Meet Derek Lidow

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


Derek Lidow is unique in having successful careers as CEO of a global publicly traded semiconductor company, a founder and CEO of an innovative and valuable startup, and now as a teacher and scholar of entrepreneurship and innovation. Dr. Lidow is a professor of the practice at the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education at Princeton University. He is the author of Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises (2014), Building on Bedrock: What Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and Other Great Self-Made Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Building Valuable Companies (2018), and THE ENTREPRENEURS: The Relentless Quest for Value (2022), as well as more than a hundred articles on innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Lidow graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and received a PhD from Stanford as a Hertz Foundation Fellow.

"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)