Buck Goldstein is the University Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Goldstein joined the University faculty in 2004 to help build The Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to make entrepreneurship, broadly defined, part of the intellectual fabric of the campus. He remains closely aligned with the Minor in Entrepreneurship at UNC (http://www.unceminor.org/). UNC's entrepreneurship curriculum has been named by a variety of national publications as among the nation’s best. In 2010, he co-authored, with former Chancellor Holden Thorp, "Engines of Innovation—The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century," making the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change. He co-teaches the Coursera course, "What's Your Big Idea?"
Goldstein has been involved in entrepreneurship most of his professional life. After six years as a practicing attorney, in 1982 he co-founded Information America, an online information company that developed hundreds of products from databases of public records collected and compiled from courthouses throughout the United States. Over the next sixteen years he led the company from start-up through several stages of venture capital financing to an initial public offering. In 1994, West Publishing, the largest legal publisher in the United States, acquired Information America. Goldstein served on the Executive Committee of West before and after its subsequent acquisition by Thomson, a multinational information and publishing company. Goldstein has been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Information Industry Association and Information America appeared numerous times in the Inc 500 list of rapidly growing businesses. In 1998, Goldstein founded NetWorth Partners, a venture capital fund focusing on information based enterprises with Mellon Ventures as its largest investor. NetWorth combined with Mellon Ventures in 2000 and Goldstein became a Mellon Ventures Partner. He served on the Board of Directors of both private and public companies during his tenure at Mellon Ventures.
Goldstein also serves on the board of Medfusion, a Raleigh-based medical information technology company,
Industry Expertise (1)
Areas of Expertise (5)
Entrepreneur of the Year (professional)
Awarded to Professor Goldstein by the Information Industry Association and Information America.
Featured on Inc. 500 list of rapidly growing companies (professional)
Professor Goldstein has been featured on Inc 500 list of rapidly growing businesses on several separate occasions.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: J.D., Juris Doctor 1976
Served on the Editorial Board of the UNC Law Review.
University of Massachusetts: M.Ed., Master of Education 1973
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: B.A., Bachelor of Arts 1970
Graduated with honors; elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Media Appearances (3)
Exploding MOOC Myths -- What We've Learned Half Way Through
The Huffington Post online
Holden Thorp and I are half way through our MOOC, What's Your Big Idea? By MOOC standards our enrollment is modest (34,000) but the level of engagement is relatively high-over 7,000 students have taken the end of module exams, and many others are working on projects to be presented at the end of the course...
Innovation Economics: The Pie Must Get Bigger
The Huffington Post online
If you work long enough, even in high growth businesses or organizations, the inevitable bump in the road comes along, and sometimes that bump is more like a pot-hole or a ditch. When the pie is getting smaller, no one is happy. This axiom applies equally to companies, institutions, governments and world economies, and the ultimate remedy is almost always the same as well...
Buck Goldstein and Holden Thorp on student entrepreneurship and lasting change: "[s]tudents are eager to learn and apply basic economic and strategic principles to the most important issues facing the planet."
Event Appearances (3)
Keynote speaker, Phi Kappa Phi
Academic honorary and service society Annual meeting
University of Kentucky Speaker Series
Presentation University of Kentucky
Buck Goldstein on Broadening the definition of entrepreneurship, and more
Entrepreneurial University Leadership Programme University of Oxford
ABSTRACT: Nothing about these three events is particularly unique and by themselves they are merely isolated experiences. Multiplied across millions of consumers they suggest fundamental changes are taking place in the nature of what those in the business have referred to as “content” ever since Bill Gates’ famous essay, Content is King...
ABSTRACT: What is an entrepreneurial university, and how does it address the worldís biggest problems? It is a question that weíve been asked regularly the last few months in the run-up to the recent publication of our book, Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century (University of North Carolina Press)...