4/17 Forum: Closing the Research-Revenue Chasm
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Technology Transfer and Innovation Forum Series
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
(Note: meeting is restored to Room 430)
DC’s Mr. Cranky on the Chasm Between Research and Revenue:
A view from a serial startup founder and angel investor
Professional angel investor and startup mentor
Southeastern Universities Research Association
1201 New York Ave. NW, Room 430
Washington, DC 20005
Glen Hellman has been dubbed “Mr. Cranky” by the likes of the Washington Business Journal due to his penchant for telling the unvarnished, and sometimes unwelcome, truth about the DC technology ecosystem and its companies, from start-ups to established champions (see http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/print-edition/2012/08/17/mr-cranky-glen-hellman-calls-it-like.html?page=all). Mr. Hellman also has personal experience dealing with the challenges of translating inventions from academic laboratories to the commercial world, as the one-time CEO of a university spin-off, and as a long-time active adviser and supporter of entrepreneurial ventures through the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center programs. In this talk, he brings to bear his observations from decades in the DC –area technology sector and his numerous angel investments in local start-ups, commenting on the common traps encountered when attempting to transform a scientist’s breakthrough idea into a revenue-generating business.
Glen Hellman earned his credentials as “Mr. Cranky” and Chief Entrepreneureator © of his company, Driven Forward LLC, after decades as a top executive of technology firms, including several stints as CEO-for-hire recruited to lead start-up ventures. He applies his real-world business experience as a mentor and angel investor for numerous DC-area start-ups. In particular, he is a CEO peer group facilitator for the Vistage network (http://www.vistage.com/about-us.aspx), a guest blogger for the Washington Business Journal and for TechCocktail, and publisher of his own blog on start-up advice, Forward Thinking (http://www.drivenforward.com/blog). He was voted Top Angel Investor by TechCocktail readers in 2012, and named a Global 100 Mentor by the Founders Institute.