Mark Your Calendar: VCJ Conference Coming Oct. 20

Lately, with so much IPO activity, rising valuations, deal flow and SEC meetings taking place, I’m told it’s never a dull day in the VC community.

The same is true for us at Venture Capital Journal and our online affiliate peHUB.

Things have been hopping since the beginning of the year with new hires, new responsibilities (yours truly as Editor-in-Charge, for instance), increasing our social media presence and other exciting projects, as well.

I’d like to tell you about one project in particular, if I haven’t already done so in person. And that is we’re hard at work preparing a VCJ conference in the fall.

This is the first day-long VCJ conference we’ve put on in my eight years here and I believe it’s going to knock your socks off.

On Oct. 20, the editorial team of VCJ is bringing together GPs and LPs for a candid discussion and networking event on successful strategies in the venture business. Venture fundraising is slowly heating up. And as Mark Heesen, president of the NVCA told us a couple of months ago when he visited our office in San Francisco, fundraising is on the top of the minds of most VCs, and will likely remain so through the end of the year.

What we’re hoping is that our conference event, called Venture Alpha, provides the perfect forum for fund managers and investors to engage in general discussions and in pre-arranged private meetings. Yes, GPs and LPs will have am opportunity to participate in pre-screened 1-on-1 meetings with each other during the day, through our ExecConnect program.

Of course, a conference is nothing unless terrific and engaging speakers and panelists are on hand. And in that regard, we are loaded to the hilt.

We’re still in recruiting mode, but on the venture side, we have Aydin Senkut, Deepak Kamra, Kate Mitchell, Mark Suster, Matt McIlwain, Todd Chaffee and more. Speakers from the LP ranks include Barry Gonder, Greg Baty, Jennifer Urdan and Kirk Dizon, among others.

Other particiapnts include IPO consultant Lise Buyer and David Weir of Sharespost.

Aaron Levie, one of my favorite CEOs from one of my favorite tech companies is delivering the entrepreneurial keynote address. I’ve known Aaron, CEO of, for a couple of years now and I’ve seen him wow audiences of all kinds with his passion and excellent oratory skills. He won’t disappoint.

For more information about the event, visit our conference website at or contact my colleague Greg Winterton in New York at 646.223.6787 and

Also, be sure to follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #VentureAlpha.

And I hope to see you there.