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SAVE THE DATE: Product-market fit with Andy Rachleff — May 5, 2020

How do you find product-market fit? This is what we will be exploring with Andy Rachleff, the person who coined the term and the expert on the topic. Andy is the CEO and co-founder of Wealthfront, co-founder of Benchmark Capital, and a UPenn alum. 

Join WAFFA for this incredible evening of learning with Andy Rachleff.

Date: May 5, 2020
Time: 5 PM
Location: BCG Silicon Valley Office and Digital Center
444 Castro Street #150, Mountain View, CA 94041

About Andy Rachleff

From 1995 until 2004 Andy was a co-founder and General Partner of Benchmark Capital. Upon his retirement from Benchmark, Andy joined the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to teach a variety of courses on technology entrepreneurship. In 2011 he co-founded Wealthfront Inc. where he now serves as President & CEO. Prior to his 10 years at Benchmark Capital, Andy spent 10 years with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre. 

Andy serves as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of its executive committee and Chairman of its endowment investment committee. He also sits on the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation with whom he and his wife partnered to provide funding for early-career investigators to conduct high risk/high reward research to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. 

Andy earned his BS from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1984.

About our sponsor

The Silicon Valley office and DigitalBCG Immersion Center opened in January 2019 to serve BCG’s local clients while providing the valley with a state-of-the-art office and events center.  The unique space enables us to showcase our digital capabilities and build on our strong connections to Silicon Valley’s innovation ecosystem.

About WAFFA

The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.

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Competitive Positioning and Persuasive Messaging –April 2, 2020

Hosted by Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship & Wharton Alumnae Founders and Funders Association

All Wharton Alumni are welcome to join this conversation with TalkShop’s  June Bower about creating your company’s powerful, persuasive messaging. This session will start with a competitive messaging framework that will help companies to attract prospective clients, demonstrate why its product or solution is better, and how to close. Case studies, from selected registered attendees, will demonstrate how to bring this process to life.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm − 8:00 pm
Location: Wharton San Francisco, 2 Harrison Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Cost: $25

Space is limited. No refunds after March 25th

About June Bower

June started her career in the early days of Apple where she worked with Steve Jobs and the rest of the 300 person company. From Apple she assumed VP and CMO roles at companies such as Adobe, Alcatel, Cisco, Webex and others, and has worked at Lightspeed Ventures where she was the marketing partner, helping portfolio companies with their marketing efforts. Today, June is the Talker-in-Chief at TalkShop, although she considers herself more of a listener. At TalkShop, June works with start-ups at all stages and enables teams to use marketing to effectively grow their business. 

About Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship 

Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship is a resource for any Penn student who is interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. We maximize the ability of our students and alumni to address important challenges through entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.

Ignited by great ideas, our faculty, students, and alumni turn innovative concepts into scalable and sustainable businesses, and bring entrepreneurial development to existing companies eager for change. In a world hungry for productive innovation, our disciplined approach challenges concepts, focuses ideas, and provides the know-how to turn fledgling businesses into strong, enduring organizations.

To learn more about Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship visit entrepreneurship.wharton.upenn.edu.

About WAFFA

The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.

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Startups and Downs with Mona Bijoor — February 26, 2020

The public imagination is captivated by stories about entrepreneurs–from wild successes to public failures. Founders like Richard Branson and Sara Blakely have become household names. However, the early days in an entrepreneur’s journey happen out of the public eye. In this period, founders struggle with failures and challenges both personal and professional. In her new book, founder and Wharton alumna Mona Bijoor shares her personal insights and learnings along with tactical guidelines on how to navigate the founder journey. 

Start-Ups and Downs: The Secrets of Resilient Entrepreneurs by Mona Bijoor (Partner, King Circle Capital & Founder, JOOR) takes readers through her entrepreneurial journey where she successfully disrupted an industry as a first time founder. Ten years ago, Mona started JOOR—a global wholesale marketplace—raising millions in venture capital and built a software company successfully curing the pain points in retail. Her story, similar to the other founders interviewed is not about the successes, but rather how to overcome challenges with the right mindset. Mona created a guidebook for navigating everything from pitching with power to coping with competition and includes first-hand accounts from 10 respected entrepreneurs sharing failures and triumphs, including founders of: SmartyPants Vitamins, S’well, WTRMLN WTR, Burrow and Flatiron Health. 

