2008 Speakers & Moderators

Stewart Alsop

Alsop Louie Partners

Stewart Alsop is partner of Alsop Louie Partners, a venture capital fund focused on helping technology entrepreneurs start companies and the lead investor in Cake Financial. He was a general partner with New Enterprise Associates through 2004 and lead that firm’s investments in companies such as TiVo, Portola Communications (sold to Netscape), Glu Mobile, and Xfire (sold to Viacom). During that time, he also wrote a column for Fortune. Prior to NEA, Alsop was Editor in Chief of InfoWorld, a weekly newspaper for information-technology professionals. He also published PC Letter, a fortnightly newsletter for computer industry insiders, and produced the Agenda and Demo conferences for executives of companies in the computer industry. Before 1985, he served in several executive editorial positions at business and trade magazines, including Inc. magazine. Alsop graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles.


Tracy Harris

Parish Capital

Ms. Harris joined Parish Capital in July 2004. As Director, Ms. Harris is responsible for reviewing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence on potential investments and monitoring those investments and their underlying companies. She also assists in investment process oversight. Ms. Harris currently serves on the advisory boards of AIC Caribbean Fund, Foundry Group, Relativity Capital, Trivest Partners, and Valor Equity Partners. Prior to joining Parish Capital, Ms. Harris served as vice president of business development for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the leading support organization in the country for high-growth companies. In 2003, Ms. Harris was recognized as one of the top 40 business persons under the age of 40 by the Triangle Business Journal. Ms. Harris began her career at Teach For America in New York, NY. Ms. Harris received a BA in political science and business, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jim Lim

Montegu Newhall

Jim joined Montagu Newhall Associates in October 2004. Previously he was a Director at Commonfund Capital, a fund-of-funds firm that, as of the time of his departure, managed nearly $5.5 billion in commitments across venture capital, private equity, international private capital and natural resources programs. While at Commonfund Capital, Jim helped lead the due diligence efforts on many of the firm’s top tier venture capital managers. He also spent three years at Pfizer where he was primarily responsible for managing the private capital portfolio of Pfizer ’s $2.5 billion pension plan. On behalf of the pension plan, Jim made commitments to funds managed by some of the leading venture capital and buyout managers in the industry. In addition to his pension fund experience, Jim had several corporate finance assignments in Pfizer’s Research and Development Group and Pfizer ’s Operational, Planning and Analysis Group. Jim is a cum laude graduate of Washington College where he received his degree in Economics and a graduate of Indiana University, where he received his MBA in Finance. Jim serves on the board of Delphi Ventures, Infotech Ventures, OpenView Venture Partners and TargetRx. Jim also is a board observer of SkinMedica, Inc., ExactTarget, Inc., Barrx Medical, Inc. and GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.


Jamey Sperans

Morgan Stanley

Jamey is a portfolio manager for the Private Equity Fund of Funds group. He joined Morgan Stanley AIP in 2001 and has 17 years of relevant industry experience. Previously, he was an entrepreneur, founding or co-founding four businesses, including two marketing automation services companies - TeamToolz, (acquired by OTEX) and Nimblefish Technologies - and a New York-based private advisory firm. Previously, Jamey was a senior consultant with Bain & Company, where he advised corporations and private equity firms on matters of due diligence, valuation, strategy and operations. He received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.


Chris Yang

Grove Street

Chris Yang is a General Partner at Grove Street Advisors focusing on information technology, secondary investments, Asian and domestic buyout funds. Prior to joining Grove Street, Chris was a consultant with Integral and Alliance Consulting Group. He has also held various operating positions with Internet companies such as HomeGrocer, SchoolStop, and RottenTomatoes. Chris was an Associate with Seed Capital, SOFTBANK’s early stage VC affiliate. He has also worked at Bain & Company on its eVolution joint venture with Texas Pacific Group and Kleiner Perkins, as well as the Boston-based law firm of Bingham McCutchen. Chris holds an SB from MIT, a JD degree from Harvard Law School and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.


Mark Shoberg


Mark serves as Director of the Private Markets group for UTIMCO, where he helps oversee the endowments’ private markets portfolio representing over $ 4 billion of total exposure. Mark is also directly responsible for a number of relationships as well as sourcing and executing new private equity investments. His prior work experience has provided him with broad exposure to a number of industries including Information Technology, Oil & Gas, Consulting, and Real Estate. Prior to joining UTIMCO, Mark worked with Rivercrest Development Corp, a real estate investment firm in Austin, Texas, where he concentrated on the residential market. Prior to moving to Austin, Mark worked as a consultant with Accenture where he specialized in SAP Project Systems focused specifically on Oil & Gas deepwater development and as a business development manager for VerticalNet Inc (NASDAQ: VERT) in San Francisco, California. Mark received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and BE in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

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