From Optigrab to Endeca to Oracle

This week’s top tech pick is a talk by a former Princeton student (left, Steve Papa) who cooked up an idea in his Harvard MBA dorm and sold it to Oracle for perhaps a billion dollars. It started as Optigrab but by the time of the Oracle sale was known as Endeca. The Keller Center notice: 

Steve Papa ’94: Luck Favors the Prepared
Thursday, October 18, 2012 a
t 4:30 p.m. in the Carl A. Fields Center Room 104 
(campus map)The Keller Center is pleased to welcome Steve Papa ’94, founder and CEO of Endeca Technologies, Inc., to the Princeton campus on Thursday, October 18 at 4:30 pm. Reception to follow. Steve will share his story and some of the lessons learned for aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the good, the bad, and the ugly when building a successful technology company. Steve Papa ’94   founded and, with the help of a very talented team, built the software company Endeca from an idea in his grad school dorm room to Oracle’s 6th largest acquisition when announced in 2011. 

Alas, that Princeton alum started his company in Boston.

At the Princeton Regional Chamber  on Wednesday morning, you can hear about what’s being done about job creation in THIS area. Rep. Rush Holt speaks at the Wednesday, October 17 breakfast. It’s a different venue from the usual, it’s at the College of New Jersey’s new education building. That’s because the breakfast is a partnership with Trenton Small Business Week.    After Holt speaks about New initiatives in Washington and how they will impact the Princeton Region” Stick around for a workshop on government contracts. 

Entrepreneurs and startups are invited to “Celebrate Entrepreneurship at Princeton,” quoting from the Keller Center.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the Carl A. Fields Center Room 104 (campus map The Keller Center will host its second annual “Celebrate Entrepreneurship at Princeton” event on Tuesday, October 16th in the Carl A. Fields Center on the Princeton campus. At the event, students who participated in the 2012 Princeton Entrepreneurial Internship Program will give presentations on their summer internship experiences working at startup companies. A light reception will follow.

If you have a startup or entrepreneur or just curious, you are welcome to attend to network with faculty, staff, and students. Here is a list of last year’s intern sponsors. 

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