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Tomorrow, TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 takes over Boston | TechCrunch

Tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for! TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 kicks off in Boston, and we can’t wait to see you there!

We’re expecting 1,000+ attendees for a full day of all things early-stage startups.

As you gear up for an immersive dive into the world of startup success, here’s a quick reminder of what’s in store:

Speaker highlights

  • Edith Yeung, General Partner, Race Capital
  • Emily Knight, President, The Engine Accelerator
  • James Currier, General Partner, NFX
  • Jess Lee, Partner, Sequoia
  • Rudina Seseri, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
  • Sara Choi, Partner, Wing Venture Capital
  • Tom Blomfield, Group Partner, Y Combinator

Partner sessions to supercharge your startup journey

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Don’t miss side events

Hurry! Prices go up at the door, so secure your spot now for an unforgettable journey into the world of startups and innovation!

See you bright and early tomorrow at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024! Let’s make magic happen.

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The complete TC Early Stage 2024 agenda is here! | TechCrunch

We’re excited to reveal the complete agenda, packed with keynote stage speakers and interactive roundtable sessions. From fundraising insights to growth strategies, join us as we navigate the startup landscape together at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 on April 25 in Boston.

Don’t miss out — secure your spot now for an unforgettable experience of learning, connection, and inspiration. Prices go up at the door!

The Agenda

Women in Tech Sunrise Breakfast: How AI Is Impacting Founders

  • Lily Lyman, Partner, Underscore VC
  • Rudina Seseri, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
  • Milo Werner, General Partner, Engine Ventures

Selecting the Right Accelerator or Incubator

  • Emily Knight, President, The Engine Accelerator

The Ins and Outs of Seed Funding — Roundtable

Sponsored by: Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Spencer Ricks, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Naomi Smith, Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Dan Hoffman, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Stephen Ranere, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Adapt & Thrive: Mastering the Chameleon Mindset — Roundtable

Sponsored by: Prepare 4 VC

  • Christopher Dube, Chief Innovation Officer, Prepare 4 VC
  • Jason Kraus, CEO, Prepare 4 VC

Preparing to Raise: Cap Table Best Practices to Help You Close Fast

Sponsored by Fidelity Private Shares

  • Kristen Craft, Vice President and Business Partner Manager, Fidelity Private Shares
  • Laura Stoffel, Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
  • Melissa Withers, Founder and Managing Partner, RevUp Capital

Exiting via M&A: What Acquirers Are Looking for and How You Can Prepare for a Successful Acquisition — Roundtable

  • Dana Louie, Senior Manager, Corporate Development, HubSpot

Grabbing Investors’ Attention in a Competitive Market: Tips for Early-Stage Startups — Roundtable

  • Sergey Gribov, Partner, Flint Capital

From Inception to Cash: How I Wandered into an Idea and Jump-Started a Company

Sponsored by

  • Oliver Palnau, Co-founder & CEO,
  • Vinny Romano, Co-founder and COO,

Archetypes for Product-Market Fit

  • Jess Lee, Partner, Sequoia

PR 101 for Founders: Branding Strategies to Win Over Investors, Customers and Partners — Roundtable

  • Edith Yeung, General Partner, Race Capital

Never Raise VC Money (and How to Keep More of Your company if You Do) — Roundtable

  • Jake Cohen, Partner, Vinyl Capital

How to Build an MVP and Navigate the Startup-Industrial Complex

  • James Currier, General Partner, NFX

Building the Investor Relationships You Need — Before You Need Them and in the Right Way

  • Lily Lyman, Partner, Underscore VC

Product Myth Buster: The (Actual) Right Time to Hire a Product Leader as an Early-Stage Company — Roundtable

  • Rachel Weston Rowell, SVP, Onsite Product & Tech Center of Excellence, Insight Partners

Scaling Through Chaos: The Art & Science of GTM

  • Paris Heymann, Partner, Index Ventures

How to Raise Money and Come Out Alive

  • Tom Blomfield, Group Partner, Y Combinator

Getting to Series A: Common Pitfalls to Avoid as a Founder

  • Alex Kayyal, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Hard Tech for Early-Stage Founders: HAX Invests in Startups Solving the Hardest Problems in Climate, Industrial Independence, and Healthcare

