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Venture Capitalists Unite to Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Bay Area Chapter
[May 20, 2014]

Venture Capitalists Unite to Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Bay Area Chapter

SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--

More than twenty of Silicon Valley's and New York City's most powerful venture capitalists are uniting today for the 5th Annual Venture Capital Master's Auction Series, an online auction presented by MobilizeForTheCure to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Sean Parker, Keith Rabois and David Lee (News - Alert) are just a few of the luminary figures offering intimate access and exclusive dinners at charity auction site CauseVault, powered by BidAway. The auctions run through June 3rd at 7:00pm(ish) EDT at

"The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is thrilled to partner with the VC auction again to raise funds that will help us fund critical cancer research to save lives and increase access to care for patients living with blood cancers. In the past 50 years, we have seen survival for childhood leukemia go from non-existent to over 90% of children surviving today, said Harriet Patterson, Deputy Executive Director at LLS. This kind of progress can only happen with innovative research and partnership with the VC and tech communities is helping us make cures happen today."

Since 2010, the Venture Capital Master's Auction Series, directed by Christina Resasco has raised over $500,000, enough to fund ten years of research by LLS fellows at UCSF, Stanford and UC Berkeley. Last year's winners came from all over the world including Australia, Poland, Russia and the Philippines. Bid now at

This year's auction lineup includes pitch meetings and influencer dinners with:

  • David Lee (SV Angel Co-founder)
  • Shervin Pishevar (Sherpa Global founder)
  • Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures)
  • Neerja Arora (Vice President WhatsApp)
  • Connie Chan (Andreessen and Horowitz partner)
  • Ethan Kurzweil (Bessemer Venture Partners partner)
  • Dave McClure (500Startups founder)
  • Rob Coneybeer & Tod Francis (Shasta Ventures Co-founder & managing director)
  • Kelly Porter (Woodside Capital Partners partner)
  • James Cham (Bloomberg (News - Alert) Beta partner)
  • Josh Kopelman and Rob Hayes (First Round Capital founder & partner)
  • Mo Koyfman (Spark Capital general partner)
  • Joe Gebbia. (Airbnb co-founder)
  • Tim Chang (Mayfield Fund managing director)
  • Eric Paley (Founder Collective NYC managing partner)
  • Geoff Lewis (Founders Fund partner)
  • Sarah Lacy (PandoDaily founder)
  • Jeremy Levine (Bessemer Venture Partners NYC partner)
  • Adeo Ressi (Founder Institute founder)
  • Jonathan Teo (Binary founder and managing partner)
  • and Sean Parker

"People in tech take philanthropy and charity very seriously, and not just investors, but entrepreneurs as well. Whether it's direct donations, creative fundraising efforts, or even venture funded nonprofits, we use our strengths here to make a difference, said David Lee, co-founder of SV Angels. The actions are just another way we as investors can use one recourse, a few hours of the day, to make an impact, and to introduce new people to the mission."

For more information on the 5th Annual Venture Capital Master's Auction Series, contact Christina Resasco at or 415-724-7882. Follow us @Mobilize4TC.

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