As we look forward to our 13th annual conference, the NYU Stern VC & PE Club is incredibly excited to welcome you to our campus for a day of forward looking and industry challenging conversations.

Our keynote speakers are landmarks throughout the day leading with Eric Hippeau of Lerer Hippeau Ventures at the opening, Michael Ronen of SoftBank Investment Advisors at midday and Joseph Barrata of Blackstone at the close. Friday March 2nd promises to be a day of thought provoking discussions exploring today's investment ecosystem - from the earliest stages of funding right through to the largest investments the industry has seen to date.

Tickets are available here, come join us!

We can't wait to meet you.

- The NYU Stern VC & PE Club

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Eric Hippeau

Managing Partner

Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Eric Hippeau is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. He is the chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis Media. Previously, Eric was the Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner. Prior to Softbank Capital, Eric was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector. He serves on the Board of various private and public companies, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Eric graduated from the Lycee Francais de Londres and attended the Sorbonne University in Paris.



Michael Ronen

Managing Partner

SoftBank Investment Advisors

Michael is Managing Partner of Softbank Investment Advisers where he focuses on investing in next-generation Automotive and Transportation companies, as well as Artificial Intelligence and Communications companies. Michael joined Softbank in 2017 after 19 years at Goldman Sachs where most recently he was a Partner Managing Director and served as co-chief operating officer of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group and a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee. Michael was a member of Goldman Sachs’ M&A Group and the founder of the Automotive Technology effort at Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Michael served as a non-commissioned officer in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence Corps and later worked as an attorney, specializing in bankruptcies and financial restructurings. Michael earned an LLB (JD) from Tel-Aviv University in 1994 and an MBA, with distinction, from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 1998.




Global Head of Private Equity


Joseph Baratta is Global Head of Private Equity and a member of the firm's Management Committee. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Baratta has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Universal Orlando, Nycomed Pharmaceuticals, Houghton Mifflin, Spirit Group and was responsible for Blackstone's investments in First Eagle Investment Management, Seaworld Parks and Entertainment, Merlin Entertainments Group, Center Parcs, Tragus Group, Southern Cross and ICS Group. In 2001, Mr. Baratta moved to London to help establish Blackstone’s corporate private equity business in Europe. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Baratta was with Tinicum Incorporated and McCown De Leeuw & Company. Mr. Baratta also worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department. Mr. Baratta graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University where he currently serves on the University's Board of Directors. He serves as a director of Blackstone portfolio companies First Eagle Investment Management and Penn Engineering. He is also a trustee of the Tate Foundation in Britain and serves on the board of Year Up, an organization focused on youth employment.



2018's participating firms will include:

Apollo Global Management

ff Venture Capital


USRA/NASA Ames Quantum AI Lab

Halycon Capital Management

Union Square Hospitality Group


Altas Partners

Hearst Ventures

EMM Catch Group




Carlyle Group

Blackstone Strategic Partners

Providence Equity

Neuberger Berman

Google Ventures

Samsung Next Ventures

Comcast Ventures

Cardozo Law School

Eden Capital

Pomona Capital

Eight Bar Partners




Investments in Cryptocurrency and Fintech

The Investments in Cryptocurrency & FinTech panel will explore key trends in the field, whether cryptocurrencies have the potential to disrupt the current paradigms of fundraising in Private Equity/Venture Capital/Initial Public Offerings, and the legal ramifications and securities regulation that is likely to impact the industry in the near future.

  • Kendrick Nguyen Founder, Republic
  • Aaron Wright Law Professor, Cardozo Law
  • Jason Jones Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Consensys Capital
  • Travis Scher Vice President, Investments, Digital Currency Group

Secondary Market PE Investing

The Secondary Market for PE Investing panel will explore Private Equity funds focused on investing in secondaries, the factors that have led to increases in demand for secondary investments, the industries that investors are focused on, and the resulting paradigm shift in the investment landscape.

  • Ryan Levitt Partner, Pomona Capital
  • Jameson Mones Director, Blackstone Strategic Partners
  • Ethan Falkove Managing Director, Neuberger Berman
  • Daryl Li Director, Ardian

In Search of Longer Term Horizons

The In Search of Longer Term Horizons panel will explore the trend of GPs, LPs, and Co-Investors shifting their focus to investment strategies with longer investment horizons and how the shift is expected to impact the relationship between GPs and LPs.

  • Adam Sokoloff Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
  • Scott Werry Founding Partner, Altas Partners
  • Dina Said Dwyer Managing Director, Eden Capital

The Rise of Corporate VCs

The Rise of Corporate VCs panel will explore the corporate search for diversified returns and the expansion of corporate activity into the VC space in their search for sector disruptors that will change the future of their industry.

  • Kim Armor Managing Director and CFO, Comcast Ventures
  • Gus Warren Managing Director, Samsung Next Ventures
  • Darcy Frisch Managing Director and Vice President, Hearst Ventures
  • Urs Cete Managing Partner, BDMI

PE Value Creation Strategies and Opportunities in the Current Environment

The Private Equity Value Creation Strategies and Opportunities in the Current Environment panel will explore the shifts in investments across industries and regions, the increasing importance of operational restructuring/efficiency, as well as discussing the rise of alternative methods for investors to access the Private Equity market.

  • Jasvinder Khaira Senior Managing Director, Blackstone, Tactical Opportunities Group
  • Vivianne Akriche Managing Director, Eurazeo Capital
  • Trevor Winstead Managing Director, Apollo Global Management, Illiquid Opportunistic Credit

Venture Investments in Data Driven Technology

The Venture Investments in Data-Drive Technology panel will address the current state of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Data Mining and explore how VC investors expect to leverage these trends in their day to day work and discuss the end-user adoption of this technology.

  • John Frankel Founding Partner, ffVenture Capital
  • Erik Nordlander Engineering Partner, Google Ventures
  • Davide Venturelli NASA Ames Quantum AI Lab
  • Vijay Reddy Head of AI Investments, Intel Capital

Distressed Investing

The Distressed Investing panel will explore the expectations for the next stage of the distressed investing sector. Given the current state of the energy, shipping, and retail industry and the increasing price of LBO and M&A deals, should we expect an inbound wave of defaults and bankruptcies in the future? When will the benign credit cycle finally end? Where in the capital structure do we expect to see the most opportunity?

  • Holly Neiweem Managing Director, Eight Bar Partners
  • David Markus Founding Partner, Turning Rock Partners
  • Jason Dillow CIO, Head of Credit and Vice Chairman, Halcyon Capital Management

Investments in Lifestyle: Entertainment, Media, Sports, Luxury, and Hospitality

The Investments in Lifestyle: Entertainment, Media, Sports, Luxury and Hospitality panel will explore how investors are capitalizing on the infusion of new technology and changes in consumer preferences in the lifestyle segments: Entertainment, Media, Sports, Luxury, and Hospitality.

  • Mark Leavitt CIO, Union Square Hospitality Group
  • Joshua Empson Managing Director, Providence Equity
  • Eugene Remm Founder, EMM Group and Rumble Boxing
  • Tehmina Haider Principal, L Catterton


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