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Explore venture capitalism with General Catalyst Managing Director Adam Valkin and Serena Ventures Partner Alison Rapaport.

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Speaker Name: Adam Valkin

Position: General Catalyst Managing Director

Adam Valkin is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that partners with seed to endurance-stage founders to help build companies that can withstand the test of time. Adam invests broadly in consumer Internet companies and SaaS companies.

Prior to joining GC, Adam was a venture partner in the London office of Accel Partners. Before that, Adam was: Global Head of Digital Media at the television production company, Endemol; a partner at venture capital firm Arts Alliance; and was co-founder and CEO of LOVEFiLM (acquired by Amazon).

Adam is on the board of, or actively involved with, the following GC companies: Alyce, Brainly, Bustle, Cazoo, ClassPass, Deliveroo, Fundbox, Hometap, Monzo, Rapyd, Rebag, Remesh, Shift Technology, Super Evil Megacorp, Truss, Vroom (NASDAQ: VRM), and WayUp.

His previous investments include CCP, Fiverr, Flywire, Giphy, GoCardless, Kenshoo, LOVEFiLM, and Spotify.

Adam graduated with a BA in Economics from Harvard University.

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Speaker Name: Alison Rapaport

Position: Serena Ventures Partner

Alison Rapaport is a Partner at Serena Ventures, the VC firm owned by world-class athlete, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Serena Williams.

At Serena Ventures, Alison oversees portfolio management and sources new investments, helping to fulfill the firm's mission to give opportunities to founders across an array of industries. With a strong focus on early stage companies, Serena Ventures gives young founders an opportunity to be heard through mentorship, encouraging collaboration among portfolio companies, and expanding partnership opportunities. The firm's investments include Daily Harvest, Zipline, Billie, Olly, Coinbase, Mayvenn, Noom, Gobble, and Teespring.

Previously, Alison worked at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in Multi- Asset Solutions and led the development of the firm’s Alternative Beta solutions. She was also a Securities Analyst at Goldman Sachs, where she created a simulated hedge fund to present to potential capital investors and prime brokerage sales representatives. 

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