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Rich Sheridan | Entrepreneurship Hour

In this Entrepreneurship Talk, Rich Sheridan conveys his enthusiasm for implementing joy in the workplace and the importance of introversion at Menlo Innovation. A Michigan alumnus, Sheridan reminisces about his time on campus as well as taking time to discuss the state of entrepreneurship in Ann Arbor.

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The talks were part of Entrepreneurship Hour (ENTR 407), a weekly speaker series that invites distinguished members of the entrepreneurial community to share inspirational startup stories with aspiring entrepreneurs. The series is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan.

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About the Speaker

From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, Richard Sheridan (U-M grad BS Computer Science '80, MS Computer Engineering '82) has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the business value of joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one ... Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford's recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration!

Some call it agile, some call it lean; Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results, business and otherwise. Five Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing more than a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory. Portfolio at Penguin Random House recently released Rich’s book Joy, Inc. – How We Built a Workplace People Love and Inc. magazine recently named Menlo Innovations “The Most Joyful Company in America”.

Rich is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship in University of Michigan's College of Engineering.

Article topics: Entrepreneurship , Alumni


About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of more than 75,000 spans the globe.