Laurence C. Morse began his career in venture capital in 1983 as an Associate at UNC Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital investment firm. In 1988, he joined Equico Capital Corporation, a venture capital investment subsidiary of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, as Vice President. In 1992, Dr. Morse participated in the privatization of Equico Capital as a founding Principal of TSG Ventures, the inaugural investment fund of TSG Capital Group of Stamford, Connecticut. In 1994, he co-founded Fairview Capital Partners, Inc., an independent investment management firm that creates and manages private equity fund-of-funds investment vehicles for public and corporate pension funds, and other institutional investors.
As a General Partner of Fairview’s fifteen managed funds aggregating over $3.0 billion, Dr. Morse has participated in the investment of over $1 billion in more than 60 traditional and specialized venture capital and private equity limited partnerships and currently serves on the Advisory Boards of a number of such private equity funds including Battery Ventures, ICV Capital Partners, Sierra Ventures, Trinity Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), to name a few.
He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Investment Companies, a private, non-profit trade association representing some 40 private equity and specialty finance investment firms with approximately $9 billion in aggregate capital under management; and a Member of the Boards of Directors of Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS), the Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO), the Institute of International Education and the National Board of The English Speaking Union of the United States. In January, 2003, he was named one of “The Top Ten Minds in Small Business” by Fortune Small Business (FSB) Magazine.
Dr. Morse graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University with a B. A. in Economics, having spent his junior year at The London School of Economics and Political Science as a Luard Scholar. He earned M. A. and Ph.D degrees in Economics at Princeton University and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.
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