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Entries from January 2009

Hamid Farzaneh, CEO of DisplayLink: Ergonomics in a Multiple Application Environment

January 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Entrepreneurs

I have known Hamid Farzaneh for quite a while. Great resume with such former positions as COO of Genesis Microchip, co-founder of Motion Sense (a MEMS controller), Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Silicon Optix Inc. He is now the CEO of DisplayLink. We rarely speak of business, as he is always […]

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Matti Kovler, artist-entrepreneur: Great products always carry a great vision

January 21st, 2009 · 7 Comments · Entrepreneurs

A Jew Among the Indians: this year’s BMOP’s winning composition: The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), a major orchestra dedicated exclusively to performing, commissioning, and recording new music, presented its 11th annual Boston ConNECtion concert on January 17th at Jordan Hall (Gil Rose, conductor) featuring works by William Thomas McKinley, Michael Gandolfi, Peter Maxwell Davies, John Heiss, […]

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Frederic Kerrest: On the entrepreneurial path

January 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

It’s great to live one’s life in the fast lane, and even better to do so with a sense of purpose. This is what I like about Frederic Kerrest. Entrepreneurship is his passion, and everything he does is aimed at honing his skills to become an effective entrepreneur. From engineering to sales: “I didn’t like […]

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Lara Druyan: VC, sharp, entrepreneurial, witty…

January 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Entrepreneurs

When I first met Lara Druyan in 2000, she had just started as an associate at Allegis Capital ( At the time, I was advising a great entrepreneur, Ismael Ghalimi, the founder/CEO of Intalio (, and we tested the company’s new pitch on her. The concept of a “Business Process Management Platform” was still somewhat cryptic […]

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Eric Benhamou’s course at INSEAD: From start-up to Fortune 500

January 9th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Entrepreneurs

Eric Benhamou started to teach at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading business schools, in 2003. He recently completed his fifth year. “I am just beginning to get a feel of what it is to be a professor there, and every year, I enjoy it more,” he says. You have an impressive arsenal of degrees, and […]

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