Chuck flew out to Philadelphia this weekend to speak at the Swarthmore College Lax Conference on Entrepreneurship. It was a great opportunity for alumni entrepreneurs in fields ranging from entertainment to finance to tech, and graduating classes spanning 1954 to 2000, to share their thoughts on being entrepreneurs with undergraduates, recent alumni, and themselves.
Chuck managed the neat trick of both introducing BillMonk to the many attenders and also corrupting undergraduate minds with his talk Quit your Job: Be an Entrepreneur! True to the college's heritage, the conference put particular focus on the issues of social responsibilty and the business cultures that encourage and reward innovation. It provided an excellent forum to voice the questions people had about how companies change popular culture and vice versa, and the motivations (other than fabulous wealth *cough*) that drive people to innovate and take on the risks of starting their own companies.
Chuck also used this weekend as an opportunity to see old friends in the area. During the revelry on the town that followed, BillMonk was used no fewer than five times.