Sponsored by HAX

  • Susan Schofer, SOSV Partner and HAX Chief Science Officer, HAX
  • Sabriya Stukes, SOSV Partner and IndieBio Chief Science Officer, SOSV
  • Duncan Turner, SOSV General Partner and Managing Director of HAX

How to Intelligently Calculate Your TAM and Wow Investors

  • Tobi Coker, Deal Partner, Felicis
  • Julia Neagu, Co-founder and CEO, Quotient AI
  • Nabiha Saklayen, Co-founder and CEO, Cellino

How to Evolve Your Tech and Staff Strategies for Future Rounds

Sponsored by Sand Technologies

  • Brad Stanton, Managing Director, Sand Technologies

Early-Stage Fundraising: Convertible Notes, SAFE and Series Seed Financing

  • Rebecca Lee Whiting, Founder and Fractional General Counsel, Epigram Legal P.C.

The VC Pitch Blueprint: Strategies for Success

  • Sara Choi, Partner, Wing Venture Capital

Racing the Clock to $1M In ARR: Best Practices for Learning Fast from Launch Partners

  • Rudina Seseri, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures

Finance Fundamentals Before Your First Finance Hire: A Founder’s Guide to Navigating Early Financial Decisions

  • Dan Kang, VP of Finance, Mercury

So You Think You Can Pitch?

  • Paris Heymann, Partner, Index Ventures
  • Rachel Weston Rowell, SVP, Onsite Product and Tech Center of Excellence, Insight Partners
  • Edith Yeung, General Partner, Race Capital

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Harvard's startup whisperer, Peter Gladstone, reveals secrets to validating consumer demand at TechCrunch Early Stage | TechCrunch

Validating consumer demand is a crucial step for any startup, and TechCrunch Early Stage is offering a golden opportunity to learn how to do it right. Peter Gladstone, senior adviser for startups at Harvard Innovation Labs, is set to lead an engaging roundtable titled “Validating Consumer Demand: How to Make the Most of Your Expertise.” With decades of experience as an entrepreneur, marketer, and investor, Gladstone brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Having served as the former head of innovation for Boston Beer Company and Gillette, he’s well-versed in navigating the complexities of bringing products to market.

In this workshop, Gladstone will guide founders on how to leverage their expertise to understand and solve consumer problems effectively. With hands-on advice and practical strategies, attendees can expect to gain insights into testing solutions, refining product development processes, and ultimately validating consumer demand. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to fine-tune your approach, this session promises to offer invaluable guidance for founders at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.

Peter Gladstone’s extensive background includes founding successful ventures such as Mass Hole Donuts and BladeLife, as well as serving as a senior adviser for numerous Boston-based startups. At the Harvard Innovation Labs, he leads programming and mentoring for student-led ventures, helping them navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship. With a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Gladstone’s expertise is grounded in both academic rigor and real-world experience.

For founders eager to validate their ideas and drive meaningful consumer engagement, this workshop is a must-attend event at TechCrunch Early Stage. By learning from Peter Gladstone’s insights and experiences, you’ll be equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to make the most of your expertise and build products that resonate with your target audience. Secure your spot today and take the first step toward turning your startup vision into a thriving reality.

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Robotic Automations founders illuminate the path from idea to success at TC Early Stage 2024 | TechCrunch

Anticipation is building for TechCrunch Early Stage 2024, where industry leaders and budding entrepreneurs alike are eagerly awaiting a bevy of startup-focused sessions.

We’re excited to highlight‘s partner session, “From Inception to Cash: How I Wandered into an Idea and Jumpstarted a Company.” This session promises to provide invaluable insights into the entrepreneurial journey, led by Oliver Palnau, co-founder and CEO, and Vinny Romano, co-founder and COO of

Attendees can expect to be inspired by Oliver Palnau’s entrepreneurial journey, which began at the age of 23 with his venture into the real estate market. From flipping houses to exploring robotics, Oliver’s story is one of innovation and practicality, grounded in his desire to revolutionize industries through the application of AI. Together with Romano, whose expertise in digital media and analytics brings a data-driven approach to, they have crafted an innovative AI tool for real estate agents.

During the session, Palnau and Romano will detail how to ignite interest from customers and investors, build a minimum viable product (MVP), raise initial capital, and assemble a winning team. Attendees will leave the session empowered and equipped with practical advice to embark on their own entrepreneurial journeys with confidence and determination.

