Cutting through the Noise: Deploying Smart Venture Capital

Join the Polsky Center in London for a discussion with Steven Neil Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

On 10 February at Chicago Booth in London, the Polsky Center will host Professor Steve Kaplan for a moderated discussion with Randy Kroszner, Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics. Professor Kaplan will discuss the performance of private equity investments compared to public equities, and share insights into why venture investments are outperforming public markets. Taking the discussion a step further, Professor Kaplan will explore how venture capitalists make decisions and answer the question of whether investors should bet on the jockey or the horse. Join the Polsky Center for this unique opportunity to hear from Professor Kaplan and receive guidance on how to evaluate opportunities and deploy smart capital in today’s private markets.

18:00 Registration
18:30 Program and Q&A
19:45 Networking Reception

Steve Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at Chicago Booth. He is also the Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director of the Polsky Center. Steve is one of the world’s foremost researchers on private equity, venture capital, corporate governance, executive talent, and income inequality. His papers on private equity and venture capital are the standard references in the field. A Fortune Magazine article referred to him as “probably the foremost private equity scholar in the galaxy.” Steve co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Chicago Booth and, with his students, started Booth’s business launch program, the New Venture Challenge, which has spawned over 200 companies. The companies have raised almost $1 Billion from investors (including Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, Index, and Sequoia) and created over $10B in market value.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Please contact Cerise Miller at cerise.miller@chicagobooth.edu with any questions.


Event Information

Cost: $25.00 per ticket for UChicago and Chicago Booth alumni; $30.00 per ticket for non-alumni; free admission for current students.


6:00PM - 8:30PM Mon 10 Feb 2020 ( Timezone: Europe/London )


Chicago Booth London Campus
Woolgate Exchange, 1st Floor 25 Basinghall Street
London, United Kingdom

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Event Contact
Cerise Miller