The majority of entrepreneurship education focuses on the tactics of starting and growing a business. You might learn about product building, go to market strategy and scaling from case studies and presentations, but not nearly enough time is spent on the most important prerequisites to entrepreneurial success: picking the right problems to work on and working with the right people.

How do you start the great company that only you can start?

How do you build a team that complements your unique strengths and skills?

How do you carve out the role in an industry that’s perfectly suited to your natural strengths and interests?

The answer is simple, but not easy to develop: Self Awareness.

Join Avthar Sewrathan ‘18, as he leads a discussion about the critical role of self-awareness in entrepreneurial success, drawing on his experiences as a student entrepreneur at Princeton, venture-backed startup founder and growth-stage startup employee.

During the session you’ll:

  • Learn what self awareness is and why it’s critical to startup success.
  • Better understand how to recognize your unique skills, strengths and areas of natural leverage
  • Get a framework for finding the right role for you
  • Get your questions answered!

Whether you’re a budding startup founder looking for the right idea, a team in the eLab wanting to maximize their chances of success, or you just want to learn about using your natural skills to create value in the world, this session is for you.

Requests for accommodations can be made when you register to attend. Please provide at least 7 days advance notice.

Speaker Bio

Avthar Sewrathan's mission is to use technology to empower people. He graduated from Princeton in 2018, with a BSE in Computer Science and certificate in Entrepreneurship. During his senior year at Princeton, Avthar co-founded Afari, a blockchain-based social network that gave people more privacy and ownership over their data. Afari was a VC backed company, which also won 1st place in the 2018 Princeton Pitch competition, the 2018 Tiger Launch student startup competition, and a place in Princeton's eLab Accelerator.

Avthar is currently a Developer Advocate at Timescale, where he helps developers be successful with time-series data. He documents lessons from his journey from small town South Africa, to the Ivy League, and now to the world of technology startups in his newsletter and in essays on his website.

Who can attend? 

This event is open to 2020 eLab, Jumpstarter, PSIP, and Tiger Challenge students, PSIP alumni.

Registration is required.