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December 11, 2020 - Battle stories of Investing and Diligence in the COVID era - an IVCA Webcast
Friday, December 11, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM CDT
Category: IVCA Events

Join us on December 11th  at 11:00am Central time.

Battle stories of Diligence and Investing in the COVID era – an IVCA Webcast

  • What has changed in the management of deal flow?
  • Expanding teams for assessment
  • Strategies for replicating in-person meetings
  • Valuation considerations.
  • Differences in diligence: West Coast v. Midwest


  • Joanne Chen, Partner – Foundation Capital (West Coast perspective)
  • Jackie Dimonte, Principal – Hyde Park Venture Partners (Midwest Perspective)
  • Moderator  - Saurabh Sharma, General Partner – Jump Capital

Register HERE!

Joanne Chen - Joanne’s passion for technology developed early, when her mathematician dad and computer scientist mom taught her how to program. By the time she was nine years old, she had turned her skills into a business and made her first webpage for a client.

Joanne began her career as an engineer at Cisco Systems and later co-founded a mobile gaming company. She also spent many years working on Wall Street at Jefferies & Company, helping tech companies go through the IPO and M&A processes, and at Probitas Partners, advising venture firms on their own fundraising process. She was an angel investor for two years at Hyde Park Angels prior to joining Foundation in 2014.

Joanne is on the board of TubiTV, Mya, Tonkean, SafelyYou, and FoxEye. She has also invested in Oasis Labs, Brightback, CaptivateIQ, and others.

Joanne works with gritty entrepreneurs who build and leverage proprietary data assets to disrupt business functions. She studies the impact of AI on the enterprise and invests in AI-first B2B applications and data platforms that are the building blocks of the automated enterprise.

Joanne has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Joanne is a food fanatic, music lover, and travel addict. She grew up in Canada and considers North Carolina her second home (after the Bay Area). She loves to play video games, in particular Soul Calibur, and is entertaining challenges from brave souls.

Jackie Dimonte - Jackie joined Hyde Park Venture Partners in 2016. She began her career as a consultant at Accenture in the Business & Technology practice, focused on ERP (enterprise resource planning) software and SaaS enablement projects. After Accenture, she joined Silver Spring Networks, an IoT company for critical infrastructure, driving development and pilot projects for emerging smart city technology. Jackie serves as a board observer for HPVP portfolio companies  RoadSync and PartySlate and is on the board of organizations for Chicago Blend and The Starting Block Madison. She holds a B.S. with honors in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Saurabh Sharma - Saurabh has a diverse background in investing, operations & product management and leads Jump's efforts in Enterprise Software and IT Infrastructure.

Prior to joining Jump, Saurabh led various roles at Groupon in product, marketing & operations. Previously, he was an early stage investor at Lightbank, an Investment Banker with Barclays Capital, an algo trader with Lehman Brothers, and was a founding team member of Benchprep (a venture-backed digital learning platform).

Saurabh started his career as a High-Performance Computing researcher at French National Institute for Scientific Research where he focused on Compiler Optimization for mission-critical computing.

Saurabh holds a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Areas of Interest
Cloud & Data Infrastructure, Enterprise Software, CyberSecurity, Crypto / Blockchain