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DAY 1: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 // Professional Development & Productivity Tools

Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17

Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17

Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

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Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17

Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

As Deputy Dean, Starr oversees the Full-time, Evening, and Weekend MBA Programs, as well as the work of the Polsky Center and Rustandy Center at Booth. Prior to her role as Deputy Dean, Starr was the Executive Director of the Polsky Center, working with University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff to launch the next generation of high-impact ventures. She grew the entrepreneurship program at the University of Chicago from 2005 to 2020, and continues to champion the Center’s work today.

During Starr’s time as Executive Director at Polsky, she ran and expanded the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge (NVC), which awards over $1M in funding and services to top entrepreneurial companies each year. The NVC is ranked the #1 university accelerator program in the nation. Since 1996, the NVC has fostered more than 800 startups, with 180+ that are still in operation and growing strong, has created thousands of jobs, and has produced exits of over nearly $6 billion, including Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) and Braintree Venmo (acquired by eBay’s PayPal for $800 million). In 2017, Starr testified before the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Small Business on the role of accelerator programs in creating new jobs and positively influencing economic development.

Deborah Quazzo

Deborah Quazzo

Managing Partner, GSV Ventures; Board Member at organizations including Degreed and The Khan Academy

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Deborah Quazzo

Managing Partner, GSV Ventures; Board Member at organizations including Degreed and The Khan Academy

Deborah Quazzo is the managing partner of GSV Ventures, a venture fund investing in education and workforce skills technologies that are disrupting the $7 trillion sector. In addition, she is the cofounder of the ASU+GSV Summit. Now in its twelfth year, the ASU+GSV Summit celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to gray” learning and talent landscape and attracts over 5,500 attendees.

Quazzo currently serves on the boards of Aakash Educational Services Ltd (a leading tutoring and test preparation company in India), Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), ClassEDU, Create and Learn, Degreed, The Educational Testing Service, Intellispark, Mighty, PhotoMath, QuillBot, Remind, Stride, Turnitin (an Advance Communications company), and Valenture Institute. She is a member of the boards of The Common Ground Foundation, The Falling Walls Digital Education Jury Board, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council, The New Profit Prophets Education Advisory Group, Oriental Education Institute, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and The Strada Institute for the Future of Work Advisory Committee. She previously served on the boards of a number of education organizations, including The Chicago Board of Education (CPS) and KIPP: Chicago.

Quazzo graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Senior Advisor, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73

Senior Advisor, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Ellen Rudnick previously served as executive director of the Polsky Center and clinical professor of entrepreneurship and, together with Steve Kaplan, was instrumental in the creation of the entrepreneurship program at Chicago Booth. Prior to joining the Booth faculty she spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in the healthcare and information services industries. During this time, Rudnick was president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources, president of HCIA, chairman of Pacific Biometrics, and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Both her governance activities and startup interests help her to bridge the gap in the classroom between the theoretical and the real world, as well as serve as an effective mentor to entrepreneurs. Rudnick serves or has served on numerous corporate boards, including Liberty Mutual, First Midwest Bank, HMS Holdings, Patterson Companies, Oxford Health Plans, Northshore University Healthcare Research and Development, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871, and MATTER. She received a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Mila Ferrell

Mila Ferrell

Senior Product Leader at Zoom

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Mila Ferrell

Senior Product Leader at Zoom

Mila Ferrell is a product management leader at Zoom, where she is responsible for emerging product initiatives and strategic partner integrations with best-of-breed companies such as Dropbox and Slack. Prior to Zoom, Ferrell founded an AI-based startup and led product partnerships at Google and Sift. Over the course of her career, she has built and launched several impactful products and features used by millions of users daily. Ferrell is passionate about technology and how it is changing the way people live and work.

Vinay Hiremath

Vinay Hiremath

Cofounder and CTO of Loom

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Vinay Hiremath

Cofounder and CTO of Loom

Vinay Hiremath is a cofounder of Loom and currently the CTO where he oversees the architecture, infrastructural unit economics, scaling and output of the team, as well as the strategic technical direction of the company. In 2017, he was named to Forbes list of “30 Under 30”. Before Loom, Hiremath worked at Upthere, a cloud-computing startup, where he gained most of his technical competency in service architecture and distributed systems. Before Upthere, he worked at Backplane, a social network startup for celebrities. Prior to his time at Upthere, Hiremath interned at Facebook, primarily working on optimizing the mobile web composer, the tool that allows someone to post a status update to their timeline. Hiremath studied computer science at the University of Illinois where he was recognized and received the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

Chris Ahn

Chris Ahn

Principal, Index Ventures

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Chris Ahn

Principal, Index Ventures

Chris Ahn focuses on venture and growth investments in the enterprise space. He is particularly interested in businesses characterized by strong communities, approachable design, or viral bottoms-up adoption. Ahn joined Index from GitHub, where he helped build and lead the strategic finance and business operations teams. He also helped the company scale its enterprise business, launch its marketplace product, and led the acquisition efforts with Microsoft. Previously, Ahn was an investor at Hellman and Friedman and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. He graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in foreign service in international economics and an honors certificate in international business diplomacy. Ahn is originally from Seoul, Korea.

Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor, Chicago Booth; Director, UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor, Chicago Booth; Director, UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Waverly Deutsch teaches the Global New Venture Challenge and Building the New Venture for Booth’s Executive MBA program and is a full-time coach for the New Venture Challenge. In 2005, she received the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Innovative Teaching Pedagogy award for the YourCo simulation that parallels the Building the New Venture class and allows students to develop and run a mock startup through the launch process. In 2015, Deutsch was honored with the Phoenix Faculty award for her contributions to the Booth student community beyond the classroom.

In her role as Polsky Director for the UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, she is responsible for helping to connect and support all of the University of Chicago’s worldwide entrepreneurial alumni. She also writes quarterly for the Chicago Booth Review magazine. Waverly currently serves on several advisory boards for startup companies as well as the advisory council of OCA Ventures, a leading Chicago venture capital firm. Prior to joining Chicago Booth, Waverly was managing director of NetFuel Ventures, an internet incubator. Before moving to Chicago, Waverly spent seven years with Forrester Research in Cambridge Massachusetts. Waverly holds a BS in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in theater history from Tufts University.

DAY 2: Thursday, January 28, 2021 // Health

Steven Kaplan

Steven Kaplan

Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Chicago Booth; Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Steven Kaplan

Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Chicago Booth; Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Steven Neil Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Kaplan cofounded the Polsky Center and the entrepreneurship program at Chicago Booth. He also started the New Venture Challenge (NVC), which is recognized as one of the top accelerator programs in the nation.

He teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate finance, corporate governance, and wealth management. BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 business school teachers in the country. Kaplan conducts research on issues in private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance, and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. Kaplan is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics.

He is the co-creator of the Kaplan-Schoar PME (Public Market Equivalent) private equity benchmarking approach. A Fortune Magazine article referred to him as “probably the foremost private equity scholar in the galaxy.”

Robert Nelsen

Robert Nelsen

Cofounder, ARCH Venture Partners

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Robert Nelsen

Cofounder, ARCH Venture Partners

Robert Nelsen is a cofounder and managing director of ARCH Venture Partners. He joined ARCH at its founding and played a significant role in the early sourcing, financing, and development of more than 100 companies, including 27 that have reached valuations exceeding $1 billion. His seed and early-stage investments include Illumina (ILMN); Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY); Juno Therapeutics (JUNO); Beam Therapeutics (BEAM); Karuna Therapeutics (KRTX); Lyell Immunopharma; Array BioPharma (ARRY); Unity Biotechnology (UBX); Hua Medicine (2552:HK); Vir Biotechnology (VIR); Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO); Sage Therapeutics (SAGE); GRAIL; Gossamer Bio (GOSS); Ikaria; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (KYTH); Receptos (RCPT); Aviron (AVIR); Denali Therapeutics (DNLI); Rubius Therapeutics (RUBY); Syros Pharmaceuticals (SYRS); Sana Biotechnology; KSQ Therapeutics; NetBot; Bluebird Bio (BLUE); R2 Technology; XenoPort (XNPT); Fate Therapeutics (FATE); Caliper Life Sciences (CALP); Trubion Pharmaceuticals (TRBN); Adolor (ADLR); deCODE Genetics; Editas (EDIT); 10x Genomics; Semma Therapeutics; IDUN Pharmaceuticals; Classmates.com; Sienna Biopharmaceuticals (SNNA); and Everyday Learning Corporation.

Nelsen is a director of Vir Bio, GRAIL, Sana Biotechnology, Beam Therapeutics, Unity Biotechnology, and Denali Therapeutics, and serves as chairman of Hua Medicine, among others. He previously served as a trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute and the Institute for Systems Biology, and was a director of the National Venture Capital Association. Nelsen holds a BS from the University of Puget Sound with majors in economics and biology and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Lee Shapiro

Lee Shapiro

Managing Director, 7Wire Ventures

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Lee Shapiro

Managing Director, 7Wire Ventures

Lee Shapiro is a managing partner at 7wireVentures, an investment firm he cofounded over a decade ago. He also served as chief financial officer of Livongo Health [NASDAQ:LVGO] until November 2020. Previously he was president of Allscripts [NASDAQ:MDRX] from 2001 until the end of 2012. His leadership was integral to the execution of over $4 billion in mergers, acquisitions, and financings. His responsibilities included the company’s strategy, international operations, business development and partnerships, legal, government relations, health plan initiatives, and business activities in the areas of analytics and information services.

