June 24, 2010
First Round Capital Draws the Best Again and AgainFirst Round Capital pulled off yet another top notch party last night at La Mar on The Embarcadero in San Francisco. Their events always draw the best in the industry not just because their team has connections in nearly every technology segment on both the east and west coasts, but because of their attitude and culture.
Their events are inclusive - after all, where else do you see a VC firm throw a high profile networking event and find a number of their competitors on the guest list? Sure, some of them may be firms they co-invest with, but that's not the point. They find some of the smartest and most innovative minds in the industry, and they're really really good at it. For this culture to thrive, it makes sense to continuously surround yourself with other like-minds so magic can happen again and again and again.
The gathering included entrepreneurs like Mitch Kapor and early investors like Ron Conway and Jeff Clavier, as well as respected VCs like David Hornik and David Stern. Blogger Ben Parr was there as were partnership guys from MSN and HBO. Then there were product innovators from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple and start-ups across countless sectors including social games, online video, social media, enterprise CRM, analytics, mobile and geo-location based services. Hats off to the First Round Capital team for an incredible bash!
Chris Fralic, Loic Le Meur, Flurry's Simon Khalaf
Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Kent Lindstrom
Jason Calacanis, Howard Morgan
Thomas Payne, Thor Muller
Andrew Lee, Jam Legend
Ian Eure, Simple Geo and Michael Wyszomierski, Google
Barney Pell, Simeon Simeonov
Chris Poole of Canvas and Matt Weeks
Ed Zsehau, Antonio (@antoniusego) and Mark Goines
Debbie Landa, Ben Parr
KG Charles, Renee Blodgett
Google's Benjamin Kott
Peter Farago, Kamal Shah
Other industry peeps who showed up included: @joshk @hlmorgan @chrisfralic @robhayes (hosts) @bambi100 @davidhornik @davemcclure @tjsassani @ryanshea12 @mh @mager @sacca @jason @benparr @hirshberg @edzsehau @markgoines @antoniusego @sfly @mattweeks @fanfeedr @tyahma @fotobabble @edanuff @roizen @danielgruneberg @abrams @tommypjr @kentlind @hirshberg @andrewdlee @ronconway @jeff @clevergirl @laughingsquid @jalichandra @voicestar @mkapor @barneyp @jacobyryan @tolles @lindastone and over a hundred others.
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Glad you enjoyed it, Renee, and thanks for the kind words. We love to facilitate interesting people getting together. And you're certainly one of them.
Posted by: HLMorgan | Jun 24, 2010 5:51:48 PM
You once again pulled off an amazing gathering Howard. Kudos to you and the team. See you on the circuit.
Posted by: Renee Blodgett | Jun 29, 2010 12:51:45 AM