"Entrepreneurship - A Real Life Story"


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  • Host Department: Barger Leadership Institute
  • Date: 04/09/2014
  • Time: 05:00PM - 06:30PM

  • Location: 1324 East Hall, 530 Church Street

  • Description:

    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