We can’t wait for this session and all the other early stage–focused content at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024. Have you booked your ticket yet? Grab yours now before prices go up at the door.

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Exclusive: Faraday Future faked early sales, lawsuits claim

Two internal whistleblowers at Faraday Future claim the troubled EV company has been lying about some of the few sales it has announced to date. They also claim founder Jia Yueting has “weaponized” the EV startup’s HR department to retaliate against anyone who speaks up about these alleged misrepresentations.

The employees, Jose Guerrero and Victoria Xie, have made those claims in a pair of newly filed lawsuits against Faraday Future and Jia — as well as the company’s head of HR, Nan Yang — in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful termination, breach of contract, and infliction of emotional distress.

Both lawsuits also highlight what has been the central tension of Faraday Future: that its founder, Jia, allegedly continues to assert control over the company despite having been sidelined in 2022 as the result of an internal probe.

The previously unreported suits come as Faraday Future has continued to furlough and lay off employees to save what little cash it has left, to the point that it was nearly evicted from its Los Angeles headquarters after it missed multiple lease payments. This is all happening while the company is facing active investigations from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.

“FF takes the allegations made in these two lawsuits by previous employees very seriously,” a spokesperson for Faraday Future said in an emailed statement. “FF believes on merit it has strong defenses to the alleged claims and will pursue all avenues and remedies available to protect and defend itself and the Company’s dedicated employees against all allegations including character attacks.”

Jia, in an email to TechCrunch, said: “I believe that there are numerous false statements and defamatory allegations in the said complaints. I plan to file counter-lawsuits against the parties involved.”

Guerrero and Xie, through counsel, declined to comment beyond the allegations in the filing.

Allegations of faked sales and retaliation

In an internal whistleblower letter submitted to the company’s general counsel on December 6, 2023, Guerrero and Xie claimed that Faraday Future lied about the first four publicly touted sales of its electric SUV, the FF91.

Guerrero, who was a senior director of sales and aftersales at Faraday Future, and Xie, who was the company’s “go-to-market project manager and launch manager,” say that the company announced these deliveries before the sales process had been completed. They claim three of the four were never fully paid for, at least at the time the whistleblower letter was submitted, and the fourth was only paid for “more than 60 days after the ‘sale’ was announced.” Faraday Future has since claimed to have delivered 10 vehicles in all of 2023.

Guerrero and Xie claim that when sales staff pushed back against these “premature” announcements, the leadership team in Jia’s department “continued to cite the need to announce sales to boost the Company’s share price and subjected staff who raised compliance concerns to retaliatory HR actions.”

Guerrero and Xie go on to claim that Faraday Future executed these sales agreements with its initial customers without performing pre-delivery inspections on the vehicles, and that one of Jia’s lieutenants dismissed concerns about this. They say the sales team was pressured to submit DMV paperwork “without the required insurance and cash payments.” They also claim Jia’s team was sending “non-road approved software” to these early customer cars and that they were not properly documenting or disclosing the software’s release notes to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in potential violation of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act.

What’s more, they claim Faraday Future has been performing repairs on these early customer vehicles without proper documentation or work authorization, which he says could put the company’s license with the California Bureau of Automotive Repair at risk.

“When [Defendant Mr. Jia] and his trusted circle inquired about regulatory requirements, it was done so with the clear intention to ‘creatively’ circumvent the rules,” they claim in the lawsuits.

Xie says in her complaint that she was fired “in retaliation for her protected whistleblowing” just two days after the letter was submitted, and claims Jia and Yang were directly involved in her firing. Xie attempted to file an arbitration claim against the company on December 22, according to the complaint. But Faraday Future didn’t pay the required arbitration fees and missed the 30-day window to do so, thus making it possible for her to file a lawsuit in Superior Court, the complaint claims.

Faraday Future allegedly fired Guerrero on January 18 in retaliation for speaking up, according to his complaint. He, too, filed an arbitration claim against the company, and when Faraday Future did not pay the fees, he was similarly free to file a lawsuit in Superior Court.

Jia’s control over Faraday Future has always been a thorny issue. As previously reported, Jia secretly ran the company in its earliest years despite the company listing someone else as its CEO on paper. He did ultimately take over as CEO, but he brought in a former BMW executive to fill that role in 2019 in order to appeal to investors. The company ultimately went public in 2021 by merging with a special purpose acquisition company.

