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Friday Fireside Chat - Rita McGrath & Jay Steinfeld
Jay Steinfeld is an entrepreneurs’ entrepreneur. Getting in early on what we would now call “e-commerce,” Jay launched one of the first in the world direct-to-consumer businesses, blinds.com, before we even had a name for the category. His business grew at a breakneck speed, eventually being recognized by Home Depot as part of a future wave in which businesses built direct connections to their customers. He’s also created a life in balance – proving that it isn’t a competitive disadvantage to, well, be nice! Really looking forward to learning from Jay and hearing about his new book project.

Dec 11, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rita McGrath
Professor @Columbia University
Rita McGrath is a faculty member at Columbia Business School. She is an expert on strategy and innovation and is in the top ten of the Thinkers50 global management ranking. Her recent book is Seeing Around Corners: How To Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. For details, visit RitaMcGrath.com.
Jay Steinfeld
Founder @Global Custom Commerce
As founder and CEO of Global Custom Commerce (GCC), Jay was an early mover in e-Commerce. In 1993 he bootstrapped his website, Blinds.com, into the world’s #1 online blinds retailer. In 2014, GCC was sold to Home Depot, when he stayed over 6 years as GCC’s CEO and joined Home Depot’s Online Leadership Team. GCC was recognized as one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in America, AMA Marketer of the Year, and many others. Jay’s an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Technology Center, and has published over 100 articles for CBS and Inc.com. In May 2020, Jay stepped away to re-wire. He’s on the Board of Directors of Masonite (NYSE: DOOR), 3 start-up boards, XPRIZE, teaches at Rice University’s Graduate School of Business, an Advisor at The University of Texas Center for Entrepreneurship, and supports numerous charities. Jay’s soon-to-be-published book, yet unnamed, is about the trajectory of imaging an idea through liquidity event, and beyond