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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Registration Open

Newseum – Knight Conference Center
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Networking Breakfast

Newseum – Knight Conference Center
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

President’s Update

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
NVCA President and CEO Bobby Franklin will bookend a busy year for NVCA, updating the membership on NVCA’s advocacy efforts from the past year and providing a look behind the curtain at what’s to come in the year ahead.

Data Download: State of VC

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
PitchBook is now the official data provider of NVCA!   Adley Bowden, Vice President of Market Analysis at PitchBook, will level set with a data download to set the stage for policy discussions ahead. 

KEYNOTE: Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Chairman of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
  • Author of legislation to create a startup visa

Through his over fifteen years of public service first in the U.S. House of Representatives and now in the U.S. Senate, Senator Flake has developed a keen interest in the startup community and a deep appreciation for the contributions of immigrant founders to the U.S. economy.  Senator Flake will share with us the details of his legislation to create a startup visa for immigrant founders and provide us updates on other key policy matters he is working on as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.

Make Our Public Markets Great Again!

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The median number of venture-backed IPOs per year has dropped precipitously over recent decades.  The JOBS Act was a great first step to help venture-backed companies onramp to the public markets but more needs to be done to ensure they are successful once there.  This panel will explore what happened, why, and what we can do about it to reopen the IPO markets to venture-backed companies.

Moderator: Scott Kupor, Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz


  • Bobby Bartlett, Professor of Law and Faculty Director at the Berkley Center for Law, Business and the Economy
  • Milan Dalal, Senior Economic Adviser at Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
  • Barry Eggers, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Brett Paschke, Head of Equity Capital Markets at William Blair


11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pushing Tax Reform to Encourage New Company Formation

11:30 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
With unified Republican control of both the White House and Congress, the likelihood of tax reform increased significantly.  Five months after President Trump took office, we will check on the reform efforts taking place in key congressional committees, discuss how the risks and opportunities for your firms and portfolio companies, and provide an update on our efforts to encourage new company formation in tax reform.

Moderator: Justin Field, Vice President of Government Affairs at NVCA


  • Ray Beeman, Co-Leader of the Washington Council Ernst & Young Practice of Ernst & Young LLP
  • Steven Franklin, Founding Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
  • Lori Prater, Tax Counsel and Policy Director for Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)
  • Jon Talisman, Founding Partner at Capitol Tax Partners

Networking Lunch

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Immigrant Entrepreneurship Under the Trump Administration

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The talent of immigrant entrepreneurs has played a large role in startup growth and success in the U.S. Given President Trump’s attention to immigration reform, this panel will provide important updates on congressional and the administration’s efforts to reform immigration and how those efforts will impact the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Moderator: Bobby Franklin, President & CEO of NVCA


  • George Fishman, Chief Counsel at the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the House Judiciary Committee
  • Brendan Parets, Policy Counsel at the Senate Republican Policy Committee
  • Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Sherpa Capital
  • Scott Sandell, Managing General Partner at NEA

Engaging Government Agencies as Customers and Partners in Innovation

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The federal government and its many agencies and offices offers tremendous opportunity for startup companies to do business as well as partner in innovation.  During this panel, we will convene leaders from across the federal government who are responsible for strategies to bring the federal government into the 21st century to discuss how we can encourage the government to purchase more entrepreneur-generated technology, and how to better connect your portfolio companies to the right people in government to solve critical issues for the country.

Moderator: Scott Frederick, Partner and Head of Business Development and Federal Government Initiatives at NEA


  • Justin Antonipillai, Former Counselor to the Secretary, Delegated Duties of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at US Dept. of Commerce
  • Kyla Fullenwider, Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Census Bureau
  • Dan Tangherlini, Former Administrator of the United States General Services Administration
  • Sean Singleton, Director of Engagement for DIUx

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Policymaking During Rapid Innovation in Healthcare and Technology

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Innovation is exploding in many areas of venture investment, including healthcare, cybersecurity, machine learning, and many others.  Policymakers will be confronted with rapidly changing products and services that will touch the lives of their constituents in the years to come.  This panel will discuss how policymakers can shape these developments in a way that supports innovation.

Moderator: Jeff Farrah, Vice President of Government Affairs at NVCA


  • Paul Edattel, Chief Counsel for Health Subcommittee at House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Lisa Maki, CEO of PokitDok
  • Nick Rossi, Staff Director at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Rich Wong, General Partner at Accel Partners

KEYNOTE: Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Chief Deputy Whip of the Senate Democratic Conference
  • Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet

As the senior senator from Hawaii and member of the Senate Democrat’s leadership team, Senator Schatz is active on a number of issues impacting the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including as a member of the Banking Committee and as Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet.  During his keynote address, Senator Schatz will update us on the latest policy deliberations playing out on Capitol Hill and their impact on venture capital and startups.

Chair’s Address

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
NVCA Board of Directors Chair Venky Ganesan of Menlo Ventures will reflect on his term and offer parting words to the membership as he steps down from the board after five years of service to the industry.

Passing of the Gavel

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz will receive the ceremonial gavel from his predecessor, marking the official start of his 2017-2018 term as Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors.

Capitol Hill Reception

Dirksen Senate Office Building – 106
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a reception on Capitol Hill featuring Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), honorary co-host and former venture-backed entrepreneur.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Networking Breakfast

Rayburn House Office Building – 2322
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Washington, DC under President Trump

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Veteran Washington Strategists Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti will review the Trump Administration’s first 112 days and offer perspectives on what to expect over the next year.  These veteran strategists will examine the politics and policies of the moment and how they will impact our industry and our portfolio companies.

NVCA Policy Priorities

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
NVCA lobbyists Jeff Farrah, Justin Field and Charlotte Savercool will provide an overview of NVCA’s positions on key policy issues and our Capitol Hill meetings during the day.

Meetings with Policymakers

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
After a crash course in NVCA’s policy priorities, participate in Hill meetings with lawmakers and staff to help shape our policy agenda.

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