AVG Roundtable: Venture Investing Outside of Silicon Valley

Wednesday, May 19th, 2:00 PM EST


Alumni Venture Group’s Emerging Markets Fund offers accredited individuals the opportunity to invest in promising, venture-backed companies from emerging markets in the U.S. and internationally. It’s a chance to further diversify your portfolio, seeking opportunities in rapidly growing regions where there are outsized opportunities.  Learn more about the fund from some of our Investment Team members with host Larry Warnock, an AVG Managing Partner.  Along with his colleagues, he’ll explore how our teams source and vet promising deals that fit the thesis of the Emerging Markets Fund.

Our panel discusses the strategy and tactics they implement to find promising opportunities.  Topics include: 

  • What opportunities do you see in Emerging Markets venture investing?
  • How do you source and vet interesting venture companies internationally and outside of traditional venture hubs?
  • What do companies want to know about you, and how do you get into the deal? 
  • What unique advantages do companies have that operate outside of crowded venture hubs?
  • What unique challenges do those companies face? 
  • What critical lessons have you learned investing in these markets?

*You must be accredited to invest in venture capital



Meet Your Presenters

Larry Warnock | Managing Principal | Ring Ventures

Larry Warnock | Managing Principal | Ring Ventures

Larry Warnock, Texas Aggie Class of ’83, is the Managing Partner of Ring Ventures. Larry is a seasoned venture-backed technology executive and investor with multiple exits, including an IPO on the NASDAQ. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Olono, an AI platform for sales effectiveness (acquired by InsightSquared). Previously, he was CEO of Gazzang, provider of big data security software (acquired by Cloudera) and CEO of Phurnace Software, provider of DevOps software (acquired by BMC Software). Larry was also formerly a venture partner at AVLabs, the incubator fund of Austin Ventures, where he sourced new deals, tracked progress for follow-on investment, and coached founders in the areas of go-to-market strategy, team development, and fundraising. Earlier in his career, he served as a vice president for both Siebel Systems and Documentum, Inc. At Texas A&M, he received a BBA in Marketing, was Student Body Judicial Board Chairman, a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel as the Adjutant of the Corps of Cadets, and a Buck Weirus Award winner.

Erik Hammer | Senior Principal | Purple Arch Ventures

Erik Hammer | Senior Principal | Purple Arch Ventures

Erik has worked with both traditional venture investors and corporate venture teams during his career. He has deep experience evaluating opportunities, structuring investments and advising management on value creation. Previously, he helped build the strategy and make investments for the PGA TOUR’s corporate ventures group. Erik began his career with Deloitte Consulting where he focused on corporate strategy and M&A engagements. He holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors. He has an MBA in Finance from Kellogg.

Krithika Kumar | Principal | Strawberry Creek Ventures

Krithika Kumar | Principal | Strawberry Creek Ventures

Krithika is a member of Strawberry Creek Ventures where she brings experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and scientific research to the team. Krithika has led diligence and sourced deals as a Venture Partner at Humboldt Fund and a Senior Venture Fellow at Castor Ventures. Prior to venture capital, she co-founded a cognitive fitness company to enhance brain performance across the age spectrum. She also served as the Director of Business Development at Prime Biologics where she established strategic partnerships in the US, EU, and emerging markets. Krithika did her postdoctoral research studying the gut microbiome at Cornell University and has a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Texas A&M University.

Isaac Schlecht | Principal | Castor Ventures

Isaac Schlecht | Principal | Castor Ventures

Isaac is an experienced investor and analyst, leading research, sourcing deals, and coordinating diligence for venture and growth equity firms. Prior to joining Castor, he was an Investment Consultant to Tiger Global Management and founded Buttonwood Gaming, developing a digital economic simulation game with collaborators at MIT and worldwide. Earlier, Isaac served as Senior Analyst, Business and Research at Catalyst Investors, and an Associate at Samson Capital Advisors (now Fiera Capital). Isaac has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, an AB from Brown University in Economics and Political Theory, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

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