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What I Wish I Knew as a Scientist-Founder

In academia, no one prepares you for starting a company.

It’s a shame, because there are so many unspoken rules of the startup game that make a huge difference.

I recently gave a private talk to a small group of bio students at UC Berkeley, unpacking everything I’ve learned as a Ph.D. turned founder turned investor. Even the things no one will tell you to your face.

There’s a word in Hebrew — “tachles” — which means: “Get to the point.” Direct. Clear. No bullshit. That’s how I am when talking to future scientist-founders. Because I’ve been where you are, and I want your breakthrough, magical ideas to work.

Today, we’re publishing a few highlights from the Berkeley talk:

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Omri Drory, Ph.D.
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