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UCSD-TV to Air von Liebig Forum Talk by Venture Capitalist Bill Stensrud

Bill Stensrud

San Diego, CA, December 21, 2004 -- Venture capitalist Bill Stensrud will talk about venture capital and commercialization of early-stage university research in a program that will begin airing Monday, January 17 at 8pm on UCSD-TV.  The talk was videotaped on November 17 as part of The von Liebig Forum speaker series.    

Three other airings are also scheduled for January: Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 10pm; Friday, Jan. 21 at 7pm; and Sunday, January 23 at 8pm. UCSD-TV is available on Cox Cable (69), Cox Cable North (66), Time Warner Cable (18), UHF (channel 35). Go to for more information on schedules and availability.

The program will also be broadcast over UC-TV, available nationwide on the Dish Network (channel 9412) and on cable stations across California and the nation. Visit for more information on schedules and availability. The UC-TV airings are scheduled for: Monday, January 24 at 9am; Tuesday, January 25 at 1pm and 11pm; and Wednesday, January 26 at 5pm and 8pm.

The von Liebig Forum is a new seminar series sponsored by the Jacobs School of Engineering's William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. The event took place in the Y.C. Fung Auditorium of the Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, and was open to UCSD faculty, staff, students and industry.

Stensrud is Managing Director and General Partner of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, which has invested in a wide variety of technology startups, many of them in San Diego. Some 32 percent of the 131 companies EPVC has invested in are in the healthcare and life sciences arena; 28 percent in networking equpment and services; and the remainder in  software technology and services as well as semiconductors and other technologies.

EPVC was established in 1985 and has taken 21 companies public. It currently has $1.1 billion under management, of which a third is typically available for new investments.
Number of Employees: 21

The venture capitalist's own areas of focus include Internet services, networking, and telecommunications, and he has played a critical role in the creation of many of San Diego's best-known technology firms. After graduating from MIT, Stensrud began his career at AT&T Bell Labs, where he progressed rapidly through marketing, sales and senior management positions. He left the company to become an early employee of ROLM. Later, he was a founder of StrataCom and then CEO of Primary Access. Prior to joining Enterprise Partners in 1997, Stensrud was a private investor in Juniper Networks, where he still serves on the Board of Directors. He was also an investor, director and active executive with Paradyne and GlobeSpan. Accomplishments like these earned Stensrud a top 20 ranking on the Forbes list of "Movers and Shakers in Venture Capital." For Stensrud's complete biography in Adobe PDF format, go to

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Doug Ramsey
Jacobs School of Engineering