Investing in a Post-COVID World (Part 1 of 2) with David Beazley, Wayne Moore, and Erik Hammer

Thursday, June 11th, 2:30 PM EST

Hosted by David Beazley, Managing Partner, Wayne Moore, Partner and Erik Hammer, Principal of Purple Arch Ventures.

While our method of investing isn’t changing, the world is. During the webinar David, Wayne, and Erik will discuss what we are hearing from our Fund 2 portfolio companies, how we are adapting our investment strategy in this climate, and what it means to your long term venture portfolio. We expect COVID to accelerate trends and even create new industries as populations adapt to a different world. Lastly, we’ll review venture investing patterns from past downturns to understand what other changes might be ahead of us.

During the webinar, we will cover:

Overview of Purple Arch Ventures:

  • Description of Purple Arch Ventures
  • Investment Team
  • Sample deals from Funds 1 and 2

Post-COVID Venture Investing:

  • What venture investors anticipate
  • Immediate impact on our investing lens
  • Longer term: Why we’re optimistic about venture
  • Post-COVID world: A fundamental turning point
  • Opportunities now and in the future
  • Sample COVID-19 related companies in AVG portfolio

Q&A from our Audience

About Your Presenters

David Beazley, Managing Partner - Purple Arch Ventures

David Beazley, Managing Partner - Purple Arch Ventures

David has played a leading role in many aspects of the VC investment cycle: structuring transactions as a fundless sponsor, improving operations as a consultant, leading management teams as a CEO, evaluating opportunities as an investor and advisor, and selling companies as a licensed business broker. Previously, he founded Synergy Financial, a private capital and consulting firm for entrepreneurs, PE professionals, and family offices. He started his investment career as a professional advisor managing millions in assets. David has an undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern and played for the two-time Big Ten Championship Northwestern Wildcats Football Team. He serves on the NUvention and Kellogg Entrepreneurial Center Advisory Boards.

Wayne Moore, Partner

Wayne Moore,  Partner

Wayne has held positions in both successful startups and thriving tech firms and brings a wealth of operational experience building teams, executing deals, and developing clients. He is committed to the growth of the venture and tech community in Chicago, serves as an advisor to a number of startups, and is a founding board member of Great Lakes Academy Charter School. Previously, he led analysis, negotiation, and deal execution for the global content acquisition team at Netflix. Before that, he was VP of Business Development at Silver Chalice Ventures, a digital media startup owned by the Chicago White Sox. Wayne began his career in the US Navy, serving as a Surface Warfare Officer. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Kellogg.

Erik Hammer, Principal

Erik Hammer, Principal

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.

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