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Heizer Center Fireside Chat with Jianming Yu and Evan Guo (moderated by Prof Mitchell Peterson)


In class we spend time learning intellectual structures for evaluating investments. These include the mechanics (the spelling and grammar) and more importantly the logic and business strategy that is the foundation of any good investment analysis. We try to expose you to the uncertainty and unpredictability of real world investing with examples and cases in class. Nothing matches the uncertainty of the real world, and that was before the pandemic hit. It is always good to have a plan B, or as out speakers pointed out a pln C (or plan P).

We are going to capitalize on the fact that we are online to invite Mr. Jianming Yu (KSM 2000) and Mr. Evan Guo (KSM 1999) to join us for a fireside chat. Mr. Yu is a co-founder of New Horizon Capital a leading private equity fund focused on investing in China. Mr. Guo is CEO of Zhaopin the preeminent online platform in China (more detailed bios can be found below).

We will discuss how what they learned inside and outside of class at Kellogg has helped them run their respective firms, how they have adapted to the health, economic, and financial shocks to the global economy, and what they see in the near and more distant futures. How are they managing liquidity in the short run, how are the searching for where to spend capital, and how do they think society and thus business will be rewritten over the next several years. Since both Mr. Yu and Mr. Guo have extensive business and investing experience in China, and China maybe several months ahead of Europe and North America in beginning to emerge from the initial health shocks, hearing their firsthand observations should be fascinating.

Please join us for this fireside chat on Tuesday, May 26th from 9-10pm CST. The time was specifically chosen to avoid class conflicts and to accommodate Mr. Yu and Mr. Guo’s schedule. This is a unique opportunity, I have been working on getting them to come to Kellogg for years, and I hope you can join us. This session will not be taped at the request of our speakers.

You will need to register for this event to receive the Zoom invitation. Please register here.

Jianming Yu – New Horizon Capital (Co-Founder and Managing Partner) – KSM 2000
Jianming Yu is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of New Horizon Capital. Founded in 2005, New Horizon Capital is a private equity firm with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Jianming led the investments in over 40 companies in various industries, including Alibaba, Didi, PinDuoDuo, Zai Lab, KingSoft, SANY etc. Since 2015, Jianming founded two parallel funds, Redview Capital and Advantech Capital with primary focus investing in consumer, TMT and healthcare, respectively. Prior to founding New Horizon, Jianming worked at McKinsey and a Beijing based drug discovery company. In addition to his Ph.D. degree in biology from Harvard, Jianming holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, China. Jianming is an advisory board member of SIEPR (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research), a trustee member of Castilleja School at Palo Alto, a trustee member of Northwestern University, and the co-chair of Graduate School Fund at Harvard University and a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council.

Evan Guo – Zhaopin Limited (CEO) - KSM 1999
Evan Guo joined Zhaopin as chief executive officer in 2010. He took the company public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ZPIN) on June 12, 2014. Prior to joining Zhaopin, Mr. Guo served as chief executive officer of Shanghai-listed Sinotrans Air Transportation Development Co., Inc. Earlier, Mr. Guo joined McKinsey & Co. as the first Chinese analyst, and later became a partner in 2006. While at McKinsey & Co., he helped several Chinese high-tech companies go public on the Nasdaq market.

Evan Guo received his MBA with Distinction in 1999 from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He got his double bachelor’s degree in computer science and English from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1994.
Personal Honors:
2015 Top 50 Chinese Overseas Returnees on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
2017 Person of the Year in HR Service
2017 Forbes China’s Most Generous Philanthropists
2017 Ram Charan (Harvard Business Review) Management Practice Award
2018 Fortune China’s 50 business leaders
2019 100 Tech Pioneers in China






Tuesday, May 26, 2020


9:00 PM To 10:00 PM


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