CINA eSIG Presents Date / Time: April 13 2006 - 06:30pm to 09:00pm
Learn from history: 10 common (and avoidable) reasons startups fail
Fee: $5.00 for CINA members,
Free for Executive, Corporate members and lifetime members. $15.00 for non-members
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Venue: Fenwick & West, LLP
801 California Street,
Mountain View CA 94041
Dr. Richard G. Caro, CEO, TangibleFuture, Inc.
Sean Murphy, CEO, SKMurphy, Inc.
About the Event:
It is a truism that most new ventures fail. Most people think that is just the way things are. Does it have to be?
In studying and working with many startups across a diverse set of science-intensive industries, we have come to realize that there are some striking common themes that are at the heart of why so many new ventures fail to live up to the hopes of the entrepreneurs that create them.
This talk is about these common themes, and how to avoid making the same errors as entrepreneurs who have gone before us.
The good news is that these themes represent actionable lessons, and apply directly to commercialization of most technologies. We believe that entrepreneurs who apply these lessons will have a greatly enhanced probability of success.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Richard G. Caro has over 20 years of experience at the intersection of technology and business: as CEO of two startups, CTO of a third, occasional angel investor, and advisor to numerous new business ventures in fields such as life sciences, communications, alternative energy, security, and nanotechnology. He has been responsible for the development of a number of successful products and has 22 issued patents.
Richard is presently founder & CEO of TangibleFuture, Inc., which provides hands-on guidance to entrepreneurs navigating the path from idea to profitable business. Prior roles include Managing Director at RHK, a provider of advisory services to the communications industry; CEO (founder) of Vital Insite, a venture-backed medical device start-up; Engineering Program Manager at Coherent, then one of the two largest laser manufacturers in the world; and V.P. Technology Development (CTO & employee #5) of Summit Technology, a pioneer in the laser refractive surgery business. Before entering industry, he was a member of the research staff at Stanford University.
Richard received a B.Sc. (Hons) degree from Melbourne University, Australia (1977), and a D.Phil. in experimental physics from Oxford University (1982) where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Born and raised in Melbourne, Richard has lived since 1982 in the USA.
Richard G. Caro, CEO
San Francisco, USA.