PartnerConnect West 2015

October 13-14, 2015, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA

Venture Alpha West  

Catching The Next Unicorn

Venture capitalists, Start-up Founders/CEOs and venture-focused institutional investors will flock to Half Moon Bay this Fall to participate in the 4th Annual Venture Alpha conference. This year’s theme, Catching the Next Unicorn, will feature senior-level discussions on the current VC marketplace, which is experiencing valuations and growth like few other times in the history of the asset class.

The two-day session of keynotes, panel discussions and fireside chats will focus on the impact of the changing venture-backed landscape, which is filled with hundreds of unicorns and pre-unicorns that are aiming to be the next Uber, Facebook and Pinterest.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Why companies are staying private longer and what that means for the VCs who back them. Finding liquidity in today’s market.
  • The changing behavior of public market investors and how they are positioning themselves to participate in late-stage rounds rather than go IPO. Implications of the private IPO and richly valued late-stage rounds on venture.
  • Are we in a bubble, or are rising valuations a symptom of a new, sustainable era of richly valued tech companies? Will public and private valuations come into better balance or is this a sustainable era of richly private companies?
  • So a company says it’s on the path to achieve unicorn status. How can a VC tell, and what are the keys to building a consumer unicorn? What are the dynamics behind today’s high growth companies and are these milestones and growth metrics likely to last?
  • So you say you’re a VC who knows how to find a unicorn. What do investors want to know? What are investors saying about today’s liquidity, or lack there of?
  • The new VC. What features do firms need to provide to lure the next great startup and who are the emerging GPs in the category?

There’s never been a more important time for entrepreneurs, VCs, and LPs to come together and discuss the asset class, which has the potential to generate returns like never before. This era also carries incredible risk.

Join us in Half Moon Bay to take the next step to ensure that you have the information and network you need to catch the next unicorn.

Piyush Bhardwaj

Managing Partner, CoInvestment Partners

Scott Brooks

Former Managing Director & Head of Defined Contribution, SEI's Institutional Group
Funder & Co-President, Defined Contribution Real Estate Council

Jeremy Coller

Founder and Chief
Investment Officer,
Coller Capital

Volkert Doeksen

AlpInvest Partners

Naval Ravikant

CEO and Co-founder,

Gunnar Branson

President, National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers

Semil Shah







Gold Sponsors


GP Platinum Sponsors


Who's Coming?

Who attends Venture Alpha West? Virtually every major Financial Sponsor and hundreds of LPs. Here are a sample of firms who have previously attended a Venture Alpha event.

  • Allied World Assurance Company
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Globe Equity Partners
  • Harvard Business School
  • JPMorgan


Who Should Attend Venture Alpha West?
  • LPs interested in committing to venture funds
  • Advisors to institutional investors active
    in alternatives
  • VCs
  • Entrepreneurs interested in meeting with VCs
  • Service providers interested in networking with senior
    venture executives


