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Venture capital grows in the East — including New York

shutterstock_348384155If you think only of Silicon Valley when you think about venture capital, think again.

Andrew Buemi, FCRH ’11, visited a recent Alternative Investment Club meeting to offer his perspective as a young VC professional right here in New York City — at ff Venture Capital, where he is the communications director.

ff Venture Capital is an early-stage investor focused on tech startups, and it is a good representative of the scene on the East Coast, which is expanding thanks to new relationships among firms and even universities. This year, for example, ff Venture Capital established a partnership with New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering to start the AI Nexus Lab, an accelerator-style program around investing in artificial intelligence.

Buemi talked about working in VC at both the micro and macro levels — that is, at his company, and in the field as a whole. He also took questions from the audience and provided guidance for students who envision their own future in VC. He encouraged them to subscribe to venture-focused newsletters and to follow prominent venture capitalists such as Marc Andreessen.

He noted that venture capital is a colorful industry, drawing people from all sorts of industry backgrounds. When it comes to entering the space, it is important to be multi-skilled and ready to learn.

The Alternative Investments Club hopes to host more VC-related events due to growing student interest among students. To join the club, begin by emailing FordhamAIC@gmail.com to subscribe to its email list.

The club’s next speaker event is set for November 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Flom Auditorium, lower level of Walsh Library. Andrew Dassori, founding partner and CIO at Longwave Advisors, will lead a discussion on artificial intelligence in investing.

Andrew Buemi speaks with students about his experience in the venture capital industry. Photo by Naasik Islam.

Andrew Buemi speaks with students about his experience in the venture capital industry. Photo by Naasik Islam.

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