–“The magic began basically after the conference was over, in the evening, when everyone goes to the pubs. It was truly magical.”
– Scott Stanford, Co-Founder of Sherpa Capital and investor in Uber
Scott’s talking about his time at our European event Web Summit in 2011. He found himself talking to Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick over a pint after the day’s talks had finished.
Uber had just 9,000 customers and were raising a Series B; Scott was co-head of internet investments for Goldman Sachs.
Scott and Travis talked at a table in a Dublin pub, discussing how Uber could go from “this small company” to the industry behemoth it is today. Within a day Scott had invested on behalf of Goldman Sachs in Uber’s $37 million Series B.
But it gets better and you’ll have to watch the video to learn why:
The round was led by Menlo Ventures, whose “rookie VC” Shervin Pishevar signed papers with Travis after a drink in a different pub in the Irish capital. Shervin and Travis ultimately signed papers in Travis’s Dublin hotel:
“It has turned into one of the most important investments of my life,” says Shervin.