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Virtual Page Turner Event: “The Hunt for Unicorns” with Winston Ma and Paul Downs

January 13, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join us for an International House Virtual Page Turner Event and discussion with the authors. To register, contact the Programs Office–programs@ihouse-nyc.org.

About the book: The emergence of “unicorns”–startups with valuations in excess of $1 billion–has attracted billions of dollars of investment from sovereign wealth funds and government employee pension funds. The capital from these trillion dollar investors has not only fostered the explosive growth of the digital economy worldwide but has triggered a regulatory backlash with reverberations worldwide.

Winston Ma, a digital economy expert and former executive of China’s sovereign fund, and Paul Downs, a leading sovereign fund lawyer and International House Trustee, share insight from their new book, The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Funds Are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy. China and the US are home to more than 80% of the private startups with valuations exceeding $1 billion each (the “unicorns” of the title). The two nations’ rivalry for dominance in the digital economy occupies center stage in this account the role sovereign investors play in creating the tech champions of the future. The authors will also discuss and provide insight into the transformation of these massive funds into sophisticated investors of the digital champions of tomorrow and the regulations that now enmesh them in this hunt.

The discussion will be moderated by Shubh Saumya (Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, International House Trustee and Alumnus).

To register, please contact the Programs Office at programs@ihouse-nyc.org or RSVP via the invitation link provided in the December 2020 Alumni e-newsletter.


January 13
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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