2017 BVC Keynote
Brad Feld, Foundry Group
Aviel Ginzburg, Amazon Alexa Accelerator
Friday, October 20
Friday’s keynote, Brad Feld, is Co-Founder of the Foundry Group, one of the most well-renowned early stage venture firms in the United States. An early stage investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience, Feld’s keynote will stream live from Boulder, Colorado, onto the Tower Theatre stage. Moderated in person by Aviel Ginzburg, the talk will focus on where early stage financing is heading, new trends emerging in the accelerator world, how corporate America is bridging the gap to the startup world, and more.
Seattle-based Ginzburg is the Managing Director of the Amazon Alexa Accelerator powered by Techstars, a Venture Partner at Founder’s Co-op, and Co-Founder of Simply Measured. Feld is also a Co-Founder of Techstars, where he works with Ginzburg on the Alexa Accelerator Program. Created in partnership with Amazon’s Alexa Fund, the Alexa Accelerator focuses on advancing voice-powered technologies.
2017 Social Impact Keynote
Tony Arnerich, Arnerich Massina
Thursday, October 19
The Social Impact Competition will take place Thursday afternoon and feature keynote speaker Tony Arnerich. Arnerich founded Arnerich Massena, one of Portland’s largest investment firms in 1991. Bringing a unique perspective and over 30 years’ experience, Arnerich will discuss the transition from his life in private wealth management to impact investing. Additionally, as an advisor Arnerich works directly with clients across the board: corporate, public, and not-for-profit organizations, as well as high net worth individuals.