Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer
Valor Equity Partners
What mix of talent, capital, market opportunity, business model, execution, technology and timing is required to succeed in driving disruptive innovation on a global scale?
Antonio Gracias will share his experiences and perspectives as an early investor in global leaders with disruptive business models - PayPal, Tesla, SPACEX, Uber, Marathon Pharmaceuticals, Solar City, and Porch.com.
Join us to hear what he looks for in Valor Equity Partner's equity investments, how he evaluates their potential and why these firms have been successful in leading disruptive innovation.
Welcome & Introductions
Dean Sri Zaheer, Carlson School of Management
David Kristal, Founder & CEO - Augeo
Antonio Gracias, Founder, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer - Valor Equity Partners
Lunch provided to attendees
ABOUT THE SPEAKER SERIES
The Augeo Luminaries Speaker Series showcases prominent global leaders at the forefront of disruptive innovation in a broad range of industry, nonprofit and public sector fields. Distinguished authors, executives, entrepreneurs and changemakers will share their experiences from leading disruptive change - and their lessons for creatively driving innovation in any organization. Jointly developed by Augeo and the Carlson School of Management, these semi-annual events are designed to inspire and engage insightful debate among students, faculty and alumni of the University of Minnesota.
BIOGRAPHY: ANTONIO GRACIAS
Antonio partners with and invests in transformational companies. An early investor in businesses as diverse as Uber and PayPal, Antonio is the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Valor Equity Partners, the private equity firm he founded in 2001.
Valor is headquartered in Chicago, has offices in San Francisco and New York City, and manages over $1 billion through several investment funds. Valor invests in high growth companies and serves them operationally as they scale. Valor was the first institutional investor in Tesla Motors and Antonio continues as Tesla's Lead Independent Director. He also is a director of several Valor portfolio companies, including Space Exploration Technologies (SPACEX), Marathon Pharmaceuticals, Solar City, and Porch.com.
Prior to Valor, Antonio was the Founder and Managing Member of MG Capital where he acquired and acted as CEO for a number of manufacturing and technology related companies. At MG Capital, together with the team that is still together at Valor today, he developed the operational skills that Valor uses to help its portfolio companies achieve scale and enhance their value. Prior to MG Capital he was at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
A resident of Chicago, Antonio is actively involved in philanthropic activities in his hometown. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a member of the board of directors of The Economic Club of Chicago, a trustee of the Field Museum, a member of the board of directors of World Business Chicago, a member of the board of visitors of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a member of the board of visitors of the University of Chicago Law School.
In 2008, Antonio received the Immigrant & Refugee Contributions Award for Entrepreneurial & Business Leadership from Changing Worlds, an educational arts non-profit organization. He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow, an Aspen Institute program designed to engage the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community spirited leadership.
Antonio holds a joint B.S. and M.S.F.S. (honors degree) in International Finance and Economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He also studied corporate structures and economic development at Waseda University in Tokyo. Prior to completing his Masters, Antonio returned to Japan as a Nikko Securities Fellow. Antonio holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.