James A. Cusumano was co-founder of the billion dollar company Catalytica. He is the author of the book, Balance. He is an accomplished leader with many successful careers as an entertainer, scientist, and entrepreneur.
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What will you learn in this interview?
– What was his lowest point professionally and personally?
– What is the best part of being more productive and balanced in his daily life?
– What was a time that he was extremely productive and balanced at the same time?
– What is his favorite story in the book Balance?
– How did Catalytica grow to be worth $1B when it sold?
– What was he doing before all the success?
– Where did the idea for his business come from?
James has nine brothers and sisters.
Business Mentors, Tools, Books mentioned:
John H. Sinfelt
James A. Cusumano is an American entertainer and entrepreneur. He was the lead singer for the recording group The Royal Teens, who released the songs “Short Shorts” and “Short Shorts Twist” in the 1950s and 60s. After receiving a PhD in physical chemistry, pursuing business studies at Harvard and Stanford, and receiving a fellowship at Churchill College at Cambridge University, he served as a research scientist and then Director of Catalysis R&D for Exxon.
Cusumano then co-founded Catalytica, Inc., a Silicon Valley company with business units in sustainable energy and pharmaceuticals. He served as President and CEO of Catalytica and then as its Chairman. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Catalytica Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Following this, Cusumano founded Chateau Wally Films and produced the 2001 feature film What Matters Most.
He next moved to Prague, where he and his wife and business partner, Inez, renovated a Czech chateau into a luxury hotel and retreat.
Cusumano is the author of several technical and business publications, including the books Balance: The Business-Life Connection and Cosmic Consciousness: A Journey to Well-being, Happiness and Success.
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