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May 6, 2021 - IVCA Annual Spring Event webcast
Thursday, May 06, 2021, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
Category: IVCA Events

Join us for our annual IVCA Spring Event "PE & VC Returns since 2010…and Outlook for the Future"

Our panel includes:

  • Prof. Steven N. Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Dan Malven, Managing Director, 4490 Ventures (Moderator)
  • Joanna Rupp, ‎Managing Director, Private Equity · ‎University of Chicago, Office of Investments (VC LP perspective)
  • Tobias True, CFA, FRM, - Partner, Adams Street Partners (PE LP perspective)

Date:  Thursday, May 6,2021
Time:  9:00am - 11:00am
Location:  Virtual via Zoom



  • IVCA Members: Free to attend
  • Non-members:  $50

Sponsored by:




Prof. Steven N. Kaplan

Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Steven Neil Kaplan conducts research on issues in private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. Kaplan is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics.

He is the co-creator of the Kaplan-Schoar PME (Public Market Equivalent) private equity benchmarking approach. A Fortune Magazine article referred to him as "probably the foremost private equity scholar in the galaxy.”

Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, and wealth management. BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 business school teachers in the country.

Professor Kaplan co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth. With his students, he helped start Booth’s business plan competition, the New Venture Challenge (NVC), which has included over 800 companies that have raised almost $1 billion and created over $8 billion in value including GrubHub, Braintree/Venmo and Simple Mills.

Kaplan serves on the board of Morningstar and several fund and company advisory boards. He has been a member of the faculty since 1988.

He received his AB, summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College and earned a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.

Dan Malven

Dan is a Managing Director at 4490 Ventures, a firm dedicated to funding early-stage software startups. The firm focuses on software that is connected to proprietary assets such as data, analytics and hardware.

Dan has spent 25 years in software, half as an investor and half as an entrepreneur/operator.  Dan has founded three software companies. 

Dan received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Joanna Rupp, CFA
Assistant Vice President, Managing Director of Private Equity

Joanna is the managing director of the $1.1 billion private equity portfolio for the University’s endowment. She joined the University in 2001 as the manager of public equities, and in 2004 she became the chief operating officer, leading the department through significant growth and change. Joanna then served as the managing director of pensions from 2009-2012 and supervised comprehensive revisions to the defined benefit plan’s investment processes.

Prior to her work with the University, Joanna was a vice president with Security Capital Markets Group from 1997 to 2000. Before that, she was a member of the municipal finance group at Goldman Sachs, and she was an asset/liability manager for U.S. Central Credit Union, working within their fixed income division. 

Joanna is a trustee of the University of Kansas endowment and serves on its investment committee. She also is the past board president of Deborah’s Place, a Chicago-based not-for-profit, and currently serves on its finance committee.

Joanna earned an MBA, cum laude, in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in business administration from the University of Kansas. She is a CFA Charterholder and a Kauffman Fellow, Class ’21.

Tobias True, CFA, FRM
Partner, Investment Strategy and Risk Management-  Chicago

Toby applies the firm’s advanced analytics capabilities to support activities related to setting investment strategy and risk management.

Toby is a member of the firm’s Portfolio Construction Committee and chairs Adams Street’s Charitable Giving Committee.

Toby is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Chicago and the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Toby co-authored the following whitepapers, Private Equity: Manager Selection, Portfolio, and Outperformance, The Persistence of PE Performance (J. of Performance Measurement, Fall 2017, Vol. 22, No. 1), Performance of Private Credit Funds: A First Look (J. of Alternative Investments, Fall 2018, Vol. 21, No. 2), LBO Fund Size: Risk-Return Implications For Investors, and Healthcare: Why Now? A Look at Industry Trends and COVID-19 Impact.