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Enterprise Tuesday 2013/2014 - Spotting Future Needs

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Some entrepreneurs spot opportunities pertaining to current needs and trends, while others go on to create opportunities regarding future needs and problems. The latter may disrupt whole industries or even give rise to new ones when successful. In this session, we are going to consider topics around the (co-)creation of new opportunities and how entrepreneurs can engage in such action.

The guest speakers are Jack Lang and Eben Upton, the co-founders of Raspberry Pi the enormously successful ultra-low cost computer designed to help teach kids programming.

Jack Lang is Co-Founder and Chair of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He is a serial entrepreneur and business angel, and Co-Founder of Artimi, which is making the next generation of ultra wide band wireless chips. Interested in ‘computer science and how the brain works’, his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge led to a Computer Science diploma and a spell as Demonstrator in the Computer Laboratory.

He left the University to found (with Professor Shon FfowcsWilliams) the consulting company Topexpress, one of whose projects was designing some of the software for the BBC Microcomputer. Jack was Founder of Netchannel, which was acquired in 1998 by NTL , where he became Chief Technologist. Before that he founded Electronic Share Information, acquired by E-Trade in 1995. Jack Lang is Director of Studies in Management at Emmanuel College. He is author of The High Tech Entrepreneurs Handbook, and teaches and examines courses in business studies, entrepreneurship and e-commerce for the University of Cambridge Computer Science Laboratory. He is Entrepreneur in Residence at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and a ByFellow at Emmanuel College.

Eben Upton is co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and serves as CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd, which is responsible for the Foundation’s commercial and technical activities. In an earlier life, he founded two successful mobile games and middleware companies, Ideaworks 3d Ltd and Podfun Ltd, held the post of Director of Studies for Computer Science at St John’s College, Cambridge, and was co-author of The Oxford Rhyming Dictionary along with his father. He holds a BA in Physics and Engineering, a PhD in Computer Science, and an Executive MBA , from the University of Cambridge.

Interested in attending? Please register at http://www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/enterprisetuesday/register.html

This event will take place at the Computer Lab, William Gates Building, JJ Thompson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FD .

Registration is from 18:00. The lecture starts at 18:30 followed by networking from 20:00.

Enterprise Tuesday is a series of FREE evening lectures and networking sessions managed and delivered by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), based at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School.

The Centre Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) is celebrating ten years of spreading the spirit of enterprise.

This talk is part of the Enterprise Tuesday 2013/2014 series.

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