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2001 High Five Class

October 16, 2012  • Henry Crown Fellows Newsletter

From August 2-5, the High Fivers convened in Beaver Creek, Colorado for a class reunion.  Many thanks to Tim Marquez who hosted the gang, including:  Bill Browder, Ali Mufuruki,  Arjun Gupta, Judith Aidoo, Andrew Kassoy, and Kim Polese.

Arjun reports:  “2012 has been a fun and challenging year!  Professionally, Tibco acquired Loglogic, one of our portfolio companies, doing security and management of big-data.  On the personal front, this summer we had a fun reunion at Tim‘s place in Beaver Creek.  In October Tim, Kim [Polese], Ali [Mufuruki] and I are going to Rwanda, Tanzania and Namibia for what’s shaping-up to be an epic adventure!”

James Beldock shared this news:  “Tatyana and I welcomed Madison Mae Beldock in June.  Her older brother, Alexander, is excited surpassing all reasonable expectations of toddler helpfulness.  Her parents are…recovering.” Congratulations to all of you!

Mark Ahn notes that his family, including a dog and ducks, is settled into Portland and enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. He is staying busy at Galena Biopharma with work on their late-stage breast cancer vaccine, as well as other board work.

On September 25th, on the main stage at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Andrew Kassoy announced B Lab’s commitment to certify 100 B Corporations outside the U.S. in 2013, responding to demand from entrepreneurs around the world to join the B Corp movement.  As part of the launch, B Lab formally announced their first international partnership, working with Sistema B to build the B Corp movement in South America. Together they will build a founding class of 100 South American B Corps by the end of 2013.  B Lab also commits to expand the community to other regions of the world, with the goal of having B Corps in 20 countries on six continents, and of reaching a total of 750 Certified B Corps globally. You can check out B Lab’s commitment here.

On Sep. 28, the Colorado School of Mines celebrated the grand opening of Marquez Hall, a $27 million state-of-the-art facility in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, which was made possible by a lead gift from School of Mines grad and 2001 Fellow Tim Marquez and his wife Bernie.  Read more about Marquez Hall here.