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Mentors or muses, we all need inspiration : Experience can be gained but expertise is primal

Feb 05, 2019 - USA Today

Starting a company is never easy. It is made even more difficult by preconceived notions and inherent doubt. Back in 1998, as a young academic scientist turned CEO, most people dismissed me and did not believe I could run a business. Few things are more humbling than being told to get coffee from a potential investor right in front of your entire team.

When I started my first company, most people judged my ability superficially, and that is typical of human nature. If not for the people wh...