Kevin Harrington

  • Inventor of the Infomercial & Original Shark on Shark Tank
  • Renowned Entrepreneur

While watching television one night in 1984, Harrington noticed that sometimes the only thing on the screen were the color test bars that stations ran when they had nothing else to air, thus giving Kevin the idea to produce the industry’s first 30-minute infomercial to fill that dead air space, which is what coined him the Inventor of the Infomercial.

Since then, he has been involved with over 500 product launches that resulted in sales of over $4 billion dollars worldwide and 20 products that reached individual sales of over $100 million. By 1990, Harrington was named one of the 100 best entrepreneurs in the world (by Entrepreneur Magazine).

Kevin is regularly featured as an industry expert in numerous media outlets including the NBC Today Show, ABC Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, The View, the Wendy Williams Show, CNBC, Squawk Box with Jim Kramer, the Bethenny Show, Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN, MTV, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc., Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many more.

Kevin’s keynote presentations are powerful and relevant making him one of the most in-demand speakers on the circuit today. He is a visionary with a knack for knowing what will sell and how to sell it. Considered by many to be on the cutting edge of innovation and business trends, Kevin can help anyone turn good ideas into a thriving business!

 
  

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Kevin is not only a brilliant entrepreneur and businessman, but he is also one of the sharpest and brightest business minds I've encountered. His business tips and strategies on how to take your business to the next level were clear, clever and current. Our Audience that consisted of local business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals leaned in to hear his passion-filled, fresh perspectives on business trends, product development, advertising, marketing, and branding. His presentation was filed with bold and relatable business narratives of his and others success stories on products that we have all come to love. In short, it was an absolute pleasure working with Kevin. I would tell anyone if you are looking for a superb speaker and business mastermind to inspire, educate, and recharge your business community... call the original investor Shark, Kevin Harrington.

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  • United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Syracuse University
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The Ritz Group
  • Gulf Coast
  • TEDx Cincinnati
  • Genius Network
  • Urban League
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Personal Branding

In the increasingly competitive business world, what sets you apart from your competition? How do you stand out in a sea of seemingly endless options in the new economy? When inventors come into the market they have a variety of choices for taking their product public, yet thousands of entrepreneurs ...

In the increasingly competitive business world, what sets you apart from your competition? How do you stand out in a sea of seemingly endless options in the new economy?

When inventors come into the market they have a variety of choices for taking their product public, yet thousands of entrepreneurs have turned to Kevin first, because they automatically associate his name with credibility, excitement and success. But Kevin didn’t become the go-to guy of product launching and electronic retailing by chance; he took a calculated series of actions that anyone can follow to position themselves as the authority in their area of expertise.

In this energizing program, master storyteller and brand builder, Kevin Harrington shows you how you can go from “being great at what you do” to becoming a key person of influence in your industry, or what he describes as “a person whose name comes up for all the right reasons, a person who attracts numerous opportunities, and a person who can make a project successful if they are involved and people know it.”

Kevin will walk you through the steps he has used to help thousands of people shape their personal brand, break out of the crowd, and solidify their position as highly recognized, respected, and rewarded leaders of their fields. Discover how you can stop spinning in circles and make the leap to the next level of your career by owning your niche, capturing your value, and making a name for yourself.

You will learn:

· Gaining recognition as an expert in your field or industry.

· Building your profile through expanding your on-line presence via social media.

· How to publish in multiple media outlets to cement your authority in your area.

· How to tell your story while building your company brand and business awareness.

· How to align your personal brand with your organization’s vision.

· How to leverage your personal brand to launch businesses and advance your career.

Formats: Keynote.

The Future of Marketing and Branding

Ever since he disrupted retail in the 1980s with the invention of the infomercial, Kevin Harrington has turned hundreds of ideas into household names, but the “As Seen on TV guy” hasn’t remained on top of his game by staying in just one place. Times have changed and so has Kevin. With TV viewership ...

Ever since he disrupted retail in the 1980s with the invention of the infomercial, Kevin Harrington has turned hundreds of ideas into household names, but the “As Seen on TV guy” hasn’t remained on top of his game by staying in just one place. Times have changed and so has Kevin. With TV viewership decreasing by 50% over the past 12 years, he’s stayed ahead of the game and expanded his platforms, creating the “As Seen on TV” micro-websites and the lucrative StarShop.

