An Introduction to The Yard Ventures and Launch of Fund 5

Wednesday, October 21st, 2:00 PM EST

Join us for a live, 45-minute discussion about The Yard Ventures, Alumni Venture Group’s venture capital fund for Harvard Alums, community, and friends. The discussion will be led by core members of our investment team including Michael Madden, Lacey Johnson, and Ron Levin.

During the session, the team will discuss:

  • The goal and structure of the fund
  • The value of the Alumni Venture Group model
  • Examples of companies the fund has invested in
  • Benefits of diversifying into venture capital
  • Minimum requirements needed to invest in the fund
  • There will be time for open questions during the call

If you would like to attend, please fill out the registration form.

*You must meet the SEC definition of an accredited investor to invest in The Yard Ventures



About Your Presenters

Michael Madden, Managing Partner - The Yard Ventures

Michael Madden, Managing Partner - The Yard Ventures

Michael has spent most of his career in leadership roles at growing organizations. He has focused his time primarily as an investor, advisor, and/or board member working with companies across a range of industries and stages. Prior to co-founding The Yard, he served as Managing Director of Square 1, leading the expansion of the New England region while providing growth financing to dozens of venture-backed companies. Previously, Michael was an investor at Edison Ventures, Polaris Venture Partners, and Summit Partners. He earned an AB from Harvard University( ’00), where he was a four-year letter winner in both Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball. Michael later received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Lacey Farrell Johnson, Investing Partner - The Yard Ventures

Lacey Farrell Johnson, Investing Partner - The Yard Ventures

Lacey joined Green D Ventures from CareGroup Investment Office, a $3B manager of combined endowment and pension assets. As a member of the investment team, Lacey was responsible for investment sourcing and due diligence. Lacey managed investment opportunities across asset classes and strategies, including venture capital, growth equity, buyout, private credit, and hedge fund vehicles. Previously, she was an Associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management and an Analyst in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs. Lacey has a BA in History from Middlebury College and an MBA from Tuck.

Ron Levin, Senior Principal - The Yard Ventures

Ron Levin, Senior Principal - The Yard Ventures

Ron has spent his career in a variety of entrepreneurial, leadership and business development roles. He has been an angel investor and advisor to over a dozen technology startups. Ron was co-founder and CEO of Barcelona-based TravelPerk, a venture capital-backed travel management platform that is ranked as one of the world’s fastest-growing SaaS companies as well as one of the most popular business travel booking tools in the market. Prior to TravelPerk, Ron started the B2B division of Booking.com and before that was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Ron began his career at Lycos, one of the web’s pioneer search engine and web portals. He has lived in four European cities and traveled for business and pleasure to over 130 countries on six continents. Ron graduated from Babson College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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