Prior to stepping in as CFO of Livongo and leading its 2019 IPO, Lee served on the board of the company since its launch, chairing the audit committee and serving as a member of its compensation committee. During his tenure as CFO, Livongo also had a successful secondary offering, raised $550M in convertible debt and entered into an agreement to merge at the highest valuation of any healthcare technology company, based on revenue multiples. The price of $159 per share was over six times the price of Livongo’s shares at the time of its IPO, just 12 months earlier.

Shapiro served on the board of directors (audit committee and nominating and governance committee) of Medidata Solutions [NASDAQ:MDSO] until its sale in 2019 to Dassault Systemes.  He also served on the board of Tivity Health [NASDAQ:TVTY] until May 2020. Shapiro chaired the audit committee and served on the compensation committee. He also serves on the board and committees of various 7wireVentures portfolio companies.

For the past four years, Shapiro has been a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, where he chairs the audit committee and serves on the business operations committee. He has also been part of strategic goal task forces.

He is a cofounder and board member of The World Innovation Network, a member of the advisory committee of the University of Chicago Innovation Fund, and a member of the Samsung Digital Health Advisory Board. Based on his industry experience, Shapiro is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a published contributor to the Forbes Business Council. He has also served as an officer and director of the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation.

Shapiro practiced commercial law at Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum, Perlman and Nagelberg, a prominent Chicago law firm. He holds a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois and a JD from The University of Chicago Law School.

Scott Meadow

Scott Meadow

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

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Scott Meadow

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Since 1982, Scott Meadow has been a principal investor in the private equity industry. He is the 2011 recipient of the Richard J. Daley Award. The Daley Medal acknowledges a single individual who has given direct and extraordinary support to the state of Illinois by participating in or being an advocate for the venture capital and private equity industry.

Meadow has held the position of clinical professor of entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth since 2000. He was awarded the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 Phoenix Prize and the Faculty Excellence Award in 2010. He was designated by Business Week’s “Guide to the Best Business Schools” (2003, 8th edition) and (2005, 9th edition) as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial professors in the country. Meadow has taught 10000 students at Booth, in courses including Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity, Commercializing Innovation (which he created), Introduction to Venture Capital (which he created), Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital, and the New Venture Challenge, and he is the faculty advisor for the Venture Capital Investment Competition. Meadow is also on the advisory board and steering committee of the Innovation Fund at the University of Chicago.

Meadow has over 30 years of experience as a general partner with four venture capital and private equity firms including William Blair Venture Partners, The Frontenac Company, The Sprout Group, and most recently with the Edgewater Funds, where he remains an associate partner. Over the course of his career, Meadow has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fundraising and has personally led, originated or created more than 60 investments, including two dozen healthcare services companies, over a dozen consumer services and retail companies, as well as biotech companies and companies enhanced by the Internet and social media. Meadow has been recognized by Venture One as one of the outstanding healthcare investors in the industry and is a testifying expert witness in a broad range of commercial disputes involving entrepreneurship.

Representative investments include Coventry Corporation, HEALTHSOUTH, Sunrise Assisted Living, Sunrise International, Managed Health Network, Aspen Education Services, Seurat Therapeutics, Pathology Partners, Heritage Healthcare, MedPartners, The Sports Authority, CompUSA, and Staples. Meadow recently served on the board of directors of National Equipment Services (NASDAQ: NLEQ) during its emergence from Chapter 11 and Barrier Safe Systems. He has served on the advisory board of Invenergy, GenerationOne, Dais Corporation, and Anka Associates, a private equity firm focused on Turkey. Meadow earned an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

DAY 3: Friday, January 29, 2021 // Logistics, Retail, and Delivery

Mark Tebbe

Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

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Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

