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Entrepreneurship@DU Speaker Series with Dan Caruso

entrepreneurship@DU Winter 2021 Speaker Series is delighted to feature Dan Caruso speaking on:

Quantum Computing: Business Opportunities and Societal Impact

If quantum computing requires 200 seconds to solve a problem that takes the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to figure out how will this impact society, what are the potential benefits, and what BIG problems will it solve?  

Join Dan Caruso for a discussion on the business of quantum computing and the opportunities and risks it will present in the future. 

Wednesday, March 10th 5:00-6:00 PM!  



Dan Caruso is Founding CEO and Chairman of Zayo Group, the leading independent provider of communications infrastructure. Dan co-founded Zayo in 2007 and completed its IPO in 2014. With the backing of Digital Colony Partners and EQT Infrastructure, Zayo once again became a private company at a $14.3 billion valuation in March 2020. Zayo’s equity investment of just over $1 billion became worth $8.5 billion at exit. 

 Through organic expansion and 45 acquisitions, Zayo has amassed one of the largest commercial fiber networks in the world. Zayo uses this network to provide mission critical bandwidth to the world’s most impactful companies. 

Dan has been part of three fiber startups that have become decacorns, which means they eclipsed valuations of $10B. The first, which Dan joined as it began to scale, was  MFS Communications. MFS was a pioneer in competing with the Bell system during the initial commercialization of the Internet. The second, which Dan joined as a founding executive, was Level 3 Communications — where. Dan was accountable for engineering, construction, operations and products. The third is Zayo. 

Prior to launching Zayo, Dan was the President and CEO of ICG Communications, where he led the take-private buyout in 2004. In 2006, ICG was sold, which yielded a return of approximately 25X the $8.7M investment. He began his career at Illinois Bell/Ameritech. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. 

Dan is an investor in several Colorado scaleups, including ColdQuantaArryved, Ninja Nation, and Spark Grills. Dan helped launch Envysion, another Colorado company, and served as its chairman from 2006 to 2013.  

Dan is an avid supporter of Colorado’s and Chicago’s entrepreneurial community and is particularly interested in the intersection between for profit impact investing, inclusion and entrepreneurship. Dan serves as Chairman of the Board for Endeavor Colorado and serves on the boards of University of Chicago’s Polsky Center and CU Boulder’s Chancellor Strategic Advisory Council. He was the original steering committee chairman for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and supported Startup Summer from its inception. Dan supports Endeavor Global, CU’s New Venture Challenge, Greenhouse Scholars, Access Opportunity and University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge. In 2015, Dan and his wife Cindy established the Caruso Family Foundation to support initiatives that foster entrepreneurship, innovation, and inclusion.


Entrepreneurship@DU is excited to continue with our Speaker Series events this quarter! Over the next 10 weeks, we will be featuring six speakers from diverse backgrounds discussing a wide range of topics focused on entrepreneurship. Each event will be 60 minutes and follow an interview format with the last 30 minutes open for Q&A’s.

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Mar 10 2021


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm



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