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Rising Stars Advisory Board – January

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To all Rising Stars and FEI Board Members:

The next Rising Stars Advisory Board of Directors meeting is on Tuesday, January 8th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

FEI has engaged Basant Kedia, Senior Managing Director of First Republic Bank who will present “The Life of a Commercial Banker“.


Basant Kedia is a Senior Managing Director with First Republic Bank. He leads the bank’s private banking practice in Silicon Valley; he is also manages the Tech banking efforts of the bank. The group has morphed into a multibillion dollar practice and now is one of the key pillars of the bank. Basant runs a bi- coastal practice between Bay Area and New York. He also advises startups in fund raising and business development. Basant- works with Early stage companies all the way to unicorns. He has been successful in building a huge eco-system to help companies, with all their needs. Basant was also a co- founder of Start-up Admit Key and is also investor in Multiple Start-ups and Micro VC funds. Basant is also the founding member of Baruch VC Fund (Alma Mater). He is also a Charter Member at TIE.

Basant has been in banking for last 15 years starting with HDFC Bank in Mumbai, then HSBC hired him after he finished his MBA, as Vice President in New York and then in 2008 moved to Bay Area to start the South Asian Banking Group (HSBC), this where the Start Up bug bite him and subsequently in 2011 he moved to First Republic Bank, where he was instrumental in establishing Start- up Practice. He still believes he is more of a New Yorker than Californian.

Basant is also the head of the Blockchain SIG at Band of Angels, where he involved in identifying/mentoring Blockchain companies, and educating band members on Blockchain technology. He is also runs his own foundation, its primary goal is funding education in India and US. When he is not working he seen biking or swimming with his kids or travelling internationally, he has visited over 30 countries in last 5 years. He lives with his two lovely daughters and wife in the Bay Area.

Executive Education- Venture Capital-Private Equity, Harvard Business School, 2012
Master of Business Administration, Baruch College, 2004
Master of Commerce, University of Mumbai, 2001
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Mumbai, 1999




Date & Time:

Tuesday, January 8th
6:30pm – 8:30pm





Palo Alto University Address:

5150 El Camino Ave, Room D-14, Los Altos, CA


Plan ahead!  Future Rising Stars Advisory Board events:

All Rising Stars Advisory Board regular meetings will be held at Palo Alto University, 5150 El Camino Ave, Room D-11, Los Altos, CA on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM.  The dates are 1/8, 3/12 and 5/7.  In between those dates, several informal “meet-ups” will be held on Tuesdays from 6;30-8:30 PM at a few different locations throughout the Bay area to be decided, on  2/5 and 4/9.  Please mark your calendars.

The regular meetings in the Spring will feature Investment Bankers, Board of Directors issues, Anti-Fraud issues, and special business skills that are not taught in any business schools.

This event is exclusively for the Rising Stars and FEISV Board Members.

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Registration is closed, please contact Micky at [email protected] for questions.