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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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Flying with Phoenix will take place virtually via Zoom until further notice. 

Past Speakers

Weiwen Han, Managing Partner of Bain & Company Greater China - April 7, 2022

David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group - March 4, 2022

Lan Yan, Chairman & CEO of Lazard Greater China - February 22, 2022

Mark Webb, Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer of Dominion Energy - February 2, 2022 

Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker, Co-Managing Partner of Arnold & Porter - January 26, 2022 

Fabrizio Gallo, Former Head of Global Equities at Bank of America and Morgan Stanley - January 14, 2022

Kevin Sneader, Co-President of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific & Ex-McKinsey CEO - December 7, 2021

John Lindfors, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of DST Global - May 14, 2021

Anna Fang, Founder & CEO of ZhenFund - April 15, 2021

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