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Monday, March 16 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Are You A Builder or A Backer?

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You want to make your mark on the world and be part of the next big thing, but there’s more than one path to take – are you a builder or a backer? Hear the unfiltered truths and first-hand experiences from leaders in the industry who have served on both sides of the coin and ultimately found their true passions. Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary turned down opportunities to enter VC in favor of startup life, and since then she’s been through it all – starting from scratch, multiple acquisitions, and even a pivot.
Early stage investor Aileen Lee has been backing companies like One Kings Lane and Dollar Shave Club before you ever heard of them, but returned to VC life after a two-year tour of duty as founding CEO of a VC-backed digital media company. Learn what it really takes to be an entrepreneur versus a venture capitalist, and discover the surprising similarities and the stark contrasts between the two roles, including what it takes to build a successful company from the inside out.

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Sarah Leary

Co-Founder/VP of Mktg & Operations, Nextdoor
Sarah is Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Operations at Nextdoor.com. Prior to Nextdoor, Sarah worked at Benchmark as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Sarah also previously served as Vice President of Marketing at Shopping.com, where she led the effort to create, brand... Read More →
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Aileen Lee

Founder, Cowboy Ventures
Aileen Lee is founder of Cowboy Ventures, a fund that backs seed-stage startups. Cowboy invests in a broad range of consumer and enterprise-focused companies, around the theme of "Life 2.0".
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Leena Rao

Senior Writer, Fortune, Fortune
Leena Rao is currently an operating partner at Google Ventures, focusing on content. She was previously the Managing Editor for TechCrunch, where she spent five years covering tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter and others.

Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A 500 E 4th St

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