May 16-17, 2018

Washington, DC

VCs-to-DC convenes venture investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers to take part in a conversation on policy issues to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Join us in the nation’s capital for two days of networking, education, public policy discussions, and advocacy on Capitol Hill.

Panel 1


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Registration Open

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

Networking Breakfast

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

General Session

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Newseum – Knight Conference Center

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.

Passing of the Gavel
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

NVCA Board of Directors Chair Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz will reflect on his term and offer parting words as he steps down from the board and hands of the gavel to incoming NVCA Board of Directors Chair Alexis Borisy of Third Rock Ventures.

FIRESIDE CHAT: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Gottlieb    Deepa Pakianathan
Scott Gottlieb                Deepa Pakianathan

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb will participate in a fireside chat with biotechnology investor Deepa Pakianathan of Delphi Ventures to discuss health care policy developments that impact startups and the venture industry.  Commissioner Gottlieb brings considerable experience to federal service, including as a physician, entrepreneur, and Venture Partner at NEA.

FIRESIDE CHAT: Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Case    Kim Hart
Steve Case                       Kim Hart

As former Co-Founder of AOL, Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs.  As Chairman and CEO of Revolution, Steve launched the Rise of the Rest® tour to demonstrate that high-growth companies can start and scale anywhere.  During this fireside chat with Kim Hart, Managing Editor of Axios, Steve will discuss his work to promote emerging ecosystems and what he sees as the key pillars of furthering the growth of ecosystem’s beyond the coasts.

Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

PANEL: The present and future of the U.S. cryptocurrency industry
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Cryptocurrencies have become one of the most significant technology trends in years, with over $4 billion raised in 2017 through ICOs alone.  This panel will explore current trends in the industry, the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, and efforts to create an effective regulatory regime regulators to crack down on fraud and abuse while allowing the promise of underlying technology to be explored here in the U.S.

Moderator: Scott Kupor, Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors


  • Jerry Brito, Executive Director of Coin Center
  • Matt Mulder, Chief Counsel and Legislative Director to Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
  • Colleen Sullivan, Partner at CMT Digital

KEYNOTE: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Kevin McCarthy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been a champion of issues impacting venture capital and the entrepreneurial ecosystem through his many years Congress and in Republican leadership.  From tax reform to immigration to tech policy, Majority Leader McCarthy will discuss a wide range of issues important the ecosystem and provide an update on what he sees around the corner on some of our most pressing issues.

Networking Lunch
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

PANEL: How VCs and entrepreneurs are navigating changing immigration policy
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Political change in Washington has ushered in new approaches to immigration policy.  This panel will examine how VCs, founders, and venture-backed companies are dealing with immigration challenges.  Are venture firms offering immigration services to portfolio companies? Is immigration policy impacting how teams and/or deals are structured? How might the International Entrepreneur Rule be utilized? Have traditional visa options have become more restrictive in the current environment?

Moderator: Jeff Farrah, General Counsel at NVCA


  • Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner at Uncork Capital
  • Ximena Hartsock, Co-founder of Phone2Action
  • Carmen Palafox, Partner at Make in LA

FIRESIDE CHAT: SEC Chairman Jay Clayton
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Clayton     Scott Kupor
Jay Clayton                       Scott Kupor

As Chairman of the SEC, Chairman Jay Clayton works on many important policy issues that touch the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  During his fireside chat with Scott Kupor, Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he will discuss the SEC’s work to make the public markets more accessible to venture-backed companies and how the SEC plans to address regulation of cryptocurrencies and ICOs.

Networking Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

KEYNOTE: Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Ranking Member – Senate Intelligence Committee
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mark Warner

Senator Warner will discuss innovation and startup policy and the unique perspective he brings as a former venture capitalist to the Senate and to the influential Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules & Administration Committees.

PANEL: How tax reform impacts VC and entrepreneurship and what’s next
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The largest tax bill in thirty years passed into law in December 2017.  This panel will explore what was in the bill, which elements impact the ecosystem, and where are the next threats and opportunities in tax policy.

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


  • Steve Franklin, Partner at Gunderson Dettmer
  • Jan Garfinkle, Founder and Managing Director at Arboretum Ventures
  • James Markham, Global Middle Market Tax Leader at EY
  • Jon Talisman, Founding Partner of Capitol Tax Partners

PANEL: The Trump administration approach to tech policy
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Trump Administration’s approach to technology policy has differed in significant ways from that of its predecessor.  Policy areas like privacy, net neutrality, spectrum, competition, immigration, cryptocurrency, patents, and government procurement stand to impact startups and investment in early-stage companies.  This panel of administration officials will discuss new initiatives in these policy areas, fresh approaches to existing matters, and share their perspective on how the administration thinks about the startup ecosystem.

Moderator: Jeff Farrah, General Counsel at NVCA


  • Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy
  • Steve Pinkos, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Domestic Policy for the Vice President
  • Gail Slater, Special Assistant to the President with the National Economic Council


5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Embassy of Canada

Join us for a reception at the Embassy of Canada for evening of networking.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

State of Play of Play Washington, DC
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Veteran Washington strategists David Castagnetti and Bruce Mehlman will review the first year of the Trump Administration and provide an overview of what’s to come for the midterm elections.

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 NVCAs positions on key policy issues and show you the ropes of what it takes to be a successful lobbyist.

Meetings with Policymakers
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

After a crash course in lobbying, participate in Hill meetings with lawmakers and staff to help shape our policy agenda.

Note: meetings assignments will be given the morning of the event.

Panel 2


Member Non-Member
Single  $        1,000.00  $        2,500.00
Group Package (5 Tickets)  $        4,000.00  $      10,000.00


New member firms receive one complimentary ticket to the event. Please contact for information.

Panel 3



Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001


We recommend staying in any of the following hotels during your stay in the nation’s capital!

Capitol Hill Hotel
200 C Street, SE, Washington, DC
(202) 543-6000

The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
(202) 628-2100

Phoenix Park Hotel
520 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC
(202) 638-6900

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
(202) 628-2100

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
(202) 737-1234

Hyatt Place/US Capitol
33 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC
(202) 830-1900

Kimpton George Hotel
15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC
(202) 347-4200

Kimpton Hotel Monaco
700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC
(202) 628-7177


Panel 4


Thank you to our sponsors!

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Special thanks to the Embassy of Canada for hosting our reception!

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