News Coverage: 2009
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News 10 Now
Facebook co-founder visits CNY
Kit De Maria
November 18, 2009

 

News 10 Now reports on the visit of Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder, for his lecture at Onondaga Community College as part of the fourth season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES).  FES is a lecture series designed to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit the CNY region.  Hughes explored the success of the online phenomenon Facebook, saying that he feels people have been responding so well to Facebook because of its privacy and utility. He continued that he views it as a tool that complements, not replaces, more traditional ways of keeping in touch.  Hughes forecasted that Facebook is creating a more connect culture. In addition, Hughes expects more people to join Facebook, as members are getting both older and younger. 

 

Central New York (CNY) Business Journal
Facebook co-founder has advice for entrepreneurs
Kevin Tampone
November 17, 2009

The CNY Business Journal details co-founder of Facebook, Chris Hughes’, lecture at Onondaga Community College as the kick-off to the fourth season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES). During his talk, Hughes defined entrepreneurship, stating that entrepreneurs focus on building organizations that have an impact on the world. Hughes explained that those organizations did not have to be companies – they could be nonprofits, schools or churches. Hughes co-founded Facebook in 2004 with her Harvard University roommates. In 2007, he left the company and became Director of Online Organizing for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. 

 

News Channel 9
Facebook’s Chris Hughes visits OCC
November 17, 2009

News Channel 9 highlights a presentation given by Chris Hughes, co- founder of Facebook, at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series held at Onondaga Community College. In the lecture, Hughes advises other entrepreneurs on the advantages of using Facebook in their businesses. “You can also update your status and tell anybody and everybody what your company is doing or what it's interested in, or what you as a person are doing,” Hughes said. 

 

CNY Central: NBC3, CBS5 & CW6
Facebook co-founder has advice for entrepreneurs
Joe Roetz
November 17, 2009

Joe Roetz reports that Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, spoke at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES), a quarterly lecture series designed to encourage entrepreneurship in Central New York.  At the lecture, Chris Hughes quickly disagreed with New Oxford American Dictionary decision to name “unfriend” as its 2009 Word of the Year.  He believes “defriend” is the correct term because it’s what his friends and peers say. Hughes and his Harvard friends helped create the most popular social networking, which has 325 million users. In addition, Chris offered advice for entrepreneurs and local start-ups like and Daniel Canter who is starting up a business of his own. "My partner and I really want to become the forefront in social media. We really want to learn as much as we can about it so we can present those to our clients," says Canter.

 

Post Standard/Syracuse.com
It's 'defriend,' not 'unfriend,' says Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes before Syracuse lecture
Rick Moriarty
November 17, 2009

The Post-Standard writes that Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, spoke at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, the latest in a series of lectures designed to encourage entrepreneurship in Central New York. The lectures are held at Onondaga Community College. In 2004, Hughes and his Harvard roommates founded Facebook and it is a worldwide phenomenon, with 325 million users.  Hughes credits the site’s popularity because it allows users to control with whom they want to share information with. “Facebook does a pretty basic thing,” he said. “It helps people share and connect with people that they care about. That’s a thing that I think anybody of any age, background, nationality, you name it, wants to do. And so, even though we were never expecting it, it’s also, at the end of the day, not all that surprising.”

 

Central New York (CNY) Business Journal 
Facebook co-founder to speak Tuesday at OCC
Kevin Tampone
November 13, 2009

The CNY Business Journal announces that Chris Hughes, co-founder of the social networking Web site, Facebook, will be among the speakers at next season's Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES) at Onondaga Community College. Hughes' lecture on Nov. 17, 2009 is the inaugural speech in FES’ fourth season. The other speakers at next season's series will include Tom Kelley, founder and general manager at IDEO Product Development, Vijay Govindarajan, professor-in-residence and chief innovation consultant for General Electric and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and former chief executive officer of Carlson Cos. and author of "How We Lead Matters."

 

CNY Link
Facebook Founder Kicks-off Entrepreneurs Series
May 22, 2009

CNY Link reports that Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and founder of "My.BarakObama.com" will be in Syracuse on Nov. 17, 2009 to kick off the fourth season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES). Responsible for revolutionizing social networking on the Internet and dubbed, “The Kid Who Made Obama President,” according to Fast Company, Hughes will discuss his personal successes, guiding management strategies and bold visions on how to transition companies from good to great. Hughes’ lecture is the first in several scheduled FES events that include talks from Founder and General Manager at IDEO Product Development, Tom Kelley, Professor-in-Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant for General Electric, Vijay Govindarajan, and Chairman and former CEO of Carlson Companies and author of, “How We Lead Matters,” Marilyn Carlson Nelson. FES, a non-profit, member-driven organization, was formed in 2006 to foster entrepreneurship in Central New York by connecting the business community with high-profile CEOs or management-thought leaders.

