VCJ's Venture Alpha

How The Next Generation of VC Funds Will Find Success And How LPs Can Find Them.

It's been a tough 10 years for Venture Capital but it's a cliche to call the industry broken. Far from it, VC is, in fact, thriving. This asset class has generated big returns for many forward-thinking VCs. But the question remains: for whom will VC generate its biggest returns in the future? Who are the hottest VCs now? As a VC, how do you go from second quartile to the very top of your industry? And, as an LP, how do you identify the right VCs early on in the game?

On October 20th, the editors of Venture Capital Journal are bringing together GPs and LPs for a candid discussion and networking event on successful strategies in the venture business. Venture fundraising is heating up, and VCJ's Venture Alpha event provides the perfect forum for managers and investors to engage both in general discussions and in pre-arranged private meetings. GPs and LPs have a unique opportunity to participate in pre-screened 1-on-1 meetings with each other during the day, through our ExecConnect program.

The future of the venture capital industry isn't in question; it's here to stay. What is in question is who will be on the right side of the shakeout. Be there to find out, and to raise capital for the next generation of funds.

Keynote Speakers

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The Current Speaker List Includes:

Lawrence Aragon, Editor In Chief, Venture Capital Journal
George Arnold , Managing Principal, Knightsbridge Advisers
Greg Baty, Vice President, Hamilton Lane
Seth Blackman, Principal, Rothstein Kass
Mark Boslet, Senior Editor, Venture Capital Journal
Jeffrey J. Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Lise Buyer, Founding Principal, Class V Group
Todd C. Chaffee, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
David Chao, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, DCM
Catherine Crockett , Managing Partner, Grove Street Advisors
Paul Denning, CEO, Denning & Company, LLC
Kirk Dizon, Managing Director, KKD Capital
Brad Dorchinecz, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust
Maureen Downey, Principal, Pantheon
Judith Elsea, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Weathergage Capital
Eric T. Fitzgerald, Director - Alternative Investments, MetLife Investments
Diana Frazier, Founding Partner, FLAG Capital Management
Alastair Goldfisher, Acting Editor In Chief, Venture Capital Journal
Elizabeth M. Hammack, Managing Director, Chief Counsel & CCO , C.M. Capital Corporation
Andy Hayes, Private Equity Investment Officer, Oregon Office of the State Treasurer
Bret Jepsen, Director, San Francisco Employees Retirement System
Deepak Kamra, General Partner, Canaan Partners
Michael Kim, Managing Partner, Cendana Capital Management, LLC
Damon Krytzer, Board Member, City of San Jose Police and Fire Retirement Plan
Aaron Levie, CEO and Co-Founder,
Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
Jon Marino, Editor,
Sarah McBride, Correspondent, Thomson Reuters
Matt McIlwain, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners
Kevin Nee, President, Wilshire Private Markets
Ashton Newhall, Co-Founder, Greenspring Associates
John O’Farrell, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Jay Park, Managing Director, BlackRock
Georganne Perkins, Managing Director, Fisher Lynch Capital
Spencer Punter, Director, Capital Dynamics
Aydin Senkut, Managing Director, Felicis Ventures
Glenn Solomon, Partner, GGV Capital
Mark Suster, General Partner, GRP Partners
Amit Tiwari, Principal, Invesco Private Capital
Jennifer Urdan, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
Pascal Villiger, Portfolio Manager, CalSTRS
Jim Watson, Managing General Partner, CMEA
Jonathan Weber, West Coast Bureau Chief, Reuters News
David Weir, CEO, Sharespost
David York , Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners

Agenda at a glance...

