Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field.
“Entrepreneur” is a title without a precise job description. Generally, it’s thought to be someone who has a grand vision or incredibly innovative ideas, but Purdue University graduate Keith Krach believes anyone can be a successful entrepreneur.
“But you have to put your mind to it,” he adds. “The definition of being an entrepreneur is being able to create something out of nothing. The successful entrepreneurs are people who build that organization, that product, that network — whatever it is — and have it achieve its escape velocity.”
Krach knows whereof he speaks. He was the founder and CEO of Ariba, and former chairman of the board at Angie’s List. He’s currently president and CEO of DocuSign, which is changing the face of business globally thanks to its digital transaction management solutions. He considers DocuSign to be his fifth successfully created company.