Reddit Co-Founder Speaks at Washington University

On October 28th Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit.com and self made angel investor will speak at Washington University in St. Louis.

Ohanian graduated in 2005 from the University of Virginia, where he and his co-founder Steve Huffman created reddit.com. In 2006 they were acquired by Conde Nast Publications, owner of Wired Magazine and The New Yorker.

In 2010, Alexis co-founded Hipmunk.com, a successful travel search website and now serves as an advisor. Shortly after, he joined in the fight against SOPA and PIPA, becoming one of the public faces of the movement. He continues to fight for internet freedom by traveling the country campaigning for the open internet.

Alexis will join students and faculty to discuss the open internet and internet entrepreneurship, topics in his new book titled “Without Their Permission: how the 21st century will be made, not managed.”

When: Monday October 28th at 6:30pm

Where: January Hall, room 110

Who: Open to all WUSTL students and faculty

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[Press Release] Wute.vc to host Cultivation Capital for glass door discussion

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CULTIVATION CAPITAL PARTNERS TO DISCUSS THE STATE OF VENTURE CAPITAL AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

St. Louis – September 7, 2013: Wute.vc will host partners from Cultivation Capital for a glass door presentation and discussion on the state of venture capital, which will quickly open up to a lengthier Q&A session with students from Washington University.

Tickets may be reserved for free at wutevcevents.eventbrite.com, space is limited.

About Cultivation Capital

Recently featured on Forbes as an essential piece of the local entrepreneurship ecosystem, Cultivation Capital has gained national recognition as the sterling example of Midwest Venture Capital.

Cultivation Capital is an early stage Venture Capital firm managed by successful entrepreneurs seeking to partner with the next generation of great founders. They invest in young technology and life sciences companies whose ideas have the potential to disrupt the way we live and work.  Past investments include Lockerdome, Yurbuds, JBara, and Aisle411.

Additionally, they have been staunch supporters of the recently launched the premier financial services startup accelerator sixthirty.co

wute.vc is a division of wute, Washington University Tech Entrepreneurs. Cultivation Capital General Partner and WUSTL Senior Lecturer Cliff Holekamp serves as an advisor to the group.

Contact

Desmond Duggan

Director, wute.vc

[email protected]

 

[PRESS RELEASE] WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS & UNDERGRADUATE PIONEER NEW STARTUP PROGRAM IN SAN FRANCISCO

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St. Louis – July 7, 2013: Blake Marggraff, a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis, has taken his real-time crowd polling startup Packsay to San Francisco this summer for an unprecedented opportunity. He will be the pilot participant in a new startup accelerator open to all Washington University undergraduates, called wu-start@OpenDNS. Students accepted to this program are invited to house their startups in the office of San Francisco technology company, OpenDNS. In addition to free office space, students will have access to successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs for advice and counsel. The program will be administered through wute.vc, a Washington University organization aimed at fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus.

This program was developed by OpenDNS founder and CEO David Ulevitch, who graduated from Washington University in 2004 with a degree in anthropology. In addition to supporting the university’s entrepreneurial efforts through programs like wu-start@ OpenDNS, Ulevitch serves on the Washington University Alumni Board of Governors and the San Francisco Regional Committee for the university’s $2.2 billion Leading Together campaign.

OpenDNS is the world’s largest, fastest-growing DNS service provider. Through innovative uses of DNS, the company provides free parental controls, phishing protection, and other advanced services for consumers and network administrators. OpenDNS also provides an enterprise service, which includes malware protection, delegated administration, and block page bypass, in addition to DNS and Web content filtering.

Contact:

Desmond Duggan

Director, wute.vc

[email protected]

[Press Release] Cultivation Capital Partners To Discuss St. Louis Innovation at Washington University

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Cultivation Capital Partners To Discuss St. Louis Innovation at Washington University

Saint Louis – April 10, 2013: Three General Partners from Cultivation Capital will lead a panel on Innovation in St. Louis at Washington University in St. Louis. Hosted by wute.vc and open to all WUSTL students, the event occurs this Tuesday, April 16, at 5PM in Simon Hall on the WUSTL main campus. Cultivation Capital leads St. Louis technology venture capital with Pre-A and A-round investments in companies including Lockerdome, Yurbuds, JBara, and Aisle411. The panel comprises General Partners Brian Matthews, Peter Esparrago, and Clifford Holekamp.

