SAN FRANCISCO, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Motion To Dismiss Cancer, a team formed to raise money for the Roger Royse 2012 Man of The Year campaign benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ("LLS"), is announcing the final round of the "2012 Venture Capital Master's Lunch Series" auction where anyone can bid to win private meetings with some of Silicon Valley's top venture capitalists and start-up founders—with all proceeds supporting LLS and its work with blood cancer research.
The final round, running from 12:00pm PDT on June 4–7, brings together some of Silicon Valley's brightest innovators and investors including Sean Parker (Napster, Plaxo, Facebook, Causes, Spotify, Airtime), Gina Bianchini (Ning, Mightybell), Jason Putorti (Mint, Votizen), Brian Chesky (Airbnb), J Sider (BandPage) and Larry Marcus (Walden Venture Capital).
All of these auctions can be found at: http://myworld.ebay.com/celebrityexperienceforlls
Sean Parker will host a dinner to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sean Parker will dine with the winning bidder and up to three friends at Gary Danko in San Francisco on a mutually agreed upon date. The winning bidders will also enjoy a two-night stay at the world renowned Fairmont San Francisco Hotel.
Sean Parker, recently called an "Agent of Disruption" by a Forbes magazine, was the founding President of Facebook, as well as the co-founder of Napster, Plaxo, Causes, and his latest venture: Airtime. In 2006, Parker became managing partner at the Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital fund focused on investing in early-stage companies. In 2009, a friend introduced Parker to Spotify, a Swedish streaming music service he considered the legal heir to the Napster legacy. He later invested $15 million in Spotify and helped it launch in the U.S. and reach over 21.1 million monthly active users on Facebook. Parker is an active philanthropist, having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research.
Bidders will have a chance to win a working lunch and "jam session" hosted at the Stanford d.school with three of the top product designers turned founders in Silicon Valley: Gina Bianchini, Jason Putorti, and Brian Chesky. The winner can learn how to create a successful design culture, get critical feedback on product and strategy, and get valuable time with three of the most highly sought after advisors in Silicon Valley.
Gina Bianchini was an early pioneer in social software, beginning work in this area in 2004 when she and Marc Andreessen co-founded Ning (www.ning.com), the first and largest social platform for interests and passions online. Currently, Bianchini is the CEO and founder of Mightybell (www.mightybell.com), a new social platform seeking to revolutionize how online groups form, organize, and grow around interests, passions and goals. Gina has appeared on the covers of Fortune and Fast Company, and was named to Fortune Magazine's "40 under 40," and Huffington Post's 10 technology "Ultimate Game Changers."
Jason Putorti is the co-founder of Votizen (www.votizen.com) a consumer Internet company working to disrupt the $10B American political industry by delivering votes to candidates at lower cost through social media. Votizen aims to break the cycle of big donors and special interests to deliver better politicians, and a better government to the American people. Jason helped Votizen raise $2.25 million in venture capital from Founders Fund, Sean Parker, SV Angel, and many of the most sought after investors in Silicon Valley. He's a founder advisor to SV Angel, and advises or has invested in many startups on his own. Jason was previously the lead designer behind Mint.com, and a Designer-in-Residence at Bessemer Venture Partners. In January 2012 he was named to Forbes "30 Under 30" for social media and mobile.
Brian Chesky is the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb (www.airbnb.com), one of the fastest-growing consumer Internet startups in the world. Airbnb is disrupting the hotel and vacation rental industry by allowing people to rent their extra rooms, couches, homes, tree houses, and much more. Airbnb is widely regarded as an industry leader in user experience design from the browsing process all the way through the interactions with the Airbnb hosts. Brian has raised a total of $120 million of venture funding for Airbnb from Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, and many other top-tier investors. Airbnb is a 2009 graduate of the Ycombinator startup incubator.
Bidders will have a chance to win a strategy and development session with Larry Marcus, Managing Director at Walden Venture Capital (www.waldenvc.com), and J Sider, founder and CEO of BandPage (www.bandpage.com).
J Sider is the Founder and CEO of BandPage, the #1 music app on Facebook. He was named to both Forbes and Billboard's "30 Under 30" in 2011. He is a musician and music lover at heart, and has extensive experience in managing bands and venues around the country.
Larry Marcus became an investor in Pandora (NYSE: P) in early 2004 when Walden led the "rebirth round" to transform Pandora into a consumer-facing service, and served on the Board of Directors through its IPO. Larry is a Director at SoundHound, BandPage on Facebook, Aarki (mobile monetization), and a Board Observer at PowerCloud Systems. He also led Walden's investment in Terayon (acquired by Motorola) and Telekenex. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Industry Ventures
For more information about the 2012 Venture Capital Master's Lunch Series visit: http://myworld.ebay.com/celebrityexperienceforlls or contact Christina Resasco at (415) 724-7882 or at christina(at)causevault(dot)com.
For more information about Team Motion to Dismiss Cancer's efforts to raise money for LLS please visit http://www.M2DCancer.orgMedia Contact:
Christina Resasco, Motion to Dismiss Cancer, 415.724.7882, firstname.lastname@example.org
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