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Fireside Chats - General Assembly, Kauffman Foundation and more

  • Oct 23, 2012 · 5:30 PM
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In our continuous effort to strengthen and expand the Philly innovation community, we are launching a new program called "Fireside Chats". Fireside Chats will be an ongoing series of enlightening discussions, debates and presentations about entrepreneurship, startups, tech, and venture capital from the foremost thinkers in the industry. Our goal is to educate and inspire, while you continue to imagine and invent. We welcome our new partner in this endeavor, the Wharton Small Business Development Center.

Produced by Philly Tech Meetup and Wharton SBDC.
Hosted at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


We invite you to participate in a discussion about:

• the state of venture capital today,
• why VCs are underperforming the public market,
• are we in a tech startup and vc bubble,

• how new investment programs are transforming investing,
• the big shift from investors being bankers to operators,
• where the most exciting disruption is happening,
• how to increase your chances of getting funded,
• and much, much more.


Diane Mulcahy
Director of Private Equity
Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, KS

Tom Marchok, PhD
Intel Capital
San Jose, CA

Cheryl Martin, PhD
Deputy Director of Commercialization
Washington, D.C.

Jake Schwartz
CEO & Co-Founder
General Assembly
New York, NY


Eric Clemson, PhD
Professor of Operations & Information Management
The Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA

Leslie Broudo Mitts
Managing Practice Leader
Wharton Small Business Development Center
Philadelphia, PA


[5:30] Doors open & Networking
[6:00] Fireside Chat

Seating is limited, so make sure to get your ticket(s).

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  • Chris D.

    Overall great. It got a little off agenda for a while, but ended strong. Unbelievable panel.

    October 25, 2012

  • Dave G.

    It wasn't quite what I expected. I think that a panel of three would have been better and if the topic direction was less academically oriented. It was a thoughtful and philosophical approach but I wanted to hear a stronger discussion about "street-wise" VC/funding issues that was focused on the entrpreneur. I admit that I may be somewhat jaded. I really did appreciate the effort, travel and investment time the panelist contributed.

    October 24, 2012

  • Justin S.

    It was unclear how the discussion relaed to the audience. Advice to Mark Zuckerberg took up a substantial portion of the conversation and was irrelevant to early stage entrepreneurs. The host from the government side was asked mainly irrelevant private aide questions which prevented her from sharing interesting information about government funding.

    October 23, 2012

  • Rohan

    October 23, 2012

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