An Introduction to Blue Ivy Ventures

Thursday, October 21st, 3:00 PM EST

Join us for a live, 45-minute presentation about Blue Ivy Ventures, Alumni Ventures’ Yale-focused venture capital fund. The discussion will be led by Blue Ivy Ventures’ Managing Partner David Shapiro, along with Senior Partner Jim Hurst, and is open to all alumni and friends of Yale. There will be time for open questions during the call.

During the session, we will discuss:

  • The goal and structure of the fund
  • The value of the Alumni Ventures’ model
  • Some examples of current portfolio companies
  • The benefits of diversifying into venture capital
  • The minimum requirements needed to invest in the fund


* You must be accredited to invest in venture capital

Meet Your Presenter

David Shapiro | Managing Partner | Blue Ivy Ventures

David Shapiro | Managing Partner | Blue Ivy Ventures

David has over 25 years of experience as an investor, adviser, and board member, with expertise across early- and late-stage venture capital. Before joining Blue Ivy, David was Senior VP of Corporate Development and Business Development for DataXu, a marketer-aligned data and analytics company. Prior to his time at DataXu, he was a Director with the global venture and private equity firm 3i, including board directorships with ten companies. He also worked in the private equity group at GE Asset Management, where he specialized in late-stage venture and growth capital opportunities. David received his BA in History from Yale in 1991 and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2000.

Jim Hurst | Senior Partner | Alumni Ventures

Jim Hurst | Senior Partner | Alumni Ventures

Jim has over 20 years of experience in capital market sales and business development on Wall Street. He worked for a handful of large banks, including Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, UBS, and RBC, covering institutional investors. His client base ranged from HNW individuals to the largest money managers and hedge funds. He focused on the highly quantitative sector of securitized credit, backed by commercial real estate, leveraged loans, mortgages, and derivatives. He earned a BA in Business Economics from Brown University, where he was a member of the varsity swimming team.

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