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Chicago Tech Crawl
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About the Event

Join us for a discussion about entrepreneurship and tour of 1871 Chicago, a premier hub for digital startups.

The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city. Their innovations – born of passion and practical ingenuity – shaped not just Chicago, but the modern world. 

In that spirit, 1871 Chicago is a community of designers, coders and entrepreneurs who learn from each other, encourage each other, and share a journey up the steep startup learning curve.

Now you have the opportunity to tour 1871 Chicago with Armando Pauker (BS '82), Partner, Apex Venture, and Kelly Littlepage (BS '09), Founder, OneChronos Global.

After the tour, there will be a reception and an opportunity to join in a lively conversation about entrepreneurship with Michael Ewens, Associate Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship, at DIRTT Environmental Solutions.

Friends and colleagues are welcome and encouraged! Kindly respond by June 16, 2016 to nbaseman@caltech.edu or (626) 395-1549. 

About the speaker:

Michael Ewens studies entrepreneurship, focusing on financial intermediation, innovation, and management of high-growth entrepreneurial firms. While most entrepreneurship research has traditionally relied on limited data sets, his approach is distinctly quantitative, as he collects and analyzes vast amounts of data to better understand the financing of entrepreneurial firms. He’s studying such firms in their early stages, determining whether success is due to the added value brought by venture capitalists or to the intrinsic competency of the firm. The interaction between the venture capitalist and entrepreneur is indirectly impacted by the former’s own incentives.

Two research projects ask how the venture capitalist’s compensation structure and incentive to raise more money impact the entrepreneurial firm. Another project studies the unique role that high-growth firms play for innovation. In particular, one can ask whether entrepreneurial firms are truly more innovative than large firms and, in turn, isolate the source of any advantages. Finally, failure is the norm for high-growth entrepreneurial firms; however, it is rarely studied in detail. One project investigates the determinants and effects of executive turnover as these firms suffer performance setbacks, while another connects investment strategy and failure rates. 

Ewens received a BA in economics and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, and PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego. Before arriving at Caltech in 2014, Ewens was an assistant professor of finance and entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research. Since 2006 he has served as a quantitative advisor for Correlation Ventures,  a quantitative-focused venture capital firm based in San Diego.

Additional Details:

6-7 pm: Tour of 1871 Chicago with Armando Pauker (BS '82) and Kelly Littlepage (BS ’09). Address: 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL 60654.

7-9 pm: Reception and talk by Caltech faculty speaker, Michael Ewens, at DIRTT Environmental Solutions. Address: 325 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654.


Questions? Contact: : bmckay@caltech.edu

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