Paul Lee
Paul Lee

Lecturer of Finance

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Paul Lee joined Lightbank as a Partner in February 2011. At Lightbank, Paul led the firm’s investments in BabbaCo (board member), Beachmint (board observer), Cleversense (acquired by Google), Contently (board member), DoubleDutch, ElaCarte (board observer), EventUp (board member), Needle, OnSwipe, SkyVu Entertainment(board member), and Udemy (board member). In addition, he is also an independent board director for Lifeway Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: LWAY).

Previously, Paul was Managing Director and Group Head of Digital at Playboy Enterprises where he was responsible for acquiring, investing in, launching, and operating the company's various digital businesses. In addition, Paul also spearheaded the digital strategy implemented in positioning the company for a take–private transaction.

Prior to Playboy Enterprises, Paul was a founding Partner and Senior Vice President at the Peacock Equity Fund, a joint venture between NBC Universal and GE Capital. In his capacity as a Partner, Paul's representative Board and Observer seats included 4INFO, Greystripe, and Ramp. He first started in digital media as part of the co–founding team of Click2Asia, a venture–backed online media company. Paul received a dual undergraduate degree in Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences (MMSS) and Economics from Northwestern University. In his spare time, Paul aspires to become a national champion in competitive, natural lump charcoal BBQ.

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
VC Experience (FINC-916-B)
Early stage equity financing is continually evolving. Although the basic frameworks and business models are essentially the same, the actual terms and structures change with economic and technology environments. This course will focus on the evolving nuances of the VC industry by incorporating projects with local VC portfolio companies of local VCs and involving students in cases based on current VC transactions. This course builds on the foundation of FINC 445 by adding practical applications and experiential learning. This is particularly valuable to students who want to specialize in this industry, because Venture Capital is about pattern recognition. The course is taught by the lead partner at Lightbank and targets MBA students who want a deeper understanding of how to approach/interact/engage with VC's both from an entrepreneur's fundraising standpoint, as well as a prospective trying to break into the venture industry.