J. Chris Leach is professor of finance and the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a finance Ph.D. from Cornell University, began his teaching career at the Wharton School, and has served as a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon, the Indian School of Business, and the Stockholm Institute for Financial Research. Dr. Leach's teaching experience includes courses for undergraduates, MBA students, executives, and Ph.D. students. He has been recognized as Graduate Professor of the Year and has received an award for MBA Teaching Excellence. His research on a variety of topics has been published in The Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, among others. Dr. Leach's business background includes various startups dating back to the 1970s. More recently, he served as chairman of a New Mexico startup and, as an investor and advisor, participated in a late 1990s Silicon Valley startup that subsequently was merged into a public company. His consulting activities include business plan advising, valuation, and deal structure for early stage and small businesses.