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Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab

651 N. Shaw Ln

Rm. M025 Business Pavilion

East Lansing, East Lansing 48824

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Innovate State is a collaboration between the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the MSU Innovation Center.

Hosted at the Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab, Innovate State welcomes successful Spartan alumni back to campus for a fireside chat. Guests share their perspectives on everything from launching start-ups to experiencing success and failure to building dynamic and nurturing work cultures.

Join us for Innovate State, with Mike Miller on Wed., Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab.


A native of Williamston, Michigan, Mike Miller is a lifelong Spartan. After graduating from MSU with degrees in physics and philosophy, his undergraduate research at the Cyclotron opened the door for a PhD in Particle Physics from Yale and faculty positions at MIT and UW. Along the way he developed a taste for capitalism, co-founding the Y Combinator-backed company, Cloudant, which helped create the noSQL and Database-aaS market before being acquired by IBM in 2014. Through a strange twist of fate, Miller then co-founded Silicon Valley's most active seed-stage venture capital firm with Joe Montana and Michael Ma. Since 2015 the partners have invested in over 250 companies with a combined valuation of nearly $10B, putting them at the epicenter of the Bay Area’s tech scene. Outside of work, Mike is the proud father of two sets of young twins with his wife Laura, and they enjoy hiking, sailing, skiing and climbing from their Pacific NW home base.


You can find the full list of Innovate State events here: https://entrepreneurship.msu.edu/innovate-state/

If you are interested in other entrepreneurial events at MSU, please go to the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Calendar found at eship.msu.edu/calendar.

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