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Feb 11
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08:00 - 08:55

Registration

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Showing of Streams
16:00 - 16:30

Afternoon tea

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Showing of Streams
17:30 - 17:35
End of summit day

End of summit day

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17:35 - 19:05

Networking drinks reception

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08:00 - 08:55 55 mins
Registration
08:55 - 09:00 5 mins
Venture Capital
Chair’s opening remarks
08:55 - 09:00 5 mins
Fundraising
Chair’s opening remarks
09:00 - 09:30 30 mins
Info
Venture Capital
How do you seed, feed, and lead a company to make it a world leader?

How do you spot the winners for your portfolio more consistently? How does tech change the parameters for the company? Is keeping a portfolio company private better than going public at a later stage?

09:20 - 09:55 35 mins
Info
Fundraising
Shouting above the competition: how to raise funds in an ultra-competitive market
  • Moderator John McCormick - Partner, Monument Group
  • Panellists Lisa Lee - Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners

What can GPs do to stand out from the crowd? Is it better to have a generalist or specialist fund? What should be done differently when pre-marketing a fund? What are some of the lessons learned?

09:30 - 10:00 30 mins
Info
Venture Capital
Future gazing: how will the VC landscape change by 2030?
  • Solo Presentation Ben Freeberg - Senior Associate, Alpha Venture Partners
  • Moderator Steve Brotman - Managing Partner , Alpha Venture Partners
  • Panellists Jeff Grabow - US VC Leader, EY
  • Ben Black - Managing Director & Co-Founder, Akkadian Ventures
  • Carmen Palafox - Partner, Make in LA

How do you spot the superstar of the future? Where is Venture going and how is it evolving? Is disruption likely to keep going? Is Venture likely to cease in a recession? How are VC strategies developing? What sectors are VC moving into? Are there new ways to finance portfolio companies? What other hybrid and innovative models are there in Venture?

09:55 - 10:20 25 mins
Info
Fundraising
Finding the hidden gems: how to spot good GPs in a saturated market
  • Panellists Bridget Schweihs - Senior Associate, 50 South Capital

What strategies will be the most successful at generating great returns? What do investors want to see when they get marketing material? How to do research and due diligence on a GP; What to look for after making a deal

10:00 - 10:30 30 mins
Info
Venture Capital
‘It’s in the DNA’: what do Family Offices look for in VC firms?
  • Panellists Jay Rogers - Executive Director, Bergendahl Holdings
  • Randy Norton - Managing Partner, Global Head of Real Estate and Alternative Investments, Green Mesa Capital

How do Family Offices measure risk? How does a Family Office use venture capital? How should other LPs think about Venture? Do early generation Family offices have a greater risk tolerance? Co-investing: what is the appetite for them and what value do they bring?

10:20 - 10:40 20 mins
Info
Fundraising
The California credit market: how to raise the right fund

What are the core differences between a credit and private equity fund? What are the different types of income strategies? Why is credit an attractive market? How will rising interest rates affect the credit market? Does leveraging a credit fund create too much risk?

10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
Venture Capital
Morning Coffee
10:40 - 11:10 30 mins
Fundraising
Morning Coffee
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
Info
Venture Capital
How are LPs allocating capital to Venture?
  • Moderator Ziad Sarkis - Director of Financial Research, Alternative Investments Initiative, The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania

What are LPs doing now compared to five years ago? What are some of the constraints? How are the skills used to invest in PE different from those in VC? How does VC investment criteria differ from PE? How are LPs investing in first-time VC firms?

11:10 - 11:50 40 mins
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Fundraising
What do LPs and GPs want?
  • Moderator Brett Hickey - Founder & CEO, Star Mountain Capital
  • Panellists Amy Harsch - Managing Director, American Securities

What do GPs want from their investors?

How can GPs help speed the process along? How does a GP know if they are falling short, and going to get dropped?

How does an LP pick the ‘winners’? Why take a stake in a GP?

What do LPs want from their managers?

What are some of the most effective engagement strategies? Would an ILPA mandated reporting template help ensure LPs/GPs are on the same page?

11:10 - 11:50 40 mins
Info
Fundraising Breakout
When it all goes wrong: how to recover from a failed fundraise

[GPs only - Boardroom closed door session, Chatham House rules]

What is a good fund strategy? What must be in a fundraising review? What are the warning signs? What experiences are the best teachers?

11:30 - 12:30 60 mins
Info
Venture Capital
SuperReturn U.S. West Fund Showcase

3 GPs will each have 5 minutes and 5 slides to explain their fund thesis. LP judges will then provide feedback on delivery and clarity of concept.

11:50 - 12:30 40 mins
Info
Fundraising
Is it time to lower the hurdle?

Is the hurdle rate past its sell by date, or will increasing interest rates mean that the hurdle should stay? Should it be 6% 8% or 0%? Does the hurdle rate create a disadvantage for some GPs? Would removing the hurdle change GP behaviour in a positive or negative way?

12:30 - 13:30 60 mins
Venture Capital
Networking lunch break
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
Info
Fundraising
How to get the best from a team during a stellar fundraise

How do the responsibilities split between the IRBD team and the CFO/COO in successful GPs?

