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Mtg: Entrepreneurship in Photonics

by @ 10:15 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays

TUESDAY August 3, 2010
SCV Photonics Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Larry R. Marshall, Southern Cross Ventures
Time: Networking with food and beverage at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: required – from the website

Dr. Larry R. Marshall came to the US from Australia in the late 80’s – after getting on-the-job management training at Fibertek, he started his first company with no idea of who the customer was, or what exactly the product would be, and learned many valuable and somewhat painful lessons.? As a foreign emigrant, he had no network, alumini, no idea of how to raise money or build a business.? Bob Byer at Stanford was very kind to him, as was Milton Chang, which helped a lot.? This talk will focus on his mistakes and what he leaned, how he learned to network, engineer, market and sell products and ultimately to build a successful business and take it through to an IPO.? Since then he has co-founded 6 companies which were lucky enough to create 2 IPOs and 4 decent trade sales.? He always learned a lot more from his mistakes, so this talk will sound a little like a comedy of errors, but hopefully be all the more informative as a result.

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