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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


NYPL - Science, Industry & Business Library (SIBL)

188 Madison Avenue RM 014/015
New York, NY 10016
on Madison Ave btn 34th St and 35th St

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Registration: Being rescheduled.
Description: We will help you make your business attractive to Angels, VCs, and/or Private Equity screeners. What's hot in the industry and where our panelists think the future in VC will be. Gain tips on how to break into the work world of VC. Legal concerns you should be aware of and testimonials from those who've done it. There will be an opportunity to hear feedback on select pitches at the end of the event.

There is material for you to pre-read here to help you formulate questions for our special guest panelists:

Maurice Coleman has been with Bank of America since 2002. His work includes managing nearly $400 million that Bank of America invests in affordable housing, community development and small business in low-income areas. Previously working at FleetBoston Financial from 1999, Mr. Coleman was senior vice president and director of Fleet's community economic development unit, where he led a team responsible for promoting access to equity and debt capital in "underbanked" markets throughout the metropolitan New York area. Mr. Coleman serves as vice chairman on the Abyssinian Development Corp. Mr. Coleman also belongs to the Harlem Education Activities Fund, which teaches kids that they can do well in school and still be cool. Maurice serves on the Upper Manhattan Coalition, the NAACP, RainbowPUSH Coalition, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and Urban Financial Services Coalition. In 2007, Maurice Coleman was featured by Crain's New York Business in their "40 Under 40" ranking.

John Frankel founded ff Asset Management LLC as an early stage venture fund because he saw a market that was not being served well by established venture funds. There is a VC funding gap, that not only starves early stage companies of capital, but also of advice and expertise, impacting companies ability to grow and attract talent. John Frankel has been an early-stage venture investor for over ten years, with a broad portfolio of investments. He has worked closely with entrepreneurs in a variety of fields and has experience advising start-ups. John started his business career with Arthur Anderson & Co. in the audit and insolvency divisions. Mr. Frankel was an early stage investor and director of Quigo Technologies, Inc. which was purchased by AOL in December 2007. He has also served on the boards of, ClearPath Immigration, Klout,, StrongTech, The Goldman Sachs Trust Company, and, and is a member of the board of advisors of, OrcaOne and Trasactis. John Frankel earned a Masters of Arts from New College, Oxford where he studied Mathematics, Philosophy, and Logic, and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Over the course of his career, Clem Turner has successfully closed corporate and entertainment transactions with an aggregate value totaling over $6.5 billion. Mr. Turner's corporate practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital finance, public corporate finance, securities law, Internet law, intellectual property and general business and corporate counseling. Clem is active in the entrepreneurial community and participates in and moderates panels focusing on issues related to start-up and developing businesses - especially in the technology and entertainment fields. Furthermore, Clem maintains a legal blog which provides information for entrepreneurs in these sectors. His blog can be found at Clem graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Psychology. He graduated from Georgetown University Law School with a J.D., where he served as Executive Editor of the American Criminal Law Review. Mr. Turner is admitted to practice in New York and California.
Hosted by: Monique Alves (Columbia '09)
Questions?: Please email Monique Alves, Columbia Univeristy '09 at with any questions!
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