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From the PhD to Entrepreneur

Interested in starting your own company? Listen to Dr. Joshua Spodek discusses his exciting path from a PhD in physics to a career as entrepreneur.

Published March 18, 2014

Joshua Spodek, PhD, MBA

Former rocket scientist now entrepreneur, leadership coach, and speaker, Joshua Spodek (PhD '00, Astrophysics; MBA '06; both Columbia University) has succeeded at many big things that few people even try.

He studied with Nobel Prize winners and helped build a European Space Agency X-ray satellite to observe supernova remnants, then started a business now operating globally based on several of his patents. He coaches leadership with the Columbia Business School Program on Social Intelligence and taught at New York University and the New School. He earned five Ivy-League diplomas; has shown his art in solo gallery shows and museums and installed large public art in New York and around the world; socializes with Academy Award winners; ran five marathons; and competed at national and global sporting events.

He has been quoted and profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Fortune, CNN, and the major broadcast networks. Esquire Magazine named him \"Best and Brightest\" in its annual Genius issue.

From the PhD to Entrepreneur

Joshua Spodek