You're invited to an unforgettable dinner with NEA Venture Partner Ben Narasin and X Cultural Alchemist Gina Rudan. Enjoy an intimate conversation with Ben and Gina, curated connections, and a business challenge and pitch off... over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal.
Ben Narasin is a Venture Partner at NEA, one of the world’s largest and most active venture capital firms with more than $20 billion in committed capital.
Ben is a 25-year entrepreneur and 10-year early-stage investor. His knack for spotting emerging trends led him to make seed investments in companies like Dropcam, Lending Club, TellApart, Kabbage and Zenefits. Before NEA, Narasin most recently served as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures, and was previously with TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm’s seed funding investment activities.
Like many of NEA’s partners, Ben’s path to investing is rooted in entrepreneurship. He founded several consumer companies before launching his investing career, including Fashionmall.com, one of the first e-commerce companies, which he founded and led to a successful IPO.
As 'Cultural Alchemist', Gina leads Culture and Diversity for X (formerly Google X). X is a moonshot factory that creates radical new technologies aimed at solving some of the world's hardest problems. Previous projects incubated at X include Wing, which is focused on transforming the transportation of goods; and Loon, which is expanding Internet connectivity using stratospheric balloons.
Prior to joining X, Gina was a Senior Diversity Manager at Google, where she designed Google’s first Immerse Virtual Reality educational series exploring racial identity. Before Google, she founded her own leadership development training practice, Genuine Insights Inc. and wrote the best selling book Practical Genius. She was appointed to be the Chief Inspiration Officer for the Entrepreneurial Barbie by Mattel Inc. and the National Association of Women’s Business Owners awarded her with their Hall of Fame award.
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