John Danner, who served as the Dean's Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship in 2008, returns to Princeton in Fall 2010 to teach his popular course "Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Ventures to Address Global Challenges".
This special topics course will focus on how entrepreneurial ventures - as compared with international aid programs, private philanthropy and corporate social responsibility initiatives - can potentially address major global challenges such as widespread poverty, intractable disease, slum housing and global warming that affect the lives and well-being of billions. After overview of selected global challenges and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, students will explore emerging and established ventures in each of these challenge arenas in more detail. Classes will be a combination of lectures and case discussions, interspersed with conversations with entrepreneurs. Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am to 12:20pm.
John is Senior Fellow of The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he teaches the core MBA course on entrepreneurship, as well as other graduate courses on business model innovation and strategies for startups. He also launched UC's campus-wide undergraduate course on entrepreneurship and global poverty. John began his entrepreneurial career as an undergraduate at Harvard, and has since been involved in startups of various types as entrepreneur, advisor and investor. In addition, he has worked as a management consultant, lawyer or senior executive in the private, nonprofit and public sectors in fields from education and healthcare to telecommunications and energy. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the world, John is also senior moderator with The Aspen Institute's executive and global leadership programs. He received his J.D., M.P.H. and M.A.Ed. degrees from UC Berkeley.