One of my greatest pleasures is starting companies and also enabling the startups of others.
When I was 9, I did my first startup – a school literary magazine. I organized a contest to create a name, created an editorial board, persuaded the principal of the school to let me use the PA system to promote the magazine. And had a great time. It was called the Hillside Inkwell, by the way.
Since then, I’ve started other ventures, BioSurface Technology, now a division of Genzyme, but a hot IPO in 1996. I’m currently on the board of Phylotech, a new company that is deploying proprietary biochip technology to identify up to 50,000 strains of bacteria in water, food and human tissues. I’m also on the board of TwoFour54, a media company backed by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
I welcome the opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs who have a great idea and might benefit from assistance with the startup or “power-up.”