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Time Venture Alpha West Track
7:00 am Networking Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome Remarks
8:05 am Keynote Speaker: Volkert Doeksen, Co-Founder, AlpInvest Partners
8:35 am Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Coslet, Chief Investment Officer, TPG
9:05 am Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced
9:35 am AM Networking Break
10:00 am Panel 1: The Great Bubble Debate. Panelists Take Sides On the Valley's Biggest Question.
SPEAKERS: Charles Froland, CEO and CIO, Performance Equity; Greg Brogger, CEO and Founder, Sharespost; Josh Breinlinger, Managing Director, Sigma West
10:30 am Panel 2: Crowdfunding. Can Online Investors and Syndicates Add Value?
11:00 am Panel 3: Entrepreneur Spotlight: The VC/Founder Dynamic Explored
SPEAKER: Damien Patton, Founder and CEO, Banjo
11:30 am Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced
12:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced
1:30 pm Panel 4: Opportunity Funds For The Ultra Late-Stage Rounds: Should LPs Participate?
SPEAKERS: Garth Timoll, Top Tier Capital Partners; Matt Curtolo, Manager, Private Equity, Hirtle, Callaghan & Co.
2:00 pm Panel 5: Today's Exit Market: The Impact of High Valuations and How to Achieve Liquidity in the Unicorn Era
SPEAKER: Mona De Frawi, CEO and Founder, GrowthSTARS Media
2:30 pm Panel 6: The LP View On Seed Deals
SPEAKER: Malcolm Goepfert, Director of Investments, James Irvine Foundation
3:00 pm PM Networking Break
3:30 pm Panel 7: Up-and-Coming VCs and Generational Shifts
SPEAKERS: Indranil Guha, Partner, Bain Capital Ventures; Nikhil Trivedi, Senior Associate, Shasta Ventures
4:00 pm Panel 8: Analysis and Access: How LPs Can Ensure Maximum Exposure To The Brightest VCs
SPEAKERS: Steven Yang, Executive Director, Adveq Management US, Inc.; Rebecca Connolly, Partner, Fairview Capital; Matt Diestel, Vice President, QIC Global Private Equity; Chris Douvos, Managing Director, Venture Investment Associates
4:30 pm Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced
5:00 pm Closing Panel: Building Diversity: What Efforts are Underway in the GP and LP Communities
SPEAKER: Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time Venture Alpha West Track
7:30 am Networking Breakfast
8:15 am Welcome Remarks
8:30 am Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced
9:00 am Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced
9:25 am Networking Break
10:00 am Panel 9: LP Perspective: Five Reasons The Best Venture Returns Are Yet To Come — And Five Reasons It Might Be Too Late
SPEAKER: Allen Latta, President and CEO, Campton Group
10:30 am Panel 10: Portfolio Construction: Consumer vs Enterprise?
11:00 am Panel 11: TBD
11:30 am Panel 12: VC Visions on Cyber Security: What Trends are Investors Seeing on the Horizon?
SPEAKER: Bob Ackerman, Founder and Managing Director, Allegis Capital
12:00 pm Closing Keynote Speaker




Chris Douvos

Managing Director, Venture Investment Associates



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Who's Coming?

