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Bambi Francisco is founder and CEO of Vator - one of the largest social networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs and investors. Vator properties include VatorX, a platform licensed by organizations to host entrepreneur communities and competitions; VatorNews, which provides news, analysis and editorials about entrepreneurship and innovation, and Vator Events, which runs the popular Splash startup event and competition.
Francisco is a frequent speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship. In the spring of 2014, she gave a talk in Las Vegas about what kind of foundation is needed for tech hubs to flourish. She has also become a leading proponent of bringing more tech opportunities to emerging areas, such as Oakland. She has also been credited for helping to boost Oakland's tech image.
Francisco's events and interviews continue to attract leading entrepreneurs and investors. In the fourth quarter 2014, she sat down for a one-hour interview with long-time friend Peter Thiel (also an investor in Vator) at Post Seed and she interviewed Jessica Alba and Brian Lee (Founders of The Honest Company) at Splash LA. She has interviewed Elon Musk (Founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX), Brian Chesky (Founder and CEO of Airbnb), Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter and Square), Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo), and many more luminaries.
With Vator, she has turned her insights into picking startups. The 175 startups that have gone on stage in the last 5 years have raised an aggregate of $675-plus million in follow-on capital.
Francisco is a former syndicated columnist and correspondent for Dow Jones MarketWatch. She covered Internet trends and investments across the public and private sectors. Her newsletter subscriber base reached more than 400,000 subscribers. She started her career at MarketWatch in 1999, as Internet editor and morning business anchor for KPIX, a CBS affiliate. At the time, MarketWatch was owned by CBS.
In 2001, Bambi was named to the "blue-chip" financial reporting all-star team by The Journal of Financial Reporters, the leading organization for the business news industry. Adweek named her one of the top ten most influential journalists on the Web.
When Spike TV launched in 2003 as the "first network for men", Bambi Francisco anchored daily business news reports on the current state of world markets and finance as host of "CBS MarketWatch" on Spike TV.
She left MarketWatch in April 2007 to manage her internet startup, vator.tv, full-time. Concerns were expressed by management regarding conflicts of interest concerning her ownership of the venture during her employment at MarketWatch. Before Vator even launched, Francisco's project received a tremendous amount of press from the front page of the Wall Street Journal, to television media conglomerates, such as the BBC, to respected tech magazines, such as Wired.
Among the articles she wrote at MarketWatch was a diary-like account of her three-week trek to Nepal. In it she made a quick allusion to how hiking in the Himalayas was similar to watching the rise and fall of the Internet bubble.
Bambi's father is Noli Francisco (born November 13 in Cebu, Philippines). Francisco is a Filipino American poker player and entrepreneur. In 1992 World Series of Poker, Francisco finished 2nd. At the 1993 World Series of Poker, Francisco finished 2nd, when he lost to Phil Hellmuth. In September 2003, Noli won the World Poker Tour (WPT) second season Borgata Poker Open, winning $470,000. The final table included top professional players Carlos Mortensen and David Oppenheim.
Bambi and her family live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Notes and references
- "VatorNews". vator.tv.
- "8 Building Blocks to Create Regional Tech Clusters". 24 September 2014.
- "How Oakland could see an entrepreneurial renaissance". 17 February 2014.
- "Vator Splash helps boost Oakland's tech image".
- "Breaking News - Spike TV a Go for August 11 - TheFutonCritic.com".
- TV, Spike. "Spike TV Bows Monday, August 11 At 9:00 AM(ET/PT)".
- "Vator TV Relaunches As Startup Video Social Network".
- Francisco, Bambi. "An Everest trekking trip".