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CEO/Invencor Inc. and managing director/International Venture Fund (IVF)
Guerin Beresini serves as fund manager for several funds, both debt and equity, and provides strategic consulting services to emerging, high-growth companies at Invencor Inc., an investment firm focused on early stage businesses that she co-founded in 1997.
Education: B.A. Dominican University; Certificate in global biotech, U.C. Berkeley
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Boards/volunteer work/other accolades: Board member at AGIS Networks Inc., Hawaii Biotech Inc., Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawaii and HiBEAM, a nonprofit entrepreneurial mentoring program based in Honolulu; chair and board member at Wayne Brown Institute (501c3) focused on entrepreneurial education; volunteer at Giant Steps, year-round premier accredited therapeutic riding program in the Bay Area for people with special needs; guest lecturer at universities and government organizations (domestic and foreign) and venture capital and tech transfer conferences throughout the U.S.; appointed by former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle to the Hawaii Governor’s Innovation Council, serving June 2007–08
How did you get into your career?
I have had more than one career. My start in the venture community came when I was managing the Minority Development Business Center at Arizona State University. Several individuals were discussing the formation of a tech transfer venture fund in a room adjacent to my office. Over time, they came to know me and I was asked to join the Fund as CFO; five years later I was managing the Fund.
I left my position as senior vice president and manager of the National Division for Silicon Valley Bank to re-enter the venture capital world, just as the dot-com crash was beginning.
Something about you that would surprise others?
My husband and I are releasing our first commercial vintage of pinot noir this year.
Best advice received?
Actually, some of the best advice I have heard was from a song performed by the 1970s rock band, Chicago. The “advice” comes from one of their songs and the line is, “good things in life take a long time.” These words have carried me through good and bad times.
I am not big on gadgets. I have a cell phone and computer as I need them for business. Personally, I would rather be outside.
Word that best describes you?
Favorite stress release?
One of my greatest joys and stress relievers is working with animals — dogs, cats, horses, etc. I mean, how can you go wrong being with a loving animal?