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Hi, I am Raymond Weitekamp, the founder and CEO of polySpectra. I started PhD to CEO as a way of giving back to a community close to my heart: physical science startups. I wanted to share the lessons that I have learned through the arduous process of transforming my PhD thesis work into a commercial product. More importantly, I wanted to share stories of my personal transformation from PhD to CEO, to help you avoid the huge mistakes that I made along the way. I will teach you the tricks I’ve learned over the years – as a member of the founding cohort of Cyclotron Road, the groundbreaking hard technology innovation program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as a principal investigator securing millions of dollars in R&D funding from the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, as an inventor struggling to transform myself into a manager and leader, as a CEO raising venture capital for a vision with huge technical risk, and (most importantly) as a solo founder trying to stay motivated, healthy and sane while working to realize a vision for how the world might work differently.
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