Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2020
Volume 65, Number 1
Monday–Friday, March 2–6, 2020; Denver, Colorado
Session P28: Fellows of FIAP
2:30 PM–5:30 PM,
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Sponsoring Unit: FIAP
Chair: Michael Gordon, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Abstract: P28.00004 : Startups: The Place to Be!
life. Since my first start-up company in 2000 and at my present start-up QuantTera, the funding
and time frames of start-ups have changed dramatically. I will start off describing my entrepreneurial
experience and contrast my two companies and how the times have changed. I believe there is a
mind set that is necessary for future aspiring scientists to jump into an entrepreneurial endeavor, and
I have some “Rules” for such a journey. One of the greatest assets of physicists is their problem
solving ability. However the problems one faces in the entrepreneurial world are not often
scientific. In actuality the science part is the joy of the start-up and the “other” stuff will make you
pull your hair out!
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