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Month: May 2019

May 30, 2019
Job Duties at the Packard Foundation
There are a few roles open at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Do you have a background in private equity and venture capital? We seek a senior investment professional with a background in Private Equity and Venture Capital to help invest and manage the Foundation’s portfolio. You will be a key member of the […]
May 29, 2019
Endowment Purpose at Harvard
Three years ago, Congress asked 56 schools to provide more information on their endowments. Harvard published their response online. The Harvard University endowment is not a single account, but rather is made up of more than 13,000 individual funds that are invested collectively. Most of these funds were given by donors with specific objectives in […]
May 28, 2019
Vanderbilt CIO Anders Hall on Due Diligence
When talking to an institutional investor during due diligence, a fund manager should expect to be analyzed as a person. We make every attempt to be objective in our analysis, but we make little effort to perform quantitative assessments. We approach behavioral elements by aggregating our observations, and then continuously constructing and deconstructing what we […]
May 27, 2019
CFA Institute Book on Manager Selection
If your job is to evaluate fund managers, the CFA Institute published a book on manager selection. The task of manager selection involves more than simply picking active managers with a goal to outperform benchmarks. Investors must practice due diligence when selecting index managers as well as active portfolio managers. Investors want managers who are […]
May 23, 2019
Paying It Forward at Morehouse College
For commencement speakers worldwide, it will be difficult to top this. Then their commencement speaker went off-script with an extraordinary pledge: the newly minted alumni of the historically black college in Atlanta would go forth into the world student debt-free. Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor who founded Vista Equity Partners and became the richest […]
May 22, 2019
Endowment Purpose at MIT
Three years ago, Congress asked 56 schools to provide more information on their endowments. One of those schools, MIT, published their response online. As we describe in detail, our endowment is not a single account of ready cash. Instead, it consists of thousands of individual funds, usually subject to multiple restrictions from their donors. With […]
May 21, 2019
UCLA CIO Justin Barton on Emerging Managers
If you are a new fund manager, what type of investor should you look for? There are so many different types of investors out there, each with different needs and constituencies. You can’t have a one-size fits all investment strategy for clients. You should have a one-size fits all strategy for yourself as a manager. […]
May 20, 2019
Carnegie Corporation CIO Kim Lew on Venture Capital
A few years ago Kim Lew was asked whether venture capital was in a bubble. The very nature of venture creates bubbles and bursts. The bottom line is that as an investor the one thing I want my venture capitalists to have is optimism. You can’t be a good venture capitalist if you don’t believe […]
May 19, 2019
Tim Recker - Concentration at the James Irvine Foundation (EP.100)
 Tim Recker is the Chief Investment Officer of the $2.4 billion James Irvine Foundation. He joined the foundation in 2016 after spending a decade in private equity and real assets for the University of California Regents, four years overseeing Alternatives at the Michigan Retirement System, and his early years at GE Asset Management. Our […]
May 16, 2019
Former Stanford CIO Laurie Hoagland on Alternatives
Fourteen years ago, a profile of Laurie Hoagland was published on Institutional Investor. Laurie was the first CEO of Stanford Management Company, the investment office of Stanford University. Though Hoagland has long since departed Stanford for Hewlett, he left behind one especially memorable investment. Through Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia, the endowment participated in an investment […]
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