  •   7:00 a.m. Registration
  •   8:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks
  •   8:05 a.m. Opening LP Keynote: Catherine Crockett
  •   8:35 a.m. The VC Debate – The Model Is Proven: But Why Is It Only For The Few?
  •   9:05 a.m. Entrepreneur Keynote: Aaron Levie
  •   9:35 a.m. Coffee Break
  •   9:40 a.m. VC ExecConnect meetings begin
  •   9:55 a.m. Strategy Session: The VC’s New Tool Box: The Next Generation Of Sourcing and Branding
  • 10:25 a.m. Fund-raising Insight: Which VC Funds are Getting Raised Now And Why
  • 10:55 a.m. Strategy Session: Emerging Markets You Can’t Afford to Miss
  • 11:25 a.m. Fund-raising Insight: The LPA & LP Communications
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  •   1:05 p.m. VC Keynote: Todd C. Chaffee
  •   1:35 p.m. Strategy Session: New Frontiers In Seed Stage Investing
  •   1:40 p.m. VC ExecConnect meetings resume
  •   2:05 p.m. VC Exits
  •   2:35 p.m. Coffee Break
  •   2:50 p.m. VC Keynote: Mark Suster
  •   3:20 p.m. Forward Looking VC Fundraising Trends
  •   3:50 p.m. Top 2012 VC Trends Keynote panel
  •   4:30 p.m. Cocktails at the Top of the Mark

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Networking Opportunities


VCJ ExecConnect* is designed with you in mind. Our dedicated VCJ ExecConnect programmer actively arranges one-on-one meetings between LPs and GPs so you’ll have time to meet, in private, with people who can make things happen. These 20-minute meetings are pre-scheduled to ensure you’re matched with executives who best fit your investment goals.

*To be eligible for the ExecConnect sessions, you must register by September 30, 2011.

Attending Firms Include:

*Firms/Organizations in bold type denotes LP attendees.

  • Abingworth Management
  • Altira Group
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Aphelion Capital
  • BlackRock Private Equity Partners
  • Beringea
  • BlueRun Ventures
  • CalSTRS
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Campton Group
  • Canaan Partners
  • Capital Dynamics
  • Cendana Capital Management, LLC
  • Class V Group
  • CM Capital
  • CMEA Capital
  • Cultivian Ventures
  • DCM
  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth
  • Early Bird Ventures
  • EMC Ventures
  • Felicis Ventures
  • First Republic Bank
  • Focus Ventures
  • Fisher Lynch Capital
  • Flag Capital
  • Flybridge Capital Partners
  • FPG Partners
  • GGV Capital
  • GIC Special Investments
  • Gideon Hixon Fund
  • Global Catalyst Partners
  • Gold Hill Capital
  • Greenhouse Capital
  • Greenspring Associates
  • Grove Street Advisors
  • GRP Partners
  • Hamilton Lane
  • Horizon Technology Finance
  • Independence Equity Management
  • Invesco Private Capital
  • Institutional Venture Partners
  • JAFCO Ventures
  • KKD Capital
  • Knightsbridge Advisers
  • Leader Ventures
  • Madrona Venture Group
  • Meritage
  • Metlife Investments
  • MLC Private Equity
  • Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Montlake Capital
  • NaviMed Capital
  • Noro-Moseley Partners
  • Northern Trust
  • Oak Investment Partners
  • Opus Capital
  • Oregon Office of the State Treasurer
  • Pantheon Ventures
  • Pappas Ventures
  • Pelion Venture Partners
  • Point Judith Capital
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Prospect Venture Partners
  • Rembrandt Venture Partners
  • Rogers Ventures
  • Rothstein Kass
  • RRE Ventures
  • Sail Capital Partners
  • San Francisco Employees Retirement System
  • San Jose Police & Fire Pension
  • Scale Venture Partners
  • Sentinel Trust Company
  • Silver Creek Ventures
  • Sofinnova Ventures
  • Sharespost
  • Storm Ventures
  • SunBridge Partners
  • Tandem Entrepreneurs
  • Top Tier Capital Partners
  • Trinity Ventures
  • venBio
  • Walden Venture Capital
  • Weathergage Capital
  • Wells Fargo
  • West Summit Capital
  • Wilshire Private Markets