Thirty years after his big-breakthrough successes with the infomercial, Kevin is still considered one the best marketers in the world. Kevin is uniquely qualified to guide you and your company through the shifting marketing and branding landscape. With real world, current examples, Kevin will show you what to expect in the years to come, why the Internet is a double-edged sword, and how the transition to mobile and social media is changing the way people build and promote brands, interact with customers, and approach marketing campaigns.

Kevin will share priceless lessons from his own ups and downs in the digital world; the challenges and opportunities that new technological developments and viewer trends pose to businesses and marketers; and proven strategies you can employ to seize those opportunities. Your team will learn how to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset so that your organization will always stay on top of changing times.

You will learn:

· How technology is shaping the future of marketing.

· How to harness the power of mobile.

· Building transparent brand identity that will resonate with today’s well-informed consumer.

· Boosting your story power to captivate consumers.

· Capturing mindshare in increasingly cluttered markets.

· Effectively promoting your business through social media channels.

· How to employ stealth strategies to supercharge your business through leveraging social media.

Formats: Keynote.

Building a Winning Team and Leading them to Success

“A business leader has a certain area of expertise, but they need to fill in the gaps with other strengths that are needed to build their business.” – Kevin Harrington As a young entrepreneur, Kevin tried to do everything on his own. He quickly found out that positioning an enterprise requires more ...

“A business leader has a certain area of expertise, but they need to fill in the gaps with other strengths that are needed to build their business.” – Kevin Harrington

As a young entrepreneur, Kevin tried to do everything on his own. He quickly found out that positioning an enterprise requires more than a single entrepreneur’s abilities; the best leaders surround themselves with the best talent from their respected fields to make extraordinary things happens. But how do you go about forming and uniting an all-star team where the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts? How do you attract and retain the interest of top talent while ensuring that everyone comes together for a common cause?

Having launched over 500 products and ventures, Kevin has spearheaded numerous teams and partnerships, experiencing successes and failures but learning valuable lessons from both.

A master of networking, he’s founded two global organizations: the Young Entrepreneur’s Association (now EO – Entrepreneurs Organization) and ERA (Electronic Retailers Association), which he formed in a powerful collaboration with his industry competitor, Greg Renker.

In this dynamic and entertaining presentation, Kevin gives you clear-cut strategies you can use to sharpen your networking skills, build meaningful relationships with peers and colleagues, and draw from those relationships later on when you are looking for collaborators to help you convert your vision into a reality. Whether you are from a small start-up or a corporate giant, Kevin will leave you with the knowledge to form optimal teams and alliances that benefit everyone involved.

You will learn:

· Identifying individual strengths and ways that different people can work together.

· Gaining competitive advantage and marketplace dominance by putting together top teams.

· How to delegate to the right people.

· Leading a team so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

· How to lead by example and take your whole team to victory.

· Aligning your team and organizational vision via social media.

· Building strategic partnerships in the marketplace to accelerate business growth.

Formats: Keynote, half or full day.

The Big Pitch: Shark Tank Style

It was one of the biggest moments of Kevin’s professional life. He had just stepped into Donald Trump’s office and was about to take a seat when Donald cut him off, saying, “No you’re not sitting down! You’ve got 20 seconds to tell me what it is you’re here to pitch me and if your answer isn’t good ...

It was one of the biggest moments of Kevin’s professional life. He had just stepped into Donald Trump’s office and was about to take a seat when Donald cut him off, saying, “No you’re not sitting down! You’ve got 20 seconds to tell me what it is you’re here to pitch me and if your answer isn’t good enough you’re going to get out of my office!” An hour later, Kevin was still there, seated and discussing his idea with Donald Trump. What was his secret to success? He knew how to give an attention-getting perfect pitch up front, even in the most high-pressure situation.

In a world where everyone is crunched for time and overwhelmed by distractions, it’s true that you only get one chance to make a good first impression; but luckily there is an art to doing it that anyone can master. One of the best salesmen in the world, Kevin Harrington delivers this fast-paced, high-content program delving into all the elements you need to craft the perfect pitch.

