Join us for TechFire’s next big event!



When & Where: March 20, 2019, 8 AM — 12 Noon • Westside Los Angeles

Audience: business leaders & tech leaders: CEOs, CFOs, investors, etc. TechFire’s past conferences have attracted as many as 410 RSVPs. We’ve hosted 40+ events since 2013.

Program Overview: Featuring an all-star lineup of venture capital, tech, economic, and political leaders: VCs from Silicon Valley (Index Ventures' Nina Achadjian, Shasta Ventures’ Nitin Chopra) and L.A. (Greycroft’s Mark Terbeek), economist LAEDC’s Somjita Mitra, Ph.D.), Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), and more. Plus, of course, great networking.

How to Register: to register, visit the event ticketing page.



TechFire has been recognized in Techmeme's list of nationally significant tech events. Don't miss the chance to network with tech and business leaders and to hear from an all-star lineup of speakers: VCs, economists, and political leaders.

  • Index Ventures' Nina Achadjian, who led the “the largest [B2B] software raise in Southern California history” for LA’s newest unicorn, ServiceTitan

  • The Future of Digital Media & the Cloud: Mark Terbeek, Partner, Greycroft

  • The Future of Enterprise & Cybersecurity: Nitin Chopra, Partner, Shasta Ventures

  • Economic Forecast: Somjita Mitra, Ph.D., Director of Institute for Applied Economics, LAEDC

  • Political Outlook: Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA)



Index Ventures' Nina Achadjian
Investor/Board member, servicetitan

Index Ventures' Nina Achadjian led the recent $165 million Series D round for LA’s newest unicorn, ServiceTitan — the largest software raise in Southern California history, as well as the largest raise for any vertical software company in the world.

Other Index Ventures investments include companies like Bird, Skype, King, Sonos, Dropbox, Aurora, and Robinhood. Index Ventures is investing out of two funds totaling $1.65 billion — a $650 million early stage fund, and a $1 billion growth fund. The firm has dual headquarters in San Francisco and London. 

Nina focuses on venture and growth investments in enterprise and is particularly excited about vertical SaaS. She believes that the barriers to entry of reaching SMBs have come down significantly. Many of the software players over the last decade have focused on enterprise customers, leaving a greenfield opportunity for startups that sell to SMBs.

Previously at Google and Citigroup, Nina is also the founder of HIVE Ventures, the first seed fund focusing on Armenian entrepreneurs. A graduate of Harvard University, Nina resides in San Francisco and enjoys watching football and Formula 1. 


Greycroft’s Mark Terbeek

Mark Terbeek is a Partner with Greycroft, a leading venture capital firm with $1.3 billion in assets under management, focused on investments in the Internet and mobile markets.

Greycroft is currently investing out of two funds to support entrepreneurs at any stage, including Greycroft Fund V, a $256 million venture fund, and Greycroft Growth II, a $365 million growth-stage fund. The venture fund invests between $100,000 and $5 million in a first check, and will invest up to $10 million over multiple rounds. The growth fund starts at $10 million and will invest up to $35 million in a company.

Previously, Mark was a partner with MK Capital, a venture fund based in Los Angeles and Chicago.  Mark also co-founded Jamcracker Inc., an early SaaS pioneer where he served as its vice president of corporate development.  He also worked at McKinsey & Co., a management-consulting firm.  

Mark has led investments and served on the boards of ZEFR, AwesomenessTV (Comcast), DramaFever (Warner Brothers), Machinima (Warner Brothers), Bladelogic (BMC), Kontiki (Verisign) and VPNet Technologies (Avaya) and he was a Board Observer at Exodus Communications.  Mark is a graduate of DePauw University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business


Shasta Ventures’ Nitin Chopra

Nitin Chopra is a Partner at Shasta Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based on Silicon Valley’s legendary Sand Hill Road. Shasta Ventures invests in enterprise and consumer tech startups such as Nest Labs (acquired by Google), Mint (acquired by Intuit), and Nextdoor. Founded in 2004, Shasta Ventures has more than $1B under management, with its current fund totaling $323.2 million.

Nitin Chropra focuses on enterprise and infrastructure software, particularly in security and data technologies. He serves as a board director of Cequence Security, ISARA, SlamData, FogLogic and Kubit AI, and is actively involved with Shasta Ventures’ investments in LucidWorks, Data.World, ValiMail, Lightbend, Aquera and Macrometa.

Nitin routinely interacts with Fortune 500 IT Executives and holds executive roundtables with enterprise IT executives and venture-backed start-up CEOs. Prior to joining Shasta Ventures, Nitin spent a number of years in Product Management, and worked across Canada, Germany and the USA. Nitin earned an MBA degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, where Nitin is a member of McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board.


Political Outlook


Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Westside)
Member, Congressional Internet Caucus
Co-Chair, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee
Member, Judiciary Committee
Member, foreign affairs Committee

We are thrilled that Congressman Ted Lieu — a computer scientist and lawyer by background — will join us to address what's next in this incredibly impactful time in politics.

Among the most prominent Members of Congress due to his Twitter savvy and near-daily appearances on CNN and MSNBC, Congressman Lieu serves on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership team as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. He is a member of House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees, and the Congressional Internet and STEM Caucuses. He represents a district in the Westside of Los Angeles County that encompasses the core of the Los Angeles tech community, including areas such as Santa Monica, Venice, and part of Playa Vista. 

Congressman Lieu has a B.A. in Computer Science and Political Science from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Economic Forecast


LAEDC’s Somjita MitrA, Ph.D.
Director of Institute for Applied Economics at LAEDC

Dr. Somjita Mitra joined the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)’s Institute for Applied Economics as an Economist in June 2013.  She is involved in the planning, designing and conducting of research and analysis for LAEDC’s internal departments and for consulting clients and local businesses and governments.

LAEDC (the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation) was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit, public-benefit organization to harness the power of private sector in collaboration with L.A. County, to guide economic development and create more widely shared prosperity. LAEDC collaborates with all stakeholders in the region including education, business, and government. LAEDC also convenes the popular Innovate LA festival each year.

Dr. Mitra received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UCLA and her M.A. in Politics, Economics and Business as well as her Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University.  She enjoys volunteering in the local community and is actively involved in both women’s welfare and animal rescue organizations.


When + Where

Wed, March 20, 2019

8am Networking

9 am Conference Program, featuring:

  • Tech & VC leaders on trends & the market in 2019

  • Economic Forecast

  • Predicting the Unpredictable: Political Outlook

11 am Networking


Westside LA (TBA)

Who Attends TechFire