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The Unexotic Underclass

The Unexotic Underclass

May 19, 2013

The startup scene today, and by ‘scene’ I’m sweeping a fairly catholic brush over a large swath of people – observers, critics,  investors, entrepreneurs, ‘want’repreneurs, academics, techies, and the like – seems to be riven into two camps. On one side stand those who believe that entrepreneurs have stopped chasing and solving Big Problems –...

10 Reasons Why Doctors Make Great Entrepreneurs

10 Reasons Why Doctors Make Great Entrepreneurs

Apr 8, 2013

Conventional wisdom has it that “doctors are lousy businesspeople,” and they should just take care of patients and leave the business stuff to someone else. In my opinion, these beliefs are no longer sustainable if doctors are to thrive in the new US healthcare environment. As someone who works with physician entrepreneurs, I know that doctors have...

Can Chicago be the Next Silicon Valley?

Can Chicago be the Next Silicon Valley?

Jan 17, 2013

Chicago startup stars, such as Groupon, Orbitz, The Onion, GrubHub and 37signals, have helped make the city a new breeding ground for entrepreneurship.  These successful companies are charting the way for a new economy and an environment where high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation can thrive. Already, the city has over a thousand digital tech companies,...

Why Venrock’s Matthew Nordan is optimistic about VC opportunities in energy

Why Venrock’s Matthew Nordan is optimistic about VC opportunities in energy

Dec 14, 2012

Stories on the reduced VC investment in the cleantech sector have been common recently, including a recent article in Greentech Media, on Mohr Davidow.  Common reasons cited include the capital-intensive and long-term nature of cleantech investments.  Based on this trend, some in the industry have concluded that the requirements of energy entrepreneurship make...

Penguin Finders are Eating the World!

Penguin Finders are Eating the World!

Jul 18, 2012

Mark Andreessen recently claimed that “software is eating the world.” While that may be true, the teeth used for chewing the world are still hardware based. Electronics will always be at the heart of technology – the quiet directors behind the camera of online networks, healthcare systems, mobile platforms and of course – the cloud, allowing silicon...