Sunday, September 7, 2008

How Can You Tell if Your VC is Jewish?

...I'll leave it to you to invent the punch-line to that joke. ("Serves bagels and lox at your celebratory closing brunch," maybe?)

The fall speakers series at the Vilna Shul is starting up this week, on Tuesday.

I'll be chatting with Ed Roberts, founder of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and one of our region's top experts on investing, innovation, and entrepreneurship. His most recent book is "Innovation Matters." We'll take audience questions about raising money, starting and growing companies, and the challenges of entrepreneurship.

The event is free...and you definitely don't have to be Jewish to attend, though the venue is a Jewish cultural center on Beacon Hill (who knew?) There are snacks and networking before and after the program. Event runs from 6 to 8 PM.

This series is organized by Doug Levin, founder (and until recently, CEO) of Black Duck Software.

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Blogger Jay Levitt said...

* Insists on a ribbon-cutting ceremony, eight days after the launch

* At board meetings, always votes "fine, go ahead, don't mind me"

* Always mediates disputes with "He is right...he is also right."

September 7, 2008 12:59 PM  
Anonymous andrew said...

1) The fund is called Gelt Ventures.

2) You always think pre money valuation was too high

September 7, 2008 3:12 PM  
Blogger Scott Kirsner said...


September 8, 2008 9:25 AM  
Blogger Jay Levitt said...

As Wallace Shawn said to Carey Elwes, "Wait till I get going!"

* Dips his preferred stock twice, when on any other day, he would not dip even once

* Always with the "all day long, I'd biddy-diddy-bum"

* Provides only enough funding for one day. But miraculously, it lasts eight days

* Whenever you mention "PCI compliance", dips a pinky in his latte and blots it on a napkin

* Insists that your logo T-shirt be offered in a "tassles" version

* Asks "What is this product to you?" And you shall say, "Because of this product did our customers provide all this revenue for me" - for me and not for him; for had he been there, he would not have been able to code it himself.

* Whenever you mention "Microsoft", waves that damned noisemaker

September 8, 2008 10:18 AM  

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