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Drew Banks

Retired Tech Entrepreneur

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

Thursday November 18, 2021 06:30 PM
Location: 1231, EB2
(Visitor parking instructions)

This talk is part of the Labcorp Leadership inTechnology Speakers Series


Abstract: TBA
Short 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.

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