Keller Center - Educating Leaders for a Technology-Driven Society

Steve Papa '94: Luck Favors the Prepared

Steve Papa '94: Luck Favors the Prepared

Steve Papa Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Carl A. Fields Center, Room 104
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Other: Reception to follow


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The Keller Center is pleased to welcome Steve Papa '94, founder and CEO of Endeca Technologies, Inc., to the Princeton campus on Thursday, October 18 at 4:30 pm. Steve will share his story and some of the lessons learned for aspiring entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the good, the bad, and the ugly when building a successful technology company.


Steve Papa '94 founded and, with the help of a very talented team, built the software company Endeca from an idea in his grad school dorm room to Oracle's 6th largest acquisition when announced in 2011. Along the way were many challenges, macroeconomic surprises and also good fortune that enabled the company to persevere and ultimately make an important contribution to how people use the Internet today. 

Prior to Endeca, Steve worked for Inktomi where he was the business lead in charge of creating its infrastructure caching business, which grew to make up 60 percent of Inktomi's revenues. He was also part of the original business team at Akamai. In addition, Steve was a venture capital associate with Venrock Associates, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family, and was responsible for managing AT&T's $500 million high-end enterprise computing system product line. He was a Product Manager at Teradata and Member of Board of Advisors at Alvenda, Inc.  

Steve holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Operations Research and Economics from Princeton University.

This event is sponsored by Wiss & Company, Drinker Biddle & Reath, and NJ Jumpstart Angel Network.