Where Einstein Meets Edison

Diet Entrepreneurship: How Competitions Give a Sample of Entrepreneurship Without All the Risk

Diet Entrepreneurship: How Competitions Give a Sample of Entrepreneurship Without All the Risk

Sep 14, 2010

“Have you quit your job yet?” This is the question that confronted MassChallenge founder John Harthorne when he approached business tycoon Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande for help in getting MassChallenge off the ground.  Fortunately, Harthorne and his partners had quit their jobs to work on the startup. Deshpande replied, “Good. Then I can make some...

Entrepreneurship from Technology-Push vs. Market-Pull

Entrepreneurship from Technology-Push vs. Market-Pull

May 25, 2010

Push versus Pull: A Tug-of-War. “Is an entrepreneur with a market need in mind and a product to fit that need better positioned for success than an entrepreneur who starts with a technology but “needs” a need?” Dr. Erika Wagner asks me as we sit in the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. She quickly answers her own question. “I’d argue yes.” Dr. Wagner is...

The Lifeblood of Life Sciences

The Lifeblood of Life Sciences

Feb 28, 2010

How Massachusetts Life Sciences Venture Capital Funding Has Fared in the Downturn. The massive Massachusetts life science cluster is made up of over 100 universities and colleges, 70 hospitals, 200 medical device companies and 400 biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies across the state1. In 2006, it directly employed over 75,000 people and was responsible...