Meet Heartland VC MVP in Pittsburgh

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Meet Heartland VC MVP in Pittsburgh

Ask A VC show features new firm MVP, following Draper Triangle transforming Pittsburgh's Steel Town into Tech Town with startup investments.

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Silicon Global Online Presents

Ask A VC Anything! (Silicon Heartland series)

October 5, 4-5pm ET

Zach Malone: VC, Draper Triangle / Magarac Ventures (MVP)

Zach is one of four founding partners of Pittsburgh-based Magarac Ventures, a recently formed VC firm that grew out of long-established and large regional investor Draper Triangle.

Magarac Ventures has taken up where Draper Triangle left off. Its name signifies heft. Joe Magarac, a Paul Bunyan–type folk hero, was known to Pittsburgh steelworkers for his storied shoulders as big as a steel mill door and hands like the huge ladles used to pour molten steel. The firm's partners today have their eye on diversity and the Midwest.

Pittsburgh has emerged as a favored fishing hole for venture investors, with AI, robotics, medical devices and other tech startups. The firm's new investments include autonomous trucking starting Locomation.

There are a ton of exciting companies to invest in but not enough capital. There’s a tremendous shortage. It’s an opportunity for us, and we do welcome more funds to come in from Silicon Valley, where hot deals are chased by funds.” __ Zach Malone

AND “Will and I are the only general partners under the age of fifty-five in the whole city.Will has opened doors for us in deal flow and investors. He’s a great networker.”

Will Allen, VC, Magarac Ventures

Will has more than 10 years of experience as a business leader, investor, non-profit founder and professional athlete managing high-performing teams and producing outsized returns on investments. He has led investments and advised companies and startups on market growth strategy, business analytics, facilitation of strategic partnerships, and development of team/culture-oriented environment. His direct leadership experience includes serving on a 10-county region CEO economic development organization, a $24 billion multi-state healthcare organization and a regional workforce investment board.

Allen played 12 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he developed meaningful relationships with athletes, influencers, CEOs and brands.

Bio: Rebecca A. Fannin

Rebecca is a CNBC contributor, author of four books, and a media entrepreneur who has covered global innovation for more than 20 years. She was one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, interviewing Jack Ma of Alibaba and Robin Li of Baidu, among others. Inspired by the entrepreneurs she met, she formed her own media and events group Silicon Dragon Ventures in 2010. Rebecca’s forward-looking and resource-rich books Silicon Dragon, Startup Asia, Tech Titans of China and her latest, Silicon Heartland, launched her as a commentator and public speaker. A guest on BBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, and NPR, and a quoted expert in the New York Times, she also has spoken at the Brookings Institution, Asia Society, and many universities including Harvard, Yale, and Oxford.

Attendees receive a 30% discount to pre-order Rebecca's new book. Click Silicon Heartland offer here and enter promo code Heartland.

About Silicon Dragon on Zoom

Silicon Dragon presents its online series. We kicked off the series in April 2020 with Bill Tai, a first investor in Zoom, and have since featured nearly 60 guests on the show. We regularly feature a VC or Tech Titan in a Q&A session. This series helps startups, strategists and investors connect and provides valuable insights into what makes them tick. Whether you're raising capital, perfecting your business model, scaling up, going for unicorn status, an IPO or M&A deal, or figuring out your Give Back strategy, don't miss this series. Register and join us online.

Our thanks to InvestHK for their series participation and support!

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