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Name Frank Apeseche
Faculty Position Professor of the Practice
Title & Company Chairman, Amstar Advisers
Areas of Expertise Finance, Venture Capital, Organizational Leadership, and Operations (Focused on Rapid Growth, Major Change and Turnarounds)
Education Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan; Bachelor of Arts, Cornell University

How do you leverage your real-world experience in the classroom?
Frequent examples of how theories are used in practice (both positive and negative outcomes), industry contacts and guest speakers, pro-active career and job search advice, mentorship of students interested in start-ups.

What are your teaching goals; what are the learning outcomes students gain from your course?
I want to provide all students with basic financial literacy, enable the students to solve complex financial problems and analyze alternative financial scenarios, and provide students with the knowledge and know-how to be able to develop a complete financial plan for a business or product/service within a business.

How would you describe your teaching style?
Multidisciplinary. Early classes focus on lectures, readings and problems sets to establish core skills, followed by active student engagement through cases, class debates, research presentations, and guest speakers, which is focused on developing students’ abilities to think deeply and present compelling arguments.

How does your class prepare students to succeed after graduating?
They should be able to think on their feet, develop a persuasive and eloquent argument, work effectively in teams where leadership is shared, and be financially literate. After completing the course, students perform very well in competitive interviews at investment banking firms, consulting firms, and venture capital firms where these skills are mandatory.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
To do something novel and different that satisfies a real demand. For me entrepreneurship transcends running a start-up, it can include adding innovative value as a team player in an existing establishment – both non-profit and for profit.