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MIT Entrepreneur + VC Networking Event & Panel (BIEN Speaker Series)

The Due Diligence Process - Where We Invest and Why

Castor Ventures and MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association are excited to bring fellow MIT entrepreneurs and venture capitalists together for an evening of networking and hors d'oeuvres. Hear from Boston's top VCs about the due diligence process, the red flags to avoid, and how they select a quality portfolio. 
Moderator: Christina Qi, SB 2013, serves as Co-Founder and Partner at Domeyard LP, a hedge fund known for its focus on high frequency trading. Domeyard closed its Series C in 2017 and trades up to $1 billion USD per day. Christina brings experience in investment management, sales and trading, derivatives operations, and technology across Goldman Sachs, UBS Securities, Zions Bank, and MIT Lincoln Labs. Christina is a visiting lecturer at MIT and case study protagonist at Harvard Business School. Christina serves on the Board of the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association (SBAA), the 100 Women in Finance (100WF) U.S. Non-Profit Boards Committee, and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Scholarship Committee. Christina and her co-founders have been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 and Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 lists. Christina holds an S.B. in Management Science from MIT and is a CAIA Charterholder. 
Brian Chu  is a Special General Partner at Cue Ball, a VC firm based in Boston. Brian also serves as a Senior Advisor at HighVista Strategies, where he was a Co-Founder and former Managing Partner. Prior to co-founding HighVista, Brian was a Managing Director at Vulcan Capital and also a member of the founding investment team at Highfields Capital. Previously, Brian worked in the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley. Brian is a Trustee for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he is a member of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committees. He is also an Overseer and chair of the nominating committee at Boston Children’s Hospital and an overseer and member of the Investment Committee of Mount Auburn Hospital. Brian and his wife Ellie are founding board members of the Food Allergy Science Initiative.
Cainon Coates, MBA 2015, is Principal at Castor Venture, a venture capital fund composed from a community of MIT alums. Cainon has a background in finance and entrepreneurship. At Boston Consulting Group, he conducted due diligence across the semiconductor, transportation, and medical device industries. At PBM, a $500M healthcare-focused VC firm, he led the due diligence process and worked as an operating partner within portfolio companies. He is also an active angel investor in several MIT startups. In addition, Cainon is the Co-founder of UbicaBus and was the Founder and CEO of University Laundry (acq. by Proctor & Gamble). He has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems and Information Engineering.
Sergey Gribov, SF/MBA 2007, is partner at Flint Capital, an international venture fund which invests across USA, Israel and Europe. Sergey is also a board member of CyberX ,Socure, SailPlay and others. Sergey is a technology entrepreneur and investor with more than 20 years of experience. Over the years he participated as a founder or top manager in many startups in USA, Istrael and Russia. Sergey has a lot of experience in IT, across such secotrs as software development, VoIP, bioinformatics, finance, internet, social networks and e-commerce. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BSc in Computer Science, Cum Laude from Beer-Sheva University.
Jennifer Lum is a Partner at Apricot Capital and Village Global. She is a Co-founder and COO at Forge.AI and a Venture Partner at Village Global. Prior to Forge, Jennifer helped build four startups through to acquisition by public companies - Adelphic (acquired by Time Inc), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), and WebHosting.Com (acquired by AT&T).  She has been recognized in AdAge’s “10 Digital Marketers You Should Know”, Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising,” and Boston Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40”. 
Food and beverages will be provided.  Given the limited seating available and that we are ordering food and beverages, there is a $10 charge if you register and do not attend.  

We will not charge you if you let us know at least 48 hours prior to the event.  Email: Tina Kruczynski at ( This will also allow us to take a fellow alum off the waitlist.

Date:  Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Time:  6:00pm -Registration and light supper

6:30pm - Introductions and panel presentation

7:30 - 8:00pm - Networking and dessert

Venue: MIT Sloan, 100 Main Street, Building E62, Room 223, Cambridge

Registration: Free for MIT & Sloan alumni and MIT & Sloan studnets, $10 for MIT Employees, and $40 for the general public.


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