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"Entrepreneurship - A Real Life Story"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
12:00 AM
1324 East Hall, 530 Church Street

Come hear entrepreneur Jonathan Carson discuss the importance of entrepreneurs and their roles in our society. He will take us through his own entrepreneurial adventure and his current new project with a water-technology start-up in southern California soon to launch.

Join us for an exciting talk where Jonathan will define the entrepreneur and their roles in our society -- past, present and in the future.  He will take us through his entrepreneurial adventure of KCC -- going from 2 lawyers and a dream to a few hundred people and industry-leader status in just a few years.  Finally, Jonathan will talk about life after a successful entrepreneurial journey, and the fact that entrepreneurs don't get to a "finish line," but instead oftentimes find themselves re-engaging in new businesses to satisfy the entrepreneurial drive.  

Fun, energetic, engaging and educational -- Jonathan's talk promises to leave you with a better understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur and grow a business from scratch ... all with some great Michigan commentary along the way.

Jonathan Carson (AB '94), a successful technology entrepreneur in the Los Angeles area, pursued the law school path after his undergraduate years at UM and then went to practice corporate-bankruptcy law with Kirkland & Ellis, a global law firm based in Chicago.  After two years in practice, Jonathan and a colleague founded KCC, a technology firm
focused on streamlining the administrative aspects of large corporate bankruptcy cases (working with clients such as Circuit City, Blockbuster, Washington Mutual and dozens of Detroit-based automotive businesses, just to name a few).  He and his business partner grew KCC to more than 300 people with offices around the country and sold the business to Computershare (ASX: CPU), a large Australian public company, in 2009.  After transitioning the business over the course of a few years, Jonathan left KCC and now serves on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards, and he is back in the entrepreneurial arena with a water-technology start-up based in Santa Monica and launching later this Summer.

Co - Sponsors include Organizational Studies, The Center for Entrepreneurship, The Zell Lurie Institute, Masters of Entrepreneurship Program, and OptiMize