After many years of judging and mentoring in Chicago Booth’s New Venture Challenge (NVC), Mark Tebbe brings a wealth of successful entrepreneurial experience into the classroom by leveraging the founding of two NASDAQ-listed corporations as well as direct involvement in numerous startup and high-growth companies over the past 30 years. As both an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth and an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Polsky Center, Tebbe aids students in their entrepreneurial efforts and helps other professors enhance their classes. Outside of the classroom, in addition to being a prolific angel investor, Tebbe serves as the chairman of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated public-private effort to improve Chicago’s competitiveness in science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In 1984, Tebbe founded Lante Corporation, (NASDAQ: LNTE) a Chicago-based technology-consulting firm in which he served as CEO and chairman. In 2004, Tebbe was cofounder, vice chairman of the board, and lead director of Answers Corporation, (NASDAQ: ANSW). Building on his inspiration to create a productive website to aid his son on a school essay, Tebbe co-conceived the answers.com website, which became one of the web’s leading QA publishers and was sold to Announce Media in July 2011. Tebbe also serves on the boards of many civic organizations, including 1871 (executive committee member), Big Shoulders Fund (board member), Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (executive committee member), ChicagoNEXT (chairman), Economic Club of Chicago (technology committee, program committee), Field Museum of Chicago (trustee, executive committee member, and technology committee chair), mHub (executive committee member), World Business Chicago (executive committee member). Tebbe and his wife also support numerous child-oriented, educational, and environmental causes.

Nick Kokonas

Nick Kokonas

Co-Owner, Alinea Group; Cofounder and CEO, Tock

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Nick Kokonas

Co-Owner, Alinea Group; Cofounder and CEO, Tock

Nick Kokonas is the founder and CEO of Tock Inc. Founded in 2014, Tock is a cloud-based reservation system which now serves over 5,000 restaurants, wineries, farms, and art galleries in 28 countries. Previously Kokonas spent a decade as a founding partner in a proprietary derivatives trading firm specializing in equity, currency, and yield-curve options and futures. Kokonas also co-owns the Alinea Group of restaurants, which he cofounded with Grant Achatz in 2004 and includes: Michelin 3-star Alinea and four other award-winning restaurants and bars which have won 12 James Beard Awards, Best Restaurants in the US awards, and many others.

Jason Heltzer, MBA ’02

Jason Heltzer, MBA ’02

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; Managing Partner, Origin Ventures

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Jason Heltzer, MBA ’02

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; Managing Partner, Origin Ventures

Jason Heltzer began his career in venture capital in 2001 and is currently a managing partner at Origin Ventures. Heltzer is a board member or observer for Tock, Tovala, Idelic, X-Mode, and two unannounced investments.

Heltzer’s prior investments include Cartavi (acquired by Docusign), Base CRM (acquired by Zendesk), Brightnest (acquired by Angie’s List) and FeeFighters (acquired by Groupon). Heltzer also worked closely with TradeKing (acquired by Ally Bank). Before his venture capital career, Heltzer spent three and a half years as a software engineer and software architect for Deloitte Consulting. He also led engineering and business teams at 1stUp, a San Francisco-based startup.

Heltzer received a BS in computer science, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan, where he also founded a fraternity. Heltzer also received an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship, with high honors, from Chicago Booth, where he was a Siebel Scholar and Wallman Scholar. In addition to his professional responsibilities at Origin, Heltzer is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth, where he teaches the venture capital and private equity lab class.

Michael Ronen

Michael Ronen

CEO and Managing Partner, Oud Capital

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Michael Ronen

CEO and Managing Partner, Oud Capital

Michael Ronen founded Oud Capital to build a leading alternative investment firm based in Silicon Valley, California, and New York. The firm focuses on investing in advanced-stage, high-growth companies leveraging technology to disrupt large end markets in transportation, logistics, and other industries.

Ronen currently serves as an advisor to Softbank’s flagship $100 billion Vision Fund, having been a founding managing partner from 2017 until 2020. Upon formation of Softbank’s Vision Fund in 2017, Ronen established the Fund’s transportation and logistics investment practice. Under Ronen’s leadership, the firm invested over $5 billion of capital in a portfolio of investments in industries ranging from last-mile delivery, parking and logistics, AI, robotics, and autonomous driving. Ronen served on the boards of Cruise (GM’s autonomous driving platform), Reef Technologies, GoBrands, and Flexport. He was also responsible for the investments in Nuro and Getaround, where he was an advisor to management and the board of directors.

Prior to joining the founding team of the Vision Fund, Ronen spent 19 years at Goldman Sachs, the last five as a partner in leadership positions in the firms’ global Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking business. Ronen was also a member of Goldman Sachs’ M&A Group and the founder of Goldman’s Automotive Technology effort. Amongst Ronen’s clients were Apple, Motorola, AT&T, Dreamworks Animation, Activision, Universal Music, Lenovo, Warner Music, Softbank, and many others. Prior to commencing his career on Wall Street, Ronen served for three years as a non-commissioned officer in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence, where he was responsible for real-time intelligence operations.

