An Introduction to Blue Ivy Ventures

Thursday, November 19th, 2:00 PM EST

Join us for a live, 45-minute discussion about Blue Ivy Ventures, Alumni Venture Group’s Yale-focused venture capital fund. The discussion will be led by Managing Partner David Shapiro

During the session, David & Jess will discuss:

  • The goal and structure of the fund
  • The team and management behind the fund
  • Blue Ivy’s (and AVG’s) investment approach by reviewing investments in our current and prior funds
  • The benefits of investing in venture capital
  • Open Q&A

*You must be accredited to invest in venture capital.

About Your Presenters

David Shapiro, Managing Partner - Blue Ivy Ventures

David Shapiro, Managing Partner - Blue Ivy Ventures

David has over 25 years of experience as an investor, advisor, and board member, with expertise across early and late-stage venture capital, growth investing and secondary deals, as well as in technology operations and entrepreneurship. Before joining Blue Ivy, David was Senior VP 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, and Managing Partner at Great Point Capital (established to manage a venture portfolio spun off from 3i.) This includes Board Directorships with ten companies, as well as strategic advisory work at both the Board and operating levels. His pursuit and passion is helping disruptive technologies and ideas to scale commercially. Prior to his tenure with 3i, David was Co-Founder and COO of Exygy, focused on GPS and wireless technology. 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.

Jess Liu-Brown, Principal - Blue Ivy Ventures

Jess Liu-Brown, Principal - Blue Ivy Ventures

Jess Liu-Brown brings to Blue Ivy Ventures investing experience across various sectors and stages. She was previously Vice President at Cathay Capital Group, a private equity firm providing growth equity to private companies. She also helped Foodshed Investors New York select pre-seed round investments, as well as invested in seed-stage companies in China. Before Cathay Capital, she helped build the Strategy Department for Women’s World Banking in Ghana, and worked in investment banking at JPMorgan in New York. Jess has an international perspective on investing, having lived or worked in four countries and invested in the US, China, and other emerging markets. She has an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

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