Philip Thomas, wute.vc Director, says, “With students soon starting local jobs and summer internships as the semester ends, wute.vc provides an opportunity for the Washington University community to learn about the national impact of local startups from the fund, Cultivation Capital, that catalyzes their growth.”

wute.vc is a division of wute, Washington University Tech Entrepreneurs. Cultivation Capital General Partner and WUSTL Senior Lecturer Cliff Holekamp serves as an advisor to the group.

Contact:

Philip I. Thomas

Director, wute.vc

[email protected]

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Video from Union Square Ventures Event

This afternoon wute.vc hosted a digital hangout with Albert Wenger from Union Square Ventures.

USV is a venture capital firm based in New York City that invests in information technology enabled services and manages $450 million across three funds. The firm currently has investments in Boxee, Codeacademy, Disqus, Dwolla, Etsy, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Skillshare, SoundCloud, StackExchange, Tumblr, and Twitter, among others.

Its previous investments include Behance (acquired by Adobe), Del.icio.us (acquired by Yahoo!), FeedBurner (acquired by Google), and Zynga (ZNGA).

You can follow Albert on Twitter.

[Press Release] wute.vc Hangout with Union Square Venture Partners

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wute.vc Hangout with Union Square Venture Partners

Saint Louis – February 21, 2013: Union Square Ventures partners Albert Wenger and Fred Wilson will remotely give a speech about technology venture capital in 2013. The event is being held on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:00 PM in May Auditorium of Simon Hall on the WUSTL main campus. All WUSTL students and St. Louis startup community members are invited to attend.

Albert Wenger holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT, and he served as the president of del.icio.us during its acquisition by Yahoo. He blog at Continuations and tweets at @albertwenger.

Fred Wilson co-founded Union Square Ventures. Fred publishes the blog A VC and tweets at @FredWilson

USV is a venture capital firm based in New York City that invests in information technology enabled services and manages $450 million across three funds. The firm currently has investments in Boxee, Codeacademy, Disqus, Dwolla, Etsy, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Skillshare, SoundCloud, StackExchange, Tumblr, and Twitter, among others. Its previous investments include Behance (acquired by Adobe), Del.icio.us (acquired by Yahoo!), FeedBurner (acquired by Google), and Zynga (ZNGA).

wute.vc is a division of wute, Washington University Tech Entrepreneurs. Local venture capital fund Cultivation Capital serves as a founding sponsor of wute.vc, and Cultivation Capital General Partner and WUSTL Senior Lecturer Cliff Holekamp serves as an advisor to the group.

Contact:

Philip I. Thomas

Director, wute.vc

[email protected]

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[Press Release] Brad Feld Talks Local Startup Communities at WUSTL

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Brad Feld Talks Local Startup Communities at WUSTL

Saint Louis – January 15, 2013: Brad Feld, a managing director at Foundry Group and co-founder of TechStars, will remotely give a speech on building startup communities and conduct a Q&A via Google+ Hangouts. The event is being held on Monday, January 28 in Whitaker Hall Auditorium on the WUSTL main campus. Students, faculty, and startup community members are invited to attend. The event is sponsored by the Google Student Ambassador Program.

Brad is one of the managing directors at Foundry Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage software / Internet companies throughout the United States. He is also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner. His book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City focuses on building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Published yesterday, his book Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur highlights work-life balance for entrepreneurs.

wute.vc is a division of wute, Washington University Tech Entrepreneurs. Local venture capital fund Cultivation Capital serves as a founding sponsor of wute.vc, and Cultivation Capital General Partner and WUSTL Senior Lecturer Cliff Holekamp serves as an advisor to the group.

Contact:

Philip I. Thomas

Director, wute.vc

[email protected]

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