Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WIll Coleman, Woodberry '01, Makes Olympic Bid for 2012

Will Coleman and Twizzel
Courtesy of Meri Hyoky 
Will Coleman, Woodberry Forest School '01, is in the process of gaining selection to the U.S. Olympic Team in Horseback Riding.

Will was named the North American Young Rider Champion in 2001 and the Under-25 Champion in 2002 in England. To this day, he is still the only American to ever achieve this title. In 2004, he was the leading USEA Young Rider in the country. In 2008, riding Twizzel, Will placed third at Millbrook Horse Trails and third at the American Eventing Championships. In 2009, the pair placed 7th in the CIC3 at Jersey Fresh before heading to Germany for Twizzel's first attempt at the 4-star level.

Woodberry Forest School is a small all-male boarding school located in Woodberry Forest, Madison County, Virginia. It was founded in 1889 by Captain Robert Stringfellow Walker, a member of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry. Currently, it has an enrollment of 402 students from over 25 U.S. states and 18 foreign countries.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Spotlight: Startup Guru Michael Greenley's Screen, Exeter '81

Michael Greenley, Exeter '81, graduated with a Chemistry degree with honors from Williams College. He had his eye on a lab and was sure to cure worldly diseases but took a seemingly harmless detour to Wall Street for a summer as an Investment Banker and hasn't looked back. Since then, he has received his MBA from Harvard Business School and is now a General Partner at Flybridge Captial Partners whose principle investment focus area is the application of "Big Data" platforms across various industry verticals. He is also serves on various different Venture Capital Boards and even served as the Chairman and President of the New England Venture Capital Association.

From his company website:

Michael founded IDG Ventures Atlantic in 2001 before it transitioned to Flybridge Capital Partners in 2008.  Michael served on the board of International Data Group, the flagship Limited Partner for the IDG Ventures global network of funds.
Previously, Michael was with Polaris Venture Partners, where he focused on both early-stage and later-stage financings for emerging growth companies. Before Polaris, Michael served as Senior Vice President and Founding Partner of GCC Investments, a $200 million private equity fund.  Prior to GCC Investments, Michael was a Vice President and one of the early professionals at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an international merchant bank with a $1.0 billion private equity fund.  Additionally, Michael was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Morgan Stanley & Co. and worked in the Leveraged Buyout Group of Credit Suisse First Boston.

Flybridge is no small Venture Capital firm, it has over $600m in assets and has projects lining up to get a seed.
Of the 350 to 450 qualified introductions each Flybridge partner gets every year, each partner might actually invest in one to three companies. To find those few companies, Flybridge applies four screens:
  • Fit with focus. At the first meeting with a candidate company, Flybridge screens for fit with its industry/product focus. Between 50 and 100 of the referred companies pass this first test.
  • Basic tests. If a company passes the first test, Flybridge applies a battery of other ones: How good is the team? Is the company targeting a big enough market? Does the company satisfy a customer pain point better than the competition? Can Flybridge understand its technology? Can Flybridge invest enough in the company to preserve its interest over later rounds?
  • Diligence decision. Flybridge holds partners meetings from 7 am to 2 pm each Monday. If companies pass the first two tests, they get presented to Flybridge partners at these meetings. Partners then rate each candidate company and vote on whether to conduct due diligence.
  • Final screen. If the partners decide to conduct due diligence, they will make between 15 and 40 telephone calls to check on the company’s customers, technology, and management team. And if all of those check out, Flybridge will try to negotiate an investment in the start-up on terms that work for the firm and the start-up.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Andover and Exeter '12 Awarded Siemens Award

Charles Guan from Andover
Earlier this year, Charles Guan, Phillips Academy Andover '12 and Ravi Bajaj, Phillips Academy Exeter '12 were both awarded the illustrious Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, administered by the College Board. This year, 101 high school students in 50 states — including 96 seniors, 4 juniors and 1 sophomore — were recognized. Both Guan and Bajaj will receive a $2000 college scholarship for their academic success.

Bajaj has taken eight AP courses, with his favorites being electricity and magnetism. He was a 2011 Physics Olympiad semifinalist and plans to study mathematics and philosophy in college.

"Over the last 13 years, AP exams have become the gold standard of academic rigor in schools across the world," said College Board president Gaston Caperton. "Today the College Board and our partners at the Siemens Foundation recognize 101 students who have risen to meet this standard and exceed it. I am incredibly proud of the hard work put in by each and every one of them, and I look forward to watching them grow up to change the world."

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

US Airways Credits St. Paul's to bring the Canadian Sport South of the Border

By USairways:
Pond ice gave rise to this rugged sport, long before the advent of refrigeration or Zambonis. It’s pond ice that courses through the veins of any player who squeezes on a pair of skates while sitting on a rickety bench, desperately trying to thaw numb fingertips, breath heavy with frost. Players can’t wait to get on the ice for the sole purpose of pursuing a puck — and perhaps, in a moment of unrivaled joy, corralling it long enough to score a goal.

“People are coming back to enjoying being outside, just the pure pleasure of being out there, in a game, where you can lace them up and skate forever,” says Bill Matthews, former rector at the St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. The school is believed to be the site of the first organized hockey game played south of the Canadian border, in 1883.

The pond game is much more primitive, more instinctive, than its indoor cousin. The conditions are unpredictable, which results in an unpredictable game. The weather, and the ice, can change without notice. Pucks that slide straight and true one moment will bounce and dart the next. There’s no clock, no face-off circles or blue lines, no boards or Plexiglas, and no monstrously padded goalie. Actually, there’s usually no goalie at all, and rarely a regulation hockey goal. More often than not, two spare boots suffice.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Brian Hart, Exeter '12, Named Gatorade Player of the Year

In it's 27th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade, in collaboration with ESPNHS, has announced Brian Hart as it's 2011-2012 Gatorade New Hamsphire Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Hart is the first player from Phillips Academy Exeter to receive this award. Others who won this award include: Derek Jeter (91-92), Alexi Lalas (87-88), and Mark Sanchez (04-05).

This program is based on the program's three pillars: athletics production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement, and exemplary personal character. His athletic ability is unrivaled as the 6-foot-2 senior forward scored 35 goal and passed for 13 assists to lead Big Red to a 18-2 record and the runner-up in the NEPSAC division. Hart also broke Exeter's record for most goals in a single-season and career record.

Although Hart won this award for his soccer abilities, he is also a powerful force on the ice. Next year, he will go to Harvard University where he will play Ice Hockey.

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