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When I read Meg Hirshberg's book "For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families" I knew instantly that I wanted Meg to join our slate of Founders School experts. The goal of Founders School is to provide entrepreneurs with crucial skills and knowledge, and to do so with an eye to topics that are important but rarely discussed in typical entrepreneurship education programs. The subject of Meg's book is just such a topic. We all know that entrepreneurs have to juggle a variety of considerations when founding a company: team building, assessment of product/market fit, intellectual property, and how to get that first important customer. What many entrepreneurs and, more importantly, their families, know is that there's a juggle on the family side of the equation as well, but it's one that many entrepreneurs may be reluctant to talk about.
"No business plan survives first contact with customers," Steve Blank says. What? Isn't the point of planning that you maximize the likelihood of success in the marketplace? Well yes, but perhaps not the kind of planning you might be thinking about. A business plan conceived on paper, powered by a great idea or invention, enhanced by research on the size of the market and a customer profile, has great potential. But it also has a crucial flaw.
As a biomedical informatics researcher and biotechnology entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley, Atul Butte has big ideas for the future of life science entrepreneurship. His Butte Lab works to solve genomic medicine problems through new developments in translational bioinformatics.
With the goal of revolutionizing cardiac MRI, Morpheus Medical has developed software that takes the process from three hours to about 20 minutes. The company was launched about a year and a half ago when entrepreneurs who wanted to use computational processing to help with the diagnosis of disease came together with radiologists from Stanford University to commercialize the product.
Don’t be shy about talking up your company’s mission, says one entrepreneur. “I spend a lot of my time talking to people about what we’re doing. The more you talk about it, the more people will come to you.”
BioCurious is a Silicon Valley bio-hacker space with a dual mission: community education and work with entrepreneurs. Cofounder Raymond McCauley, who is also chair of biotechnology at Singularity University, said BioCurious provides lab space, equipment and a community for entrepreneurs.
It hasn’t been a year since the Cellanyx Diagnostics team spun out their technology from Columbia University. But, halfway to raising $1 million worth of seed funding for the company, CEO Ashok Chander can already share tips from the trenches.
LUMOback is the first product by LUMO, a Palo Alto-based company founded by three entrepreneurs – including one who suffered back problems for years. Charles Wang, co-founder and CMO, shared what he’s learned since the company’s launch in 2011 and the product’s release last year.
The team at Ginger.io learned early to balance the quick pace of a startup with many partners’ slower processes.
How entrepreneurs can use online networking and web resources to give them a competitive advantage.
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