For venture capital firms, especially those with a focus on early-stage companies, the paths to a successful exit are narrowing. Fewer startups go public, and those that do wait longer before their IPOs. In this live online discussion, Professor Olav Sorenson, an expert on the industry, talks with venture capitalists about the forces underlying these trends and what they mean for the future of entrepreneurial finance. Bring your questions and your own observations as an investor or an entrepreneur.
When: Wednesday, April 15, 12:00-1:00pm
- Olav Sorenson, Frederick Frank ’54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management
- Dan Ciporin ’86, General Partner, Canaan Partners
- Anne Glover ‘78, Chief Executive and Co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners
Frederick Frank ’54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management
Yale School of Management
Professor Sorenson's research interests include economic geography, economic sociology, entrepreneurship, organizational ecology, the sociology and management of science and technology, and business and corporate strategy. His most extensive line of research examines how social networks affect transactions, thereby shaping the geography and evolution of industries. Although Professor Sorenson has investigated these issues in a wide variety of settings, including banking, biotechnology, and footwear manufacturing, he has most extensively studied the entertainment industries and venture capital.
Prior to joining the Yale School of Management, Professor Sorenson held the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, UCLA, and London Business School.
Dan partners with startups to deliver innovation particularly in the areas of financial technology, ecommerce, and marketplaces. He was the first institutional investor in Lending Club (LC), now a multibillion dollar public company. Dan joined Canaan after serving as Chairman and CEO of Shopping.com, where he took the company public after leading it from zero to over $100 million in revenue in five years and then sold it to Ebay. Prior to that he was Senior VP of MasterCard International running their global debit program. Dan earned an A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and an M.B.A. from Yale University.
Anne Glover ‘78
Chief Executive and Co-founder
Anne is CEO and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, the international technology investor, which has raised over $1bn for investment in high growth technology companies since 1997. Anne has been an active venture capitalist in the UK for 30 years, but earlier in her career she worked in the US for Cummins Engine Company and then Bain & Co.
A former Chairman of the BVCA and of Invest Europe, Anne is a member of the London Business School’s Private Equity Institute Advisory Board. Anne was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Court of the Bank of England in 2018 and became a member of the Investment Committee of Yale Corporation in 2019. Anne holds an MA from Clare College, Cambridge, and a MPPM from Yale School of Management. She was awarded a CBE for services to business and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.