Over the past 30 years, Kevin has heard over 50,000 pitches from inventors, entrepreneurs, and potential partners. An active salesman and investor, he is still in the trenches today, equipped with a continually expanding range of knowledge, experiences, and relationships unmatched by anyone else in his industry.

Sharing tales from his time as a Shark, Kevin will show you what made Shark Tank’s 165 successful pitches stand out from the 45,000+ submissions that were left on the cutting room floor. A veteran from both sides of the pitching world, Kevin will thoroughly navigate you through the in’s and out’s of researching, creating, and tailoring the perfect pitch through an easy-to-follow step by step program, based on his own three decades of giving and receiving tens of thousands of pitches.

You will learn:

· How to redefine the concept of “pitching” to fit multiple aspects of your life.

· How to tease, please, and seize your audience in a matter of seconds, and afterwards prove what you say.

· How to apply Kevin’s 10-step process to crafting and executing your perfect pitch.

· What to include and what to omit from your pitch.

· How to research your audience and tailor your pitch specifically to what they want to hear.

· Getting inside your target audience’s psyche in order to make them say “Yes” to you.

· The key competitive knowledge you’ll need to seal any deal.

“But wait, there’s more!”

Top off this invaluable presentation with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put it into practice, by participating in a Shark TankStyle Big Pitch Event presided over by Kevin Harrington, the man who has turned hundreds of products into multi-million dollar industries and taken on more pitches than any other Shark!

Format: Keynote.

Shark Tank Style Big Pitch Event (General)

Are you looking for a fast-paced fun way to publicize new products and services? Something that will create buzz, capture attention, and assure that entrepreneurs bring their A-game to the presentation floor? Entrepreneurial legend and original Shark, Kevin Harrington facilitates and takes pitches i ...

Are you looking for a fast-paced fun way to publicize new products and services? Something that will create buzz, capture attention, and assure that entrepreneurs bring their A-game to the presentation floor?

Entrepreneurial legend and original Shark, Kevin Harrington facilitates and takes pitches in this dynamic unforgettable event modeled after the hit television show that captivated millions of viewers nationwide, Shark Tank.

The perfect companion to Kevin’s content-packed “Shark Tank Style/Big Pitch Keynote,” participants will have the unique opportunity to craft and deliver their perfect pitches for ideas and products in a high-energy and creatively charged atmosphere.

Audience members are given the time to work on their pitches applying Kevin’s valuable steps and advice to their presentations. Then, they have the amazing once-in-a-life time opportunity to pitch to either just Kevin or, depending on the event organizers’ preferences, a panel of judges assembled by event organizers that features Kevin alongside other local experts, executives, or team members within the organization. Will someone in your audience pitch the next “Snuggie” or “Perfect Bacon Bowl”?

No matter the outcome, participants will gain honest unbiased feedback about their idea and pitch that could make or save them tens of thousands of dollars in the future. Audience members will receive big payoffs in this fast-moving event that builds teamwork and camaraderie while receiving priceless exposure for their product or idea and a coveted consultation from an industry genius.

Formats: Half or Full day

Shark Tank Style/Big Pitch Keynote and Event (For Universities)

Millennials graduating from college are entering a very different work world from the one their parents knew. With lingering unemployment rates, especially for youth, making a living is no longer about answering a want ad in the paper, but about pitching yourself and your bottom line, whether as a b ...

Millennials graduating from college are entering a very different work world from the one their parents knew. With lingering unemployment rates, especially for youth, making a living is no longer about answering a want ad in the paper, but about pitching yourself and your bottom line, whether as a budding entrepreneur or the perfect candidate for the job.

In a high-content and fast-paced program, entrepreneurial legend and original Shark, Kevin Harrington shows you how you can set yourself apart from the competition and give a teasing, attention-getting perfect pitch in even the most high-pressure situation. Known for his invention of the infomercial, Kevin has heard over 50,000 pitches from inventors, entrepreneurs, and potential partners over the past 30 years; however, his entrepreneurial career goes way back before he became a self-made millionaire.

