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Innovation & Investment - 20 Questions with Bill Janeway

With over 40 years of helping drive innovation, Bill Janeway - a renowned venture capitalist, speaker, author and economist, has an unparalleled depth of knowledge of the tech economy. In his latest book “Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy” he offers unique analysis and insights into the fundamental forces that shape the modern innovation landscape, on the role of entrepreneurship and the interplay between the free markers, the state and financial capitalism. We caught up with Bill for an in-depth 20 Questions session during a break in his teaching schedule which regularly takes him to Cambridge, England and Princeton to share his views on innovation, on tech investing, on valuations and on the disruptive impact of tech trends on tech industry incumbents. 20 Questions is an MGI Research series of interviews with tech industry leading thinkers, doers and investors.

 

William H. Janeway Profile

Dr. William H. Janeway is a Managing Director and Senior Advisor at Warburg Pincus (WP) – a private equity firm that since its founding 45 years ago has invested over $48Billion into 700+ companies in 35 countries. Previously, Mr. Janeway served as the Vice-Chairman of WP and head of its technology practice. During his tenure at WP, Bill’s investment projects have generated a 150X returns through companies such as BEA Systems and Veritas Software.

Dr. Janeway is a director of Magnet Systems, Nuance Communications, O'Reilly Media and Roubini Global Economics. He also is chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cambridge in America, University of Cambridge and a founding member of the Board of Managers of the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF). Dr. Janeway is a member of the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council, the Board of Governors of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the Board of Science Technology and Economic Policy of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of "Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets Speculation and the State", published by Cambridge University Press in October 2012. Dr. Janeway received his doctorate in economics from Cambridge University where he was a Marshall Scholar and was valedictorian of the Class of 1965 at Princeton University.

Key Issues:

  • What are the next transformational technologies?
  • What are the opportunities for the future multi-billion dollar tech markets?
  • What factors will shape the evolution of venture capital and private equity investing?
  • What is the role of government in supporting innovation?
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