Where Einstein Meets Edison

How to Be an Entrepreneur on Your Own Terms: Interview with JetPens.com Co-founder Adrian Mak

How to Be an Entrepreneur on Your Own Terms: Interview with JetPens.com Co-founder Adrian Mak

Jul 28, 2010

JetPens.com is the leading online retailer of Japanese pens, pencils, and stationery.  Started in 2004 with an initial investment of $9,000 from its three founders, the company managed to achieve profitability after two years, without any additional financing.  Because they never had to sell any equity to outside investors, the three founding partners have...

Using Automation To Make Energy Efficiency Efficient

Using Automation To Make Energy Efficiency Efficient

Jun 28, 2010

Over the past two decades, automation has transformed industries as diverse as banking, retail, and automobile manufacturing.  Superior implementation of automated procedures can be a source of both cost reduction and competitive advantage.  For example, Amazon has been able to use its mastery of information technology and automation to deliver goods cheaper...

Interview with Flybridge Capital’s Jeff Bussgang, Author of Mastering the VC Game

Interview with Flybridge Capital’s Jeff Bussgang, Author of Mastering the VC Game

Jun 26, 2010

For many high tech startup ventures, the intricate process by which entrepreneurs court venture capitalists is a defining event that helps create the path to success. In Mastering the VC Game, Flybridge General Partner Jeff Bussgang illuminates the inner workings of this relationship with the unique perspective of a veteran in both worlds. His insider’s...

Disrupting Coal with Modular Nuclear Reactors

Disrupting Coal with Modular Nuclear Reactors

May 30, 2010

Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal advocating small nuclear reactors as a new source of electricity1.  The article emphasized that compared to traditional large reactors, small modular reactors are cheaper, use less water for cooling, and would allow utilities to buy only the capacity they need. Modular...

Genomic Sequencing for Low-Cost Diagnostics

Genomic Sequencing for Low-Cost Diagnostics

Mar 28, 2010

Just as he rolls out of bed and before brushing his teeth, MIT PhD student Lawrence David uses a cotton swab to save a sample of the bacteria in his mouth.  When he gets to his lab, he stores this sample alongside the other saliva and feces samples he has been collecting for the last eight months.  Later in the day, he will collect stool samples.  David and...