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How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education
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How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm
Where: The Conference Room
130 East 59th Street
Room 710
New York, New York  10021
United States
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How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education:

A talk by CBS Prof. Knee, the author of recently published Class Clowns

The past 30 years have seen dozens of otherwise successful investors try to improve education through the application of market principles. They have funneled billions into alternative schools, online education, and textbook publishing, and they have, with surprising regularity, lost their shirts.

Prof. Jonathan Knee takes us inside four spectacular financial failures in education:
• Rupert Murdoch’s effort to reshape education through technology
• Hedge fund manager John Paulson’s foray into textbook publishing
• Michael Milken’s 20-year mission to revolutionize the global education industry
• Chris Whittle, founder of EdisonLearning’s repeated loss of investors’ dollars

Knee will discuss what makes a good education business, from the perspective of investors and policy makers. He will also examine the particular challenges faced by so-called edu-preneurs who seek to profit from disrupting the status quo in Education.

DATE: Thursday, March 9
TIME:  Registration and networking: 6:00-6:30, Talk and Q&A: 6:30-7:30, Networking and refreshments: 7:30-8:00
LOCATION: The Conference Center, 130 E. 59 St. (between Park and Lexington Aves.)
TICKETS: Members and CBS students, $20; non-members, $30 (NO WALK-INS)

SPECIAL OFFER:  Attend two events for free this year with the purchase of a one-year ($85 or more) membership to the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York. Click here to join now and then contact us for your promotional code to register for the events of your choice for free (cannot be combined with other promotional codes and sports events and holiday parties are excluded.) 

Jonathan Knee is a professor of professional practice and Co-director of the Media and Technology program at Columbia Business School. He is the author of The Accidental Investment Banker (2006) and The Curse of the Mogul (2009). He is also a senior investment banker at Evercore Partners.

The first 45 people registered will receive a copy of Prof. Knee’s book Class Clowns, courtesy of Columbia Business School Office of Alumni Relations —a $29.95 value. For more information about Class Clowns, see the review in USA Today.  (REGISTRATION HAS NOW SURPASSED 45)

Special thanks to Marjorie Churgin, Co-Chair Finance and Investing Committee, for organizing this event. And a very special thanks to Columbia Business School's Office of Alumni Relations for their generous donation to help underwrite the cost of the event.

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