Josh Lerner will discuss private investment and entrepreneurship at ISU Nov. 4

AMES, Iowa -- Josh Lerner, a leading expert in private equity and venture capital, will speak at Iowa State University on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Lerner's talk, "The Money of Invention and the Future of Entrepreneurship" will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His presentation is part of the university's Economics Forum and National Affairs Series: When American Values are in Conflict. It is free and open to the public.

A recognized leader on innovation, the economy and job creation, Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School. Much of his work focuses on the structure and role of venture capital and private equity organizations. He also examines policies toward innovation, and how they impact investment firm strategies. Lerner co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Research and Innovation Program, and is co-editor of its publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy. He founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a non-profit devoted to encouraging data access to and research about venture capital and private equity.

Lerner is the author of several books, including "The Money of Invention," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Innovation and Its Discontents" and "Architecture of Innovation." He worked for several years on issues concerning technological innovation and public policy at the Brookings Institution, for a public-private task force in Chicago, and on Capitol Hill.

The winner of the Swedish government’s 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Research Award, Lerner also was recently named one of the 100 most influential people in private equity over the past decade by Private Equity International magazine.

Lerner's talk is co-sponsored by the colleges of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Department of Economics, National Affairs Committee and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government.

More information on ISU lectures is available online, or by calling 515-294-9935.