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SVB Collapse: HBS Faculty Perspectives

Thursday March 16, 2023
9:30am PT, 12:30pm ET

Educational Webinar

SVB Collapse: HBS Faculty Perspectives

Hosted by HBS Alumni Angels and HBS Alumni Relations

Thursday March 16, 2023

9:30am PT, 12:30pm ET


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About this Event:


The sudden closure of Silicon Valley Bank has shaken the business community as well as public confidence in the US banking system. Who will be affected? How far could it spread? And will account holders be able to get their funds back?

Join fellow HBS alumni for a timely live session with HBS faculty members from the Finance and Entrepreneurship Units who will share their perspectives on the SVB collapse – what caused it, what are the implications for entrepreneurs and investors, and what does this suggest about the current state of our financial system?


Hosted by the HBS Alumni Angels.


Robin Greenwood, George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking;
Anne and James Rothenberg Faculty Fellow
Jeffrey Bussgang, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
Samuel Hanson, William W. White Professor of Business Administration

This program will be presented live on Zoom and is open to the entire HBS community through a partnership between the HBS Alumni Angels Association and HBS Alumni Relations.

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George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking
Anne and James Rothenberg Faculty Fellow

Robin is the George Gund Professor of Finance and Banking at Harvard Business School and the Anne and James F. Rothenberg Faculty Fellow. He serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research. He is past faculty director of the Behavioral Finance and Financial Stability project, chair of the Business Economics PhD program, and head of the Finance Unit (2018-2021). He is a member of the Financial Advisory Roundtable of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research.

Robin's research is in behavioral and institutional finance, with a particular focus on "macro-level" market inefficiencies such as stock price bubbles and predictable financial crises. He has also coauthored research on the role of government and central banks in the debt markets. His research awards include the 2015 Brattle Group Distinguished Paper for an outstanding corporate finance paper published in the Journal of Finance, the Fama-DFA Prize for best paper published in 2019 in the area of capital markets and asset pricing in the Journal of Financial Economics (second place), and the inaugural 2014 Jack Treynor Prize awarded by the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance.  

Robin received a Ph.D. from Harvard in Economics, and B.S. degrees in Economics and Mathematics at MIT. He has taught in both years of the MBA curriculum as well as the PhD program. 

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Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Jeffrey J. Bussgang is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at the Harvard Business School as well as Co-Founder and General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with offices in Boston and New York City and over $1 billion under management across six seed funds and nine network funds. “Unicorn” portfolio companies include BitSight, Bowery, Chief, FalconX, Habi, MadeiraMadeira, and MongoDB. He studies lean startups as well as strategy and management challenges for founders.

Jeff’s investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in blockchain, consumer, e-commerce, machine learning, and mobile start-ups. On behalf of Flybridge, he has led investments in dozens of companies, including bloXroute, Bowery Farming, BrightHire, Codecademy, FalconX, Habi, Infracommerce (BVMF: IFCM3), MadeiraMadeira, and Open English. Jeff is the cofounder of The Graduate Syndicate, a pre-seed fund that invests in recent Harvard graduates. 

Jeff has authored two books:  one for startup joiners, Entering StartUpLand, and one on venture capital and entrepreneurship, Mastering the VC Game, to provide entrepreneurs an insider’s guide to financing and company-building. Both books have been hailed by the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, TechCrunch and The Financial Times as essential guides for entrepreneurs.

Jeff is an active community member, serving as board chair and co-founder of Hack.Diversity, a talent development program for Black and LatinX technologists, as well as a board member at educational non-profit Facing History and Ourselves and co-founder and board chair of LEADS, an economic and leadership development program for diverse Gateway City leaders.

Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.

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William W. White Professor of Business Administration

Samuel G. Hanson is the William L. White Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Harvard Economics department. He teaches Finance 1 in the MBA required curriculum and Ph.D. courses in Corporate Finance and Empirical Methods.

Professor Hanson holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and a B.A. in Quantitative Economics and Philosophy from Tufts University. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he worked as an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers and as an assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. During 2009 Hanson worked at the U.S. Treasury Department where he served as a Special Assistant and Liaison to the White House National Economic Council.

Professor Hanson’s research interests lie in asset pricing, behavioral finance, corporate finance, and financial intermediation. Hanson’s research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. His research explores how investors’ behavioral biases and institutional factors affect the pricing of broad financial asset classes, with a particular emphasis on debt markets. He also studies how changes in the behavior of financial institutions have affected the stability of the financial system in recent decades and how the government might design policies to better safeguard the system’s stability.


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