Entrepreneurs are among the primary shapers of our culture, yet their role in driving progress and influencing society has often been overlooked. As far back as we can trace human history, there have been entrepreneurs.

In his book, Lidow delves into the deep history of innovation to deliver surprising new insights into how entrepreneurs create value and bring about change. He tells stories of people from many different cultures over thousands of years that show how entrepreneurs transform the world through relentless innovation. By highlighting the fundamental qualities of innovation throughout history, this book provides valuable and practical new perspective on how entrepreneurship shapes our present and future.

About the author

Derek Lidow is unique in having successful careers as CEO of a global publicly-traded semiconductor company, a founder and CEO of an innovative and valuable startup, and now as a teacher and scholar of entrepreneurship and innovation. Dr. Lidow is a professor of the practice at the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education at Princeton University. He is the author of Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises (2014), Building on Bedrock: What Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and Other Great Self-Made Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Building Valuable Companies (2018), and THE ENTREPRENEURS: The Relentless Quest for Value (2022), as well as more than a hundred articles on innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Lidow graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and received a PhD from Stanford as a Hertz Foundation Fellow.

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This event is hosted by the Keller Center and is co-sponsored by Labyrinth Books, Princeton Public Library, and Princeton Tech Meetup.

Who can attend?

Open to the public and the campus community.

Refreshments will be served.
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