Venture to Victory: Pioneer Perspectives in Tech, Venture, and Private Equity

The symposium will feature a panel of successful entrepreneurs, financial investors, and legal experts in a discussion on the challenges that high-growth, privately held tech companies face as they take on private equity, venture capital, or other forms of funding. Panelists will cover investment deals they have completed, trends in financing, and their career paths in the technology commercialization space.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom (Dineen Hall) 

Those interested in the legal, financial, business, and entrepreneurial aspects of high-growth companies are encouraged to attend this complimentary event.

Livestream Link. CART will be provided.

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Peter AlfanoPeter Alfano L’94
Partner, DLA Piper 
Peter has experience across several tech industries and advises companies in connection with intercompany finance arrangements, corporate restructurings, and general corporate matters, including for private equity-owned portfolio companies.  Read more.
Luke-Cooper Luke Cooper L’01
Founder & Chairman, Latimer Ventures 
Latimer Ventures is an enterprise-focused Venture Capital firm dedicated to helping Black & Hispanic founders build and exit the next RedHat, Datadog, or Tableau. Luke spends most of his time fundraising and nurturing a strong pipeline of early-stage enterprise SaaS companies. Read more. 
James-Kelly James Kelly L’99
Partner, DLA Piper  
James is a strategic advisor to private equity funds and operating companies across many industries. His focus is on representing private equity funds in all aspects of their investment activities. Read more.             
Lon Levin L’80 Lon Levin L’80
President, SkySevenVentures  
SkySevenVentures invests in, advises, and provides executive services for space and other technology businesses. Lon has more than 35 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the telecommunications, media, and aerospace industries. Read more. 
Kevin Whittaker L’02 Kevin Whittaker L’02
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Ripcord   
At Ripcord, a NASA spinoff specializing in the digital optimization of data through robotics and AI. Ripcord is backed by Silicon Valley’s leading investors, including Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures. Whittaker provides counsel on Venture Financing, M&A, Operations, Human Resources, and Governance. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he plays a pivotal role in aligning the company’s business strategies with legal and compliance standards, fostering collaboration with stakeholders, customers, and investors. Read more.

Our Sponsors

The symposium is co-sponsored by the New York State Science & Technology Law Center, the College of Law’s Corporate Law Society and Intellectual Property Law Society, and the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries.