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Coast to Coast: The Venture Capital Landscape from the Alley to the Valley- CBS and CBSACBA

The Private Equity Program at Columbia Business School and the Columbia Business School Alumni of the Bay Area invite you to join us for a discussion moderated by Donna Hitscherich, Director of Columbia Business School's Private Equity Program.


Presented by the Private Equity Program and the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of the Bay Area
Monday, March 18, 2013 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Four Seasons, 2050 University Ave, East Palo Alto, California

Cost: $25 for members & $40 non-members.
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Please join us for a panel discussion focused on Venture Capital (VC) industry and its differences from coast to coast. The event will be held as part of the EMBA Americas Program with External Relations and the Private Equity Program. It will draw together a panel of Industry leaders in VC who will discuss the current state of VC industry, and at the same time highlight the differences between investing in the Silicon Valley area, vs. New York’s “Silicon Alley.” 

Stacey Bishop, Managing Director @ Scale Venture Partners (Columbia MBA, traditional full-time program)
Stacey focuses on Software as a Service (SaaS) and consumer Internet. Currently serving on the board of Vitrue and NComputing, Stacey also works closely with several of ScaleVP’s other portfolio companies, including Box, HubSpot, and DocuSign. Stacey originated investments in ExactTarget (IPO March 2012) and Omniture, acquired by Adobe in 2009.

Prior to joining ScaleVP in 1999, Stacey specialized in M&A within Bank of America’s Corporate Development Group. Stacey worked in equity research at Morgan Stanley and began her career as an account manager at Syntel, an IT services firm.

Stacey holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from University of Michigan.

Brett Rochkind, Managing Director @ General Atlantic (Columbia EMBA program)
Brett B. Rochkind is a Managing Director at General Atlantic, where he has worked since 2002. Mr. Rochkind leads General Atlantic's Palo Alto office, where he is co-head of the firm's global Internet & Technology sector. Mr. Rochkind recently returned from GA's Hong Kong office, where he focused on opportunities in Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region including the firm's investments in Alibaba Group, Renren, Soufun and Lenovo. Mr. Rochkind has worked closely with many of GA's portfolio companies in the software, information, services and Internet sectors including Box, Appirio, Bazaarvoice, IHS, SSA Global and Altair Engineering in the United States, Decolar, MercadoLibre and Grupo Linx in Brazil and Latin America and PowerDsine in Israel.

Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Rochkind was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in their Mergers & Acquisitions department in New York and Menlo Park, and helped to establish Morgan Stanley's Israel office based in Tel Aviv. Mr. Rochkind graduated magna cum laude and as a University Scholar from the Stern School of Business at New York University and earned his M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Rochkind is an active member in the community and is involved in a number of educational and non-profit organizations, including New York University, where he is a member of the University's Board of Trustees and Co-Founder of the Young Alumni Leadership Circle and a member of the Israel Venture Network and AIPAC.

Gustavo Alberelli, Managing Director @ Trident Capital, (Columbia MBA, J-Term program)
Gustavo Alberelli joined Trident Capital in 2012 as a Managing Director. He focuses on growth equity and buyout investments in software, internet and technology-enabled services. Previously, Gustavo was a Director at Kennet Partners where he led growth equity investments across the technology sector, typically as the first institutional investor, and worked extensively with portfolio companies to optimize the efficiency of their respective sales models. Gustavo started his investment career at Trinity Ventures, where he primarily worked with seed and early stage technology companies. Gustavo has served as a Board Director or Board Observer at AcademixDirect, Intelepeer, MyPerfectSale (acquired by Sugar, Inc.), Prolexic Technologies, Revolution Prep and TradingPartners.

Prior to becoming an investor, Gustavo held several business development and marketing positions at Saltare, a venture-backed enterprise software company. He began his career as an analyst in the technology investment banking division of Robertson Stephens. Gustavo received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA degree from Swarthmore College where he was a Swarthmore Scholar.

