The Yard Ventures Presents: 2021 in Review
2021 was an amazing and active year for innovation and venture capital. U.S. investments in venture capital surpassed $300 billion for the first time in 2021. This figure almost doubles 2020’s $166.6 billion figure.
Join The Yard Ventures’ team with Alumni Ventures’ Senior Partner Deborah Walden, as they review 2021, share the latest developments at Alumni Ventures, and provide an outlook for 2022. The discussion is led by Managing Partner Michael Madden, Partner Ron Levin, Senior Associate Grant Demeter, and Senior Partner Deborah Walden, and is open to all alumni and friends of Harvard. There will be time for open questions during the webinar.
During the session, we will discuss:
- HomeThe new investments we made in 2021
- HomeMajor developments within our existing portfolio
- HomeOur 2021 exits and long term performance
- HomeMajor updates across Alumni Ventures
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About your presenters
Michael is a Co-Founder of Alumni Ventures and has been the Managing Partner of The Yard Ventures since inception. Working alongside a great team, Michael has invested in over 120 companies on the way to building large, diversified venture capital portfolios for our Yard investors. Prior to joining the early team at Alumni Ventures, Michael had been a venture investor, board member, and advisor while at firms such as Summit Partners, Polaris Venture Partners, Edison Partners, and Square One. He earned an AB from Harvard University, where he was a four-year letter winner in both Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball. Michael later received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ron has spent his career in a variety of entrepreneurial, leadership and business development roles. He has been an angel investor and advisor to over a dozen technology startups. Ron was co-founder and CEO of Barcelona-based TravelPerk, a venture capital-backed travel management platform that is ranked as one of the world’s fastest-growing SaaS companies as well as one of the most popular business travel booking tools in the market. Prior to TravelPerk, Ron started the B2B division of Booking.com and before that was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Ron began his career at Lycos, one of the web’s pioneer search engine and web portals. He has lived in four European cities and traveled for business and pleasure to over 130 countries on six continents. Ron graduated from Babson College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Senior Associate, Yard
Prior to joining The Yard Ventures, Grant was an entrepreneur, management consultant, product manager, and VC investor. He was a founding member and editor-in-chief of the Morning Brew, a successful media startup which exited to Business Insider. As a senior consultant with Deloitte, he led projects focused on tech strategy. Within Deloitte, he incubated and managed a people analytics product, and co-chaired a new strategy practice focused on the future of work. As an active contributor to innovation within Harvard’s venture ecosystem, he has helped to operationalize a new tech-enabled, democratized investing platform, as well as a new venture debt firm — and has had the privilege to advise, support, and learn from many startups within the community. Grant earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Michigan.
Deborah has over 25 years of experience working with social impact entrepreneurs and mission-driven leaders. Prior to joining AVG, Deb was an independent consultant for business development and growth strategies, guiding founders through the early startup and launch phases of new social ventures and nonprofit organizations. Her clients included an MIT professor and former dean launching a venture to transform the higher education landscape, social ventures focused on national security and foreign policy, and a national organization building a global joint initiative for world leaders. She has worked in higher education advancement, nonprofit management, and as a Capitol Hill lobbyist, beginning her career as committee staff in the US Senate. Deborah holds a BS in political science from Birmingham-Southern College and a MA in Communication from American University.