Jones Partners Thought Leadership Series
Elliot S. Weissbluth (Rice '90)
Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor
About Elliot Weissbluth
Elliot S. Weissbluth is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HighTower, an industry-leading financial services firm that blends objective, independent wealth management advice with innovative technology. Mr. Weissbluth’s commitment to disrupting the industry in favor of transparency and integrity has driven HighTower’s growth since he founded the company in 2007 in the midst of the financial crisis. The business model he pioneered combines the fiduciary standard for financial advisors with an open-source platform where the industry’s top products and solutions compete for HighTower clients’ business. Through HighTower’s APEX industry conference and the firm’s new Alliance offering, Mr. Weissbluth and HighTower continue to challenge the status quo by bringing transformative ideas and transparent solutions to financial services.
Mr. Weissbluth was ranked second on RIAbiz’s 2012 list of Most Influential Figures in the RIA Business and included on InvestmentNews’ 2012 Power 20 list, as well as Investment Advisor’s list of Top 25 Most Influential People in the Industry in 2012 and 2013. He is also a LinkedIn Influencer –a prestigious, invitation-only group of thought leaders who share insights with the LinkedIn community on a regular basis.
Prior to founding HighTower, Mr. Weissbluth was President of US Fiduciary, a boutique broker-dealer. Previously, he was Director of Marketing & Research at RogersCasey, one of the nation’s leading investment research and institutional Registered Investment Advisory firms before it was purchased by Capital Resource Advisors in 2002.
Mr. Weissbluth earned his B.A. in English from Rice University and his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School. He sits on the board of the Chicago chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is on the board of Endeavor Global, a global nonprofit that transforms emerging countries by supporting high-impact entrepreneurs.
Mr. Weissbluth is a frequent guest on major broadcast networks, including CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg.
About Yael Hochberg
Professor Hochberg's research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Her research focuses on the venture capital industry, accelerators, networks and corporate governance and compensation policies. In addition to her doctorate in finance from Stanford, she holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an A.M. in Economics from Stanford University.
Professor Hochberg’s research has been published in top tier journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Accounting Research, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and has been presented at numerous universities and governmental bodies around the world. She served as an Associate Editor at the Review of Finance. Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S.
Professor Hochberg was previously on the (tenure track) faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and most recently was a visiting faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she retains a research affiliation. Previously, she was employed in the technology industry in both larger and startup companies.