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Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series

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Connecting Entrepreneurs, students and the community

Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series seeks to connect successful entrepreneurs with students and the community to share stories and advice in a casual, open setting. A faculty panel will ask questions about entrepreneurship and encourage members of the audience to share inquiries of their own.

Entrepreneur Connect will be held twice a year, once in the fall during the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and once in the spring.

Entrepreneur Connect celebrates fresh perspectives, taking risks and bringing new ideas to life.

Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series Inaugural Event

Ward and Joe Parkinson Tell the Story of Starting Micron

mark bannister, joe parkinson, ward parkinson

COBE Dean Mark Bannister and Micron founders Joe and Ward Parkinson

Tuesday, November 13, 218 marked the inaugural lecture of the College of Business and Economics’ new Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series. A standing room only crowd welcomed Micron cofounders Ward and Joe Parkinson to Skaggs Hall in the aptly named Micron Business and Economics building. The twin brothers took turns recounting the early days of founding one of Boise’s biggest success stories. Ward, the engineer of the duo, had never before spoken publicly about the company making it truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students, faculty and community members in attendance. There were lots of laughs and lessons as the duo shared experiences. They talked of the ups and down — times they nearly lost the company and times when they worked with a team of Boise’s best to keep things going.

joe and ward parkinson with small group of students

For more than an hour, Ward and Joe Parkinson answered questions from a small group of students.

Many from Micron came to hear the lecture and Ward and Joe called out the names of several as stories of Micron’s early days involved them. COBE entrepreneurship faculty Jeff Sugheir and Timothy Dunne kicked off the question and answer period and several student questions followed. After the lecture in the Executive Education Classroom, a small group of MBA students was treated to the unique opportunity of having their questions answered by Ward and Joe.

The Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series seeks to connect successful entrepreneurs with students and the community to share stories and advice in a casual, open setting. Entrepreneur Connect celebrates fresh perspectives, taking risks and bringing new ideas to life. COBE will announce the next speaker for the spring Entrepreneur Connect lecture shortly. Stay tuned.

Joe and Ward Parkinson and the first working DRAM chip

Joe and Ward Parkinson and the first working DRAM chip

Joe Parkinson, Tom Nicholas and Ward Parkinson at the Stagecoach Resraurant 1983

Joe Parkinson, Tom Nicholson (early investor) and Ward Parkinson at the Stagecoach Restaurant 1983

ground breaking for Micron building

Groundbreaking for the Micron building in 1984

aerial view of Micron Technology campus

Micron Technology campus 2012