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From Venture Capital to Capitol Venture

9/22/2011 --

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.—It's been a long time since Rick Snyder, BGS '77/MBA '79/JD '82, sat in professor Tom Kinnear's classroom at business school. He's been a bit busy since his grad student days, working at Coopers & Lybrand, serving as CEO of Gateway Inc., setting up venture capital fund Ardesta, and founding Ann Arbor SPARK. Lately, Snyder is occupied with a new venture. In November 2010 he was elected governor of Michigan.

In this video, Kinnear interviews his former pupil about the ways in which Snyder's entrepreneurial mindset influence his approach to politics.

It's a topic close to Kinnear's heart. He is the Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and professor of marketing at Ross. He also is the director of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

A print version of their conversation appears in the Fall 2011 edition of Dividend magazine, set for release in late October.

For more information, contact:
Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502,