Founded in 2005, Alpha is an invite-only networking community for founders, CEOs, and leading technology influencers. The idea is simple: to create an environment where leaders in tech can connect and collaborate with their peers in a private setting where they can speak candidly. Alpha curates events that foster strong professional and personal relationships. We bring together the brightest people on a subject, theme or technology trend and let them decide where to take the conversation. Alpha hosts 60 events per year across 7 cities (New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, Boston and Chicago).
Established in 2005
2000 members across 7 cities
60 events per year covering a broad range of topics
Alpha is different because our network is elite. Our founders, CEOs and executives join together to create a powerful network that is one of their biggest resources. Our advisory boards continue to help the Alpha team cultivate the community, ensuring quality of the membership remains top notch. Alpha is where founders and CEOs connect, create and learn from one another.More About Us
Eric is a MGP at Crosslink Capital and co-founder of Alpha —the entrepreneurial networking club for more than 1,500 Founders and CEOs. Prior to Crosslink, Eric was a partner at Bay Partners. His startup experience includes co-founding WebSpective (INKT) and TelASIC Communications (MTI). Eric holds a BA from Dartmouth and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mike is a co-founder of Alpha and founder and Managing Director of Founders Circle Capital, a growth stage technology investor that provides secondary liquidity for founders, early employees and investors. Mike has been a venture investor for over 10 years at Panorama Capital and JPMorgan Partners. Mike holds a BA from Berkeley and a JD and MBA from University of Michigan.
Director of Platform
Lauren brings 10 years of experience operating in marketing, business development, operations and communications roles for over five Silicon Valley startups and has held strategic roles contributing to early stage hyper growth. Working closely with founders throughout her tenure, Lauren has witnessed the full lifecycle entrepreneurial experience— from early “stealth” stage through strategic acquisition, to a hyper growth Series A-D, to a full wind down.
Outside of work, Lauren is an avid traveler, skier, hiker, and lover of the outdoors.
Head of Strategic Relationships
McLain joined Crosslink in 2017 and focuses on Financial Technology, Digital Health, and Frontier Technology. At Alpha, McLain serves as the Head of Strategic Relationships.
McLain has 12 years of experience working with early stage technology companies as an entrepreneur, leader and investor. Prior to Crosslink, McLain was an early employee at Currenex which was acquired by State Street Bank (STT) in 2007. After the acquisition, McLain worked in State Street’s e-Exchange group, which oversaw all financial technology-related innovations and initiatives within the bank.
While at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, McLain worked as a Summer Associate for SV Angel. McLain went on to run business development for Apparent, which developed innovative networking and control technologies photovoltaic systems. McLain was also at CircleUp where he worked in their fund strategy group—an internal growth equity fund that invested in early stage consumer and retail companies.
Outside of work, McLain co-founded and serves on the board of directors of MAC USA, the 501(c)3 arm of a family organization that helps children and adults with disabilities in developing countries.
Emily joined Alpha in 2012 and focuses on sponsor relations, curating membership and coordinating 60+ events per year for the Alpha Network. Emily was previously a preschool teacher in New York City. When not working, you can find her spending time with her family, running, practicing yoga, and enjoying the outdoors.
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