Last week, I heard from some of the heavy hitters in PE on just that question at Booth’s 19th Annual Private Equity Conference. Hosted by the Private Equity Group (PEG) and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Booth welcomed more than 400 industry professionals to the event, including many alums in private equity. Taking place in downtown Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the conference, titled “Investment Thesis Evolution: Growth to Buyout,” aimed to explore how firms are specializing and segmenting themselves to differentiate within an increasingly competitive industry.Continue reading Booth’s Private Equity Conference: what is the state of the industry?
For many technologists, Adobe is an example of innovation, collaboration, and impact. I still remember visiting the Adobe office in San Jose, as part of the tech trek last year, and was in awe with the tailored “customer experience” created by Adobe employees. As visitors, we were taken care of every step of the way, just as actual Adobe customers are when they interact with Adobe’s products. I always wondered, how did Adobe’s leadership excel at staying ahead of the enterprise marketing industry while creating great employee culture? The answer, in part, lies with its CEO, Shantanu Narayan.Continue reading Next Generation Storytelling: A conversation with the CEO of Adobe
At the beginning of October, over 27,000 women in technology convened in Orlando, Florida to attend the four-day Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Conference — the world’s largest gathering for female technologists. The chance to conduct informational interviews with leading tech firms, attend private receptions with conference members, and network with other students in this space was too good of an opportunity for me to pass up. I had learned that the organization offered scholarships for graduate students (women and men), women of color, and faculty. A sponsored ticket from Anita B. Org’s Diversity and Inclusion Team made it possible for me to attend.Continue reading Women in Tech: Grace Hopper Celebration
Part 1: Big-Time Planning
by Shota Ido
On April 19th, The Booth Technology Group (BTG) held our first-ever Booth TechCon, a soon-to-be-annual student-led conference covering various topics from machine learning analytics and biomedical devices to IoT and autonomous vehicles.
First things first – why host a conference? When we assumed the roles as BTG co-chairs, our group wanted to change the perception of Chicago Booth from a “finance” school to one with strengths in technology as well (see this story on the PM Workshop for the kinds of programming we offered).Continue reading The Inaugural Booth TechCon
This month, Booth’s CREDIT Group hosted the 14th Annual Credit, Restructuring, Distressed Investing & Turnaround Conference at the University Club of Chicago for almost 200 attendees. This year’s speakers and panel members largely focused on applying lessons learned from historical empirics (e.g., the financial crisis, Toys ‘R’ Us restructuring, etc.) in order to assess where we are in the current credit cycle and to highlight risks that investors should be mindful of going forward.Continue reading →