Hi, I’m Alex Lawrence, the founder of Startup Flavor. I work at Weber State University. Before that, I was an entrepreneur. I am a teacher, writer, and tech enthusiast, with other interests as well. I bet I’m like many of you; the kid who started out with the lemonade stand and then went on to start larger companies. I’d like to think I’m known as a passionate, energetic, fiery competitor that is enthusiastic about work, helping other entrepreneurs and seeing people and processes get better. At least that is how I’d describe myself (for the most part).
I’ve been launching and growing successful companies for more than 20 years. I’m pretty well-versed in business strategy, sales, Internet marketing, social media, venture and debt capital, mobile and web application development, franchising, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, and operations.
Prior to coming to Weber State, my most recent partnership, Lendio, ranked #34 on the Inc. 500 list a few years back. You can read about the exciting things going on with Lendio in an article on TechCrunch.
As I mentioned, I am currently working at Weber State University. My official title is Vice Provost of Innovation and Economic Development. I get to do a lot of fun things at Weber State. I’m a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics, where I earned my MBA. If you are at or near WSU, consider taking one of my classes. I teach real-world strategies that are based on cutting edge, proven approaches that are actually used in business today.
As Vice Provost, I work with faculty, staff, students and business members in the community to help start and grow businesses. I also serve as the Executive Director of the Weber State University Research Foundation (WSURF), a wholly owned WSU entity that fosters and supports on campus innovation and commercialization with students, faculty and the surrounding business community. Finally, I enjoy being Chairman of Startup Ogden, an exciting new partnership between Ogden City and Weber State to help area entrepreneurs create and grow strong and exciting businesses (read more about it here). Teams I am responsible for work together in Technology Commercialization (TCO), Contracts (OSP), Small Business (SBDC), Innovation (UCAID) and State of Utah initiatives (USTAR).
I’m a contributor on Entrepreneurship for Forbes Magazine. I also write a regular column for Utah Business Magazine. I’ve been featured on TechCrunch, 40 under 40 Top Entrepreneurs, V100 Top 100 Technology Entrepreneurs, E-50 Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs, WSU Entrepreneur Alumni of the Year, and more. I am on the advisory board for the Women Tech Council , The NorthFront Entrepreneur Alliance , the WSU Entrepreneur Association, and I’m a Trustee for Launchup.org.
I’ve been married for 14 years and no one makes life more enjoyable than my wife and daughters. My family and I live a quiet life in the mountains of Utah, where we enjoy golf, fly fishing and other outdoor activities like biking and hiking. When I’m not having fun with my family, I’d love to be playing golf, riding my bike or upgrading Apple products. You might see me getting a speeding ticket now and again as well.
If you’d like to connect with me+ on various social networks, you’ll find me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. The easiest way to catch me though is either to send me a tweet @_AlexLawrence or get out with me on a bike ride or a golf course!
Thanks for reading. Hope to connect with you sometime.