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An Evening with Legendary HBS Entrepreneurship Professor Bill Sahlman

"In Search of Common Sense"




Join us on Tuesday, February 22, from 6:30-8:00pm to hear legendary HBS Entrepreneurship Professor Bill Sahlman address the HBS Club of Atlanta.  Professor Sahlman created the Entrepreneurial Finance course at HBS – one of the most popular second-year electives for the past 25 years.  A nationally renowned expert on entrepreneurship, he has published many articles and case studies on venture capital, private equity, deal structuring, start-up management, and the role of entrepreneurs in the global economy.  His full bio is below.  The event will be held at the City Club of Buckhead (3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 1850).   Hope to see you there!

William Sahlman is the Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. The d'Arbeloff Chair was established in 1986 to support teaching and research on the entrepreneurial process.  Mr. Sahlman received an A.B. degree in Economics from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics, also from Harvard.

His research focuses on the investment and financing decisions made in entrepreneurial ventures at all stages in their development. Mr. Sahlman has written numerous articles on topics including entrepreneurial management, venture capital and private equity, deal structuring, and the role of entrepreneurship in the global economy. 

In 1985, Mr. Sahlman introduced a new second-year elective course called Entrepreneurial Finance. That course has been taken by over 8,000 students since it was first offered. Mr. Sahlman and an HBS co-author, Paul Gompers, published a casebook in 2002 entitled Entrepreneurial Finance (Wiley). In 2000, he helped introduce and teach a new course in the first year called The Entrepreneurial Manager. In 2006, he and HBS co-authors, Michael J. Roberts, Howard H. Stevenson, Paul Marshall, and Richard G. Hamermesh, published a casebook entitled New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur (McGraw Hill - Irwin).  Mr. Sahlman has developed over 170 cases and notes for classroom use. 

Mr. Sahlman is Senior Associate Dean for External Relations.  He was co-chair of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit from 1999 to 2002. From 1991 to 1999, he was Senior Associate Dean, Director of Publishing Activities, and chairman of the board for Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation. From 1990 to 1991, he was chairman of the Harvard University Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility. He is a member of the board of directors or board of advisors of several private companies and not-for-profit organizations.


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