The 2020 conference is supported by the Linde Institute at Caltech.

Courtyard in Pasadena, CA
180 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, California 91103

Friday March 6th (Caltech Athenaeum [map])

Parking: the best lot is here ($6/day) and is a short walk to the conference (directions).

The conference has limited space, particularly for meals, so RSVP required. Please contact Mike at for information.

Presentation format: 20 minutes for presentation, 15 minutes for discussant and 15 minutes for group discussion.

8:15am: Meet in Courtyard lobby if you want to take vans to Caltech. 

8:30am – 9:15am: Light breakfast and coffee.

Paper 1 9:15am-10:05am: Optimal Allocation to Private Equity (Nicola Giommetti and Morten Sørensen)

Discussant: Mark Westerfield (University of Washington)

10:05 – 10:40am: Coffee break

Paper 2 10:40 – 11:30am: Credit Market Equivalents and the Valuation of Private Firms (Niklas Huther, Lukas Schmid and Roberto Steri)

Discussant:  Arpit Gupta (NYU)

11:45am – 1:15pm: Lunch

Paper 3 1:15 – 2:05pm:  The Returns to Early-Stage Investment (Katja Kisseleva, Aksel Mjøs and David T. Robinson)

Discussant: Will Gornall (UBC)

2:05- 2:30pm Break

Paper 4 2:30-3:20pm: Financing Entrepreneurship: Tax Incentives for Early-Stage Investors (Matthew Denes, Xinxin Wang, and Ting Xu)

Discussant: Jessica Jeffers (Univ. of Chicago, Booth)

Paper 5 3:20 – 4:10pm: Private Company Valuations by Mutual Funds (Vikas Agarwal, Brad Barber, Si Cheng, Allaudeen Hameed and Ayako Yasuda)

Discussant: Sergey Chernenko (Purdue)

4:30-6:00: Reception and drinks (Athenaeum basement)

6:30pm – 9pm: Dinner (invitation only)

9pm: walk back to hotel

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