John Crestani
John Crestani (Courtesy photo)

Editor's note: This article has been edited to correct the start time of the talk, which begins at 6 p.m.

Internet entrepreneur John Crestani wants to inspire University of Colorado students to solve "big, hairy, audacious problems."

"Instead of finding out how to create a business that has incremental value like creating a better hot dog stand or creating something where you can make a lot of money selling a product 10 percent cheaper than the competition, we're in a time where we have all the resources available to solve really big problems that are in front of society right now," Crestani said.

CU students intrigued by Crestani's proposition can find him sharing this sentiment and more at 6 p.m. Tuesday on campus in Humanities 150. The talk is free and open to the public.

Crestani's passion to spread his message started from personal experience. He graduated from college with dollar signs in his eyes.

"All I really wanted to do was make money," Crestani said. "I did that."

The "self-made millionaire" graduated in 2010 and started working for an advertising agency for two years. The money started coming in, but his passion fizzled.

In 2012, he became an entrepreneur. Crestani wants to share what he's learned on his journey to success with students who are just figuring out their place in the world.

"If you don't know what you want to do, think really big," Crestani said. "I think a lot of people get out of college, and they think it all sounds kind of boring. I think so many people are disappointed. Frickin' go for the moon. It's possible."


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