Jia was reprimanded as the result of an internal probe that began in late 2021. That investigation looked into claims from a short-seller that Faraday Future had overstated the number of preorders for its vehicles, as well as a lack of proper disclosures around the founder’s movement of money in and out of the company. In 2022, people close to Jia helped lead a boardroom coup all while being investigated by the SEC and the DOJ.

Jia is still not CEO, but Guerrero and Xie claim in their lawsuits that he “heads a shadow organization” that controls the company’s destiny. They say he and his trusted lieutenants meet at one of the mansions he purchased on the Pacific coastline nearly every week.

“All major operational decisions within key functions of the businesses, including human resources, budget allocations, vehicle release, and the financial services, are directed and approved by Jia,” they claim in the lawsuits.

You can read Guerrero’s lawsuit here, and Xie’s lawsuit here.

This story has been updated with a comment from Faraday Future and from founder Jia Yueting. 

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Check out the complete roundtable lineup at TC Early Stage 2024 | TechCrunch

Among the highlights of Early Stage are its fan-favorite roundtable sessions. These intimate gatherings, guided by experts, delve into targeted subjects crafted to enlighten, invigorate, and enhance your entrepreneurial endeavors. Moreover, they serve as prime opportunities to forge connections with like-minded individuals. Networking, anyone?

Take a look at the complete roundtable roster for this year’s event featuring top VCs and founder leaders.

The Ins and Outs of Seed Funding

Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP
with Spencer Ricks, partner, and Naomi Smith, associate, Latham & Watkins LLP

Adapt & Thrive: Mastering the Chameleon Mindset

Sponsored by Prepare 4 VC
with Christopher Dube, chief innovation officer, and Jason Kraus, CEO, Prepare 4 VC

Exiting via M&A: What Acquirers Are Looking For and How You Can Prepare for a Successful Acquisition

with Dana Louie, senior manager, corporate development, HubSpot

Grabbing Investors’ Attention in a Competitive Market: Tips for Early-Stage Startups

with Sergey Gribov, partner, Flint Capital

Never Raise VC Money (and How to Keep More of Your Company if You Do)

with Jake Cohen, partner at Vinyl Capital

PR 101 for Founders: Branding Strategies to Win Over Investors, Customers and Partners

with Edith Yeung, general partner, Race Capital

Product Myth Buster: The (Actual) Right Time to Hire a Product Leader as an Early-Stage Company

with Rachel Weston Rowell, SVP, Onsite Product & Tech Center of Excellence, Insight Partners

For the complete agenda, head on over here. And don’t forget to buy your tickets now before prices go up at the door.

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The Complete Side Events Lineup At TC Early Stage 2024 | TechCrunch

Get ready to amplify your Early Stage 2024 experience with the electrifying lineup of Side Events taking Boston by storm during the week of April 22–28.

As the countdown to TechCrunch Early Stage begins, we’re thrilled to share our Side Events lineup to foster meaningful connections within the vibrant Boston tech community. Whether you’re a seasoned industry pro or a budding entrepreneur, our Side Events promise an unforgettable week filled with networking opportunities, innovation showcases, and engaging conversations. So mark your calendars, secure your spot, and dive into the excitement of Early Stage Week like never before!

Quick Side Event Disclaimers:

  • Registering/RSVPing to a Side Event does not grant you access/ticket/badge to the main Early Stage 2024 conference on April 25.
  • Each event is organized and operated solely by a host (i.e., not Yahoo Inc. or any of its affiliates or brands, including TechCrunch).
  • Attendance is 18+ minimum and some venues are 21+ only.
  • Side Events are open to the public unless specified.
  • Please register/RSVP for any of the Side Events you want to attend.

Early Stage 2024 Side Events schedule

How to Pitch Your Startup 101 with Edith Yeung at Race Capital

Hosted By: Race Capital
Time: April 24, 1030am to 12pm
Description: There is “no love at first sight” in startup pitching. An investor will not, cannot, and would never invest in you the first time they meet you.

​At this talk, Edith Yeung covers:

  • ​What do investors want?
  • ​What do founders want from your 1st pitch meeting?
  • ​What should a founder say and do in the first pitch?
  • ​What should a founder NOT to say or do in the first pitch?
  • ​What should a founder ask a potential investor?
  • ​What should a founder do to follow up?


