Founder/CEO Amin Shokrollahi came from years of academic research before turning entrepreneur and raising $25.000.000 to date for his high-tech company Kandou Bus. He learned why researchers make great entrepreneurs – but also what the big differentiator is, that might prove tough for some academics to ‘convert’. Here are some key points – you can hear the whole insightful story in episode #014 of the Startup Milestones podcast – available on iTunes, Android and YouTube.
When I asked Amin how difficult the transition was from being a researcher to being an entrepreneur, he said he didn’t think it is much of a transition. “Many qualities a good researcher has are the same qualities that a good business man has”. These are the ones he named: