High tech investment financier Jim Davidson of Silver Lake Partners in the Silicon Valley in California will speak at the Mayor's Technology Council at 8 a.m. Friday, September 7, 2001. Davidson, a Lincoln native, will speak on the topic of technology investments and venture capital in the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 1135 "M" Street.
A Fortune Magazine article says Silver Lake Partners is "managed by a team of top guns from Silicon Valley and Wall Street"and "everybody who's anybody in Silicon Valley and Wall Street has invested in Silver Lake." A few of the investors in Silver Lake Partners include Bill Gates, Microsoft; Larry Ellison, Oracle; Michael Dell, Dell Computers; the General Motors Pension Fund; Stanford University; the Notre Dame Foundation; and the World Bank.
"Jim is an innovative entrepreneur in the high tech investment world," said Mayor Wesely. "We can benefit from his insights about the high technology industry and investment strategies as the Mayor's Technology Council helps shape the direction we as a community should be going in the 21st century to be competitive in the new high tech economy."
Davidson is one of the four founders of Silver Lake Partners of Menlo Park, California, and New York, an investment firm with $2.3 billion of committed capital. Silver Lake Partners primarily makes large investments in technology and related growth companies.
Prior to founding Silver Lake Partners in 1999, Davidson was a Managing Director at Hambrecht and Quist, where he was head of Technology Investment Banking and led the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions division. From 1984 to 1990, Davidson was a corporate and securities lawyer for the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro in California. Davidson currently serves on the boards of Enterasys Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ETS) and a number of private companies.
Davidson is a graduate of Lincoln East High School and received a B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Seating is limited, so those interested in attending Davidson's speech are asked to contact the Mayor's office at 441-7511.