J.J. Freitag, COO @ SlideRocket, (Columbia MBA program)
I am currently the COO at SlideRocket, an Azure Portfolio company, purchased by VMWare in April 2011. Prior to the operating role at SlideRocket, I was a Vice-President at Azure Capital Partners specializing in software and cloud services, communications, voice productivity applications, connected home, mobile and consumer devices and related technologies.

At Azure J.J. worked with several companies in the Azure portfolio, including SlideRocket, Cyan Optics, Coraid, Phanfare, Vapps (prior to its acquisition by Citrix), and Neonova Network Systems. Prior to joining Azure, J.J. was active in the venture capital community in New York. He was instrumental in fundraising for companies spun out of the portfolio at Columbia Science and Technology Ventures and served as General Manager for StackSafe systems as they raised their first institutional round of capital. He also worked with RRE Ventures on portfolio company strategy.

J.J. has held a number of operational roles in his career at startup and established technology companies. He was an enterprise sales director at Hyperion Solutions. Prior to that he was the director of sales at Edgenet where he helped the company grow from eight million to twenty five million in annual revenue, and before that, he held an enterprise sales position at Brio Technologies. Prior to Brio, J.J. was a product manager for SQRIBE Technologies where he led a team that released two of the first commercial enterprise applications built entirely in Java and helped grow the company profitably from ten to forty five million dollars in revenue over three years. He began his technology career with Oracle. J.J. also spent two years as a research analyst for Dr. John Cogan at the Hoover Institute.

J.J. holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University where he graduated with Dean’s List honors and has B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University where he was an All-American on the swim team.

Specialties: Investments in the software and cloud services, communications, mobile applications and payments, connected home and consumer devices.

Mark Huang, Partner, Novus Energy Partners, (Columbia MBA and Masters of International Affairs program)
Prior to co-founding Novus, Mark was a Senior VP at GE Energy Financial Services, primarily focused on venture investments in the clean energy, transportation and water sectors. Mark also worked with GE business development teams in alternative energy and hybrid electric transportation. In 2003, Mark served as an officer in the US Army Reserves in Iraq where he led nation building missions as well as efforts to restructure Iraq's state-owned-enterprise sector. Mark holds a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute and an MBA and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Professor Donna Hitscherich, Director of the Private Equity Program
Professor Donna Hitscherich was appointed as director of the Private Equity Program in October 2010.

Professor Hitscherich now serves as Senior Lecturer in the Finance and Economics division, a position she has held since 2008 after a nearly twenty year career in investment banking and law. Donna has a long and distinguished history of teaching at Columbia, including nearly 20 years as an adjunct professor in the business school and as a lecturer in law and accounting at Columbia Law School. Professor Hitscherich was awarded the Commitment to Excellence Award by the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Class of 2010 and was nominated for the Dean's Award for Innovation in the MBA Curriculum in 2002. Professor Hitscherich currently teaches Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. From 1988 through 1990, Professor Hitscherich was an assistant professor of law at St. John's University School of Law, where she taught Federal Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics.

Prior to her present position at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, during which she held positions at CS First Boston, J. P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and Banc of America Securities. At J. P. Morgan, she was a founding member of the takeover defense team and a senior member of the advisory review committee, which was responsible for all of the M&A fairness opinions issued by the bank. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm's fairness opinion review committee and a major contributor to the firm's training programs for managing directors and associates. Prior to her career in investment banking, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Professor Hitscherich is a founding member of Gnosis Advisors LLC, a financial education advisory firm and has served as an expert witness and provided litigation support in several complex securities litigations respecting various matters, including valuation, due diligence, custom and usage in the finance industry, and financing alternatives. Her research interests include mergers and acquisitions, valuation and fairness opinions. She holds a JD from St. John's University (magna cum laude) where she was a member of the St. John's Law Review, an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business where she was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma and a BS from St. John's University (summa cum laude). She is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York.

5:30-6:00 Registration
6:00-7:00 VC Panel, Q&A
7:00-8:30 Networking Reception

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