuss on Thursday, Oct 7th at 6:30pm here!

🔥 5 Things You Can’t Miss This Week: 🔥

  1. 🦩 Tuesday at 5 PM ET: Join the Miami Tech Community for a chat with Will Weinraub, #MiamiTech OG and Founding Partner of recently launched Flamingo Capital. (RSVP)
  2. 🗽 Tuesday at 6PM ET: Meet David Haber, a16z’s first fully NYC-based General Partner. David founded Bond Street (acquired by Goldman Sachs) after starting his career at Spark Capital! Learn how he got here and what he’ll do first at a16z! (RSVP)
  3. 🌱 Wednesday at 5 PM ET: Are you an Emerging Manager? You can’t miss this chat with Lindel Eakman, Managing Director of Foundry Group Next, Foundry Group’s Emerging Manager Investment Arm and former Head of Venture Investing for University of Texas. (RSVP)
  4. 🎨 Friday at 12 PM ET: Couldn’t be more excited to chat with Kipp Bodnar, CMO of HubSpot, for a session on all things start-up marketing! Kipp’s advice has been super helpful personally to us at Upstream, this is a must-attend session. (RSVP)
  5. ✍️ Friday at 3 PM ET: Join us for a conversation with Rani Molla, Senior Data Reporter at Recode/Vox (previously Bloomberg & WSJ) to learn what the role data visualization plays when writing about business and technology news! (RSVP)

❓ Ask of the Week: Reid Hoffman’s Dream Interview Guest ❓

Reid Hoffman would love to interview Rihanna on his podcast Masters of Scale about how she built and scaled the iconic Fenty brand.

Have a connection to Rihanna? Shoot me an email at and I’ll connect you with his team.

🌟 Win of the Week: 🌟

We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Female Founders Fund and Lightspeed Venture Partners for their first-ever virtual startup pitch competition, hosted on 9/23 on Upstream!

In alignment with FFF’s everyday mission, the purpose of this pitch competition is to provide capital, strategic mentorship, business tools and more to propel underrepresented female founders.

You can learn more and RSVP here!


Open the links below from your phone or from your computer!

TUESDAY the 14th

Evening: 5pm — 9pm EST

WEDNESDAY the 15th

Afternoon: 12pm — 5pm ET

Evening: 5pm — 9pm EST

THURSDAY the 16th

Morning: 9am — 12pm ET

Afternoon: 12pm — 5pm EST

FRIDAY the 17th

Afternoon: 12pm — 5pm EST

Notable Upcoming

If you have any friends you think might like the events above, share the link with them so they can RSVP and join!

Can’t wait to see you at an event!





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