Why The Dietrich Foundation Is Committed To Out-Sized Allocations To Emerging And Frontier Markets | Edward Grefenstette, President, CEO & CIO | Q&A
Edward Grefenstette serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of The Dietrich Foundation. In this interview, Ed takes us back to his early days at the Foundation and how he's helped double total assets under management. He also discusses the organization's significant exposure and commitment toward VC in China since 2006 and why today's digital meetings and interactions are far from ideal from an LP standpoint.
Gordon And Betty Moore Foundation To Actively Increase PE & VC Allocations | Denise Strack, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Denise Strack has been the chief investment officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation since 2008. In this interview, she discussed how having a disease prevention expert at the organization has benefited them during these times; how they are playing offense to take advantage of the current market opportunities; and why they plan to actively increase private market exposure over the next years.
Inside Caltech's 'Investment Office' During A Global Pandemic | Scott Richland, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Scott Richland has served as chief investment officer of the California Institute of Technology's (Caltech) investment office since September 2010. In this interview, he discusses the many things that separate Caltech from its research-centric peers; his biggest task when joining Caltech to his current focus on navigating the investment office through a global pandemic; and how having a tenured team has benefited them greatly.
Texas Municipal Retirement System's Governance Structure Allows For Nimble Investing | Peter Teneriello, Investment Analyst | Q&A
Peter Teneriello is an investment analyst with the Texas Municipal Retirement System, serving on the private equity team and leading their work in venture capital. In this interview, he discusses how TMRS is creative in how they approach building their venture portfolio; how the current crisis has led them to rethink the best ways to invest over the next year; and why governance structure is key jump on great opportunities during these unprecedented times.
Visa Ventures Excited About Fintech-Centric Investment Opportunities | Kevin Jacques, Vice President & Global Head | Q&A
Kevin Jacques is the vice president and global head of Visa Ventures. Previously, he led the corporate development & investment team at Intuit. In this interview, he tells us about his role at one of the most prominent corporate venture capital groups in the U.S.; how Visa Ventures invests in areas that support their overall corporate strategy; and the excitement around the rapidly evolving fintech sector.
Telstra Ventures Focusing On Proven Companies & Technologies That Help Large Corporates | Mark Sherman, Managing Director | Q&A
Mark Sherman joined Telstra Ventures as a Managing Director in 2012. In this interview, he discusses why institutional investors should be excited about the enormous upside investing in venture capital; why Telstra looks to invest in Series Bs, Cs, and Ds, backing proven companies; and how timing can be tricky for most corporate venture groups considering venture's long-term game.
BP Ventures Approaches Investing With 'Collaborate Now, Compete Later' Mindset | David Hayes, Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director | Q&A
David Hayes is the chief investment officer and managing director of the Americas for BP Ventures. In this interview, he discussed how BP Ventures invests in tech that can be deployed in their own business; the importance of collaborating with corporate venture peers such as Shell; and why they seek a board seat on every investment they make.
West Virginia University Foundation Eyeing Venture Opportunities Outside Of U.S. | Nan Chen, Senior Investment Analyst | Q&A
Nan Chen is a senior investment analyst at the West Virginia University Foundation. She has been with the organization since 2011 and has held a few investment-related positions. In this interview, she discussed why WVU Foundation wants to increase allocation to early-stage venture capital; her focus on China-related strategies; and the close-knit community at WVU Foundation that celebrates and understands diverse cultures and experiences.
Citi Ventures Spending More Time On 'Robotic Process Automation' And Driving Innovation | Matt Carbonara, Managing Director | Q&A
Matt Carbonara is a managing director at Citi Ventures and works out of the Palo Alto office. In this interview, Matt discussed why the organization is spending more time on robotic process automation and other similar technology; their unique position in having direct access to Citi's assets; and how Citi brings global perspective and distribution when collaborating with innovative startups.
Baylor University Identifying 'Prudent Ways' To Add Alpha | Renee Hanna, Director of Investments, Private Investments | Q&A
Renee Hanna joined the Baylor University Office of Investments in 2008. She currently serves as director of investments responsible for the investment and management of the private equity and real asset allocations. In this interview, she discussed how Baylor's investment office identifies ways to add incremental alpha; the multi-year effort in building out their venture program; and why she believes investor peers should stick together and exchange market insights.