Third annual VCJ conference is here!

I like to go to a lot of conferences. Sometimes, it’s the content that appeals to me, when a certain speaker or two catches my attention and I know I must go to listen to him or her.

Other times, I go to conferences for the networking opportunities, to meet people in the hallways or chit chat over a beverage.

I strongly believe that our Venture Alpha West conference has both—compelling content and great networking prospects.

Coming up Oct. 7-9 is our third annual conference in which Thomson Reuters and VCJ is gathering together hundreds of LPs, GPs and entrepreneurs to discuss multiple issues facing the venture industry.

This is our third annual Venture Alpha event, but our first at the luxurious Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif., and I’m really looking forward to the lineup of venture capitalist speakers we have, including Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners and Venky Ganesan of Menlo Ventures.

Truly, there are too many speakers to mention, but you can check out the line by visiting our conference website at

In addition, on Oct. 8, we’re working with Girls in Tech and Vator to present additional content focused on female entrepreneurship in technology. In addition, that afternoon’s venture panel consists of a lineup of young rock star VCs, including Maha Ibrahim of Canaan Ventures, Katherine Barr of Mohr Davidow Ventures, Sharon Wienbar of Scale Venture Partners and Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Venture Fund. I’m currently slated as the moderator of the panel and I’m very much looking forward to it.

The entire Venture Alpha event will showcase leading VCs, and should be a terrific forum to discuss the changing venture landscape, fundraising concerns and how to build and scale successful companies in this environment.

Chances are, if you’re at the conference, you’re reading this magazine now and you have it in your hands.

If so, come find me. Tell me what you think of the event, the content and the people you met. Let me know what you would like to see at our future conferences.

And of course, if you have time, let’s go grab a beverage and talk about what trends you’re seeing.

Thanks. And I hope to see you there.