Derek Lidow, '73

Author; Lecturer, Keller Center; Former CEO, iSuppli

Derek Lidow has been teaching entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation at Princeton’s Keller Center since 2011. Derek created and teaches two popular and impactful Princeton classes: EGR 497, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and EGR 200, Creativity, Innovation, and Design. While at Princeton Dr. Lidow has also written two important and well-received books on entrepreneurship: Startup Leadership and most recently Building on Bedrock. Derek is now working to create a new class on the history of entrepreneurship, which will be offered for the first time in the Fall.

Prior to being invited to teach at Princeton, Dr. Lidow was one of the few New York Stock Exchange CEOs who left to start new companies from scratch--with unequivocal success. He left International Rectifier, a large publicly held semiconductor company to found and lead iSuppli, a leading global market research firm startup, which was sold to IHS in 2010.

He is a frequent contributor to publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal and he is a sought after speaker and adviser on innovation and leadership.

Derek has a B.S.E. degree from Princeton and he received a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University as a Hertz Foundation Fellow.