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Bob Parsons Stirs Students with Stories of Success

By Derek Iwasiuk
May 02, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - CEO and founder Bob Parsons inspired a crowd of future entrepreneurs Saturday at Yale University as the keynote speaker for the Yale Entrepreneurial Society's Innovation Summit.

Parsons was interrupted more than a dozen times for laughter or applause during his weekend speech, in which he discussed the need for both luck and perspective to succeed in business. He motivated the Yale(R) students with personal stories of both struggles and victories.

"Never give up. Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted," Parsons told the audience. "Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it and you wouldn't have an opportunity."

Under Parsons' leadership, has become the world's leading Internet domain name registrar, both in terms of new registrations and domain names under management. In November of 2005, Parsons accepted Arizona's prestigious "Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year" award at the Governor's Celebration of Innovation.

"It's an honor to be invited to speak at Yale, where some of the finest young American minds come to challenge themselves and begin to create their future," Parsons said. "It was a privilege to share things I've learned in business with these future entrepreneurs who are destined to do great things."

"Speakers at our Innovation Summit events are business leaders turning things upside down in their respective industries. Mr. Parsons is absolutely that kind of person," said Benjamin Boese, Yale Entrepreneurial Society(R) co-president. "Mr. Parsons is a dominant force in the Internet community and he's not afraid to take risks and do things differently."

The Yale Entrepreneurial Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic growth through individual initiative and entrepreneurship, as well as social responsibility, in the greater Yale community. The society works to coordinate and support Yale-led entrepreneurial activities in New Haven and throughout the country.

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