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One-on-One With Phil Weiser – Topic #1: Finance

Jan 12, 2009
Category Education

Late last year, Phil Weiser (the omnipresent head of Silicon Flatirons and CU professor of Law and Telecommunications) asked me if I was interested in doing a “One-on-One” public interview series with him.  Phil and I have stirred up plenty of trouble together over the past few years and I’d never pass up an opportunity to share a stage with him.

So – on February 3 from 5pm to 6pm at the Wittemeyer Courtroom in the Wolf Law Building at CU Boulder we will be doing our first One-on-One on “Finance”.  Here’s the summary:

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 After the event, we will post a podcast for those who cannot make it in person.

The very popular Boulder Denver New Technology Meetup will happen immediately afterwards – I’ll stick around and see if I can cause more trouble at that event also.

If you can’t make the February 3rd One-on-One, the next one will be on April 14th and will discuss the nature of entrepreneurial ecosystems and what Colorado has going for it.