Tips, Trips, and Lessons from Bootstrapping

Mar 19, 2021, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education
  • Alumni
  • External Partners
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • Postdoctoral Researchers
  • Staff
  • The Public
  • Undergraduates
Event Description

You have a bright idea, and a piece of paper. You draw it, or write about how it works and who wants it, and what problem it solves. Then what?

How do you launch an idea when you are just you and not some big corporation, nor a rolling enterprise with fat funding… it’s just you… How do you bootstrap?

Serial bootstrapper Alex Randall will take us on a tour of fits and starts, famous cases and famous failures. Why? What can we learn from others' mistakes? What pitfalls can we avoid? What tips will give us a head start on a chance to make something happen with our idea.  

Speaker Bio

Alex Randall is a professor, entrepreneur, communicator and a business developer. He is a Princeton alumni ’73 and won the Daily Princetonian Prize for his unique invention here. That set him on a path of inventing and creative problem solving. He has three advanced degrees from Columbia and he studied with the founders of various Creative Problem Solving systems. Randall has taught about invention and creativity all over the world.

He created the world’s first e-commerce business with the first on-line database of products for sale. Later he created a non-profit and used recycled computers to support democracy-development groups in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Randall has 30 bootstrap ventures in his history, each started from a single blank sheet of paper and an idea…  Where do those ideas come from? How do you tap into that channel? How do we think new thoughts? Randal lives in Princeton and teaches by Zoom.

Who can attend?

Open to the public and the campus community.

Registration is required.

MAR 19, 2021 12:30 PM