Book Reviews

Date: February 26, 2020
Time: 6PM
Location: HSBC: 11th floor of 452 5th Ave
Admission: $5 or $15 with book

About Mona Bijoor:

Mona Bijoor is a Partner at King Circle Capital LLC, an investment firm and is also the founder of JOOR, an online global B2B marketplace for wholesale buying that directly connects brands and retailers. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, Mona lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. She is a frequent contributor to TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global. 

About our sponsor, HSBC:

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, serving more than 40 million customers through four global businesses. The commercial banking operations cover 53 countries and territories including the US. Through teams of strategically placed relationship managers, HSBC connects businesses to opportunities, helping them thrive and grow. Working with a wide range of customers, from small enterprises to mid-market companies and large multinationals, they provide the solutions needed to operate efficiently.

About WAFFA

The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.

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LA Chapter Launch — February 26, 2020

What better way to learn about entrepreneurship than first-hand from female founders who built their ventures from the ground up? Join Wharton Alumnae Founders and Funders Association (WAFFA) for an opportunity to connect with women professionals in Los Angeles. During the panel, you will hear from female founders about everything that happens behind the scenes and what makes it all worth it. All are welcome. 

Date: Wed, February 26, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST
Location: The Cedars-Sinai Innovation Space, 8601 Beverly Boulevard 
West Hollywood, CA 90048  View Map
Cost: $5

Panelists:

Bianca Gonzales, Co-founder and CEO of AMPAworks

Marina Glazman, Founder and CEO of Suitely

Lindsay McLean, Co-founder and CEO of HomeLister

Hannah Diop, Founder and CEO of Sienna Naturals

Moderated by Mavis Yao

Bianca Gonzalez

Bianca  is the CEO and co-founder of AMPAworks, an IoT system that uses computer vision deep learning models to track inventory in hospitals. Bianca has worked in clinical operations and patient care as a nurse practitioner and clinical trials investigator. She created AMPAworks with fellow Wharton classmates to address the pain points of inventory management and reduce overall costs to hospitals and clinics. AMPAworks has several clinics and hospitals on its platform today and has obtained funding from Cedars-Sinai Hospital Accelerator, 500 Startups, First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund, and grants.

Marina Glazman

In 2015, Marina founded Suitely, a digital retail platform providing guided, designer-free interior decor solutions online. Suitely has been recognized by HGTV, The Washington Post, Vogue, and others as a breakthrough solution for its modular suite-based shopping model. Previously, Marina served in corporate strategy, consulting, and competitive intelligence roles at Bainbridge, where she developed growth strategy for Fortune 100 Media and Healthcare clients; and at Dow Jones where she drove revenue strategy for the Europe and Asia editions of the Wall Street Journal. Previously, she also co-founded/ran Olympia Consulting Group, which served retail and lifestyle companies building digital capabilities. She earned her BA at the University of California San Diego in International Studies—Russian Lit, and an MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

Lindsay McLean

Lindsay is the Co-Founder and CEO of HomeLister, an industry changing real estate tech company that allows home sellers to take properties directly to market using industry tools. Previously, Lindsay founded LMC Advisory Group, where she served as Managing Member supporting growing real estate businesses with key strategic decisions. She also co-founded Ecological Development, a ground up residential development company; and Ecological Group, an energy efficiency engineering and sustainability consulting group improving value of real estate through green management techniques and sustainability planning. Lindsay began her career as a software engineer at Accenture. She earned her BSE in Bioengineering at University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wharton at UPenn with her MBA in 2005.

