Venture for America Summer Celebration

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Many thanks to all our supporters, sponsors, Fellows and friends that made our 2014 Summer Celebration possible! Check out pictures from the event here.

If you’d like to support the work VFA is doing, you can help us celebrate our third birthday by making a contribution or picking up some VFA swag!


3rd Annual VFA Summer Celebration

Thursday, June 5th, 7-11pm
IAC: 555 West 18th Street

The keynote address was delivered by Dan Gilbert, moderated by David Brooks, author and Op-Ed Columnist at the New York Times

Dan Gilbert discussed his work transforming Detroit through real estate investments, placemaking initiatives, and the relocation of many of his businesses and employees to downtown Detroit.

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Event Luminaries

Charles Best, Founder of DonorsChoose
Vinit Bharara, Co-Founder of Quidsi (
David Brooks, Author and Columnist, New York Times
Margo Cohen MD, President of Glycadia Pharmaceuticals
Jennifer Fleiss, Co-Founder of Rent the Runway
Avi Flombaum, Dean of Flatiron School
Bill Ford, CEO of General Atlantic
Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Warby Parker
Jason Hogg, Founder & CEO of Revolution Money
Bob Jeffrey, Chairman & CEO of JWT Worldwide
Jeremy Johnson, Co-Founder of 2U
Dhani Jones, New York Giants & Fox Sports 1
Dina Kaplan, Co-Founder of Blip
Donald Katz, Founder & CEO of Audible
John Katzman, Founder of 2U & Princeton Review
Robert LoCascio, Founder & CEO of LivePerson
Cyrus Massoumi, CEO & Founder of ZocDoc
Alexis Maybank, Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor of Gilt
Jon Oringer, CEO of Shutterstock
Dan Porter, Head of Digital at William Morris Endeavor
Jeff Raider, Co-Founder of Harry’s
David Rose, Founder & CEO of Gust
Barry Rosenstein, Founder of Jana Partners
Bob Safian, Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company
Alisa Volkman, Co-Founder of Babble Media
Dan Yang, EVP of Viacom Entertainment Group
Lauren Zalaznick, Former EVP of NBC Universal
Jeffrey Zurofsky, Partner & CEO of ‘wichcraft

and many other special guests.


Please join us as we welcome our incoming class of Fellows, recognize the graduation of the inaugural Class of 2012, and celebrate another successful year with our dedicated partners and valued supporters.

Can’t make it on June 5th, but would like to donate? All contributions are tax deductible.
To learn more about sponsoring the Summer Celebration or the benefits of a VIP Package, get more info here.
Event Co-chairs

Cameron Breitner
Sy Jacobs
Dan Rosenthal
Marian Salzman
Andrew Yang


Event Hosts

Jay Bockhaus
Michael Borofsky
Randy Brandoff
Eric Cantor
Cariann Chan
Robin Chan
Mark Peter Davis
John Delbridge
Anuradha Duggal
Peter Ezersky
Mathew Farkash
Greg Gushee
Sophia Gushee
Samer Hamadeh
Gary Horowitz
Tom Huang
Anne Hubert
Tina Imm
Jason van Itallie
Michael Kahan
Dan Kelley
Kerry Kellogg
Princess Khaliya
LeRoy Kim
Apar Kothari
Sarah Kunst
Charlie Kroll
Alison Lindland
Darren MacDonald
Blair Miller
Andrew Mitchell
Chris Paik
Andy Parker
Charles Penner
Brandon Pollak
Warfield Price
Steve Schlafman
Kimmy Scotti
Christopher Sealey
Guillermo Silberman
Eric Starr
Bernard Sucher
William White
Bob Wu

Stevie Soul & Omar Aragones
DJ Car Stereo (Wars)







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Beer Sponsor

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In Kind Sponsors

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