Eric Tarczynski Talk (Founder of Contrary Capital)

When: Friday October 27th, 2-3PM
Where: Robertson Hall Room 225

Founding partner of Contrary Capital - Eric Tarczynski - is coming to Charlottesville for a special UVA visit! Contrary Capital is a $10M decentralized, university-focused venture capital fund that has student partners from across the country including Harvard, Columbia, Yale, and Stanford. Backed by founders of Tesla, SoFi, and Twitch, they invest in the best university startups in the country.

Come learn more about Venture Capital, university entrepreneurship, and Eric's story with Contrary!

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VVF Information Session

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Where: RRH 123
When: August 31, 6 PM

The Virginia Venture Fund will be holding an information session on Thursday, August 31st for students interested in joining the Fall 2017 Analyst class (attendance will be required for only one of the two sessions). 

The information session will consist of an introduction to both the Venture Capital unit of VVF and the Entrepreneurship unit, V Accelerate. 

This event will take place in Rouss-Robertson 123 and pizza will be provided.

Virginia Venture Fund (VVF) is UVA's McIntire-affiliated student-run venture capital group. VVF’s mission is to educate students about early stage investing and give them hands-on experience by conducting semester-long projects with venture capital, growth equity, and angel groups, completing due diligence for partner VC firms, deal sourcing for our network of investors in the Mid-Atlantic region, and hosting venture capital due diligence competitions. We also aim to support the development of the entrepreneurship community at the University of Virginia through the newly created, V Accelerate program. This program aims to make ideas into products and will help provide student entrepreneurs with the technology, funds, and resources to make this possible.

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Carl Showalter Talk (Partner at Opus Capital)

When/Where: Friday, April 15 @ 1:30 PM in RRH 225

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After having Kent from Bessemer Venture Partners, VVF is having Carl Showalter from Opus Capital this Friday! This is a great opportunity to hear one of UVA's most notable alumni in the venture capital industry speak and gain his insights! Open to ALL STUDENTS and faculty.

Please submit your question or project here.

About Carl Showalter

Carl Showalter brings more than 12 years of executive experience to Opus from innovative and market-making technology companies such as Juniper Networks and UUNET.

Carl’s current areas of interest include the Internet of Things, enterprise SaaS, next generation wireless, and data center/cloud infrastructure software.

Before joining Opus Carl was a General Partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners. Prior to this Carl served as Vice President of Marketing at Juniper Networks, where he built and led a global marketing and product management organization. Before Juniper, Carl was Vice President of Dial and Broadband Services for UUNET, overseeing the 300-person, $1B revenue division.

He also held various sales and management positions at ANS, an AOL company, where he helped build AOL’s modem access network and then helped launch hardware-based firewalls and IP VPNs in the mid 1990’s. Carl began his career at Bellcore, focusing on network security and data service delivery. At Bellcore, Carl performed logical and physical attacks on phone company infrastructure, helping them fix these vulnerabilities.

Carl holds a BS degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MS degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University. You can follow Carl on Twitter @carlshow.