Hannah Diop

Hannah Diop is the founder of Sienna Naturals. Hannah grew up in Minneapolis, MN in a multiracial family that valued a natural lifestyle. She started Sienna Naturals out of a passion for high quality natural ingredient sourcing and a desire to help women care for their textured hair and scalp health. Sienna Naturals is a treatment-focused system of products that restore hair’s health through ingredients from around the world found in nature and proven by science. Sienna Naturals seeks to become the clean beauty authority in the marketplace for women with textured hair. Hannah started Sienna Naturals on the heels of a successful consulting practice at McKinsey & Company where she served a number of clients in the retail and consumer goods space. Prior to McKinsey she completed her MBA at the Wharton. She holds a BA in International Business from Howard University.

Mavis Yao

Moderator Mavis Yao is a financier, investor and entrepreneur. Currently, she serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s pediatric medical device accelerator program, CTIP (Consortium for Technology Innovation in Pediatrics) She has extensive experiences in the financial arena ranging from investment banking, option trading, equity analysis and alternative investments. Her success stems from her ability to identify strategic opportunities and undervalued assets across various financial instruments such as real estate, stock and option markets. Mavis holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Stern School of Business, New York University. She is the lead for Facebook Developer Circle in Los Angeles.

About WAFFA

The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.

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Storytelling with Om Malik — March 25, 2020

Join WAFFA for an evening of storytelling with Om Malik, Partner of True Ventures, journalist, and founder of GigaOm. 

As a journalist, a founder of GigaOm and a current Partner at True Ventures, Om understands all sides of storytelling and will share what makes a story interesting to the audience and valuable for the growth of a startup. We will explore topics including how to develop your story, how to create a true connection with journalists, and how to develop an impactful narrative over the lifetime of a company.

Date: 25 March 2020
Time: 6-8PM
Location: SigFig, 560 Davis St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Cost: $20

About Om Malik

Journalist Om Malik founded technology blog Gigaom in 2001. With seed funding from True Ventures, he turned the one-man blog into a media company and research firm. Not long thereafter, Om became a venture partner at True Ventures. In 2014, he graduated to partner at True where he continues to invest in promising networking and internet infrastructure technologies.

Om regularly writes for The New Yorker and provides commentary on tech trends to broadcast channels including Bloomberg West, NPR, and BBC television and radio. Om started writing about tech in the early 1990s at Quick Nikkei News before joining the founding team at Forbes.com. After a short stint at H&Q Asia Pacific as an investment manager, he then returned to the media world as a senior writer for Red Herring and later at Business 2.0.

He published his first book, Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist, in 2003. Born and raised in New Delhi, he is now happily situated in Northern California. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Stephen’s College where he graduated with honors. His grandfather once told him, “Do not bank money. Bank people.” This advice remains core to Om as he considers new opportunities.

About our sponsor

SigFig’s mission is to reimagine financial services by making it more customer-centric and helping people to achieve their financial goals. SigFig combines design, data science, and technology to create experiences that empower banks, financial advisors and consumers. Through partnerships with some of the world’s largest and most innovative financial institutions, SigFig reaches over 70 million consumers. SigFig is backed by top-tier venture capital firms, including General Atlantic, Bain Capital Ventures, Union Square Ventures, DCM, and Nyca Partners and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Learn more at www.sigfig.com.

About WAFFA

The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.

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From URL to IRL: Building Community as a digitally native brand — March 5, 2020

Hosted by Boss Women Collective & Wharton Alumnae Founders and Funders Association

Join BWC and WAFFA for a panel discussion on how to power digitally native brands in a new retail landscape. On March 5, we’ll hear from incredible leaders at Google Shopping, Allbirds, Part & Parcel, Birdies, and Re:store about how they form a connection to their brand, how to think about balancing personalization with scaling, what it takes to build a brick and mortar footprint, and how to grow their physical fleet in the evolving retail tech landscape.

Date: Thu, March 5, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PST
Location: Re:store, 120 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
Cost: $15

About the panelists

Meaghan Rose, Founder and CEO Rocksbox

Lauren Jonas, Founder and CEO of Part & Parcel

Marisa Sharkey, Co-founder and President of Birdies

Moderated by Lucy Liu (Strategic Partnerships at Google Shopping)

About BWC

BWC is an organization focused on empowering women through IRL experiences across San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. Follow us on social to learn more!

About WAFFA

Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association​ is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for women founders and funders.