Upstream Events — Week of 12/14

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Hey everyone -

One last sprint before the holiday slow-down. Hoping everyone will have a real chance to disconnect and rest up.

What You Can’t Miss This Week:

  1. TONIGHT at 8pm ET: Tech Talk with Spencer Lazar (CEO & Cofounder at Apply) about when it does and doesn’t make sense to raise capital from VCs (RSVP here).
  2. Tuesday at 12pm ET: “Everything You Need To Know About…” with Mike Dudas (Founder of The Block) about Crypto (RSVP here).
  3. Tuesday at 8pm ET: Investor Series with Charlie Hanna from Marcy Venture Partners — aka Jay Z’s fund, about moving from the talent/record industry to VC (RSVP here).
  4. Wednesday at 4pm ET: Expert Series with Jamie Roberts Seltzer, General Partner at LightShed Ventures, about Board Game IP (one of the most underrated and interesting opportunities I’ve learned about this year) (RSVP here).
  5. Wednesday at 8pm ET: Pitch Night with a startup called Phood that is reimagining how college students order food (RSVP here).
  6. Friday at 2pm ET: “Swimming Against The Stream: Corporate Innovation” with Orchid Bertelsen — Head of Digital Innovation at Nestle (RSVP here).
  7. Friday at 3pm ET: We wrap up the week with our 42nd Upstream Social with guest speaker Nick Vega — Tech Reporter from the NY Post (RSVP here).

And these are just the events in the main Earlybirds community…

Opportunity to Give Back: If you have been a long-time Upstream user, you’ve probably met our friend Shimmy Mehta, founder of Angelwish and one of our earliest adopters.

  • For the holidays we are partnering with Angelwish to grant holiday wishes to children living with chronic illnesses through Angelwish.org/upstream.
  • In less than 2 minutes, you can find a child in a city that you care about and grant their wish.
  • The gift you make possible is given to the child’s parents to give to their child. We hope you’ll join us and help brighten the holiday of children in need.

Opportunity to Connect with the Upstream Community: Our friends and Upstream superfans Nikki Bogopolskaya and Danielle Mantich have organized an Upstream Book Club.

  • We invite you to join this monthly book club that will host fiction & non-fiction authors and special guests as speakers. Let us know if you want to nominate a book/author!

