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Drew Banks

Retired Tech Entrepreneur

Navigating a Successful Tech Career: Understanding the Tradeoffs of Each Decision

Thursday, November 18th, 6:30 PM; EB2 1231


Navigating a Successful Tech Career: Understanding the Tradeoffs of Each Decision

Abstract: If at first you don't succeed, fail fast and learn from your mistakes. Drew will review lessons learned over two decades of spectacular Silicon Valley failures—lessons that he then parlayed into a subsequent decade helping take European startups to the global marketplace while avoiding the many pitfalls he encountered along the way.



Speaker Bio

Drew Banks is a seasoned tech entrepreneur and executive passionate about visual communications, disruptive solutions, global hyper-growth, low bureaucracy, and fast execution.

Drew's nearly 4-decade tech career began in 1982 as an intern at SAS Institute while he attended NC State University, earning dual BS's in CSC and EE. After graduation—and a 2-yr detour to NYC where he dabbled in the performing arts—Drew went to business school at MIT Sloan and then out to San Francisco where he spent the next 3 decades and still lives to this day.

Drew ran the gamut in Silicon Valley from big company to small. He's a self-proclaimed accidental entrepreneur who tripped into his own (failed) startup world now advises other entrepreneurs how to grow, fund, and sell theirs. He's particularly attracted to early-stage European companies with global potential. His last two companies—Prezi and Drops—are prime examples of this profile. Because of his breadth of experience, Drew has a unique perspective on how to forge a bespoke career path that keeps you engaged every step of the way.

Drew is also both a business author and novelist having written and published four books. He's working on his 5th ... and a screenplay.

***Masks are required for the 'in person' talk. Consult University COVID guidelines for the current directives. We are working with NC State WolfBytes Video Production Services to live-stream the talks for those who feel uncomfortable attending in person. The link to the live-stream will be posted here when available. As always, talks will be videotaped and made available (pending speaker approval) on a dedicated YouTube channel.***


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