Growing up in a middle class family of eight, Kevin had already established two successful businesses in sealing driving ways and heating and air conditioning by the time he was a university student. Decades later with over $5 billion in sales for hundreds of products and businesses under his belt, he’s sharing his expertise with the upcoming generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Take the opportunity to get game changing advice from one of world’s most sought-after entrepreneurs as you learn how you to craft the perfect pitch and position yourself to make things happen. This event includes the unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch just to Kevin or, depending on the event organizers’ preferences, a panel of judges that features Kevin alongside other local experts, executives, or staff chosen by the organizers.

No matter the outcome, participants will gain honest unbiased feedback about their idea and pitch that could make or save them tens of thousands of dollars in the future. Students will receive big payoffs in this fast-moving event that builds teamwork, camaraderie, and confidence while allowing them to network and develop competitive skills and connections imperative for life after graduation.

You will learn:

· How to sell yourself or your idea to prospective employers, investors, or partners.

· How to tease, please, and seize your audience in a matter of seconds, and afterwards prove what you say.

· How to apply Kevin’s 10-step process to crafting and executing your perfect pitch.

· What to include and what to omit from your pitch.

· How to research your audience and tailor your pitch specifically to what they want to hear.

· How to get inside your target audience’s psyche in order to make them say “Yes” to you.

· The key competitive knowledge you’ll need to seal that deal.

Formats: Half or Full day.

Finding and Raising Capital

It’s one of the most daunting tasks for aspiring entrepreneurs. How do you acquire the finances you need to see your business idea come to life in a vast battlefield packed with competitors all grabbling for coveted start-up or expansion funds? Where do you even begin? Seasoned fund-raising warrior ...

It’s one of the most daunting tasks for aspiring entrepreneurs. How do you acquire the finances you need to see your business idea come to life in a vast battlefield packed with competitors all grabbling for coveted start-up or expansion funds? Where do you even begin?

Seasoned fund-raising warrior and renowned Shark investor, Kevin Harrington breaks down this seemingly monstrous task with a fiery enthusiasm, giving you all you need to know about finding investors, getting your foot in their office door, and wooing them with the perfect pitch. Coauthor of The Maverick Battle Guide of Raising Capital and a companion series of 28 one-hour webinars, Kevin draws from his 30+ years of dealing with business ventures from both sides of the investor/entrepreneur relationship to demystify the process of raising capital.

In addition to the various areas you can explore, including crowd-funding and strategic partnerships, there are millions of investors out there looking for the next big thing, but they’ll never know about you or your idea unless you make that happen. Kevin takes you step by step through the preparations for battle, making sure you develop the perfect pitch, networking strategy, credibility, and the right team to back you up.

While many people mistakenly go into battle pitching about “me, me, and my business,” the Shark himself shows you how to talk to investors in a way they know you’re concerned about them and their investment. Sharing entertaining tales of his own spars on the money-raising battlefield, Kevin equips you with the tools you’ll need for victory, including key knowledge about your target investors, financial concepts and jargon they’ll want to hear or discuss, and time-tested approaches that will win them over to your cause.

You will learn:

· Finding investors and identify their sweet spots.

· Getting the attention of the investment community.

· Creating the perfect investor pitch.

· Reducing the amount of capital needed through forming strategic partnerships.

Format: Keynote.

Quantum Entrepreneurship: 7 Steps to Radical Success

It’s no secret that 90% of entrepreneurial ventures fail, so how can you increase your chances of being part of the 10% that succeed? High-profile entrepreneur and business executive Kevin Harrington has turned hundreds of products into million-dollar household names, but for every “Ginsu Knife” or ...

It’s no secret that 90% of entrepreneurial ventures fail, so how can you increase your chances of being part of the 10% that succeed? High-profile entrepreneur and business executive Kevin Harrington has turned hundreds of products into million-dollar household names, but for every “Ginsu Knife” or “George Foreman Grill,” he had three projects that flopped or weren’t the money-makers he hoped for. With a 1 out of 4 success rate (strikingly higher than the industry average of 1 out of 10), Kevin shares his own personal system for executing and taking on ventures based on over 30 years of knowledge and experience.

