Michael Larsen, Cambridge Associates

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Mike Larsen is a managing director at the global investment firm Cambridge Associates, based in Boston. Mike works with endowments, foundations and other large institutional investors on their private investment programs, particularly focused on venture capital exposure. He spends his time meeting with managers, sourcing new ideas, and implementing VC programs for his clients’ portfolios.

Cambridge Associates has come up several times on Origins in the past, so in this conversation with Mike, we dig into exactly what it is that CA does—and how they advise their clients to invest in VC and PE. We discuss the difference between CA’s discretionary and non-discretionary activities, how they approach building venture portfolios from scratch, how Mike evaluates VC managers, as well as how he thinks about the future of the asset class.

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