As a student pursuing private equity at Booth, I could not imagine a better education and introduction to this hard-to-enter industry than the PE/VC lab class at Booth. The depth and detail in which we have explored every aspect of PE has been invaluable to my future career and how I think about investment opportunities. I sat down to discuss the growth of private equity at Chicago Booth with adjunct professor Chris McGowan, who is a 23-year PE industry veteran and also a faculty advisor and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Joe Osnoss addresses a packed room of students gathered for Entrepreneurial Finance & Private Equity (EFPE) taught by Professor Steven Kaplan, one of Booth’s most coveted and ‘expensive’ (in terms of bid points, of course!) classes. Joe Osnoss is Managing Director at Silver Lake Partners, and is a leading voice in the Private Equity world – he discusses nuances in taxation with the same ease that he talks about negotiating with stakeholders across the deal table. What I like about the lecture is his ability to ‘zoom in’ – with incredible mastery over financial intricacies, and at the same time ‘zoom out’ – weaving several years of investing experience into his judgment.
This is one of the core aspects of the Chicago Booth Curriculum – it integrates deep academic research with speakers from industry who offer relevant and actionable insight on how to apply a theoretical framework in business.
One of my most vivid memories of being an undergrad at the University of Chicago was graduation. Graduation here is rife with tradition – in the morning, every college gathers on the main quad for a campus-wide ceremony, complete with a bagpipe processional. Across the campus, students are quiet, excited and nervous, with one exception. Booth students treat graduation for what it is – a celebration. This means goofy additions to their caps and gowns and plenty of laughter and cheering. This is an aspect of what makes Booth so unique to me – while it retains many great University of Chicago traditions, it also has its own culture. In this post, I’d like to highlight some of the ways Booth integrates itself into the greater campus community, while still maintaining its own vibe.
This week TBE caught up with Federico Gonzales, who shared his experience interning in private equity. Read on if you want to learn about what a private equity intern does, how Booth’s Private Equity and Venture Capital lab course helped Federico land his position, and what advice he has to offer those recruiting for PE internships.