Honest and open about his own successes and failures, Kevin navigates you through his “7 Steps to Radical Success” paved with engaging videos, images, and behind-the-scenes stories from his days as a young entrepreneur, the infomercial business, and of course, the hit television show, Shark Tank. As the presentation progresses, Kevin provides in-depth information on every step in his system, illustrating each one with real-life examples while clearly relating them to the digital fast-paced world we live in now. Blending entertainment and powerful content, Kevin’s storytelling skills and contagious energy will equip you with the competitive knowledge, followable blueprints, and actionable takeaways you need to take your entrepreneurial dreams from imagination to reality.

You will learn:

· Developing “curiosity overload” and identifying your valuable intellectual property.

· Creating a powerful blueprint for fast business growth.

· Raising capital to fund your growth.

· Building the best team for your company.

· Developing the perfect pitch.

· Raising your profile within your industry.

· How to form amazing partnerships.

Format: Keynote.

Test Before You Invest: Ideation, Creating the Perfect Pitch

In a tough world where 9 out of 10 entrepreneurial ventures typically fail, Kevin Harrington has a remarkable track record of identifying and capitalizing on unique opportunities. For the past 30 years now, an average of 1 out of 4 projects that he’s taken on have been massive hits. So what’s this o ...

In a tough world where 9 out of 10 entrepreneurial ventures typically fail, Kevin Harrington has a remarkable track record of identifying and capitalizing on unique opportunities. For the past 30 years now, an average of 1 out of 4 projects that he’s taken on have been massive hits. So what’s this original Shark’s secret to success? While an entrepreneur at heart, Kevin never jumps head first into a deal; he always tests his ideas before he invests his capital.

In this highly practical and rivetingly relevant program, Kevin guides you through the same systematic approach to retail readiness that rocketed him to a multi-million dollar success story and worldwide iconic status. He ties each step he takes to multiple outlets in the modern world, raising awareness about the multitude of options and resources that entrepreneurs and investors can utilize to properly test their product or idea before taking larger and possibly regrettable risks.

Keeping it real, Kevin gives you accessible tools and objective approaches you can directly apply toward reaching and, when necessary, resetting and rebooting your goals. As an investor and entrepreneur, Kevin connects with people on both sides of the fence, addressing the concerns and stakes of each party while demonstrating proven methods of mitigating losses for everyone involved. Failure is an unavoidable part of the entrepreneurial game, but as Kevin proves from his own life, learning to fail faster and cheaper will guarantee you a win much sooner on.

You will learn:

· Why most products fail in the marketplace.

· Different types of product testing and how to apply them.

· Choosing the right type of testing for your venture.

· How to get testing funded.

· How to utilize the time-tested CREATE system to boost creativity and get the most out of brainstorming sessions.

· Creating the perfect pitch.

· Building your success on failing fast and failing cheap.

Format: Keynote.

Fostering Intrapreneurship and a Culture of Innovation

Intrapreneurship is commonly known as the cultivation of culture and practices within a company which empower and encourage employees to internally develop their own innovations and ideas into plans and actions that benefit the organization. In a world where disruption is the norm, there is one key ...

Intrapreneurship is commonly known as the cultivation of culture and practices within a company which empower and encourage employees to internally develop their own innovations and ideas into plans and actions that benefit the organization.

In a world where disruption is the norm, there is one key component to staying ahead of the corporate curve, intrapreneurship: the practice of harnessing and channeling the entrepreneurial spirit of your employees to the benefit of your company. However, making such a drastic shift from old school business models to industry shaker is easier said than done. That’s why corporate giants like AT&T, UPS and Pfizer are calling on legendary entrepreneur Kevin Harrington to unleash their team members’ innovative energy and focus it into driving the company forward.

As Kevin explains, “When employees are afraid to make suggestions, come up with new ideas or tell their boss that ‘we are doing this the wrong way’, this is the time to say: ‘Okay, how can we do things better?”

In this insightful and empowering presentation, Kevin Harrington demonstrates how anyone, anywhere within a company can be an innovator and intrapreneur, regardless of title or position and, more importantly, how to foster a culture where innovation is everyone’s responsibility.

