James Trevelyan

Which entrepreneur, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?

I would decline the invitation.

I am fortunate to know, personally or through friends, several famous entrepreneurs, more than just their name and their business success.

None of these people attract me in the least. One example: I nominated this entrepreneur for a prestigious award. My nomination propelled him into a select group of finalists. Not only did he fail to appear at the award announcement, but he never even thanked me for nominating him and for the publicity he gained through being a finalist.

I much prefer the company of people who selflessly serve others without promoting themselves.

About James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and start-up entrepreneur. As founder and inventor of Close Comfort, he is introducing new energy-saving, low emissions air conditioning technology for a global market. His research on engineering practice helped define the Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His books “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and “Learning Engineering Practice” are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. He is best known internationally for pioneering research on sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He has worked as an expert witness on several significant intellectual property matters in Australia and internationally. He has also managed his family investment portfolio for several decades and has advised family investment companies in the UK and Australia.

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