Igniting Europe's Silicon Valley

Thursday, June 19, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Off-Campus Event - The San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, CA
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Owen, Michele Lauren
School of Management

Please join us for our 26th Annual North Bay Speaker Series "Igniting Europe's Silicon Valley". Our speaker Alexander Fries, USF MBA '94 and President of Ecosystem Ventures, will present on the differences of starting and financing start-ups in Europe vs. the United States.

Connect with alumni, faculty and students of our MBA and graduate management programs over hosted drinks and appetizers at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Limited Seating. $25 online registration. $35 at the door. All proceeds go to alumni scholarships.

Alexander Fries, MBA '94, has over 20 years of progressive experience in founding, funding, and managing global businesses that provide technology, products, and services to telecommunication operators, enterprises, and consumers. He founded Ecosystem Ventures in December of 2005 and his most recent entrepreneurial experiences include the co-founding of Playspan Inc (e-commerce & micro-payment platform for online gaming) and sold to VISA International in 2011, SDK Biotechnologies Inc. (Diagnostics) and PURE SWISS AG (Beverage brand).  Fries also heads the Club Entrepreneur, a sub-chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce in Northern California, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors. In 2010, Mr. Fries was also appointed to the Board of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, the first of its kind in Switzerland. Mr. Fries received a BA in Finance and an MBA in Telecommunications and International Marketing from the University of San Francisco School of Management. He has lived in Hong-Kong, Switzerland, Chile, and the USA, and speaks fluent German, Spanish, French, and English.

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