SVOD or Silicon Valley Open Doors is a leading technology investment conference that brings in an eclectic mix of 2000 most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful people in the entrepreneurial and investment world to the heart of it all – the Silicon Valley!
From founders to CEOs, from industry legends to brand young entrepreneurs, SVOD brings together as speakers and investor judges the people who are shaping our lives today and influencing our future.
Since its inception in 2005, SVOD hosts fireside chats and keynotes about technology innovation with the gurus of technology, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.
Through STARTUP PITCH sessions, SVOD provides access to a variety of 35 pre-selected young entrepreneurs and startups (from Seed+ to Series B) that think outside of the box. SVOD is well-known as a conference with the highest ratio between founders and investors, which helps a lot of our companies find their first major investment.
WHAT TO DO AT SVOD
– Mingle with 800+ successful start-up founders and 300+ top investors who share their experience on how to invest/raise funding, work with angels and VCs, & launch products. Learn about the latest developments in their industry and their needs, aspirations and future plans.
– Hear 35 carefully pre-selected startups (seed+ to Series B) presenting on stage in front of the audience of top Silicon Valley angels and venture capitalists.
– Meet with 800+ professionals working in the technology area as experts, mentors, service providers and so much more!
STARTUP PITCH AND POST-CONFERENCE FUNDING
Historically, every 2nd company gets funding after SVOD Conference (Evernote is one of such success stories of the first SVOD Conference; the funds that invested in our pitching companies include: Founders Fund, Draper Associates, Salesforce, Aspect Ventures, Broadway angels, Yuri Milner, YCombinator, TechStars, 500Startups, Bain Capital Ventures and many more). Over the course of 13 years, our companies have raised $800M in funding.
As SVOD is a boutique conference, it offers unique networking opportunities that are not available at most other conferences.
SVOD speakers include: George Zachary, Charles River Ventures (Midas List, first investor in Twitter, Yammer, Shutterfly); Byron Deeter, Bessemer Venture Partners (Midas List, investor is Box, Twilio, DocuSign); Ed Kozel, CEO, Range Networks (formerly, CTO, Deutsche Telekom, CTO, Cisco, Board Member: Yahoo! Cisco, Reuters, Red Hat); Phil Libin (CEO, Evernote), Pitch Johnson, Steve Jurvetson (DFJ), Alfred Lin, Partner, Sequoia Capital (formerly, COO, CFO, Chairman, Zappos.com), Tim Draper, Esther Dyson, Matt Cohler, Max Levchin (PayPal, Yahoo!), Steve Blank, Guy Kawasaki, John Morgridge (Chairman, Cisco), Bill Tai, Ron Conway, Charles Giancarlo (Silverlake), Vinod Khosla, and many other amazing people.
Every year SVOD brings in reporters from top media editions, such as TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Forbes, The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune Magazine.