TechCrunch Early Stage Happy Hour

Hosted By: Descope
Time: April 25, 6pm to 9pm
Description: Join us for an after-hours TechCrunch Early Stage Founders Happy Hour. Let’s raise a glass to innovation and disrupt together!


Smart Contract Driven Development

Hosted By: Rezoomex
Time: April 26, 9am to 1pm
Description: Join our invaluable 4-hour workshop aimed at early-stage startups looking to quickly develop end-user-ready products. Founders will learn how to build smart contracts for effective team engagement, guaranteeing fairness and integrity. Non-technical? No problem—our AI tools will transform your ideas into reality. We’re offering a 20% discount on all smart contracts and a lucky draw for $10,000 in free development time! The event concludes with an opportunity for networking over beer and lunch.


Techstars Startup Weekend Boston

Hosted By: Prepare 4 VC
Time: April 26, Starts at 5pm and runs through weekend
Description: Gain valuable insights on transforming your concept from an initial sketch to a fully-fledged startup. From pitching your idea, scrutinizing business models, identifying your target audience, to marketing your product – we cover it all! By the culmination of the 3-day event, you’ll craft an MVP and showcase it. Use the promo code “TCEARLYSTAGE” for 15% off your ticket!


Super Founders and Funders in AI Panel & Mixer Featuring Venture-backed Founders and VCs

Hosted By: Supermomos and HBS AI Club
Time: April 22, 6pm to 8pm
Description: Join us for an intimate evening over a Founders and Funders in AI Panel & Mixer featuring venture-backed Founders and VCs, in honor of TechCrunch week! We will feature venture-backed founders and VCs in the panel. There will be time for networking and mingling, with drinks and food on the house. This event is catered to founders, VCs, and operators building full-time in the AI ML space, and also a select group of students from the HBS AI Club.


Built World Startup Happy Hour

Hosted By: Suffolk Technologies and TriNet
Time: April 23, 430pm to 630pm
Description: Calling all innovators shaping the built environment! Find the next step for your entrepreneurial journey with Suffolk Technologies + TriNet at our exclusive rooftop happy hour! Learn more about Suffolk Technologies’ BOOST Accelerator Program and TriNet’s HR solutions for startups. Network amidst breathtaking views of the Boston skyline, including iconic landmarks crafted by Suffolk such as Raffles, One Dalton, and the BU Data Science Center. Enjoy refreshing beverages, appetizers, and ignite connections that could redefine the future of the built environment.


Founders History Tour w/SVB!

Hosted By: Silicon Valley Bank
Time: April 24, 1pm to 3pm
Description: Join SVB on an interactive and non-traditional deep-dive into Boston (and America’s) rich history; founded on innovation, grit, resilience, and freewill. Hosted by SVB Boston’s Director of Startup Banking (who also happens to be a Revolutionary War re-enactor), this tour will begin with a cup’a choudah at the nation’s oldest restaurant and continue through downtown to most of the historic spots; ending at the only place in the world where you can drink a Sam Adams while looking at Sam Adams. So enjoy our historic city before TechCrunch Early Stage and join fellow founders following in the footsteps of our nation’s early founders.


Early Stage Round Table

Hosted By: 9point8 Collective and Orrick
Time: April 24, 4pm to 630pm
Description: Join 9point8 Collective and Orrick for a round table focused on accelerating your early-stage start-up. Attendees will hear from serial entrepreneurs and investors covering various aspects of start-up success including going to market, cap table management, growth and scaling, and managing exits. The round table will be collaborative with audience Q&A and group participation along with the main panel.


Startup Launchcode Founder Workshop

Hosted By: Startup Launchcode
Time: April 24, 5pm to 630pm
Description: Startup Launchcode Founder Workshop is an interactive session designed to equip early-stage founders with the strategy, tools, and framework to build a great startup.


BYOPD (Bring Your Own Pitch Deck): Analyze your current pitch deck against successful decks

Hosted By: Dropbox DocSend and Boston New Technology
April 24, 5pm to 8pm
 Pitch Practice and BYOPD (Bring Your Own Pitch Deck) Seminar: Securing early-stage funding requires a compelling pitch deck. The VC landscape is fluid and ever-changing, with investors’ priorities often shifting. Justin Izzo, lead data analyst at Dropbox DocSend, offers DO’s and DON’Ts based on DocSend’s proprietary data alongside industry experts from Boston New Technology and Prepare 4 VC. This interactive workshop will help early-stage founders succeed in the current state of fundraising. Founders can submit their own pitch decks for a chance to be reviewed in front of the audience for actionable tips. The session will end in a Q&A where other founders will have a chance to ask questions about their own pitch decks.


