Entrepreneurs in a Material World

Can wannabe entrepreneurs take time to listen to David Pogue expound on Innovation? Len Newton asked this question and called this presentation at WHYY to my attention. On Wednesday, January 26, 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Philadelphia, New York Times columnist David Pogue (above) will host a screening of Nova’s “Making Stuff,” billed as “a groundbreaking series that focuses on the personal qualities that underlie the process of invention — the visionary talent, sheer luck and dogged determination that turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material.” The series premieres on Wednesday, January 19, at 9 p.m.

After the January 26 screening Pogue will preside over a panel of U Penn and Drexel materials scientists, to include Dr. Mitra Taheri, Hoeganaes Assistant Professor of Metallurgy, Department of Materials Science and Engineeri
ng, Drexel University; Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University; Dr. Robert Carpick, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, and Penn Director of the Nanotechnology Institute; and Dr. Daniel Gianola, Skirkanich Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.

As Len Newton says, the price is right, it’s free. But you absolutely must register.

Closer geographically, perhaps dearer to the hearts and minds of New Jersey’s entrepreneurs, is the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network meeting on Wednesday, February 2 at noon at Rutgers University Welcome Center in Piscataway. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (upper right) will keynote on the topic how can entrepreneurs access university research, technology, and resources. I

f you register, it costs $40 and you get your name on the roster that will be distributed (a valuable perk) $50 at the door.

Guadagno will also speak on a presumably different topic at the Mercer County Economic Summit on Wednesday, March 16. Her appearance hasn’t been announced yet though, so act surprised.

Jo Leonard will discuss “Why Generation Ys are Good for Business” at the Princeton Regional chamber breakfast meeting on Wednesday, January 19, at 7:30 a.m. at the Nassau Club.

Save the date: Bill Ford, Princeton Class of ’79, speaks at the Keller Center on Tuesday, February 15, 4:30 p.m.
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