Venture West Conference


11.8.2018 8:00AM - 6:00PM


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 1400 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304

Premier Sponsors


The Encore Event Covering The New Age of Venture Capital in the Built World.

The sold-out Venture Conference in Chicago was a huge hit.

In fact, it was such a huge hit that we’re hosting an encore Venture West Conference in San Francisco on Nov 8.

According to CB Insights research, 2016 and 2017 brought the highest number of “built tech” startup investments by VC funds (a 169% increase since 2012) in history. It appears we’ve entered a new age of investment interest in the space.

The Venture West Conference is a full-day premium event that brings together the built world’s leading investors and hottest startups for a deep dive into the trends and themes shaping the new era of Venture in our industry.

25 venture experts. 3+ hours of built-in networking. One small-group BW Insights Workshop. And more.

Venture Experts (Aka Our Speakers)

More to be announced soon!

Andrew Ackerman

Managing Director, Dreamit

Kevin Barnes

Vice President & Managing Director, Ferguson Ventures at Ferguson Enterprises

Chris Callen

CEO, Grit Virtual, Inc.

Brandon Dobell

Investment Banking, William Blair

Jordan Fudge

Managing Partner, Sinai Ventures

Ralph Gootee

CTO & Co-Founder, PlanGrid

Gabe Greenbaum

Partner, The Pritzker Group

Atul Khanzode

Board Member, WND Ventures

Andy Mathis

Head of Business Development and Partnerships, Oculus VR

Blake Miller


Joel Newbert

Principal, Silver Lake

Don Henrich

President, Assemble Systems

Zak Schwarzman

Partner, MetaProp

Shane Scranton

Co-founder & CEO, IrisVR

Willy Schlacks

President, EquipmentShare

Mike Travalini

President of Residential Services, SMS Assist

Supporting Sponsors

This event is great for:

Startup CEOs:

They’ve got an amazing new technology that will revolutionize the built industry. They have vision, energy, grit, and a great business plan. They’re only missing one thing – cash.

Executives of Venture Firms:

They are taking the pulse of the industry, scanning the room for the next technology that will make it BIG. They know how to get a business off the ground and bring in major cash.

Leaders of Corporate Innovation Programs and Investment Groups:

They see that technology is constantly changing. At any second, a new trend could disrupt their business. They need to stay ahead of the curve and make sure they are in control of industry changes. They know that the best way to dominate the industry is to invest in cutting-edge tech.


Day 1 Schedule






Opening Remarks

Matt Gray, Co-Founder, BuiltWorlds


Top Investors of 2018

Curated by: BuiltWorlds Insights Team

BuiltWorlds Insights is on a mission to keep you informed with the latest industry advancements in technology. With 2018 shaping up to be the biggest year for investment into the built tech industry, we are offering up a slew of venture-related Research pieces including our “Venture Investors 50 List” and “Venture in the Built World Research Report” to kick-off the industry’s premier conference for built industry leaders and investors. Discover who made this years List, notable investments of 2018 and what’s behind the mass acceleration of innovation in construction and real estate tech.


Built Industry Leaders




Keynote: Gabe Greenbaum, Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Gabe Greenbaum joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2012. He has been involved in the financing, strategy and operations of various technology, energy/clean-technology and business service companies for the past 13 years. Pritzker’s wide-focused and active venture firm invests in all kinds of tech startups. Pritzker Group led SMS Assist’s (multi-site property management) $45 million Series B in 2013. The startup has gone on to raise a quarter-billion to date. IrisVR and Augury (machine diagnostics tech) have also received PG investments. Learn more about investment strategies and technology venture capital while hearing about the firm’s successful companies, network of advisors, strategic partners and customers.



Reality altering tools for the AEC industry are becoming increasingly prevalent and cheap, creating a need to understand how they fit into every industry in the built environment. Hear how the immersive experience is changing the industry and investment strategies in the space. During this panel session, the companies leading this groundbreaking technology discuss integration, market size and the future of ConTech.


Fireside Chat with Assemble Systems

Don Henrich is an accomplished technology veteran in both the MCAD and the AEC industries. As President and CEO of Assemble he brings a distinguished track record of innovation, winning strategies, team building, and the ability to quickly grow revenue and market share. Hear about Autodesk’s recent acquisition of Assemble Systems and their new partnership with the industry’s leader in cloud-based construction technology solutions.




Keynote: Brandon Dobell, Managing Director, William Blair

After more than 15 years in Equity Research Brandon Dobell is now helping William Blair launch its Investment Banking Services (IBS) Group. IBS will deliver the firm’s full range of services to our clients with an emphasis on serving public companies. He joined William Blair in 2007 as Group Head of Global Services Equity Research, managing a team of analysts covering services and technology stocks across Business, HR, Commercial, Education, Real Estate and Information Services industries. Hear from William Blair’s Managing Director - named the #1 Stock Picker and #1 Earnings Estimator in 2017 for the Real Estate Services and Development Industries by Thomson Reuters.


Built Industry Unicorns


Break & Networking


Residential & Multi-Family Investing


Investing in Smart Cities


Closing Remarks


Wednesday November 7 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at DPR Construction

Join us for an intimate evening of drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and networking with Venture West speakers, special guests, and BuiltWorlds Members.

The event will be held at DPR Construction located at 1450 Veterans Boulevard, Redwood City, CA 94063.

We keep the guest list small and the drinks cold so you can focus on making the connections that matter. Space is limited and tickets will sell out.


Contact Alex Maksymec at for the access code.

Venture Exclusives

Demo Day

Our community also loves learning about the start-ups that are operating at the cutting-edge of the built world. So by popular demand, we’ll be organizing an event called Demo Day on Friday Nov. 9, (the day after Venture West), where investors and industry players will be able to hear presentations from start-ups about their new products and services.

If you would be interested in presenting or just attending, please RSVP by filling out this form here. Space is limited and the deadline to RSVP is October 1, 2018. We’ll be confirming your attendance in the coming weeks.

Register Here!

Deal Book

To help our members get the most value out of this event, we’re going to be distributing a Deal Book to all attendees that will compile posts from the Venture Deal Board. For $500, any start-up can have their deal included in the Venture West Deal Book, even if they don’t plan to attend the conference. The Deal Book will be sent digitally to all attendees and physical copies will be available during the conference. It’s a great way to have a presence at one of our most popular events and get in front of investors specializing in the built space. Contact Sam Huffman at  to learn more!

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 1400 Page Mill Road Palo Alto CA 94304

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What's included in the ticket?

Access to all sessions at the conference.
Continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments.
Participation in BuiltWorlds Research-led workshops.
Access to available white papers, speaker presentations (per speaker consent) and event attendee portal.
Invitation to the VIP Kick Off Party (be sure to register early, as spaces are limited!)

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There are multiple to choose from, including: San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), and San Jose International (SJC).

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