I have several topics that I customize around an event theme:
Start Failing today - Success is on the way.
Silicon Valley Venture Capital Episodes.
Corporate Culture - From Start-ups to the Billion Dollar IPO.
Do Not Retire - ReAspire.
God is in the Details while the Devil is in the Headlines.
If business is so simple, why do so many fail?
Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.
Disruption is a good thing.
Apples and Oranges - a marketers enigma.
Feedback is Precious - get some.
How to integrate the remote worker.
It is a wide wide web world.
Litigation lessons from the courtroom.
Entrepreneur of the Year. Venture Capitalist. Expert Witness. Political Consultant. Author. Speaker. Professor. Consultant. Radio Host. VideoBlogger.
Bob Sherwood was once called "The Living and Breathing Economic Stimulus Package" for his prolific success in helping businesses and people prosper.
You Don't Retire... You Re-Fire! Stories inspire. Stories sell. Stories help ignite movements. Stories have become the motivational building block of America today.
A typical day in Kansas City revolves around a 73 year young man who rises early. He may play, and normally win, a tennis match before nine o'clock. Perhaps he's using his 50+ years of business and life success to consult with a new technology firm. He could be helping a Texas multi-millionaire, turned penniless, write his life story. Then again he may be conferring with high powered corporate attorney's representing the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook or Yahoo to name a few. The story is special. It is an executive life story that echoes well past regular retirement. Robert J. (Bob) Sherwood is living the story.
When you meet Sherwood, you quickly see that the seventy three years appear as fifties in appearance, forties in business energy, thirties in energy level and twenties in entrepreneurial zeal.
Robert Sherwood, known as Bob to his friends, holds a background that is impressive by any standard. He has been a Silicon Valley executive and board member, a design engineer, venture capitalist, business consultant and national radio program host. He still does work weekly as a legal expert witness, author, speaker and blogger.
Sherwood's past creates his story that should inspire you 'not to retire but to re-fire.' The story is for everyone to know that your later years can be your brightest years.
Sherwood's story is a classic Kansas City success story. Born in Kansas City KS just off of Quindaro Boulevard, he attended Bishop Ward High School and then headed off to Kansas University. There he earned both a BS and MS degrees. It was off to California for work in engineering and design, as he continued his education and earned another Masters degree, an MBA with a major in operations research in 1972 from California State University, Hayward.
The years of success accumulated rapidly as Sherwood led organizations such as Envirotech, Inc, as he led the European operations. Next and again the creativity flowed via a startup, EDC, Inc. which earned the support of the legendary venture capitalist firm of Kleiner and Perkins. RastorOps, the very first color monitor company. Later Sherwood would serve the Kauffman Foundation as the President of the Center for Business Innovation. Awards came frequently including in 1995 being named a national 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by Ernst, NASDAQ and INC magazine.
The success story continues with the creation of SmartText, a legal forms company which Sherwood leads today. That perhaps carried him to the retirement age of 65.
It was then the fireworks or the re-firing of his energy and creativity began. Sherwood began to write and still does. He's authored four novels and 10 Business Guide books. His background in technology enabled Sherwood to become one of the most sought after legal expert witnesses in America today. He has either written technical documents and/or testified for over 40 national cases. Companies like Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Apple, eBay, Microsoft and more have been part of his courtroom pontification. Yahoo! paid Sherwood more then $250,000 on a single patent engagement matter. He received a fee of $500,000 to manage the a young inventor sell his patents for more than $7,000,000.
Writing. Testifying. Consulting. These now fill the days of a senior, yet youthful Kansas City icon. Sherwood spends his free time playing tennis with his championship caliber wife, Helen. The Sherwood's have 5 sons, a lawyer in Los Angeles, a medical doctor at KU Med, two computer software design professionals and a business professional. All leaders in their own arena. The energetic couple makes sure their travel schedule includes regular time with family.