What We Didn't Learn at Harvard About Starting a Company

1HNVC VIP Entrepreneurial Networking Night

The One Harvard New Venture Competition (1HNVC) serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS and Harvard alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors, and advisors. The One Harvard New Venture Competition (1HNVC) serves as a launch pad for innovative new ventures from HBS and Harvard alumni, providing access and exposure to potential investors, mentors, and advisors. At this VIP Networking Night, we invite 1HNVC judges, investors, and the greater Bay Area entrepreneurial community to learn more about our finalists as they showcase their products.  This is an opportunity to network with finalists prior to the Competition.

We will have a brief talk by Leslie Voorhees and Calley Means, Co-founders of Anomalie: What We Didn't Learn at Harvard About Starting a Company. The event will be hosted by Microsoft Reactor.

We will also introduce the 2020 1HNVC, answer any questions about the process, and share lessons learned from prior years.

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Date:   Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Location:   Microsoft Reactor
  680 Folsom Street, Suite 145
  San Francisco, CA 94107

Thank you to Venue Sponsor: Microsoft Reactor

HBSANC and all Harvard Club Members: $20
Affiliate Harvard Club Members: $20
HBSANC Alumni Non-Members: $30
General Public: $35
Baker Scholar: Free

All tickets are non-refundable.  If you would like to receive member pricing for your ticket, please sign-up to become become an HBSANC member


6:00 - 6:30 - Registration, networking and cocktail hour*

6:30 - 7:00 - 1HNVC Introduction / Guest speakers: Leslie Voorhees and Calley Means, Co-founders of Anomalie

7:15 - 8:30 - Closing & networking

*Appetizers & Drinks will be served

About Our Speakers:


Leslie Voorhees and Calley Means are the co-founders of Anomalie, the only customizable, made-to-order bridal brand that helps all brides visualize and create their perfect dream dress to fit any size, style and budget.

Leslie and Calley met at Harvard Business School (graduated 2015) and never expected to start a company together when they got engaged in 2016. After a frustrating wedding dress shopping experience, Leslie used her manufacturing expertise to make her dress directly with a top workshop. After dozens of friends asked Leslie to make a wedding dress for them, Leslie and Calley quit their jobs to start Anomalie.

Three years later, 15% of U.S. brides are using Anomalie to visualize their dream dresses. The company utilizes pioneering visualization and fit technology, combined with vertical integration to top factories, to make sure each gown matches the brides’ design vision and fit.

Anomalie has raised $18 million from consumer tech funds such as Goodwater, Lerer Hippeau, and Maveron. The company has offices in San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Hong Kong. Read more about Anomalie in TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Forbes.

Prior to founding Anomalie, Leslie managed international manufacturing engineering and supply chain operations at Nike and Apple. Calley previously worked for The White House, Edelman, and Zenefits.

Event Chairs:



Monica Varman is an investor at G2VP and a member of the planning committee for the 2020 1HNVC. She was previously part of the cleantech practice at McKinsey and the business operations team at Tesla. Monica has entrepreneurial experience from a range of growing companies including Catalant, Zola Electric, and Iora Health. While at HBS she co-founded Interval Lab, a fintech company focused on supporting employees and companies through family leave. Monica holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics-Mathematics from Columbia University.


MAYA KRISH, Director of Entrepreneurship, HBSANC

Maya Krish is the Director of Entrepreneurship for the HBS Association of Northern California and serves as Chair of the 2020 1HNVC.  She is responsible for the Club's programming, including growing its entrepreneurial arm and partner relations.  This past year, Maya chaired a highly successful 1HNVC culminating at Microsoft, Sunnyvale in February 2019.  Maya started working with HBSANC as the Director of StartUp Partners in 2017 and previously founded two startups in the finance and health and wellness industries. She also has worked in healthcare as an executive with P&L accountability for Kaiser Permanente. This entailed driving strategic and operational change within one of the nation's largest medical centers accounting for 1% of the nation’s patients. Maya holds a MS in Health Policy and Management from Harvard, and Bachelors degrees in Molecular Biology and Economics from U.C. Berkeley.

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