Chicago Conversations: Venture Capital (Chicago)
May 8, 2014: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for a discussion with alumni and other venture capital investors who will share their expertise and perspective on the current environment.
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
It has been a tough couple of years for global venture capital as the market continues to consolidate and the number of active investors declines. In addition to market consolidation, the venture capital model itself is realigning to invest less, later, and on tougher terms. These disruptions in the market and investing model have created opportunities for the emergence of full-service venture capital firms, micro venture fund managers, incubators, and first-time funds that have transformed the venture capital industry into a powerhouse ecosystem.
Chicago Booth invites you to join us in Chicago for a discussion with Booth alumni and venture capital investors who will share their expertise and perspective on the current environment. Hear their take on the future and changing landscape of the venture capital industry.
Sunil Kumar (Speaker)
Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management, Chicago Booth
Sunil Kumar joined the Chicago Booth faculty on January 1, 2011, as dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management. Since then, Kumar has concentrated on broadening and strengthening the intellectual footprint of the school, including expanding the faculty, supporting more diverse student aspirations, and expanding the reach of the school's programs, including formulating and executing a careful global strategy. He has also focused on strengthening the school's ties with alumni and better disseminating the school's intellectual capital.
Before joining Booth, Kumar spent 14 years on the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology. He also served as senior associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing the school's MBA program and leading faculty groups in marketing and organizational behavior. He was awarded the Finmeccanica Faculty Scholarship, named a Spence Faculty Scholar, and received multiple teaching commendations. Born in India, Kumar received a Master of Engineering degree in computer science and automation from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Mangalore University in Surathkal. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.