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS ROUND-UP

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MONDAY the 14th

TUESDAY the 15th

WEDNESDAY the 16th

THURSDAY the 17th

FRIDAY the 18th

THIS WEEK’S OFFICE HOURS

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MONDAY the 14th

Yaakov Zar — Founder at Lev at 8am ET

Scott Markovits — Startup builder at 9am ET

Paul Hurwitz — B2B Health Tech Product Leader at 11am ET

Kurt Benson — CEO/Founder at Tidal League at 12pm ET

Alex Taub — Co-founder at Upstream at 1pm ET

Zach Levin — Founder at Law by Levin at 1pm ET

Kazi Islam — Product at Upstream at 2pm ET

Evelina Lavrova — CMO at Waves World at 2pm ET

Geri Kirilova — Partner at Laconia at 3:30pm ET

Jonathan Fishman — Founder at Bizydev at 5pm ET

Chaim Haas — Head of Innovation Communication at Bloomberg at 5:30pm ET

TUESDAY the 15th

Dom Tancredi — CEO at Dom & Tom at 11am ET

David Berkowitz — Founder at Serial Marketers at 12pm ET

Paul Strachman — Partner at Red Sea Ventures at 12:30pm ET

Neal Conlon — Entrepreneur Coach at 1pm ET

Bryan Sterba — Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP at 1pm ET

Ryan Babenzien — Founder/CEO at Greats at 1pm ET

Cat Hernandez — Partner at The Venture Collective at 1pm ET

Nicole Friedman — Investor at Blue Collective at 3pm ET

Sarah Wood — Head of Growth & Community at Upstream at 3pm ET

Dave Weinberg — Partnership practice lead at Recruited at 4pm ET

Leo Morejon — Show Host at ProveItMatters.com at 5pm ET

Ilya Tabakh — EIR at Black & Veatch at 6pm ET

Adam Feldman — Product Manager at Instagram at 7pm ET

Anna Phillips — Head of BD at Goldman Sachs at 7:25pm ET

WEDNESDAY the 16th

Jon Lehr — General Partner at Work-Bench at 10am ET

Kine Paulsen — Partner at kinfizz at 12pm ET

Greg Baroth — Social/Digital Consultant at 12pm ET

Steve Gowa — Sales Enablement at Forcemultiply at 12pm ET

Captain Planet — CEO/Founder at Tap, Founder at Makespace at 12pm ET

Jordan Fox — President & Founder at MMP Digital Corp at 1pm ET

Mike Gelb — Founder at The Consumer VC at 2pm ET

Leigh Bonner — Head of Talent at FirstMark Capital at 2pm ET

Eric Broad — CEO at Bowery Legal at 3pm ET

Mat Kaliski — Principal at Acronym Venture Capital at 3pm ET

Kate Kelly — CEO/Cofounder at Chelsea Capital at 3pm ET

Shira Goldetsky — CEO at Sapient Search at 3:30pm ET

Daniel First — Strategy Consulting / Machine Learning at 4pm ET

Henry Chi — Investor at Capital Innovators at 8pm ET

Josh Hone — COO at Column at 11:30pm ET

THURSDAY the 17th

Jory Schwach — Founder at Andium at 8am ET

Ariel Sterman — Senior Associate at Bessemer Venture Partners at 8am ET

Bryan Sterba — Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP at 11am ET

Kerry Flynn — Reporter at CNN at 12pm ET

David Berkowitz — Founder at Serial Marketers at 12:30pm ET

Nikki Bogopolskaya — Brand Partnerships at TikTok at 1pm ET

Geoff Scott — CEO/CTO Coach at 1pm ET

Matt Jessen-Howard — Partner at Noveus Capital at 2pm ET

Trace Cohen — Managing Director at NYVP at 2pm ET

Andrew McCarley — Senior Consultant at Peabody Aerospace at 3pm ET

Lily Sassoon — Partner at Green Meadow Ventures at 3:30pm ET

Eric Broad — CEO at Bowery Legal at 4pm ET

Jacob Bassiri — CEO/Founder at Tree of Wally at 5pm ET

Nick Jaber — Head of Growth at NeoEYED at 6:40pm ET

FRIDAY the 18th

Jocelyn Lee — Executive Director, HearstLab at Hearst at 10:30am ET

Lio Slama — Co-founder/CEO at askneo.io at 11am ET

Hanan Eldahry — CEO at myHotHoods at 11am ET

Dave Weinberg — Partnerships lead at Recruited at 11am ET

Jake Wayne — Investor at Torch Capital at 11am ET

Sarah Wood — Head of Growth & Community at Upstream at 11:30am ET

Steve Gowa — Sales Enablement at Forcemultiply at 12pm ET

Kurt Benson — CEO/Founder at Tidal League at 12pm ET

Neal Conlon — Entrepreneurship Coach at 12pm ET

Therese Gedda — Founder/CEO at Reimaginez at 12pm ET

Paul Sethi — Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures at 1pm ET

Alex Taub — Co-founder at Upstream at 1pm ET

Erik Ford — CEO at Renn Global at 1:30pm ET

Priyanka Somrah — VC Analyst at Work-Bench at 3pm ET

Michael Galluppo — Founder at OLY.AI at 4:30pm ET

Jason Yau — President at Canvaspeople at 6pm ET

SATURDAY & SUNDAY — 12/19 + 12/20

Carey Ransom — President at Operate at 12pm ET (12/19)

Ali Jamal — Founding Partner at First Check Ventures at 5pm ET (12/19)

Charles Hudson — Managing Partner at Precursor Ventures at 6pm ET (12/19)

Ali Jamal — Founding Partner at First Check Ventures at 6pm ET (12/20)

As you may have noticed, we are experimenting with the format of this email. We welcome any ideas on how to make it more readable and digestible!

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 one!

Alex

Alex Taub

Co-founder and CEO

Upstream

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