Scott Walker–American Entrepreneur

On 20 Jan 2012, the last day of the Entrepreneurship Winterim, Thunderbird alum, serial entrepreneur, and mega-donor Scott Walker spoke to us at his Napa vineyard, Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards. He told his life story, especially focusing on the ups and downs of his journey as an entrepreneur. Now, years later, after turning around multiple companies (this is his specialty) and starting, and selling, many of his own businesses at a tidy profit, he is the man of the hour. We hung on his every word. By the end of his talk, he had convinced us to work for him for the starting salary of $0, accompanied by the fringe benefits of learning everything from him and possibly getting rewarded big-time down the road. No risk no reward—a fundamental principle we have all, of course, learned in finance class at business school. According to Scott, he was a late bloomer with no idea what he would do in life. He had a degree in political science and history, with the notion of becoming a lawyer one day, but without any solid plan. We’ve all been there. His course changed the day a professor at his university recommended Thunderbird to him….

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