Starting Your Own Technology Company: Dos, Don'ts, and Doubts

November 13, 2014
6:30-8:00pm (reception to follow)
CEPSR 750
Speaker: Michael Larson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Enter for a raffle for a Khet Game!

Abstract

Michael will talk about many of his firsthand experiences founding and running four companies: the product design process, bootstrapping, raising money (from angels, venture capitalists, and kickstarter), intellectual property protection, employing people, overseas manufacturing, importing, exporting, marketing, suing, being sued, etc., in hopes of helping you decide if you, too, should become a captain of industry.

Speaker Bio

Michael LarsonMichael Larson earned his PhD from MIT in 1992. He now holds the El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition to his academic teaching and basic research, Michael has co-founded four companies: two businesses based on medical devices he has invented (one a laser-based surgical tool for closing wounds), one business built on a laser board game called Khet, and one, Mind Rocket, created to develop a suite of consumer products. The first of these products is an all-natural, drug-free device to help people sleep better. His passion for entrepreneurship and innovation has been recognized by numerous awards, including New Orleans' City Business magazine naming him "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2005 for founding and directing a studio for creative design. Dr. Larson has conducted numerous workshops on the topics of innovation and creative problem solving and has garnered six awards for outstanding teaching. Dr. Larson has received over $7M from a variety of agencies, including the NSF, the U.S. Air Force, the Missile Defense Agency, and private corporations, for a variety of research initiatives from the fracture and failure of materials to optical methods. He has piloted a jet aircraft, steered a nuclear submarine, and can wiggle his ears. One at a time.

Hosted by the Columbia Chapter of SPIE/OSA.


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