Twists, Turns and Rewards of Entrepreneurial Success
All of us have heard seductive stories of rapidly successful startups. However, no startup follows a straight line from idea to fruition. Experienced entrepreneurs know that it take s incredible perseverance, passion, ingenuity and serendipity to overcome the inevitable setbacks and surprises. What does it take to convert an idea into starting a business, non-profit or other initiative? Where can you find the support to fund, create, market and sell your “product”. In this economy, what are the chances of a start-up’s success? Our three panelists – Brian Heaney ’83, Robert Lamb P’12 and John Mercer ’65 – will share their rewarding experiences in starting successful high-tech businesses and convey how their insights apply to any entrepreneurial endeavor.
Brian Heaney '83
Robert Lamb P'12
John Mercer '65
Who Really Makes It as an Entrepreneur: Can You?
Entrepreneurship is the enduring dream and aspiration of students, recent graduates, corporate and nonprofit employees, and even retirees. Between 50 and 80 percent of Americans say that their goal is to own their own business. President Obama has stated that small business creation will be one of the drivers of our economic recovery.
But two-thirds of small, entrepreneurial businesses fail. Why? Who can REALLY make it as entrepreneur? What are the qualities of vision, innovation, strategy, gumption, toughness and tirelessness that are needed to actually succeed?Whether you are interested in becoming a serial entrepreneur, a social entrepreneur, starting a venture-backed company, or one that is mission-driven; whether you are a student, are at the beginning, middle or end of your career, or are already running a business, this panel will help you understand if entrepreneurialism is really for you.
Featuring the President's advisor on innovation and Start Up America, as well a successful serial entrepreneur (from athletic shoes to the Sonicaire toothbrush) and a successful mission-driven consulting firm founder (reputation and crisis management for some of the hottest issues on the planet), the panel will feature real life success stories, and explore what it takes to go from concept to creation, and possibly get a bit of sleep along the way!
Davia Temin '74
Menno Van Wyk '67
Phil Weiser '90