Founders Happy Hour with Vouch, Remofirst, and SVB

Hosted By: VouchRemofirst, and SVB
Time: April 24, 6pm to 9pm
Description: If you’re in town for TechCrunch Early Stage or looking for a place to connect with others in the startup space, join us for a Happy Hour hosted by Vouch, Remofirst, and SVB at Black Lamb – just a 10 minute walk from the conference center! RSVP today to secure your spot for this exclusive networking event. See you soon 🥂


Disrupt Your Chaotic Startup Life with Productivity Innovation – Networking Reception

Hosted By: SiloClick LLC
Time: April 24, 630pm to 830pm
Description: Join SiloClick for a private Networking Reception on Wednesday, April 24. This event is not just a warm-up for the TechCrunch Early-Stage Conference but a transformative opportunity to navigate your startup journey more effectively. Enjoy food, beverages, and engaging conversations within your startup founder community. We welcome startup founders seeking innovative solutions to maintain wellness while achieving the optimal point of productivity for those crucial momentum moments throughout your startup journey. Investors interested in the future-of-work & productivity space and industry peers aiming to enhance both productivity and wellness in the workplace are also warmly invited!


Startup Happy Hour with Onshape

Hosted By: Onshape (PTC Inc.)
Time: April 24, 630pm to 9pm
Description: Join us the week of TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 at PTC’s headquarters for an exciting happy hour for founders! Immerse yourself in Boston’s dynamic startup community and connect with local hardware experts and innovative product designers. This event is curated for professionals seeking to broaden their network, as well as venture firms and accelerator spaces exploring collaboration opportunities. Join us for an evening dedicated to insightful conversations, new ideas, and fostering a creative community.


Accessibility Tech and Innovation

Hosted By: Verizon
Time: April 25, 5pm to 7pm
Description: At Verizon, we are striving to move our world forward through diversity, equity and inclusion. On April 25th at our Boston Innovation Lab, we are inviting and would like to hear from people who are interested in emerging technologies that can help our mission. We will have our Head of Accessibility and several startups present their ideas and would love to hear your thoughts. Together, we can do more – we can unlock opportunities for all!


Women Tech Meetup: Fundraising & Growth Powered by Techstars

Hosted By: Women in Tech – Global Movement
April 25, 530pm to 8pm
Description: Join our Women Tech Meetup—an incredible gathering of women in technology, female founders, entrepreneurs, community builders, and other professionals! Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks, engaging conversations, networking, and a beautiful venue. Additionally, we will host a panel discussion on fundraising, venture capital, and the challenges that founders face on their journey to building successful companies, along with strategies to overcome them.


Early Stage Deep Tech Happy Hour

Hosted By: AlleyCorp
Time: April 25, 530pm to 830pm
Description: Join AlleyCorp, Anzu Partners, Argon VC, Aurelia Foundry, Converge Ventures, Cybernetix Ventures, First Star Ventures, Glasswing Ventures, Hyperplane Ventures, and SkyRiver Ventures after TechCrunch Early Stage, for a happy hour with deep tech founders, operators, and investors. Special thanks to J.P. Morgan. The party will start at 5:30pm, immediately following TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 on April 25th. This event is 21+.


Is it SAFE?

Hosted By: Corpora
Time: April 26, 10am to 1130am
Description: Safes are the most popular early-stage financing tool today. They’re so easy to use, so they seem like a no-brainer for founders. But… are they as founder-friendly as you would think? Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and let’s talk about some of the lesser-known dangers of safes, which often become apparent to founders only when it’s too late.


Getting Ready for Due Diligence from Angel Groups and Seed Investors

Hosted By: Launchpad Venture Group
Time: April 26,1pm to 3pm
Description: This is an in-depth workshop for founders to learn when raising money from angel groups and other seed investors:

– What does the diligence involve
– Areas of the diligence and what investors look for in each case
– How to prepare and what documents and artifacts you need to have ready in each area


Women in Business

Hosted By: At the Table and Northeastern University
Time: April 26, 6pm to 9pm
Description: Get ready for an extraordinary evening at Northeastern University with our “Women in Business” Networking Event, a cornerstone of our partnership with This isn’t just an event; it’s a celebration of female entrepreneurship, designed to inspire, connect, and energize.


