Venture Capital, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Nutmeg State - Panel Discussion and Cocktail Reception at the Brand New Connecticut Innovation Center
Venture Capital in Connecticut 2012
Panel Discussion and Cocktail Reception
Thursday October 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost is $25 per person
Snacks and beverages will be served
Sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank
Did you know that the State of Connecticut "owns" a Venture Capital firm that invests in local start-ups? Did you know we had a Business Incubator/Accelerator located in southwest Connecticut? Did you know there are HBS-specific Angel Investor groups?
If you are a Venture Capitalist, an Angel investor, an Innovator, an Entrepreneur or an HBS alumna / alumnus who is interested in learning about what these people do to create and fund new businesses the Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut has organized what should be a very interesting, informative and fun evening for HBS alumnae/alumni. We have assembled an expert panel to share their knowledge on the above questions (and other topics) at the brand new Stamford Innovation Center.
The panel of experts we have assembled for this event includes:
- Douglas Roth, Investment Associate, Connecticut Innovations (CT's Venture Capital Fund)
Douglas joined Connecticut Innovations in 2011 and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating new and follow-on investments, and monitoring portfolio companies. He came to CI with extensive experience in business development and management consulting. Douglas began his career in the telecommunications industry and has worked for a manufacturer of infrastructure equipment, a global network operator, and a Goldman Sachs funded startup, ipCapital Group and he founded a consulting firm serving early stage companies. Douglas has, for a third year, been named by Intellectual Asset Management to the IAM Strategy 300: the World’s Leading Intellectual Property Strategists.
Douglas earned a BA (magna cum laude) in Economics and Mathematics from Boston University, an MS in Electrical Engineering, also from Boston University and an MBA from the Wharton School where he was the commencement speaker.
- David Teten (HBS 1998), Chairman of Harvard Business School Angels New York
David is a Partner with ff Venture Capital He was formerly Acting CEO of Vertical Key and was a Managing Director with Evalueserve, Founder and CEO of Circle of Experts, Founder and CEO of GoldNames Previously David worked at Bear Stearns’ and Mars & Co. David sits on the Advisory Boards of Accolo, REonomy, and Dancetime Publications. He’s a Mentor with Founder Institute, Dreamit Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, and NYCSeed. David led the first-ever study of best practices of VC and PE funds in originating new deals, published in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, the Journal of Private Equity, and many other venues. He is the lead author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, with Scott Allen, and wrote a column for Fast Company. David is a frequent keynote speaker to audiences such as technology entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives.
David earned his BA Yale and an MBA at HBS, both with honors.
- Andy Greenawalt, Co-Founder and CEO, Continuity Control (a CT Innovations funded company)
Andy has been dubbed a “technology guru” for his innovative thinking and uncanny ability to simplify complex processes and build a vision of tomorrow - today. As the founder and CTO of Perimeter eSecurity, a role he held for 10 years, Andy invented security in the cloud and pioneered it as a service industry. His experience at Perimeter gave him insight to the compliance burden that community financial institutions face, and inspired him to develop a solution to solve this growing problem. As the founder and CEO of Continuity Control, Andy has applied his passion for technology and constructed an award-winning solution to simplify the work of compliance. Andy is currently the President of Gnostic Ventures, a company that advises on security investments, speaks on SaaS and the creation of value, and invests in SaaS companies.
Andy studied philosophy and linguistics at UMass Amherst and is an Entrepreneur Partner at CTech.
- Barry Schwimmer, - Founder and Managing Partner Stamford Innovation Center
Mr. Schwimmer founded the Stamford Innovation Center in 2011 and leads this incubation, education and investment entity. Previously Barry ran Stoneybrook Capital, a private investment firm. From 1989 to 1994 Mr. Schwimmer was a Managing Director of Commonwealth Capital Partners, a private equity fund. Previously Mr. Schwimmer co-founded Chemical Venture Partners and served as an original General Partner of the firm .
Mr. Schwimmer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business School.
- Jeff Glasse,- Founder & CEO Kogeto (a HBSAANY funded company)
Named one of New York Observer's Top 12 to watch in 2012, Jeff Glasse has been innovating in the fields of digital media and video production for over twenty years. Prior to founding Kogeto, Jeff spent a decade in senior management at Teachscape, where he ran interactive and video production, supervised the development of many of the company's more advanced web technologies, and created the panoramic video capture solution in use for the Measures of Effective Teaching Project. Jeff has produced video and interactive programs for such diverse entities as the United Nations, the National Civil Rights Museum, ESPN, and The Carter Center. He was the founder of DIGIT New Media, an award-winning documentary and interactive production company, and was a chief architect of Cubist Post and Effects, one of the most successful post-production facilities in Philadelphia. Jeff is a graduate of Princeton University.
About HBS Alumni Angels of Greater New York
HBSAANY is one of 15 global chapters of HBS Alumni Angels. The mission of HBS Alumni Angels is to provide an educational and networking forum for Harvard alumni who are interested in researching and investing in early stage companies on an individual basis. Membership in HBSAANY is open to all Harvard alumni and others affiliated with the University, not just HBS graduates. In the last 12 months, its members have made 21 investments totaling $1.7m in 6 companies, with an average check size of $84K.
About the Stamford Innovation Center
The Stamford Innovation Center, home to the Stamford iLab Accelerator, is located in the historic and recently renovated old Town Hall of Stamford, an architectural gem and classic example of Beaux Arts architecture from the turn of the twentieth century. It includes floor to ceiling windows, a stunning grand divided staircase with iron-rod railings, a Czechoslovakian glass ceiling above the staircase, terrazzo tile flooring and scagliola plaster on the lobby walls. The outside is limestone faced, flanked with Corinthian columns, and topped with a large clock tower. Its original purpose was to house the office of the mayor, city officials, the police station, courthouse, and even a horse stable. Today it is becoming the home to a community of Entrepreneurs, Investors and Industry Experts. Its inspiring workspaces and start-up-centric programs are built to serve one mission: accelerating the entrepreneur's voyage.
About CT Innovations
Connecticut Innovations ("CI") was created by the Connecticut Legislature in 1989. Since then, CI has helped over 100 emerging companies research, develop, and market new products and services. This activity has attracted over $1 billion dollars in additional investments from private equity providers. CI has brought the State of Connecticut over $510 million in Gross State Profit and over 5,000 additional job-years. Since 1995, returns from its own prudent investments - not state money - have supported operations and new, forward-thinking funding programs. CI provides strategic capital and operational insight to push the frontiers of high-tech industries such as energy, biotechnology, information technology, and photonics. CI is investing in Connecticut's future by guiding good ideas from the mind to the marketplace and advancing technologies to fuel Connecticut's prosperity.
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