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Bob Buderi

Schwartz Communications
Davida Dinerman or Anne Lundregan

Xconomy Celebrates 65 Years of Venture Capital in America,
Funding Entrepreneurs and Innovation

Event Coincides with 2011 NVCA Annual Meeting
and the 150th Anniversary of MIT Exhibition at the MIT Museum

CAMBRIDGE, Mass - March 29, 2011 - To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the venture capital industry and the outstanding entrepreneurs that the venture capitalists have funded and supported, Xconomy, in partnership with the National Venture Capital Association and the MIT Museum, is organizing a conference and celebration to take place on April 6. Held in concert with the National Venture Capital Association’s Annual Meeting in Boston, Xconomy’s VC65: Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of Venture Capital in America will include more than 500 venture capitalist attendees at the NVCA Annual Meeting, as well as leading company founders, entrepreneurs and academics in the wider innovation community.

VC65 will feature several of the most noteworthy success stories that have resulted from the important collaboration between leading entrepreneurs, research institutions and venture capitalists. The core of the conference program will focus on the stories and lessons learned by some of the country’s leading technology entrepreneurs, and the venture capitalists who have backed them. The conference will also include keynote presentations as well as discussions focusing on the future of the U.S. venture capital industry and venture capital in international markets. Featured speakers include: Henry McCance, chairman emeritus of Greylock Partners; Peter Brooke, founder of Advent International; Bob Metcalfe of Polaris Venture Partners and the University of Texas; Ajay Agarwal, Bain Capital Ventures; Tim Draper, Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Howard Hartenbaum, August Capital; Scott Kupor, Andreessen Horowitz; Robert Langer, MIT; Terry McGuire, Polaris Venture Partners; Mick Mountz, founder and CEO of Kiva Systems; Theresia Gouw Ranzetta of Accel Partners; and Bryan Roberts of Venrock (see full list below).

Major sponsors of the VC65 program include the law firm WilmerHale, Silicon Valley Bank, and the Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center.

"Since the VC industry’s roots were firmly planted in the Boston-Cambridge area and in the leading research universities in the region, it is appropriate that we hold this event in Cambridge to celebrate and take stock of the legacy of venture capital in America—not just its past achievements, but its future," said Robert Buderi, editor-in-chief, Xconomy. "Despite undergoing significant changes, the venture capital industry continues to push innovation forward with vigor. Venture capitalists are funding and partnering with entrepreneurs to break new ground in the areas of clean technology, the life sciences, information technology, and other fields, like robotics.

"When Georges Doriot founded American Research and Development Corporation 65 years ago, he never could have imagined the impact his legacy would have on U.S. innovation and economic growth," said Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association. "Since that time, venture capitalists have advanced his fine work, funding innovation and empowering entrepreneurs in our country’s most promising industry sectors. The VC65 event will truly be a celebration of venture capital and its contribution to our start-up ecosystem. We are looking forward to sharing stories, strategies and optimism with hundreds of individuals who are building great companies each and every day. This is a must-attend event for 2011 and we are expecting an outstanding crowd."


VC65: Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of Venture Capital in America


Wednesday, April 6; registration: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., program: 2:00-4:45 p.m. With networking reception to follow at the MIT Museum in the MIT 150th Anniversary Exhibition


Kresge Auditorium at MIT, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA




Confirmed Speakers:

Noubar Afeyan, Flagship Ventures
Ajay Agarwal, Bain Capital Ventures
Peter Brooke, Advent International
Tim Draper, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Howard Hartenbaum, August Capital
Scott Kupor, Andreessen Horowitz
Robert Langer, MIT
Terry McGuire, Polaris Venture Partners
Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group
Bob Metcalfe (representing 3Com, MIT, Polaris Venture Partners, University of Texas)
Mick Mountz, Kiva Systems
Theresia Gouw Ranzetta, Accel Partners
Bryan Roberts, Venrock
Ed Roberts, MIT Sloan School of Management
Linda Rottenberg, Endeavor Global
William Sahlman, Harvard Business School

Founders Circle planning group for the VC65 Program:

Peter Brooke, Advent International
Rick Burnes, Charles River Ventures
Bill Draper, Draper Richards
Mark Heesen, President, National Venture Capital Association
Henry McCance, Greylock Partners
Terry McGuire, Polaris Venture Partners
Andy McLane, TA Associates
Michael Greeley, Flybridge Capital Partners
William Sahlman, Harvard Business School
John Durant, Director, MIT Museum
Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor, MIT; Chairman, MIT Museum
Bob Buderi, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Xconomy

About the National Venture Capital Association
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) represents more than 400 U.S. venture capital firms. NVCA’s mission is to foster greater understanding of the importance of venture capital to the U.S. economy and support entrepreneurial activity and innovation. Please visit www.nvca.org.

About the MIT Museum
The MIT Museum's mission is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the world in the 21st century.

About Xconomy
Xconomy is an innovative news and events organization based in Cambridge, MA. It is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that exemplify today’s high-tech economy.

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