Meet Derek Lidow

  • Global CEO, innovator and entrepreneur
  • Professor, Princeton University
  • Startup teacher and mentor
  • Speaker
  • Author, including the bestselling Startup Leadership and Building on Bedrock

New Book:

BUILDING ON BEDROCK: What Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and Other Great Self-Made Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Building Valuable Companies
For founders and investors--based upon research, and told through the stories of famous and not-so-famous American entrepreneurs. Available Jan. 23, 2018.

Derek Lidow

Biography

Bestselling author Derek Lidow has long demonstrated the rare ability to operate successfully in corporate, entrepreneurial, and academic environments. He is an experienced and successful global CEO, a researcher, an innovator, and a startup coach. Derek’s contributions include a number of value chain applications that have forever improved companies as diverse as Sony, Samsung, Philips, Goldman Sachs and IBM. His accomplishments include founding iSuppli, a leading market research firm, which Derek sold in 2010 for $100 million to global information leader IHS.

Today, Derek is giving back by teaching at Princeton University, inaugurating a campus-wide “design thinking” curriculum, and working with Princeton’s aspiring entrepreneurs and their young companies.

Derek is the author of two books: Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises (2014) and Building on Bedrock: What Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and Other Great Self-Made Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Building Valuable Companies (2018).

He is also a frequent media commentator. Coverage to date includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Economist, Nikkei, Reuters, and Taipei Times.

Derek’s degrees come from Princeton and Stanford where he earned a PhD in applied physics as a Hertz Foundation Fellow. He is based in New York City and Princeton, NJ. @DerekLidow.

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"Derek Lidow helps de-risk virtually any enterprise. He expands your levels of innovation, profits, culture and success."

Bruce Hack, Angel Investor and Former CEO (Vivendi Games)