For Our Speakers

WAVC is comprised of 800+ venture capitalists with more than $150 billion under management. WAVC's primary focus is its distinguished speaker series, which has hosted hundreds of the country's most celebrated people in business, politics, education, sports and entertainment. Below are a few individuals who have addressed our members in recent years.
  • Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google
  • Meg Whitman, CEO, eBay
  • John Chambers, CEO, Cisco
  • Mitt Romney, US Presidential Candidate
  • Paul Begala, CNN Political Analyst
  • Don Valentine, founder of Sequoia Capital
  • Quentin Hardy, Forbes Silicon Valley Bureau Chief
  • Billy Beane, General Manager, Oakland A's
Thought leaders speaking to WAVC members have access to:
  • The world's most successful and influential venture investors
  • A collective investment pool of many billions of dollars
  • Some of the brightest minds in technology, finance and business
  • Individuals who were the original investors in groundbreaking companies like Google, YouTube, eBay and Amazon as well as Oracle, Cisco, Intel, Apple and Genentech.
WAVC members look forward to guest speakers who are willing to share their experiences as well as their knowledge and insights, especially as they relate to investment and business trends. WAVC members are especially interested in:
  • Learning about new ideas and emerging trends
  • Hearing stories of success—and lessons learned
  • Identifying new areas of investment opportunity
  • Seeing potential connections between markets, industries or companies
  • Being challenged and inspired
General Logistics
Most events take place at the Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park. Held over a sit-down lunch, WAVC events typically draw from 80 to 150 venture capitalists. Guest speakers typically present for 30 minutes followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. Projection capabilities are available upon request, but they are not a requirement.

Speakers are encouraged to speak about whatever topic(s) they feel would be of greatest interest and relevance to the WAVC membership. Typically, guest speakers develop their own topic, but WAVC program directors are also happy to discuss potential topics in advance.

Contact Information
Kim Yates Grosso

More Information
See a list of past WAVC speakers
See a list WAVC member firms
Find out more about WAVC