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CIE Office Hours for Entrepreneurs

On a quarterly basis, the CIE brings in Silicon Valley experts to meet with our students and alumni in 20-minute, one-on-one sessions.

Jim Marshall, Head of Emerging Manager Practice, Silicon Vally Bank

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Appointments Required - Register here

Jim has been working in the start-up ecosystem in Silicon Valley for over 20 years and has been with Silicon Valley Bank since 2012. As Head of the Emerging Manager Practice at SVB, Jim leads a team that provides general partners with tailored services and strategic guidance-from fundraising to fund operations, to portfolio company support and creative liquidity solutions. Prior to joining SVB, Jim co-founded Selby Venture Partners, a seed and early stage focused VC firm with over $130M in management from a diversified group of Limited Partners, including the US Government. In addition to having the privilege of working with several amazing founders throughout his career, Jim is proud to have been an early investor in Pandora (NYSE:P), BigFix (Acq by IBM for $400M), Coremetrics (Acq by IBM) and Active Semiconductor, Inc.

Jim is a native Californian who serves on the Leavey School of Business Advisory Board at Santa Clara University. Jim holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007, and a B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University.

Find Jim on LinkedIn here »

Jim Thompson, Principal, Aquest Consulting

Thursday, October 19, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Appointments Required - Register here

Jim is currently a Principal with Aquest Consulting, a biopharmaceutical management consulting firm, serving clients throughout the United States. Prior to co-founding Aquest Consulting, Jim was a Partner with Front Line Strategic Consulting, where he led international client engagements and business development activities. Jim was instrumental in Front Line’s rapid international growth and its ultimate sale to Navigant Consulting in late 2003. After the acquisition of Front Line, Jim served as a Director with Navigant, where he was responsible for business development and expanding the Life Science Practice’s east coast presence. Jim began his consulting career as a Senior Industry Analyst with SRI International’s Business Intelligence Center and later with SRI Consulting’s Health Industries Practice as a Senior Consultant.

Jim earned his MBA from U.C. Berkeley and a BA in molecular biology/minor in chemistry from San Jose State University. He has served as a mentor and lecturer for the CAPE program since 2010.

Steve Troy, Director and CEO, AreoFund Financial, Inc.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Appointments Required - Register here

Stephen Troy established AeroFund Financial, Inc. in August, 1987.

Before embarking on this venture, he founded a chain of three specialty restaurants in 1976 which he owned and operated until 1979. Upon their sale he opened a vending business in San Jose, CA, which grew to be one of the largest such companies in the Bay Area. Immediately after its sale in 1983, Troy founded Norstar Video, a landmark national video distribution company, specializing in the acquisition and sale of instructional video programming.

AeroFund Financial, Inc. followed, and as its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Troy has established AeroFund as a prominent national finance company, which provides secured loans to small and medium-sized businesses. Additionally. Troy is the founder and chairman of, the first national business bank to be approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to operate solely on the internet.

Mr. Troy is the author of “Business Biographies, Shaken Not Stirred….With a Twist," serves on the governing board of Junior Achievement of Northern California, and is the past chairman of Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley Monterey Bay and the Northern California chapter of the Commercial Finance Association.

He attended the University of Miami from 1971 to 1975 where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration majoring in Finance with a minor in History. 

Christina Johnson, Leavey School of Business

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Appointments Required - Register here

Find Christina on LinkedIn here »

CIE Office Hours for Entrepreneurs is a quarterly event designed to help keep your ideas and your venture moving forward, we hope you enjoy them!