THE BACKSTORY : ED KAPLAN
ED KAPLAN Co-founder, Zebra Technologies Chicago
Ed Kaplan wasn't entirely sure what was on the agenda when he was invited to dinner two decades ago at the home of Robert Hamada, then-dean of the U of C's business school. But he remembers his thoughts when talk turned to setting up an entrepreneurship program with a business-plan competition.
"My first reaction was, 'You can't teach entrepreneurship very well,' " says Kaplan, 73, who received his MBA from U of C in 1971, not long aft...