Ashley Kang ’04, G’11 has spent most of her career telling stories that often go untold. As director of The Stand—a community newspaper written for and by Syracuse’s South Side residents, in partnership with the Newhouse School—Kang works with a…
Blackstone LaunchPad Alumnus Launches Book ‘Adversity to Advantage: How to Overcome Bullying & Find Entrepreneurial Success’
Randy Ginsburg ’19 recently launched a book titled “Adversity to Advantage: How to Overcome Bullying & Find Entrepreneurial Success.” Ginsburg, a graduate of the Whitman School, earned a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing and is an alumnus of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars (LaunchPad) at Syracuse University Libraries program. The book was written to inspire those who were bullied with wisdom and advice from a diverse group of successful entrepreneurs who have overcome that negative experience and used it as a stepping stone for personal and entrepreneurial growth.
“I wrote the book out of a desire to create, but also to prove myself to all the people who mistreated me or doubted me in the past,” Ginsburg says. “Not only have my experiences with bullying helped me find my passion for entrepreneurship, but they also provided me with a chip on my shoulder that constantly fuels my fire to succeed.” The book is available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.
According to research cited in Ginsburg’s book, every seven minutes a child is bullied and one out of every three students in the United States has been targeted at school. Although conventional wisdom says that bullying is exclusively detrimental to one’s health, studies show that 47 percent of victims report a positive effect on their adult lives. The book shares stories of successful entrepreneurs’ bullying experiences, including: Tom Ford, who beat bullying to launch one of the world’s largest fashion houses and reinvent himself as an award-winning filmmaker; Elon Musk, whose familiarity with pain helped him to start PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX; and Andrew Nikou, who defeated bullies and went on to found OpenGate Capital, a multi-billion-dollar global private equity firm.
“We’re incredibly proud of Randy for sharing his story and experience with others. In fact, we’ve ordered copies of his book for our students at the LaunchPad to reference,” says Linda Dickerson-Hartsock, executive director of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars. “Randy has tackled a compelling problem, approaching it from a perspective informed by his own personal experience and thoughtful interviews and research. His focus is important and timely.”
Ginsburg plans to return to the Syracuse University campus this fall. During Orange Central, he will be speaking at the Innovation Breakfast at Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library on Friday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m.