Dr. Tina Seelig of Stanford's Technology Ventures Program Speaks About New Book Photo

Dr. Tina Seelig of Stanford's Technology Ventures Program Speaks About New Book

May 4, 2009, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
2133 Sheridan Rd. Evanston , IL 60208

What I Wish I knew When I Was 20


How do you turn problems into opportunities? It is by creatively challenging assumptions, breaking the rules, and making your own luck. In this book, Tina Seelig, executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, shares amazing stories that come from her courses on creativity and entrepreneurship at Stanford University, as well as stories about successful entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world. She demonstrates that by tapping into your creativity and having a healthy disregard for the impossible you can make remarkable things happen. Her new book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, builds on these stories as she provides insights about how to see the world as opportunity rich and full of possibility.

Book Quotes

"Few people have done as much to champion innovative thinking as Tina Seelig. The principles in her book will surely spark new ideas. It is a must-read for the next generation of entrepreneurs and seasoned veterans alike."
- David Kelley, Founder IDEO

"Forget 20--This is the kind of stuff I wish I knew now... Tina is doing us all a big favor by giving us a roadmap to life!"
- Guy Kawasaki, author of Reality Check, Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries

"Anybody who wants to live an entrepreneurial life filled with purpose and passion needs to read this book. It's chockfull of practical tools and tips to bring out the best in each of us."
- Steve Case, Chairman of Revolution and The Case Foundation, and co-founder of AOL


Tina Seelig is the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. STVP is dedicated to accelerating high-technology entrepreneurship education and creating scholarly research on technology-based firms. STVP provides students from all majors with the entrepreneurial skills needed to use innovations to solve major world problems.

Tina teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the department of Management Science and Engineering, and within the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Tina was recently awarded the 2009 Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, recognizing her as a national leader in engineering educational. She also received the 2008 National Olympus Innovation Award, and the 2005 Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2004, STVP was named the NASDAQ Entrepreneurship Center of the Year.

Tina earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School in 1985 where she studied Neuroscience. She has worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, as a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation, and was the founder a multimedia company called BookBrowser.

Tina has also written 15 popular science books and educational games. Her books include The Epicurean Laboratory and Incredible Edible Science, published by Scientific American; and a series of twelve games called Games for Your Brain, published by Chronicle Books. Her newest book, to be released by HarperCollins in Spring 2009, is titled What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World.