The Include program was launched by TechCrunch in 2014 in order to connect underrepresented and underserved founders in the tech sphere with their network as well as facilitate opportunities. The Office Hours program is one such platform where founders of tech startups can meet Salesforce Ventures investors this year. Matt Garratt, Spencer Chavez, Phoebe Peronto, and Claudine Emeott will be meeting with founders on April 30th, the timing for which is set from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, for around 20 minutes for each founder. They will be offering guidance, giving advice on building and developing their startups and giving product feedback.
Founders from categories like B2B SaaS and Enterprise Technology Startups across various sectors like retail, fintech, , manufacturing, digital, health, impact (education, , diversity, sustainability and inclusion) in addition to artificial intelligence and machine learning, developer tools as well as blockchain are invited to be a part of this program. Companies which are part of the Salesforce Ventures portfolio generally receive funding, guidance from the company’s executives and access to one of the world’s largest cloud systems.
TechCrunch also released a short introduction to each of the investors who will be a part of this program.
Matt Garatt: He is the managing partner of Salesforce Ventures. His extensive work history includes working as vice president at Battery Ventures and working for GE in their corporate strategy group. He has completed investments in top enterprise SaaS companies including DocuSign, Twilio and MuleSoft.
Phoebe Peronto: She is a principal at Salesforce Ventures and focuses on investing in enterprise SaaS companies in an array of industry sectors like retail, emerging technologies and developer tools.
Spender Chavez: He is a principal at Salesforce Ventures and is responsible for sourcing and executing investments mainly in enterprise software companies, and recently in fintech, digital health and emerging technologies.