How achieve maximum value when working with placement agents and external consultants

13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
Fundraising
Networking lunch break
13:30 - 13:50 20 mins
Info
Venture Capital
Venture Capital tides: what direction are we moving?
  • Jesse Fahy - Manager,Venture Capital, Preqin

Where are we in the cycle? Is the VC market continually expanding, or is there contraction in some areas? Where is Venture’s upper limit? Who is filling the ‘no man’s land’ between micro VC and the major players? What are we seeing in later stage VC?

13:50 - 14:10 20 mins
Venture Capital
Is LA challenging the Silicon Valley Ecosystem?
  • Mark Suster - Managing Partner, Upfront Ventures
14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
Info
Fundraising
Changing lanes: have fundraisers changed their approach because they have to deploy capital quickly?
  • Panellists John Kim - Managing Partner, HighBar Partners
  • Gustavo Alberelli - Managing Director and Co-founder, Sunstone Partners

VCs are moving upstream, and PE firms are moving down, is that a cause for concern? Are funding cycles too quick? Why do complex strategies benefit investors? Are novice investors getting in the way of good deals?

14:10 - 14:30 20 mins
Info
Venture Capital
What is the balance of power in the VC ecosystem in the US?
  • Panellists SC Moatti - Founder & Managing Partner, Mighty Capital
  • Jack Crawford - Co-Founder and General Partner, Impact Venture Capital

Who are the new managers and what are the new innovations leading the way?

Has success in the valley killed the creative brain cell? What do LA and Venture have to offer each other? How do LPs know where VCs are investing? Is Corporate Venture making a big impact? Has the micro-VC ecosystem evolved?

14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
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Venture Capital
The future sectors in VC: what’s new and expanding?
  • Moderator Heinz Blennemann - Principal, Blennemann Family Investments
  • Panellists Roelof Opperman - Principal, Fifth Wall VC
  • Cindy Padnos - Founder & Managing Partner, Illuminate Ventures
  • Eric Benhamou - Founder & Global Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV)

Where are the hot industries? New tech in old industries: where is the disruption? Are there any un-tapped markets? What are some of the success stories and unexpected markets? What can we learn from other global tech hubs?

14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
Info
Fundraising
“You’re hired!” Finding talent and planning for succession
  • Sasha Jensen - Founder & CEO, Jensen Partners

How to build and incentivise a successful team; What are some of the most effective ways to keep talent from leaving? Is there a generational gap that’s growing? How to increase diversity in a team; How to solve common concerns when succession planning

15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
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Venture Capital
Women in VC: is lack of diversity linked to underperformance?
  • Panellists Kate Mitchell - Managing Partner , Scale Venture Partners

Why are there fewer women in VC than in PE and portfolio companies? What initiatives can be introduced to increase better representation? Are LPs factoring in diversity into their investment criteria?

15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
Info
Fundraising
What makes a good first-time fund?
  • Moderator Sarah Sandstrom - Partner, Campbell Lutyens
  • Panellists Gail Guerin - Founder, Guerin Group
  • Whit Matthews - Senior Investment Manager, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Paul Kwon - Senior Vice President, Private Equity, Unigestion
  • Garry Little - General Partner and Co-Founder, Canvas Ventures

How to position a first-time fund and subsequent funds so that they are interesting and attractive to investors; How do funds differentiate themselves from established funds and prove their added-value approach to investors and entrepreneurs? What are the selection criteria that LPs use when considering a first-time fund?

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
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Fundraising
Learning from experience: going beyond the second or third fund
  • Moderator Gail Guerin - Founder, Guerin Group
  • Panellists Elise Hebb - Partner and COO, Maveron
  • Gregory Lamb - Managing Partner, Alcazar Partners LLC
  • Marc der Kinderen - Managing Partner, 747 Capital

What experiences from a first-time fund can help with the second and third? How to take future fundraising ambitions and position them to new and existing LPs

15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
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Fundraising Breakout
How to scale-up and pass on investment strategies

[LP-only closed-door session]

 

Boardroom session for LPs to discuss how to ensure long-term strategies follow through to the next generation of investors during technological and market changes

16:00 - 16:30 30 mins
Afternoon tea
16:30 - 17:00 30 mins
Info
Venture Capital
Understanding Venture Secondaries
  • Panellists Steven Taubman - Managing Director, HighGear Ventures
  • Elizabeth Weil - Managing Partner, 137 Ventures
  • Hans Swildens - Founder & CEO, Industry Ventures

Are Venture Secondaries too risky? What are the main benefits of a Venture Secondary? Is the Venture Secondaries market likely to grow?

16:30 - 17:00 30 mins
Info
Fundraising
How can we work better together?

How to improve communication, transparency and reporting after a deal is made

17:00 - 17:30 30 mins
Info
Venture Capital
Bad performance and failed funds: how do VCs bounce back?

[Off the record close door session, Chatham House rules]

17:00 - 17:30 30 mins
Info
Fundraising
How to win (and keep winning) in a competitive environment
  • Interviewer Nizam Azar - Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

What is the competition? What is the motivation? What is the strategy? What are the lessons from experience? What is the advice for people in a competitive environment?

17:30 - 17:35 5 mins
End of summit day
17:35 - 19:05 90 mins
Networking drinks reception