Flint Lane is one of those guys who “looks over the mountain.” He invented an electronic bill presenting service that helped to found Paytrust, and changed the habits of the bill paying population. It sold, and then he then he started Billtrust. He kept popping up in articles at U.S. 1. most recently with moving 110 employees to American Metro Center. Now he owns (however did he get here?) a ping pong facility.
He got there by loving ping pong. Ping pong champion David Zhuang, as quoted in an engaging story by Nicole Mulvaney in the Times of Trenton, had been longing for a Central Jersey based backer to build a facility here. “Give me a guy who loves ping pong!” said Zhuang.
I got the “over the mountain” analogy from Universal Display’s Julie Brown. When she spoke at the Princeton Chamber last week, she said that was one of the secret’s of entrepreneurial success.
It certainly applies to Lane. And now Princeton has a new amenity.
It’s always exciting to hear from folks who were on the ground floor of a successful company. Julie Brown, the speaker for Thursday’s Princeton chamber lunch, was on the ground floor (well, actually, the second floor over Hoagie Haven) of Universal Display Corporation, now with global partners and 125 full time workers in Ewing. Your cell phone probably has UDC’s display technology.
Click here for lunch information. I’m looking forward to this — Julie was one of the most interesting people I’ve interviewed.
From little acorns: Teams of Princeton University students are working at the Keller Center this summer to churn out tech startups. On Monday, August 11, they showcase them in an always popular event. For information on how to register, click here.
One such startup — not from a student, but from a professor, was Universal Display. Former Princeton professor Steve Forrest had some bright ideas about bright displays using OLED (Organic Light Emitting Display) technology, and his three-person startup is now 100 plus. His sidekick, CTO Julie Brown, speaks at the Princeton Regional Chamber just as these students finish their project. Her talk: Thursday, August 7, at the Forrestal Marriott.
I’ve registered for both events.