Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Live and Interactive: A View from the Commercial Side of Ed Tech

Join me for a live and interactive interview in Elluminate with Deborah Quazzo and Michael Moe from NeXtAdvisors.  We'll explore with these education-sector investors the relationship of commercial companies to education and educational change.  Where is education going and why or how do commercial companies need to be involved?  This look at the commercial side of education is guaranteed to stir some controversy.  


Date: Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Page:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/60488


Deborah Quazzo – Co-Founder, NeXtAdvisors, LLC
Deborah is a 20 year veteran of investment banking. In 2001 Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners with Michael Moe; she was President and Head of Investment Banking. ThinkEquity was acquired in March 2007 by London-based Panmure Gordon (AIM: PMR) where Deborah was a Board member until her resignation in October 2008. She has been a longtime banker to the education sector where her clients have included Franklin Covey, The Princeton Review, Plato Learning, Thompson Corporation, Reed-Elsevier, American Public Education (APEI), and K12, Inc. (LRN).

Prior to ThinkEquity, Deborah was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch & Co., where she worked from 1987-2001. While at Merrill she founded and headed the Global Growth Banking Group, focused on education, business and marketing services and human capital sectors. She previously worked at J.P. Morgan. Deborah serves on the Illinois Board of The Nature Conservancy; Steppenwolf Theater Company; Teach for America Chicago; the Executive Committee of the Princeton Aspire Campaign; Marwen, a rigorous visual arts education provider for underserved youth; and America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, a collaborative founded by General Colin Powell and dedicated to the well being of children and youth. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.

Michael Moe – Co-Founder, NeXtAdvisors, LLC
Michael has over 20 years of experience and previously co-founded and was CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, a growth-focused investment bank. From Think’s inception in July 2001, the firm grew at a 50% CAGR to $70 million in revenue in 2007, reaching 180 employees. ThinkEquity was sold in March 2007 to London-based Panmure Gordon. Prior to that, Mr. Moe was Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and before that he was Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities. Mr. Moe has been named to Institutional Investor’s All American research team and has been awarded Best on the Street by The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he has been called one of the best stock pickers in the country by BusinessWeek magazine. He has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on the subjects of education technology, the new economy and initial public offerings, and he has also appeared before the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is frequently cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times for his opinions on growth companies and appears regularly on financial programs on CNBC and Fox Business News.

Mr. Moe is a contributor to the AlwaysOn Network – a blog site about new media technology and venture capital news. He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the San Francisco Analyst Society and is a past advisor for the Center for Innovation. He is on the Advisory Board of Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). Mr. Moe is also on the Board of Directors of Sharespost, an alternative stock market for private, emerging companies and on the Board of Advisors for the Venture Capital~Private Equity Roundtable. He was on the National Finance Committee for John McCain’s Presidential Campaign, and was a policy advisor. Mr. Moe is on the board of directors for the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame. In 2007, he published his first book, Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow(Penguin/Portfolio Books, 2006), which has gone through three printings and has been published in five different languages. He earned his BA in Political Science and Economics at the University of Minnesota.

[Cross-posted from http://www.stevehargadon.com]