VCs from Freestyle, Plexo Capital and Sequoia join Startup Battlefield judges TechCrunch


Are you ready to rumble, TechCrunch style? Twenty of the most promising and creative start-ups – chosen from the elite Start Battlefield 200 – will bring the heat for $100,000 in the world famous Startup Battlefield competition to TechCrunch disrupts October 18-20 in San Francisco.

We have an outstanding cohort of VCs ready to hear their pitches and follow with tough Q&As – and we’re excited to add three more to the roster. Did you miss the other Startup Battlefield VC judges? You can find them in groups a, of them, Three, four and five.

Did you know? Startup Battlefield is not only exciting to watch; it’s a master class in how investors think. The judges’ comments provide insight into the criteria they use to determine whether or not a business is viable. Watch and learn what investors are looking for, what motivates them, and what drives them to schedule a meeting.

Buckle up, folks, here are the next three judges ready to help crown Startup Battlefield’s next champion:

Joséphine Chen, partner at Sequoia

Josephine Chen focuses on seed and Series A companies in enterprise software, fintech and crypto. She works with companies such as Found, Magic Eden, Benchling and Anrok. Prior to joining Sequoia, Chen worked at Emergence Capital and McKinsey.

Dave Samuel, co-founder of Freestyle.vc

A seasoned executive, serial entrepreneur, and internet pioneer in software and media, Dave Samuel is co-founder of Freestyle.vc. The seed-stage venture capital firm has more than $565 million in assets under management and investments in more than 150 startups. Freestyle led the starting rounds in Airtable, Patreon, BetterUp, Narvar, and Snapdocs.

In 2004, Samuel co-founded Crackle, an Internet video platform acquired by Sony for $65 million in 2006. Earlier in his career, he founded Spinner, the first Internet radio service, which AOL acquired for $320 million. million dollars in 1999. Samuel graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering.

Lo Toney, founding managing partner of Plexo Capital

Lo Toney incubated and created GV’s Plexo Capital with a strategy to increase access to early stage deal flow. The firm invests in early-stage, emerging venture capital companies (led by various managers) and invests directly in companies from the portfolios of venture capital companies in which Plexo Capital has an investment.

Investors in Plexo Capital funds include Alphabet/Google, Intel Capital, Cisco Investments, RBC, Southern New Hampshire University, Home Depot, Hearst Corporation, Hampton University Endowment, JIMCO and the Ford Foundation.

Toney’s investment expertise includes enterprise infrastructure, cybersecurity, fintech, marketplaces, e-commerce, gaming and tech-savvy consumers. As a regular CNBC contributor, he provides commentary on financial markets and tech companies.

Prior to founding Plexo Capital, Toney was a partner on GV’s investment team where he focused on markets, mobile and consumer products. Toney earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley) and his BS from Hampton University in Virginia.

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