- Graduate Students
- Postdoctoral Researchers
Faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are invited to this event on the fundamentals of how to construct and evolve a winning team (including roles/responsibilities, compensation, culture); determining product/market fit (market discovery, customer feedback, market sizing); and creating a business plan and cash/funding plan.
LIFE (Lectures in Faculty Entrepreneurship) is a lunchtime lecture series designed to help faculty understand important issues when translating their innovations off campus in ways that broaden their impact. Aimed at Princeton faculty innovators across all disciplines, the monthly sessions will discuss important aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and the arts. The series features leading experts in the field of startup creation, and covers topics such as legal incorporation, funding strategies, effective teambuilding and product-market fit.
About our speaker:
Geoff Yang, Class of 1981, co-founded Redpoint Ventures in 1999 having previously been a General Partner with IVP since 1987. Since then he has backed companies from their founding including Arista, Ask.com, Bluefin, Calix, Efficient Frontier, Foundry Networks, Excite, Juniper Networks, Machinima, MySpace, and TiVo. He currently serves on the boards of Redpoint portfolio companies Scribd, TasteMade, and Rock the Bells (where he is founder and Chairman); as well as Apeiron.Life (where he is founder and CEO), AT&T, Esquel Group, Franklin Resources (Franklin Templeton Funds), and Liberty Media Acquisition Corporation.
Geoff has served as a member of the Advisory Council for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, chairman of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund, director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC), and a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee for the United States. He is currently a member of the President’s Advisory Committee at Princeton University, a member of the Advisory Council for the Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association Foundation and a member of the Workday CEO Advisory Board. He holds an MBA from Stanford and a BSE in Engineering from Princeton.
Geoff has a passion for sports and is an officer and trustee for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Foundation and on the Advisory Board for the PGA of America. He is also a former officer and Executive Committee member of the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) and the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation.
His favorite teams are the Golden State Warriors and the New York Giants.