Social Scene: The Week in Personalities

Welcome to a new weekly feature called “Social Scene,” where we compile personality-related news from the worlds of venture capital and private equity. We’re starting off by trolling for tidbits on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, but long-term we want to get items straight from peHUB readers. What are we looking for? Birthdays, baby announcements, marriages, new car/boat/house/fill-in-the-blank purchases, funny quotes, vacation pics, snaps from industry events …

Have a tidbit to share? Email lawrence.aragon@thomsonreuters.com or alastair.goldfisher@thomsonreuters.com.

Here’s what we’ve got for you this week…

OUT & ABOUT

Ibrahim

Ibrahim

Tilton

Tilton

Hayes

-> Lynn Tilton, CEO of Patriarch Partners, is the star of a new reality TV show: “The Diva of Distressed.” Tilton tweeted on Tuesday: “Thrilled to announce I am working w/ @ on docu-drama series, “Diva of Distressed” PRT!!”

-> Among the VCs attending SXSW Interactive from March 11-15 are Rich Wong of Accel Partners, Deepak Kamra of Canaan Partners, Charlie O’Donnell of First Round Capital. Are you going? Let us know, so we can follow your tweets.

-> VCs who attended TED2011 in Long Beach, Calif., this week included Rob Hayes of First Round Capital, Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, Joshua Goldman of Norwest Venture Partners, David Pakman of Venrock and James D. Robinson of RRE Ventures. Hayes was thrilled that he got to meet rock star Peter Gabriel at the event. He tweeted: “Just had a quick discussion with Peter Gabriel about percussion styles on his early solo albums. Related: my knees are wobbly. #ted2011” Pakman, a partner at Venrock, noted that “@jason_mraz killed it at #TED. Can’t wait to post the video. Silky voice.” For his part, Clavier was happy TED served food he could eat. He tweeted: “Most of the #ted2011 snacks in the @google cafes are gluten-free. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

-> Several VCs participated in the Future of Money conference on Feb. 28, held at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. The “Funding Financial Innovation” panel included Maha Ibrahim, GP at Canaan Partners, Lewis Gersh, managing partner of Metamorphic Ventures, Christine Herron, a director at Intel Capital, and Kevin Hartz, co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite. The panel discussed the payments industry and Facebook credits, among other topics. Most panelists agreed that China represents a good opportunity for the alternative payments industry because of the large base of gamers there.

LOOK WHO’S TWEETING

Hirsch

Hirsch

Wienbar

Wienbar

Frankel

Frankel

-> John Frankel (@john_frankel) of ff Asset Management venture fund: “#welcome @charliesheen to twitter. Let’s see if he can get to 1,000,000 followers before the end of the week!”

-> Aydin Senkut (@A asenkut) of Felicis Ventures: “Great #TED quote: “if you train your team to be risk averse they will end up being reward challenged” – Morgan Spurlock”

-> Sharon Wienbar () of Scale Venture Partners: “NO FEMALES on top 6 hot web 2.0 boards, why?

-> Brian Hirsch () of GSA Venture Partners: “Great ReQuote from Mike Maples @m2jr in our board meeting talking product – ‘It costs a lot of money to look this cheap’ – Dolly Parton”

-> David Rohrsheim (), a onetime analyst at Draper Fisher Jurvetson: now working on his Stanford MBA: “#ipad for sale”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO …

Jurvetson

Jurvetson

Kubal

Kubal

Conrad

Conrad

-> Steve Jurvetson, partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. His birthday was on Tuesday (March 1). Jurvetson said on Facebook: “What an incredible outpouring! I have saved this bday wall as a web archive. Thank you. Merci. Aitah.”

-> Tony Conrad, a serial entrepreneur and venture partner at True Ventures. His birthday was yesterday (March 3).

-> Larry Kubal, founder and managing director, Labrador Ventures. His birthday is today, March 4.

-> Michael Arrington, founder, TechCrunch. His birthday is coming up quickly — March 13.

SPOTTED

We saw uber-angel Ron Conway Wednesday at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, Calif. He was wearing a blue blazer, sitting and having drinks for an hour with someone who we guess was an entrepreneur.

–by Lawrence Aragon () and Alastair Goldfisher ()

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