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Innovating for the Future:
A Conversation with
Samir Mayekar

Hosted at Chicago Booth

January 10, 2024

In collaboration with The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, LTF hosted a comprehensive discussion with Samir Mayekar, the newly appointed Managing Director of The Polsky Center. The discussion provides a broad overview of entrepreneurial ventures, business strategies, and policy integration. The conversation also delves into the synergy between business practices and public policies, highlighting collaborative efforts in economic development. The importance of mentorship and the role of experienced entrepreneurs in fostering new businesses are also discussed. Overall, the event serves as an informative and interactive platform for those interested in the broader themes of entrepreneurship, technology, and policy

VC Summit

Hosted at Chicago Booth

October 7 2023

This was an insightful VC panel discussion covering investment intuition, tech trends (AI, bubbles/speculation, and more), and building professional networks. We dove deep into the world of early-stage tech investing, spotting speculative bubbles, and the impact of the macroeconomic environment. Plus, we heard from industry experts who answered answer individual questions and share their unique perspectives on venture capital and entrepreneurship.



The Flying with Phoenix speaker series brings distinguished industry leaders, including startup founders, VC investors, and business executives, to offer exclusive  insights on all topics pertaining to entrepreneurship, innovation, and startup financing. The series, which kicked off in Spring Quarter of the 2020-2021 academic year, is open to all students at the University of Chicago with a passion for entrepreneurship. 

Weiwen Han
Managing Partner of Bain & Company Greater China
Lan Yan
Chairman & CEO of Lazard Greater China
Fabrizio Gallo
Former Head of Global Equities at Bank of America and Morgan Stanley
Kevin Sneader
Co-President of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific & Ex-McKinsey CEO
David M. Rubenstein
Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group
Mark Webb
Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer of Dominion Energy
Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker
Co-Managing Partner of Arnold & Porter
John Lindfors
Co-Founder & Managing Partner of DST Global
Anna Fang
Founder & CEO of ZhenFund
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