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Investing Essentials: Early-Stage PE Investing

Join Polsky Investor-in-Residence Ken O’Keefe along with guests Ashley Hartman, Senior Principal at Bluestein Ventures and Justin Sunshine, Managing Director at General Atlantic, for a workshop on early stage PE investing.

Kenneth O’Keefe is the Founder of BPOC, a private equity management firm to invest in middle-market buy-out transactions, recapitalizations, and growth platforms exclusively in the healthcare industry. Prior to becoming a founding principal of BPOC in 1996, Ken was an investment banker and financial advisor to healthcare companies. From 1989 to 1996, he worked at First Chicago (now JP Morgan Chase) and a related joint venture.

Ashley Hartman is a Senior Principal at Bluestein Ventures. Ashley is involved in all areas of Bluestein, including screening, due diligence, portfolio company support, and portfolio strategy. She has deep experience leading growth strategy and establishing scalable infrastructure necessary to build sustainable ventures. Prior to Bluestein, Ashley was Vice President of Strategy & Operations at Hartman Windows & Doors, where she was responsible for growth strategy, leading expansion across the U.S. as well as setting the platform on which to grow. Ashley also worked for Coinstar in Business Development, focusing on launching their new ventures. After college, Ashley was an Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting.

Justin Sunshine is a Managing Director at General Atlantic and focuses on the firm’s Healthcare sector. Before joining General Atlantic in 2019, Justin was a Managing Director at The Blackstone Group where he focused on investments across the healthcare industry and worked in both the New York and London offices. He began his career at Accenture as a Consultant in the firm’s Strategy Practice.

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