Launch•a•ble: noun - An event series designed to facilitate the creation of innovative, venture-scalable startups.
That's a wrap for our first Launchable event – congratulations to our winning teams! MVL would like to extend a huge thank you to our participants, speakers, judges, mentors, and special guests. We hope to see you at our next Launchable event.Watch the pitches
Join us virtually to build and advance your idea, learn from experienced operators and expert mentors, and pitch to a panel of VC judges. There are two ways to participate: 1) as a team, or 2) as an individual with an idea and/or eagerness to join a team.
Launchable: Web3 Startups includes a series of presentations from industry experts, discussions and networking in our community Discord channel, and time to work with your team to develop the idea, business model, prototype and final pitch.
We are looking for participants with varying backgrounds, including business, software development, product, and design. No prior web3 knowledge required. Applications are due by March 1. The event fee is $75 for applicants who are accepted.
Philip Rosedale is the Founder of Linden Lab, parent company of Second Life, an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world which is now acknowledged as a pioneering metaverse. Following Second Life, he worked on several projects related to distributed work and computing. Excited by innovations in these areas and the proliferation of new VR-enabling devices, he re-entered the virtual worlds space in 2013, co-founding High Fidelity, a company devoted to exploring the future of next-generation shared virtual reality. Philip rejoined Second Life in 2022, as Strategic Advisor, focused on helping to shape and build a better metaverse.
Prior to Linden Lab, Philip created an innovative Internet video conferencing product ("FreeVue"), which was later acquired by RealNetworks, where he went on to become Vice President and CTO.
Spencer Rascoff is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire, dot.LA, Pacaso, Recon Food, Queue and Supernova, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. Spencer is an active angel investor and is starting new companies through his Los Angeles startup studio “75 & Sunny.” Spencer is co-chair of Supernova, a family of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) which have raised over $1 billion in capital. He is also on the Board of Directors of Palantir. Spencer teaches a Harvard University course, “Startups from Ideation to Exit,” and co-created and co-taught the “Managing Tech Ventures'' course at Harvard Business School. Spencer is the host of "Office Hours,” a podcast featuring candid conversations between prominent executives on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and startups.
Julie Larson-Green is the former chief experience officer (CXO) of the Office Experience Organization at Microsoft, where she worked 1993 through 2017. She subsequently joined Qualtrics as their CXO. Larson-Green notably managed the implementation of ribbons in Microsoft Office 2007, replacing the menu-driven interface with context-specific "ribbons" for which she won a technical leadership award in 2013. In addition, she led the efforts to evolve Microsoft's Metro design language (to become known as "Metro Style") to also ship as part of Windows 8, in 2012. "User interface is customer service for the computer."
Ed Fries created his first video games for the Atari 800 in the early 1980s. He joined Microsoft in 1986, and spent the next ten years as one of the early developers of Excel and Word. He left the Office team to pursue his passion for interactive entertainment and created Microsoft Game Studios. Over the next eight years he grew the team from 50 people to over 1200, published more than 100 games including more than a dozen million+ sellers, co-founded the Xbox project, and made Microsoft one of the leaders in the video game business.
Rahul Sood is the CEO and co-founder of Irreverent Labs, the former CEO of Unikrn, and was the founder of VoodooPC. Sood was also an early investor in AR/VR company Vrvana he's also an investor in blockchain play to earn horse racing game ZED Run, and high end PC gaming company, MAINGEAR.