As we transition out of virtual space to real life, the LaunchPad is pleased to introduce a new series, Startup Socials, a laid-back gathering over pizza for innovators and creatives to meet and mingle with amazing entrepreneurs. We welcome all Syracuse students and faculty to join us for the socials Fridays at 3 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad, the glass cube in Bird Library on Friday afternoons.
On Friday, September 17th at 3pm, the LaunchPad is excited to welcome Sam Sanders: Syracuse alumnus, entrepreneur, and author of the award-winning book Your Next Big Idea. Sanders will host a conversational discussion chatting about his journey from a Syracuse student to a successful entrepreneur and author, and sharing his insights on creativity, problem-solving, and formulating ideas into meaningful action.
After graduating from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management summa cum laude in 2016, Sanders worked in business leadership roles for a Fortune 500 company and an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company. In addition to this, Sanders started successful companies using his free time to build a software application that helps large corporations quickly gather individual feedback from their consumer base.
Motivated to share his secrets for successful business ideating, Sanders embarked on authorship of his book Your Next Big Idea, which offers a workbook guide to help readers generate effective ideas to creatively solve problems. The book is divided into six sections, which outline the steps from noticing problems to creating the solutions, testing their feasibility, and effectively implementing them. Exercises throughout the book compel the reader to actively discover, brainstorm, and implement creative solutions to their problems in the workplace and beyond.
Recently released in May 2021, Your Next Big Idea has gathered numerous awards and widespread praise. After its release, the book sales on Amazon climbed to become a top 1000 book in the Amazon Kindle store, and received the #1 New Release and #1 Best Seller identifiers on the Amazon website. The book was also awarded the 2021 Living Now Mind Award, for books that encourage better living; and the business category of the 2021 Indie Reader Discovery Awards.
Can’t join us in person, but to participate virtually? Here’s a Zoom link to get in on the conversation.
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Story by Claire Howard ’23, LaunchPad Global Fellow.