 

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
Facebook Co-founder to Speak at Entrepreneur Series Held at Onondaga Community College
May 21, 2009

The Syracuse Post-Standard announces that Chris Hughes, co-founder of the social networking Web site Facebook, will be among the speakers at next season's Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES) at Onondaga Community College. Hughes' lecture on Nov. 17, 2009 is the inaugural speech in FES’ fourth season and will focus on his personal successes, management strategies and bold visions on how to transition companies from good to great. The other speakers at next season's series will include Tom Kelley, founder and general manager at IDEO Product Development, Vijay Govindarajan, professor-in-residence and chief innovation consultant for General Electric and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and former chief executive officer of Carlson Cos. and author of "How We Lead Matters."

 

 

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
Expert: New Items, Fast Sales Key
Rick Moriarty
May 20, 2009

This report details founder of Cincinnati-based Eureka! Ranch consulting firm Doug Hall’s lecture at Onondaga Community College as part of the third season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES), a lecture series designed to encourage entrepreneurs to action in the region. During his talk, Hall expressed his frustration with companies who "whine" about their falling sales. "They're [companies] selling the same old stuff as everybody else, so what kind of fool pays more for the same old stuff?" he said. "Nobody." In response to customers demand for lower prices, the solution, Hall added, is simple: Companies should learn about new technologies and quickly develop and get new product to market in order to garner higher prices. Hall's company has advised companies such as Nike, Walt Disney and American Express on how to turn inventions into consumer products.

 

News 10 Now
Fourth Annual Entrepreneurs Series Announced
May 20, 2009

News 10 Now announces that The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES) will kick off its fourth season in the fall of 2009 with a lecture by co-founder of the social networking Web site Facebook and founder of "My.BarackObama.com," Chris Hughes. FES is a speaker series designed to foster entrepreneurship in Central New York. Other speakers on FES’s bill this season, which will run from November 2009 through May 2010 at Onondaga Community College, include IDEO Product Founder and General Manager Tom Kelley, Dartmouth Professor and strategy expert, Vijay Govindarajan and Chairman and former CEO of Carlson Companies, Marilyn Carlson Nelson.

 

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal
Facebook Co-founder to Speak in Syracuse
Kevin Tampone
May 20, 2009

Kevin Tampone writes that Co-founder of the social networking phenomenon Facebook, Chris Hughes, will kick off the fourth season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, a lecture series that aims to spark more entrepreneurship in the region, on Nov. 17, 2009 in Syracuse. Hughes, who also launched a viral campaign in support of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, founded Facebook in 2004 with Harvard University roommates Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. Other speakers in the fourth season include Tom Kelley, founder and general manager at IDEO Product Development; Vijay Govindarajan, a professor at Dartmouth College and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairwoman and former CEO of the Carlson Cos.

 

 

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal
FES Speaker Ronald Heifetz Details Challenges of Leadership
Kevin Tampone
March 20, 2009

Kevin Tampone writes that Ronald Heifetz, Harvard leadership professor and consultant to senior executives in business, government, and nonprofits, said adaptability is a key to effective leadership at his March 11, 2009 talk at Onondaga Community College for the third season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES). FES is a lecture series aimed at inspiring more entrepreneurship in the area. Heifetz discussed his thoughts on the difference between leadership and authority, the different types of problems that leaders encounter, the challenges of adaptive problems and the mistakes leaders make. Heifetz is founding director of the Center of Public Leadership and the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and has taught leadership there for 25 years.

 

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
Speaker: Find Success with Many Leaders
Rick Moriarty
March 12, 2009

Rick Moriarty writes that Ronald Heifetz, founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, spoke at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, the latest in a series of lectures designed to encourage entrepreneurship in Central New York. The lectures are held at Onondaga Community College. During his talk, Heifetz advised that successful companies share a common thread – they allow leadership to trickle down, rather than having it concentrated it to a select few on top. "In healthy companies, lots of people practice leadership," he said. Even the most brilliant corporate leaders get things wrong sooner or later and sometimes they get things wrong a lot, he added. Heifetz is also the author of "Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading."

 

The Central New York (CNY) Business Journal
Seidman Details the Value of 'How' in Business Realm
Kevin Tampone
February 13, 2009

The CNY Business Journal reports that Founder, Chairman and CEO of LRN, Dov Seidman, spoke Feb. 10 at Onondaga Community College at the third season of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, an annual lecture series aimed at inspiring more entrepreneurship and growth in the region. Seidman forecasted a "new frontier" of competition, in which companies must compete on values and rethink not only “what” they do but also "how" they do it. LRN is a Los Angeles-based consulting firm that focuses on ethics, compliance management, and education. Seidman is also the author of the 2007 book, "HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything in Business (and in Life)."

 

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard
Author, Speaking in Syracuse, Says Ethics Give Businesses an Edge
Rick Moriarty
February 10, 2009

The Syracuse Post-Standard details a presentation given by Dov Seidman, founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of LRN at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, held at Onondaga Community College. Seidman spoke during the fourth season of FES lectures designed to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit in Central New York. In his keynote, Seidman shared with attendees that how companies do things is just as important as what they do – particularly at a time when the ethics of corporate America are regularly called into question. Now more than ever, businesses that do not conduct themselves honestly and openly will soon find their reputations ruined, especially in an age of global communications, he said. Founded in 1994, LRN advises companies in ethics and compliance management and education. Seidman is also the author of "HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything in Business (and in Life)."