Larry Robertson

Founder, President

Larry Robertson Bio

Larry Robertson is a border crosser. The roles he has played over the course of his career have been and continue to be diverse – innovation advisor, entrepreneur, researcher, educator, business leader, and award-winning author.

Forming the base of his work, Larry has spent more than two decades in the entrepreneurial universe in roles ranging from advisor to investor and many in between. In 1992, he founded Lighthouse Consulting, which, guides entrepreneurial ventures, their leaders, and those who invest in them.  Through Lighthouse Consulting he has effectively helped dozens of clients both large and small. His work has focused on the practical realities of making breakthrough ideas real, from conceiving them, to developing the story around them, to running and growing the entrepreneurial ventures that draw value from these big ideas. The longevity of his business underscores his effectiveness. Among the qualities called out by clients and partners, Larry has been described as a “Creative questioner. Insightful listener. Experienced advisor.” His ability to advance big ideas is built on what one client has called his “excellent grasp of what matters.” Larry’s abilities as a bold yet practical thinker are summed up by another client who said: “What Larry does so exceptionally is to cut through the noise to distill down to the important elements. He is consistently able to see a pattern or opportunity and make it relevant and valuable. That is truly unique.”

Larry’s ability to transfer his knowledge and skills goes far beyond his role at Lighthouse Consulting. He is a recognized expert on entrepreneurship in public, private, and academic forums. He was an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (2009-2012), where he was honored as a nominee for Professor of the Module. Larry continues as a frequent Guest Lecturer at a wide range of universities including Cornell University, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, John Hopkins, and George Mason University. In 2011 he was awarded the Igniting the Flame Award by Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship at the school’s internationally regarded Experiential Classroom for entrepreneurship educators. The award is given to the person the community feels is, more than anyone else, moving the topic, the mission, and the entrepreneurial community forward by adding valuable insight and perspectives, raising great questions and facilitating the abilities of others to professionally advance.

Further extending his impact, Larry Robertson is the author of A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progress (Morgan James Publishing, 2009), an eight-time award-winning book that has received wide acclaim for its unique and insightful look at how entrepreneurship works and for its accessible, actionable guidance about how each of us can tap this powerful force that enables humanity to progress. For A Deliberate Pause, Larry was honored with a First Horizon Finalist Award for “superior work by a debut author” by the Eric Hoffer Project. The book’s other honors include receiving an International Book Award in the category of “leadership,” and being chosen a finalist for Book of the Year, 2010 from more than 1,400 entries by a judging panel of librarians, book reviewers and booksellers for the highly regarded Foreword Reviews Magazine. In 2012 his book also won a prestigious Eric Hoffer Finalist Award in the “Legacy” category, given to books deemed important not just in their publishing year, but over the test of time. A Deliberate Pause has been frequently chosen as a key text for use in undergraduate and graduate courses and in 2011 was selected as the central text by Compass Partners for their social entrepreneurship fellowships offered on college campuses across the United States and in Europe.

Larry is also the author of the highly-acclaimed book The Language of Man: Learning to Speak Creativity. New York Times best-selling author Brigid Schulte described the book as “Utterly captivating. ... Backed by wide-ranging research from neuroscience to philosophy and the engaging stories of some of the most creative people on the planet, Robertson shows how creativity is a mindset, a habit, a choice ... bringing the vaunted notion of genius out of the clouds and into our every day lives.” As MSNBC Your Business host JJ Ramberg reviewed it, “Larry Robertson’s focus on what creativity is like in actual practice, not just in theory, makes this book stand out.” In its first eight months the book has garnered eight awards in five separate categories, including a Gold Medal for Best Business Book in Entrepreneurship from the Axiom Best Business Book Awards (2017), a Silver Medal in the category of Creative Process from the Nautilus Book Awards 2016, and was honored with a Finalist Award for the Eric Hoffer Awards Montaigne Medal given to the most thought-provoking books.

Larry writes two recurring columns - one for Inc. Magazine (The Innovator’s Edge) and the other for The Creativity Post (Learning to Speak Creativity, is a regular contributor to Fast Company, and is a guest columnist for Productive Flourishing. He has been featured on or in MSNBC, the Chicago Tribune, AdAge, and SmartBrief and has appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts focusing on a wide range of topics.

In addition to Lighthouse Consulting, Larry is the founder and Executive Director of the (re) institute. The (re) institute, still in its early development stages, is conceived as a place where creativity comes to thrive, a central location and repository for understanding this uniquely human capacity and for spreading it. Beyond his own ventures, Larry’s past professional career has included roles with J.P. Morgan, the Walt Disney Company, and Robertson, Stephens & Company.

Larry has been invited to serve as a board member or advisory board member of numerous companies and organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, including Handwriting Without Tears, Really Great Reading, Compass Partners, ChildSecure, Yes!Circle, Netpreneur, the Alexandria (VA) YMCA, the Delafield Arts Center, SummerStage, and the Arlington Sports Commission.

Larry graduated with Distinction from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a Master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Lighthouses have been around at least since the time of ancient Egypt, the first known one being the Pharos of Alexandria. That lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Quick Highlights

Name: Larry Robertson

  Age: About half way

  College: Stanford

  Grad School: Kellogg

  Day Job(s):

    Founder, Lighthouse Consulting

    Former Adjunct Professor E-ship

      (Georgetown’s Graduate B-School)

    Board Member (various - see bio)

    Advisor (many)

    Speaker (where it counts)

    University Guest Lecturer (many; long time)

    Volunteer (too often)

    Father, Husband, other roles

  A Favorite Quote:

      “We can’t solve problems at the same level at which they were created.” Einstein

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