VC & Emerging Alternative Investments Symposium
Join us for a panel discussion on current trends in venture capital investing and emerging asset classes in alternative investments.
The panel will cover venture capital investing in this late market cycle. Market dynamics seem to indicate that there is more dry powder than available opportunities. Have we gotten to a point where new capital sources such the Vision Fund from Softbank is raising pre-money valuation of all venture deals? Where are we in the technology innovation cycle? Are we just scratching the surface of AI, biotech discoveries, and IoT or have we reached a plateau of early investment opportunities?
In addition, we will cover emerging alternative investments and ways to exploit them for profit and cash flow. The panelists will cover life settlement investments from cash flow and capital gains perspective and introduce cash flow strategies from intellectual properties such as recorded media and music.
Priscilla Guevara | Priscilla Guevara is the Head of Investor Relations of Science Inc., a Los Angeles-based incubator and venture fund focused on technology and internet companies that tap into societal shifts and disrupt entrenched markets. Founded in 2011, Science's portfolio has seen $1.3 billion in exits including Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever). It built two of the first & largest influencer networks on YouTube and Pinterest: FameBit (acquired by Google) and HelloSociety (acquired by New York Times). Today, Science’s portfolio includes notable companies such as PlayVS, Bird, MeUndies, Grove Collaborative, Mammoth Media, Liquid Death, and more.
Prior to Science, Priscilla served as an investor at ZX Ventures (Anheuser-Busch's CVC arm). In this role, Priscilla oversaw the technology platform, which included global deals in the supply chain & logistics and marketing/adtech space, among others. Additionally, she was an investor in sustainable assets on behalf of family offices, and led Strategy & Ops at SevenRooms and Business Development at Whispr Group. Further, her early international experience and expertise across Wall Street from Sumitomo Mitsui to Neuberger Berman and JCAM (Moore Capital), focusing on asset management and capital markets, complemented by a deep operational and regulatory foundation, has resulted in growth of $10B+ AUM.
She is currently the Chair of the Senior Women in Private Equity Group (West Coast Chapter) and an Active Member of 100 Women in Finance. She is also currently on the Development Committee of the James Beard Foundation, having previously served on the board of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (NYC Chapter) as the Chair of Society Ties, its young professionals group.
Priscilla holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Back To Top ^^
William Corry | William Corry founded and leads CCA. He is responsible for managing the funds and day-to-day operations.
Mr. Corry has 30 years of experience in Life Insurance, managing and investing Life Settlement funds since 2000 and has co-authored several books on Life Insurance and Estate Planning.
Mr. Corry has served on several boards affiliated with the insurance industry such as being on the General Agent Advisory Board of AIG and was appointed by the Governor of Florida in 2008 to serve on the Board of Governors of Citizens Insurance Company. Mr. Corry is currently the Deputy Chair of the European Life Settlement Association (ELSA).
Mr. Corry has a Bachelor of Science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is on the Advisory Board for the Business and Economics School of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Back To Top ^^
Mark Perry | Mark Perry serves on WPM’s Management Committee and its Investment Committee. He is responsible for sourcing, performing due diligence on and monitoring investments across private markets sectors within the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Wilshire, Mr. Perry was a Vice President at Centinela Capital Partners. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Perry joined Wilshire in 2012. Back To Top ^^
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