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Meet the Castor Ventures Team

Watch our short webinar snippet to learn about Castor Ventures, Alumni Ventures’ MIT-focused venture capital fund, and meet the investment team responsible for building the portfolio.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Castor Ventures team and to hear about their approach to investing in private companies. This presentation is led by Castor Ventures’ Managing Partner Chris Skalrin, Partner Cainon Coates, and Senior Principal Isaac Schlecht. This presentation is open to all alumni and friends of MIT. 

During the session, we will discuss:

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    The goal and structure of the fund
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    The team and management behind the fund
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    The Castor Ventures and Alumni Ventures approach to investing
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    Examples of current portfolio companies
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    The benefits of investing in venture capital

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

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About your presenters

Chris Sklarin
Chris Sklarin

Managing Partner, Castor Ventures

Chris has 20+ years of experience in tech investing, product development, and sales engineering. He has invested over $90 million in companies from seed to venture stage. Most recently, he was Vice President at Edison Partners, where he focused on investments for Enterprise 2.0 and mobile. Previously, Chris was a Director of Business Development with biomedical venture accelerator BioEnterprise and Director of Business Development with Chrysalis Ventures. Earlier, at JumpStart, a nationally recognized venture development organization, he sourced and executed seed investments. Chris has an SB EE from MIT (’88) and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Cainon Coates
Cainon Coates

Managing Partner, Castor Ventures

For the past 15 years, Cainon has worked with startups as an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. Previously, he helped co-found several companies, including: Viafy (acquired by Constellation Software [TSX:CSU]), Human Design Medical (merged with Breas Medical of General Electric [NYSE:GE]), Triangle Research Labs (acquired by Lonza [SIX:LONN]), Revive Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Concordia Healthcare [TOR:CRX]), and University Laundry (acquired by a national operator, then Procter & Gamble’s Tide [NYSE: PG]). Cainon also worked at PBM Capital (a $500M healthcare-focused VC firm), Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Goldman Sachs, and NASA. He has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems and Information Engineering.

Isaac Schlecht
Isaac Schlecht

Senior Principal, Castor Ventures

Isaac is an experienced investor and analyst, leading research, sourcing deals, and coordinating diligence for venture and growth equity firms. Prior to joining Castor, he was an Investment Consultant to Tiger Global Management and founded Buttonwood Gaming, developing a digital economic simulation game with collaborators at MIT and worldwide. Earlier, Isaac served as Senior Analyst, Business and Research at Catalyst Investors, and an Associate at Samson Capital Advisors (now Fiera Capital). Isaac has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, an AB from Brown University in Economics and Political Theory, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

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