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Careers, Jobs, Small Business Seminars, CEO Series, Small Business How-to Seminars: CEO Series: Derek Lidow - Building on Bedrock


Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

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Here's an astounding fact: Over half the working population will try their hand at being an entrepreneur during their working career.

Building on BedrockWe all dream to some extent about achieving some combination of the fortune, fame, and control over our lives we associate with successful entrepreneurs. Those are admirable aspirations in a society that counts on entrepreneurs to innovate, create new jobs, and to grow our economy. Our work-driven culture encourages us to take the entrepreneurial bait, but how can you know whether being an entrepreneur will end as a dream come true or a nightmare from which you cannot awake?

Our conversation with Derek Lidow about his new book Building on Bedrock will help answer that question.

Join Lidow as part of the 2018 CEO Series. He will share his insights as to when you should take the leap and whether entrepreneurship is even the right thing for you―as a founder, co-founder, or investor. He will also comment on his research, and tell the stories of many American businessmen and entrepreneurs, such as Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and many others.

Building on Bedrock discusses the who, what, when, where, how, how much, and why of successful entrepreneurs. Was it luck, talent, passion, charm, a rich uncle, or something else that was the key to this person's success? Which might be the key to your success?

What you learn will surprise you.


Derek LidowBestselling author Derek Lidow has long demonstrated the rare ability to operate successfully in corporate, entrepreneurial, and academic environments. He is an experienced and successful global CEO, a researcher, an innovator, and a startup coach. Derek’s contributions include a number of value chain applications that have forever improved companies as diverse as Sony, Samsung, Philips, Goldman Sachs and IBM. His accomplishments include founding iSuppli, a leading market research firm, which Derek sold in 2010 for $100 million to global information leader IHS.

Today, Derek is giving back by teaching at Princeton University, inaugurating a campus-wide “design thinking” curriculum, and working with Princeton’s aspiring entrepreneurs and their young companies.

Derek is the author of two books: Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises (2014) and Building on Bedrock: What Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and Other Great Self-Made Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Building Valuable Companies (2018).

He is also a frequent media commentator having appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Economist, Nikkei, Reuters, and Taipei Times.