Tag: entrepreneurs

Risk Distribution & Opportunity Costs in Entrepreneurship

Risk Distribution In WIRED, “One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush” by  Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a very long read for a magazine article but works to compare/contrast the social and economic lives of tech startup founders and employees at larger tech companies. Here’s a passage that stuck with me for hours after reading the

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Personal Risk & Social Media in Pharma/Biotech

Benefit: Something that promotes or enhances well-being Risk: the possibility of suffering harm or loss While there is a growing group of pharma/biotech professionals engaging via social media, most people I know believe the risks vastly outweigh the benefits. Working in a risk averse culture with a low social media adoption rate may result in

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Dark Paths on the Entrepreneurial Journey

Very important note: The tech entrepreneurial community has been talking about depression and entrepreneurship. I’ve included links to some very personal and moving reads at the bottom of this post. The post I’ve written below is not meant to be about depression per se but about the dark spots along the entrepreneurial journey. Into every

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2012 Wisconsin Investment Capital Roundup

The fourth quarter venture capital investment numbers came out, which prompted me to update the biotech investment numbers as well as the Wisconsin VC numbers. As I was looking at the data, I was reminded that for a place with few VC dollars such as Wisconsin (<$100M per year across industries) we need to evaluate

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Equity Ownership and Risk Taking Behavior

Bruce Booth, a partner at Atlas Venture wrote a post called Unleashing Biotech Innovation With The Currency of Entrepreneurship. He makes a case that emerging translational R&D models that center on academia are likely to fail because they do not include equity ownership. Since reading the post, I’ve been pondering the question: Is equity ownership

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