Last week, during the evening of Wednesday August 13, I spoke at an event in support of Entrepreneurship and Princeton University – 2 things that are near and dear to my heart. I did have to fly down to the Silicon Valley for the evening — without my boys — which is always hard on me.
I am currently slated to run the Princeton Entrepreneurship Network – the alumni organization that organizes events to help Princeton Entrepreneurs get started. Because of my involvement I was asked to speak to a group of about 75 people about my ideas and thoughts concerning entrepreneurship and the Princeton community. The event was organized by a young man who will be a sophomore at Princeton this coming school year. I have to say I was a bit skeptical that he would get good numbers of attendees — as he started the planning process about 4 weeks before he wanted to have the event. But he rocked it and got more than the expected 60 people to show up, as well as enticing some really interesting people to come and speak.
Mark Jung, the former COO of Fox Interactive and MySpace, now the CEO of VUDU was a panelist, as was Josh Steinitz, founder and CEO of NileGuide.com, and Peter Wendell the founder of Sierra Ventures and Chairman of PRINCO (Princeton university Investment Company) was a keynote speaker –just to name a few of the stellar participants. The conversation was very lively and fascinating. The 3-hour event flew by and before we knew it we had to wrap it up.
It was fun to be a part of this event, and definitely worth the short super speedy trip. I look forward to becoming more involved in Princeton Entrepreneurship and growing the alumni business plan competition.