An audio podcast of the event is available by clicking here (right click and choose “Save As” (or the equivalent for your browser) to download.)
Over the next year, Phil Weiser, Professor of Law and Telecommunications, will interview local venture capitalist Brad Feld on topics ranging from financing strategies for start-ups to the nature of innovation to what makes a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem to managing work-life balance. Readers of Brad’s blog already appreciate that his insights and wit are not to be missed. And we encourage attendees to stick around after the discussion for the February New Technology Meetup, which will take immediately following.
Our first interview will focus on the basic questions around the state of corporate finance and what it means for start-ups, evaluating the role of angel financing, venture capital, private equity as well as the public debt and equity markets. Our discussion will touch on whether venture capital is now in trouble, as some suggest, whether the private equity model can come back from its bust (which Brad predicted), whether Wall Street’s model of financial engineering was corrupt and unsustainable, as Michael Lewis has suggested, and when the current credit crisis will end. If you have questions for Phil to ask Brad, please email him ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org. After the event, we will post a podcast for those who cannot make it in person. Our next discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 15th and will discuss the nature of entrepreneurial ecosystems and what Colorado has going for it.