Come Celebrate 65 Years of Venture Capital in America: Xconomy’s VC65 Blowout at MIT Tomorrow

4/5/11Follow @bbuderi

We are down to the wire, and up to some 900 guests and counting. That’s the expected attendance at tomorrow’s VC65 event celebrating the 65th anniversary of the birth of venture capital in America—and 65 years of innovation in how to help support great entrepreneurs.

Get your tickets and see the full agenda here.

This is your last chance to attend this incredible event, which features some of the leading VCs and entrepreneurs from around the country. The event takes place tomorrow afternoon (April 6) in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. Xconomy has partnered with the National Venture Capital Association and the MIT Museum to hold the event in concert with the NVCA’s annual meeting this week in Boston. Some 400-500 venture capitalists will be bused to Kresge to join a similar number from Xconomy’s audience. Afterwards, we will all walk to the MIT Museum for a reception in the fabulous MIT 150 Exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Institute.

The core of the afternoon will feature stories and insights that entrepreneurs and investors alike will want to hear. Kicking things off will be entrepreneur and investor Bob Metcalfe, now professor of innovation at the University of Texas. He will be followed by Henry McCance of Greylock Partners, who will share his firm’s Four Principles of Building Great Companies, and how he is applying those principles to non-profits. The rest of our lineup includes:

—The Skype Story: Told by Howard Hartenbaum of August Capital, the founding investor in Skype.

—Ajay Agarwal of Bain Capital Partners and Mick Mountz, founder and CEO of Kiva Systems, describing Fulfillment 2.0—how a new era of robotics is fueling e-commerce growth.

—Legendary MIT inventor and serial entrepreneur Bob Langer and Terry McGuire, co-founder of Polaris Venture Partners, will share the secrets of their longtime collaboration that has spawned some 14 companies.

—Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz will talk about his firm’s new model for doing venture—what has worked, and what hasn’t.

Other speakers at VC65 include Tim Draper, of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Theresia Ranzetta of Accel Venture Partners; Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group, Bryan Roberts from Venrock; Peter Brooke, founder of Advent International; Noubar Afeyan of Flagship Ventures; Linda Rottenberg of Endeavour Global, and William Sahlman, a professor at Harvard Business School.

And that’s not all. We will also show a special 7-minute clip from More than Money, a documentary about venture capital featuring legends like Tom Perkins, Arthur Rock, and Don Valentine.

Then the networking begins. It should be a great afternoon. Get your tickets now. We hope to see you there!

Bob is Xconomy's founder and editor in chief. You can e-mail him at bbuderi@xconomy.com, call him at 617.500.5926. Follow @bbuderi

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