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Cambridge-Based Entrepreneur Hopes to Inspire Rose-Hulman Students to Startup Success

April 30, 2012

Successful serial entrepreneur Samuel Clemens will showcase how Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students can create innovative career opportunities during a special campus presentation on Wednesday, May 2, from 5-6 p.m. in Room M-137 of Myers Hall.

     Sam Clemens
  Sam Clemens

"The Advantages and Pitfalls of Startups after College" will be the focus of the presentation organized by the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and supported by The President's Office. The session is free and open to the public.

Clemens is chief product officer of InsightSquared (www.insightsquared.com), a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based innovative venture that provides small and medium businesses with advanced data intelligence to become more productive and generate more revenue. The one-and-a-half-year-old company has 25 employees and over 100 customers.

 Before InsightSquared, Clemens was vice president of product management at HubSpot and BzzAgent, the original product manager for Elance.com, and a venture capitalist at Greylock Partners. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in applied math from Yale.

"Sam Clemens will bring valuable insight and advice to help our graduating seniors and underclass students that are thinking about starting ventures in the future," stated IEEE officer Andy Milluzzi, a senior majoring in computer engineering and software engineering. "Sam's words of wisdom will help inspire us to be the technology trailblazers of the future."

Clemens was one of the many officials advising late Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam and other administrators during discussions in the Institute's "The 'Great' Debate," helping to set a course for the Institute's future.

"President Branam was very impressed with Sam's thoughts on innovation and the 'startup' culture, and thought these were valuable lessons that Rose-Hulman students needed to hear," stated Milluzzi.

IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.