Linda Rottenberg, Endeavor Co-Founder and CEO, spoke about international venture capital yesterday at VC65, a conference celebrating the 65th anniversary of the U.S. venture capital industry. Xconomy, a news and events organization which provides business and technology news, paired up with the National Venture Capital Association and the MIT Museum to hold VC65. The event, open to the public, drew nearly 1,000 attendees including entrepreneurs, technologists, and over 500 venture capitalist guests. Linda Rottenberg has also been named an “Xconomist,” serving on the volunteer advisory board of the newly launched New York chapter of Xconomy.com.
The closing panel of VC65 featured Linda, Peter Brooke of Advent International, and Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Bill Sahlman of Harvard Business School moderated the panel on the topic of global entrepreneurship and venture capital’s role in emerging markets. While discussing entrepreneurship around the world, Linda highlighted the basics behind Endeavor’s mentor capitalist model and the growing community of investors in our network — investors who are not only mentoring Endeavor Entrepreneurs but also advising burgeoning investment communities in emerging markets.
In marking the 65th birthday of venture capital, the conference looked ahead to the future of the field. Panel topics included the new Frontier of Venture, Building Biotech firms, and case studies on Kiva and Skype. In “10 Takeaways from Xconomy’s VC65,” insights about a “new entrepreneurial generation” embracing the start-up life, the potential of firms to touch lives, and increasing specialization proved most exciting to the audience.
Other featured speakers included Bob Metcalfe, who delivered the opening keynote, Henry McCance of Greylock Partners on industry best practice, Ajay Agarwal of Bain Capital Ventures, Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz, Bryan Roberts of Venrock, and Terry McGuire of Polaris Venture Partners. lmerHale, Silicon Valley Bank, and the Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center sponsored the event.