Yale Entrepreneurs, Engineers & Innovators

Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Presenter: Emmett Shear ’05, Davenport College (Founder, Twitch)
Emmett Shear ’05, Davenport College (Founder, Twitch)
LinkedIn Profile - Emmett Shear has lead Twitch – a service that’s helping to change the way people create, consume and participate in their entertainment – since its founding in 2011. While it’s known for gaming live-streams and esports, Twitch creators and communities have expanded to include music, traditional sports, cooking, the creative arts and more. Today, more than a million people, on average, are tuning in to Twitch at any given time to watch, chat and connect with people who share their passions.
About Twitch: Launched in 2011, Twitch is a one-of-a-kind collision of subcultures, games, communities, and streamers co-creating content around everything they’re into. This is more than just watching; this is multiplayer entertainment — unique, live, unpredictable, never-to-be-repeated experiences created by the interactions of many. Twitch brings the joy of co-op to everything gamers love, from anime marathons to e-sports competitions and more. Shear’s unique perspective combines his experience as both an entrepreneur and part-time partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator, where he advises startups on product and strategy.

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How do you “break into the world of tech?” What does a CEO do? Or a product manager? Or a venture capitalist? For an inside look at professional life in Silicon Valley after Yale, SEAS is proud to present “Yale Entrepreneurs, Engineers & Innovators,” a lecture and discussion series from Ann Miura-Ko ’98 BSEE. In this multi-part series, Ann will draw from her experience as a co-founding partner of seed-stage venture capital firm Floodgate. She will also host guests who have been instrumental in shaping today’s technology sector.

Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at Floodgate, a seed-stage VC firm in Palo Alto, CA. A repeat member of the Forbes Midas List and the New York Times Top 20 Venture Capitalists Worldwide, Ann and her firm were one of the first investors in companies such as Lyft, Twitter, Twitch and IFTTT. She is also a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford, a co-director of the Mayfield Fellows Program at Stanford, a member of the Yale Corporation and a co-founding member of All Raise, a nonprofit committed to improving diversity in funders and founders.