Austin Chapter Networking Reception

Opesuperreturnn to Wharton/UPenn alumni and peers in the alternative investment industry

The Austin Chapter of the Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Alumni Association invites alumni and peers in the PE/VC industry to a networking reception and a featured speaker event.

Join us to hear from an insightful speaker and a chance to rekindle connections with professionals you know and a chance to build new relationships at our first event in the Austin area. 

Speaker Spotlight: 
Leveraging AI within your Portfolio Companies: How to accelerate scalable revenue growth and enhance margins 

Steve Smith (WG’98) is a Senior Partner with NextAccess based in Los Angeles with 30+ years of experience. He has held senior executive go-to-market (GTM) positions in multiple SaaS companies and consulted with numerous growth-stage and Fortune 100 technology companies throughout his career

Steve has worked in multiple industries, including tech, telco, financial services, and logistics. He was the CEO of two startups, a Partner at TCG Advisors, the CFO and SVP of Operations at TSIA, and held executive roles at IBM. 

Steve earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. He regularly publishes research on the intersection of Strategy, AI, and RevOps. 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, May 15

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: Westlake - address will be shared with registrants. 


Complimentary and open to Wharton/UPenn alumni and non-alumni who are private equity, venture capital, other private alternatives investors, and limited partners.  For log-in questions contact Jen Simons at



A Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors

Cobalt Fund Services is an institutional quality fund administrator focused on deep sector expertise and customer service.

Kastner Gravelle LLP provides legal and strategic counsel to entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and investors in the technology and consumer spaces, assisting them with debt and equity capital raises, mergers & acquisitions, IP licensing and commercial transactions and employment counseling.