(Editor’s note: This post was updated at 1:20 p.m. on Oct. 3. The original post included incorrect information about Brad Feld’s upcoming talks.)
Forge founder and entrepreneur Adam Fish always has something big in the works.
In this case, Adam has arranged for you to hear from two top venture capitalists, one local, one national.
On Thur., Oct. 11, Forge will present David Jones, Jr., the venture capitalist and former Humana chairman who has turned the Jefferson County School Board race upside down, will speak on Education and Innovation.
Jones’ talk is scheduled for The Green Building, 732 E. Market St. in NuLu from 5:30 p.m. to whenever it’s over.
Adam says Jones will focus on his educational philospophy and will not address school board issues, Adam said.
“We don’t want anyone to interpret this as an explicit endorsement of his candidacy,” he said.
Jones will be discussing “Education and Innovation.”
From the Forge event summary:
Building a successful entrepreneurial community requires a strong talent pool and a community commitment to lifelong learning. David’s incredible background which includes founding the region’s largest venture capital firm, Chrysalis Ventures, to part-time lecturing at U of L, gives him a unique look into the symbiotic relationship between education and innovation.
Adam said he recruited Jones because Jones is a friend and a regular at Forge events, which bring together Louisville’s entrepreneurs and investors for networking and impromptu pitches.
And how many times can you hang out with the guy who started Chrysalis Ventures, was chairman of Human, invests in start-ups, lectures about entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville and speaks the Mandarin dialect of Chinese, he said.
Forge’s other big coup is getting Brad Feld from the celebrated Boulder VC firm Foundry Group on his trip to Kentucky next month.
Feld will give two talks, Adam said, one in Lexington on Nov. 1 and second in Louisville on Nov. 2.
The first talk will be geared towards investors: “What it takes to build a successful startup investment community.”
The second will be, “What it takes to build a startup community and what Louisville can do to nurture more successful entrepreneurs.”
Especially apropos in light of news this week Impulcity founders Hunter Hammonds and Austin Cameron are bolting for Cincinnati. (More on that later today.)
Feld been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for more than twenty years. He’s a managing director at Foundry, which invests in early stage software/Internet companies throughout the United States. He is also the co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator, author of several books and blogs, and a marathon runner.
The details for Feld’s visit are still being worked out.
You can check the Forge site here for new details.