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No Exit for Unicorns?

As IPOs dry up, what happens to private market valuations?

Webinar
Event Held
Thursday, May 19
(45 minutes)
Replay coming soon.
Hosted By
Kelly Rodriques

Kelly Rodriques

CEO, Forge Global
Guests
Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters

Founding Partner, Motive Partners
 
Christian Munafo

Christian Munafo

Chief Investment Officer, The Private Shares Fund
 
Ziad Makkawi

Ziad Makkawi

Founder, CEO, EQUIAM
Webinar
Event Held
Thursday, May 19
(45 minutes)
Replay coming soon.

With IPOs slowing to a crawl amidst continued volatility in the public market, all eyes are on the private market for indications of where valuations are trending. What does a narrower exit environment mean for today’s private companies? If private company valuations compress on a level with their public company counterparts, does this present an opportunity for institutional players and strategic investors?

Join Forge CEO Kelly Rodriques for a unique program to look at the art and science of private market valuations. First up, Kelly will host Blythe Masters, Founding Partner, Motive Partners, for an exclusive one-on-one conversation on the latest private market trends. Then, Kelly will turn to two veteran fund managers to get insights on how they look at navigating the current market and investment opportunities for their respective portfolios. Christian Munafo, Chief Investment Officer of The Private Shares Fund and Ziad Makkawi, CEO of EQUIAM, together have decades investing early in private growth companies to build fund portfolios.

Among the information and topics to be discussed:

  • Are there more “Instacarts” out there
  • Where are private market valuations going
  • What data is available to inform investment decisions
  • How do fund managers approach risk balancing
  • How to think about long-term vs. short term

The Panel

Host
Kelly Rodriques

Kelly Rodriques

CEO, Forge Global

Kelly has been Forge’s Chief Executive Officer since July 2018. Prior to Forge, Mr. Rodriques served as Chief Executive Officer of PENSCO Trust Company from March 2010 to September 2016.

Guests
Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters

Founding Partner, Motive Partners

Blythe joined Motive Partners in 2019 and is a Founding Partner. Blythe is also President of Motive Capital Corp II (NYSE: MTVC.U) and formerly held the position of CEO and Board member for Motive Capital Corp (NYSE: MOTV.U), the special purpose acquisition corporations sponsored by Motive’s funds, and is now a board director at Forge.

 
Christian Munafo

Christian Munafo

Chief Investment Officer, The Private Shares Fund

Christian has 21 years of experience in finance, with the last 16 years focused on secondary investments involving venture-backed and growth equity-oriented companies and funds.

 
Ziad Makkawi

Ziad Makkawi

Founder, CEO, EQUIAM

Ziad is the Founder & CEO of San Francisco based EQUIAM, a systematic, data-driven venture capital manager disrupting the traditional VC investment model and democratizing access to the asset class. Ziad is a serial entrepreneur with a 30+ year track record building and running financial institutions across asset management, private equity, venture capital, and investment banking.

The Panel

Host
Kelly Rodriques

Kelly Rodriques

CEO, Forge Global

Kelly has been Forge’s Chief Executive Officer since July 2018. Prior to Forge, Mr. Rodriques served as Chief Executive Officer of PENSCO Trust Company from March 2010 to September 2016.

Guests
Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters

Founding Partner, Motive Partners

Blythe joined Motive Partners in 2019 and is a Founding Partner. Blythe is also President of Motive Capital Corp II (NYSE: MTVC.U) and formerly held the position of CEO and Board member for Motive Capital Corp (NYSE: MOTV.U), the special purpose acquisition corporations sponsored by Motive’s funds, and is now a board director at Forge.

 
Christian Munafo

Christian Munafo

Chief Investment Officer, The Private Shares Fund

Christian has 21 years of experience in finance, with the last 16 years focused on secondary investments involving venture-backed and growth equity-oriented companies and funds.

 
Ziad Makkawi

Ziad Makkawi

Founder, CEO, EQUIAM

Ziad is the Founder & CEO of San Francisco based EQUIAM, a systematic, data-driven venture capital manager disrupting the traditional VC investment model and democratizing access to the asset class. Ziad is a serial entrepreneur with a 30+ year track record building and running financial institutions across asset management, private equity, venture capital, and investment banking.

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The Panel

Host
Kelly Rodriques

Kelly Rodriques

CEO, Forge Global

Kelly has been Forge’s Chief Executive Officer since July 2018. Prior to Forge, Mr. Rodriques served as Chief Executive Officer of PENSCO Trust Company from March 2010 to September 2016.

Guests
Blythe Masters

Blythe Masters

Founding Partner, Motive Partners

Blythe joined Motive Partners in 2019 and is a Founding Partner. Blythe is also President of Motive Capital Corp II (NYSE: MTVC.U) and formerly held the position of CEO and Board member for Motive Capital Corp (NYSE: MOTV.U), the special purpose acquisition corporations sponsored by Motive’s funds, and is now a board director at Forge.

 
Christian Munafo

Christian Munafo

Chief Investment Officer, The Private Shares Fund

Christian has 21 years of experience in finance, with the last 16 years focused on secondary investments involving venture-backed and growth equity-oriented companies and funds.

 
Ziad Makkawi

Ziad Makkawi

Founder, CEO, EQUIAM

Ziad is the Founder & CEO of San Francisco based EQUIAM, a systematic, data-driven venture capital manager disrupting the traditional VC investment model and democratizing access to the asset class. Ziad is a serial entrepreneur with a 30+ year track record building and running financial institutions across asset management, private equity, venture capital, and investment banking.

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