“Find what you want and go after it with all your passion,” advises Jen Pinson ’98. “Life’s too short to skirt by on the edges.”
When former MIT professor Marty Schlecht ’77 left 11 years ago to start the power-converter company SynQor Inc., he wanted to bring his entrepreneurial experiences back to MIT in any way possible. He began as a mentor-instructor with UPOP, and has hired several interns.
Barry Bronfin ’60, a long-time UPOP mentor instructor, advises budding entrepreneurs to "Just go for it," and "Learn from experience."
Nana Yaa Fordjour ’11 worked on Thomson Reuters’ proprietary relationship and entity identification system. She was impressed by her strong team of co-workers, with its diversity of thinking styles and personalities: “Since the team has every kind of personality, the...