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Mastering finance essentials with Mercury's VP of finance, Dan Kang, at TechCrunch Early Stage | TechCrunch

TechCrunch Early Stage is gearing up for another insightful event on April 25, and one roundtable session promises to be particularly illuminating for early-stage founders. Titled “Finance Fundamentals Before Your First Finance Hire: A Founder’s Guide to Navigating Early Financial Decisions,” this roundtable will offer invaluable insights into navigating the financial complexities that often accompany the early stages of startup ventures.

Led by Dan Kang, the vice president of finance at Mercury, this roundtable aims to demystify the core aspects of early-stage financial management. With years of experience in building and scaling fintech companies, Kang brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. From optimizing cash flow to making strategic hires and investments, attendees can expect practical advice on establishing a solid financial foundation for their ventures.

Kang’s expertise extends beyond his role at Mercury, having previously contributed to the growth of companies like Digit and Square. His diverse background, which includes experience in investment banking and private equity, uniquely positions him to address the multifaceted challenges that founders may encounter on their financial journey.

For founders looking to gain confidence in their financial decision-making and set the stage for successful scaling, this roundtable is not to be missed. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or embarking on your first startup venture, “Finance Fundamentals Before Your First Finance Hire” offers actionable insights that can empower you to navigate the financial landscape with clarity and purpose.

Secure your spot at TechCrunch Early Stage today to take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to learn from industry experts like Dan Kang. With the right knowledge and guidance, you can pave the way for financial success and steer your startup toward sustainable growth.

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Nvidia's next-gen Blackwell platform will come to Google Cloud in early 2025 | TechCrunch

It’s Google Cloud Next in Las Vegas this week, and that means it’s time for a bunch of new instance types and accelerators to hit the Google Cloud Platform. In addition to the new custom Arm-based Axion chips, most of this year’s announcements are about AI accelerators, whether built by Google or from Nvidia.

Only a few weeks ago, Nvidia announced its Blackwell platform. But don’t expect Google to offer those machines anytime soon. Support for the high-performance Nvidia HGX B200 for AI and HPC workloads and GB200 NBL72 for large language model (LLM) training will arrive in early 2025. One interesting nugget from Google’s announcement: The GB200 servers will be liquid-cooled.

This may sound like a bit of a premature announcement, but Nvidia said that its Blackwell chips won’t be publicly available until the last quarter of this year.

Image Credits: Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch

Before Blackwell

For developers who need more power to train LLMs today, Google also announced the A3 Mega instance. This instance, which the company developed together with Nvidia, features the industry-standard H100 GPUs but combines them with a new networking system that can deliver up to twice the bandwidth per GPU.

Another new A3 instance is A3 confidential, which Google described as enabling customers to “better protect the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data and AI workloads during training and inferencing.” The company has long offered confidential computing services that encrypt data in use, and here, once enabled, confidential computing will encrypt data transfers between Intel’s CPU and the Nvidia H100 GPU via protected PCIe. No code changes required, Google says. 

As for Google’s own chips, the company on Tuesday launched its Cloud TPU v5p processors — the most powerful of its homegrown AI accelerators yet — into general availability. These chips feature a 2x improvement in floating point operations per second and a 3x improvement in memory bandwidth speed.

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All of those fast chips need an underlying architecture that can keep up with them. So in addition to the new chips, Google also announced Tuesday new AI-optimized storage options. Hyperdisk ML, which is now in preview, is the company’s next-gen block storage service that can improve model load times by up to 3.7x, according to Google.

Google Cloud is also launching a number of more traditional instances, powered by Intel’s fourth- and fifth-generation Xeon processors. The new general-purpose C4 and N4 instances, for example, will feature the fifth-generation Emerald Rapids Xeons, with the C4 focused on performance and the N4 on price. The new C4 instances are now in private preview, and the N4 machines are generally available today.

Also new, but still in preview, are the C3 bare-metal machines, powered by older fourth-generation Intel Xeons, the X4 memory-optimized bare metal instances (also in preview) and the Z3, Google Cloud’s first storage-optimized virtual machine that promises to offer “the highest IOPS for storage optimized instances among leading clouds.”

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