Entrepreneurship for Scientists: Peter Fiske'88
Most PhDs consider “entrepreneurship” as the process of starting a company, and taking on a lot of financial, professional and personal risk to do so. In fact, entrepreneurship doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to start a company, and it doesn’t have to involve a lot of risk.
In this workshop, author and entrepreneur Dr. Peter S. Fiske unpacks some of the stereotypes that surround the term “entrepreneur” and shows how many of the skills you develop during your PhD training may prepare you very well for an “entrepreneurial” life. Fiske highlights the major factors that lead to success in early-stage technology ventures, as well as alternative strategies that lower the risk for Ph.D. inventors. He also discusses his direct experiences commercializing technology from the bench and building successful ventures.
Presenter: Peter S. Fiske, Ph.D. (Princeton ’88) is the CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc. headquartered in Richmond, CA. He is also a lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley where he teaches in the Center for Executive Education. He has been an invited speaker on the subject of innovation and entrepreneurship in the US and Europe, most recently providing training for the Novo Nordisk Foundation in Copenhagen. His articles on entrepreneurship and career development have been featured in Nature Magazine.