Using real-world case studies, Kevin illustrates comprehensive strategies that will tap into the full potential of your organization’s #1 asset: your employees. Learn how to be a “disruptive leader” by empowering employees to be intrapreneurs; makes smart calls on how to invest company funds; attract and retain top talent; and leverages staff to gain competitive advantages and propel profits.

In the full-day program option, Kevin will facilitate and organize entrepreneurial brainstorming and pitching sessions where leadership and employees break into teams to create and pitch new ideas. And it doesn’t stop there. Kevin takes your organization step by step through his IDEATION brainstorming methods, how to craft the perfect pitch, and sure-fire ways to test before you invest.

Let a global icon that has picked multi-million dollar winners out of more than 50,000 pitches teach you and your company how to disrupt instead of being disrupted.

You will learn:

· Being a disruptive leader who fosters a culture of game-changing innovation.

· Creating the motivation and infrastructure crucial to mobilize your employees’ inner entrepreneur.

· Managing a team of intrapreneurs and focus their efforts for optimum results.

· How to create the perfect pitch to achieve your business goals.

· How to easily and efficiently test employees’ ideas before you invest.

· Cultivating and promoting a vibrant atmosphere conducive to spurring, developing, and executing new ideas and solutions.

· A practical approach for empowering employees to become intrapreneurs for driving profits and creating competitive advantages for your organization.

· How to develop an atmosphere to create success.

Formats: Keynote, Half and Full Day.

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Biography

Kevin Harrington – Inventor of the Infomercial, Original Shark on Shark Tank and As Seen on TV Pioneer – is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time.

In 1980 Harrington started The Small Business Center and Franchise America. Kevin, as a real estate and business broker, sold thousands of businesses and then offered one-stop services from accounting to insurance to advertising to finance and more.

While watching television one night in 1984, Harrington noticed that sometimes the only thing on the screen were the color test bars that stations ran when they had nothing else to air, thus giving Kevin the idea to produce the industry’s first 30-minute infomercial to fill that dead air space, which is what coined him the Inventor of the Infomercial.

Since then, he has been involved with over 500 product launches that resulted in sales of over $4 billion dollars worldwide and 20 products that reached individual sales of over $100 million. By 1990, Harrington was named one of the 100 best entrepreneurs in the world (by Entrepreneur Magazine).

In the mid- 80’s he formed Quantum International, which grew to $500 million in sales selling products in 100 countries in 20 languages. He then formed HSN direct in conjunction with Home Shopping Network and soon after formed Reliant International Media. Kevin also founded As Seen on TV, Inc. and acquired AsSeenOnTV.com, the world’s largest web site featuring as seen on TV products.

Harrington has worked with some of the biggest celebrities including Cee Lo Green, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, 50 Cent, Jack LaLane, George Foreman, Frankie Avalon, Paula Abdul, Montel Williams, Chubby Checker, Hulk Hogan, Kris and Bruce Jenner, Tony Little, Billy Mays and many more.

In 2009, Kevin was selected as one of the original ‘Shark Tank’ Sharks on the ABC hit show. As an innovator and pioneer in the industry, Kevin has been featured on over 150 Shark Tank segments over the last five years on both ABC and CNBC.

Kevin is regularly featured as an industry expert in numerous media outlets including the NBC Today Show, ABC Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, The View, the Wendy Williams Show, CNBC, Squawk Box with Jim Kramer, the Bethenny Show, Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN, MTV, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc., Wall Street Journal, New York Times and many more.

He went on and founded two global associations – ERA (Electronic Retailers Association), which is now in 45 countries and Young Entrepreneur’s Association (now EO – Entrepreneurs Organization), which boasts, combined member sales of over $500 billion dollars.

Harrington is on the board of University of South Florida (USF) entrepreneur programs, and teaches regularly. He has also been involved with Moffit Cancer Research, and is constantly giving back to the community. Harrington’s recent book, Act Now: How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products, details his life and achievements in the direct marketing world, and his business was used as a class case study for 12 years at Harvard/MIT, illustrating the essential principles of grass-roots entrepreneurship.

“I believe that anyone with drive and vision – anyone – can achieve success…”