 *Firms/Organizations in bold type denotes they are an LP/allocator

    • 747 Capital
    • Abbot Downing
    • Accolade Partners
    • Adveq
    • Alcatel-Lucent
    • Allied World Assurance Company
    • AlpInvest Partners, Inc.
    • American International Group
    • Amica
    • Angelo, Gordon & Co.
    • Anrong
    • Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting
    • Athena Capital Advisors
    • Atlantic Trust
    • Aubridge Partners
    • Audax Group
    • AXA US
    • Babson Capital Management
    • Bain Capital
    • Baird Capital
    • Bank of Ireland
    • Battery Ventures
    • Bay City Capital
    • Beach Point Capital Management
    • Bertram Capital
    • Bison
    • Blennemann Family Investments
    • Bowside Capital
    • Brooke Private Equity Associates
    • Brynwood Partners
    • Bulger Partners
    • Bullpen Capital
    • BV Investment Partners
    • Caledon Capital Management
    • Cambridge Associates
    • Canaan Partners
    • Capstone Partners
    • CareGroup
    • Carmelina Capital Partners
    • Caspian Private Equity
    • Centerview Capital
    • Cerberus Generale
    • CFGI
    • CIT Corporate Finance
    • CNO Financial
    • Cohen Strategic Consulting
    • Cordish Private Ventures
    • Corridor Capital LLC
    • CRICO
    • Crow Holdings Capital - Investment Partn
    • DB Private Equity
    • DFW Capital Partners
    • Dubin Clark
    • DuPont Capital Management
    • East West Bank
    • Exelon
    • Fairview Capital Partners, Inc.
    • Federal Street Advisors
    • Fifth Third Securities
    • Fisher Lynch Capital
    • Five Birds LLC
    • FLAG Capital Management
    • Fort Washington Capital Partners Group
    • Fortress Investment Group
    • Foundation Capital
    • Foundation Medical Partners
    • Franklin Park
    • Freeman Spogli & Co.
    • Frontenac Company
    • Garrison Investment Group
    • Gemini Investors
    • General Atlantic
    • GenSpring Family Offices
    • Genworth
    • Globe Equity Partners
    • Golding Capital Partners Inc.
    • Graham Partners
    • Great Hill Partners
    • Grove Street Advisors
    • GulfStar Group
    • Hamilton Lane
    • Hammond Kennedy Whitney
    • Hancock Capital Management
    • Harbor View Advisors
    • HarbourVest Partners
    • Hartford Investment Management Co.
    • Harvard Business School
    • Harvard Management Company
    • Hauser Private Equity
    • Healthcare Royalty Partners
    • Hewitt EnnisKnupp
    • Highlander Partners
    • Hospitals Insurance Company, Inc.
    • iCapital Network
    • ICV Partners
    • Imprivata
    • Insight Equity
    • Invesco
    • J.W. Childs Associates
    • JLL Partners
    • JMK Consumer Growth Partners
    • JPMorgan
    • Kendall Investments
    • KPMG
    • Landmark Partners
    • Lariat Partners
    • Liberty Mutual
    • Lincoln International
    • LP Capital Advisors
    • Meketa Investment Group
    • Merifin Capital
    • Moelis & Company
    • Monitor Clipper Partners
    • Monument Group
    • Morgan Creek Capital Management
    • Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners
    • MSF Capital Advisors
    • Muller and Monroe Asset Management
    • NCMIC Group, Inc.
    • NEPC
    • Neuberger Berman
    • NewOak Asset Management
    • NewSpring Capital
    • NextView Ventures
    • North Bridge Capital Venture Mgt.
    • Northern Trust
    • Northgate Capital
    • Oak Hill Capital Management
    • Odyssey Investment Partners
    • OpenView Venture Partners
    • Owner Resource Group
    • Pantheon Ventures
    • ParkerGale Capital
    • Partners Capital Investment Group
    • Pathway Capital Management
    • Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System
    • Pentegra
    • Performance Equity Management
    • Periscope Equity
    • Pine Street Capital Partners
    • Polaris Partners
    • Pomona Capital
    • Portfolio Advisors
    • Private Advisors
    • Private Credit Group, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
    • Prudential FInancial
    • QIC
    • Quadrillion Partners
    • RBC GAM
    • RCP Advisors
    • RenaissanceRe
    • Riverside Partners
    • RLJ Equity Partners
    • Salus Capital
    • Sankaty Advisors
    • Savings Bank Life Insurance
    • SBLI of MA
    • SCS Financial Services
    • Segal Rogerscasey
    • Sentinel Capital Partners
    • Shore Capital Partners
    • Siguler Guff & Company
    • Silicon Valley Bank
    • Silver Spring Investment Advisors
    • SL Capital Partners
    • Southwestern Medical Foundation
    • SparkLabs Global Ventures
    • Spectrum Equity
    • Spindletop Capital Management
    • Spruceview Capital Partners
    • Spur Capital Partners
    • Star Mountain Capital
    • State Farm
    • StepStone Group
    • Stockwell Capital
    • Sutton Place Strategies
    • Swiss Re
    • The Banc Funds Company
    • The CapStreet Group
    • The Carlyle Group
    • The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
    • The Hartford
    • The James Irvine Foundation
    • The Prudential Insurance Company of America
    • The Riverside Company
    • Thomas H. Lee Partners
    • Top Tier Capital Partners
    • Toronto Stock Exchange
    • TorreyCove Capital Partners
    • Trigo Ventures
    • Troy Investment Advisors
    • Twin Bridge Capital Partners
    • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
    • U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
    • Unigestion US
    • Union Park Capital
    • UPS Group Trust
    • USI Insurance
    • Venable
    • Venture Investment Associates
    • Veronis Suhler Stevenson
    • Victory Park Capital Advisors
    • Vista Ridge Capital Partners
    • Voya Financial
    • Weathergage Capital
    • WestView Capital Partners
    • Westwood Parthers
    • Wilshire Private Markets
    • WindPoint Partners