Ronen earned an LLB (JD) from Tel-Aviv University in 1994 and an MBA, with distinction, from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 1998.

Dhruv Saxena

Dhruv Saxena

Cofounder and CEO, Shipbob

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Dhruv Saxena

Cofounder and CEO, Shipbob

Dhruv Saxena is the CEO of ShipBob, a technology company that streamlines shipping and fulfillment for e-commerce businesses. Saxena cofounded ShipBob in 2014 with Divey Gulati, out of Y Combinator. Prior to ShipBoB, he spent two years as a software developer at InContext Solutions. Saxena holds both a BS and MS from Purdue University.

Ira Weiss, MBA ’99, PhD ’01

Ira Weiss, MBA ’99, PhD ’01

Clinical Professor of Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; General Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners

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Ira Weiss, MBA ’99, PhD ’01

Clinical Professor of Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; General Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners

Ira Weiss is a clinical professor of accounting and entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth, and a partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners.  At Chicago Booth, Weiss teaches accounting, entrepreneurship and venture capital. Weiss has been actively investing in private companies for the past 20 years and has made over 150 venture capital and angel investments.  Weiss formerly served as the faculty liaison to Hyde Park Angels, and was formerly a partner at RK Ventures, a NY based pledge fund. 

Weiss currently serves on various boards as a director or observer, including Cove Markets, FourKites, LandscapeHub, Leap, NestEgg, PartySlate, and ShipBob. Previously, Weiss was on the board of Concerro (acquired by API Healthcare) and also a board member or an observer at Ahalogy (acquired by NYSE: QUOT), G2Crowd, and Streamlink Software.  His most notable exited investments include Rackspace (NASD: RAX), Avid Radiopharmaceuticals (acquired by Eli Lilly), Edusoft (acquired by Houghton Mifflin), and Axioma (acquired by Deutsche Borse and General Atlantic). Weiss started his career as an accountant at Coopers and Lybrand, and received his MBA from Chicago Booth and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Dan Sachs

Dan Sachs

Executive Director, Education and Programs, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Dan Sachs

Executive Director, Education and Programs, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Dan Sachs serves as the executive director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In this role, he oversees the education and programming functions for the Polsky Center, leading a team in developing co-curricular programs and experiential learning opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, and community entrepreneurs. He is also responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with key stakeholders across UChicago and in the business community.

A seasoned business executive and entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, Sachs has strong ties to Chicago. He recently served as president of Meerkat Advisory, an A-list hospitality and leadership development advisory group, and was a professor of management and entrepreneurship at DePaul University. Before that, he was the founder and owner of BIN 36 Restaurant Group and grew the company’s wine brand domestically as well as to international acclaim. With 25 years of operating experience in the restaurant and service industry, Sachs has become a trusted expert for private equity firms, large hotel corporations, and owners of live entertainment venues. He published the book The Million Dollar Greeting, which provides insights on how to apply hospitality industry best practices to strengthen company profit, customer retention, and employee morale.

Sach earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, a doctorate in business administration specializing in organizational behavior from DePaul University, and a grand diplôme from École de Cuisine La Varenne.

SeedCon 2021 Speakers
  • KEYNOTES
    • Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner, GSV Ventures; Board Member at organizations including Degreed and The Khan Academy
    • Robert Nelsen, Cofounder, ARCH Venture Partners
    • Nick Kokonas, Co-Owner, Alinea Group; Cofounder and CEO, Tock
  • PANELISTS
    • Trends Shaping the Future of Work
      • Mila Ferrell, Senior Product Leader at Zoom
      • Vinay Hiremath, Cofounder and CTO of Loom
      • Chris Ahn, Principal, Index Ventures
    • Health Fireside Chat
      • Lee Shapiro, CFO, Livongo; Managing Director, 7Wire Ventures
    • Future of Logistics, Retail, and Delivery
      • Michael Ronen, CEO and Managing Partner, Oud Capital
      • Dhruv Saxena, Cofounder and CEO, Shipbob
  • MODERATORS & INTRODUCTORY/CLOSING REMARK SPEAKERS
    • Day 1
      • Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17, Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth
      • Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73, Senior Advisor, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
      • Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor, Chicago Booth; Director, UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Day 2
      • Steve Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Chicago Booth; Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
      • Scott Meadow, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth
    • Day 3
      • Mark Tebbe, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth
      • Jason Heltzer, MBA ’02, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; Managing Partner, Origin Ventures
      • Ira Weiss, MBA ’99, PhD ’01, Clinical Professor of Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; General Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners
      • Dan Sachs, Executive Director, Education and Programs, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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