Webinar

Blue Ivy Ventures Fireside Chat

Join Blue Ivy Ventures Managing Partner David Shapiro and Alumni Ventures’ Vice President of Venture Portfolio Yev Gelfand to discuss the current venture capital landscape and why now is an exciting time to invest in this important asset class. Combined, David and Yev have over 40 years of investment experience.

Blue Ivy Ventures is Alumni Ventures’ fund for Yale alumni and friends of the community. During the session, we will discuss:

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    Why VC is largely uncorrelated to public markets
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    A deeper explanation of VC returns versus other asset classes
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    Why now is a compelling time to add VC to your portfolio

Note: You must be accredited to invest in venture capital. Important disclosure information can be found at av-funds.com/disclosures

About your presenters

David Shapiro
David Shapiro

Management Partner, Blue Ivy Ventures

David has over 25 years of experience as an investor, adviser, and board member, with expertise across early- and late-stage venture capital. Before joining Blue Ivy, David was Senior VP of Corporate Development and Business Development for DataXu, a marketer-aligned data and analytics company. Prior to his time at DataXu, he was a Director with the global venture and private equity firm 3i, including board directorships with ten companies. He also worked in the private equity group at GE Asset Management, where he specialized in late-stage venture and growth capital opportunities. David received his BA in History from Yale in 1991 and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2000.

Yevgeny Gelfand
Yevgeny Gelfand

VP of Venture Portfolio

Prior to joining AV, Yevgeny spent 15 years as a serial innovator at BlackRock. He was part of the original “skunkworks” team that conceived and seeded PennyMac Mortgage (exited successfully via IPO). He was also a founding member of the Financial Markets Advisory group (over $2 billion in cumulative revenue), which advised the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury, and over a dozen foreign governments. Yevgeny separately founded and led the Risk Advisory practice, coupling proprietary SaaS technology with investment consulting to grow the business from zero to over $1 trillion in assets under advisory. Internationally, Yevgeny drove the expansion of BlackRock in India — growing the employee base from 45 to 1,500 in two years — and the Middle East. He also participated in BlackRock’s first-ever Global Innovation Summit, where he incubated a new type of retirement product. Prior to BlackRock, Yevgeny conceived, prototyped, and patented a new design for the internal combustion engine. He is a CFA charterholder and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation, in addition to several FINRA regulatory licenses (series 7, 24, and 63). Yevgeny received his BA in Economics and Biomedical Engineering from Yale University.

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