Chestnut Street Ventures Presents: Venture Capital 101

Thursday, September 9th, 2:00 PM EST


Watch our 45-minute on-demand Venture Capital 101 presentation covering key documents, stages, and the basic principles of venture capital investing. The presentation will be led by Chestnut Street Ventures’ Managing Partner Brian Keil and Partner Jonathan Meltzer, and is open to all alumni and friends of Penn. Chestnut Street Ventures is Alumni Ventures’ Penn-focused venture capital fund. 

There will be time for open questions during the call. During the session, we will discuss:

  • The stages of venture capital
  • Key aspects of investing (theme-building, sourcing, and winning deals, etc.)
  • Important documents involved in investing
  • Examples of what to look for when evaluating deals

* You must be accredited to invest in venture capital



About Your Presenters

Brian Keil | Managing Partner | Chestnut Street Ventures

Brian Keil | Managing Partner | Chestnut Street Ventures

Brian is a seasoned venture capitalist with over 20 years of investing experience across a range of industries. Before joining Chestnut Street Ventures, Brian was the Managing Director for New York Ventures, the venture capital arm of the State of New York. Prior to that, he was VP of Strategy & Corporate Development at Arbitron (now Nielsen Audio) and a Managing Director at the Peacock Fund, the venture capital arm of NBC Universal. Before joining the Peacock Fund, Brian worked at GE Capital and Bain & Co. Brian holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from The University of Southern California. Notable Deals: Outlooksoft, The Rubicon Project, Adify, Unite Us

Jonathan Meltzer | Partner | Chestnut Street Ventures

Jonathan Meltzer | Partner | Chestnut Street Ventures

Jonathan is responsible for sourcing, conducting due diligence on, and executing venture capital investments at Chestnut Street Ventures. He previously spent 12 years investing in private companies at two single-family offices and at American Capital. Jonathan began his career as an investment banker as an analyst at Wasserstein Perella and subsequently joined Goldman Sachs as an associate. He received his BS in Economics cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA with honors from Columbia Business School.

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