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Tuesday, October 3 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
CoFounders - The Good, The Challenge, and The Reward

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A majority of today’s startups have cofounders.  Some Accelerators, like the Y Combinator, won’t consider your application unless you have a cofounder.  MIT Professor Edward Roberts in “Startups That Work”, stated that the chances of being very successful increased at 2, 3 and 4 cofounders.  The benefits of cofounder teams are obvious…the work is shared, so is the pressure and there’s a diversity of skillsets.  Cofounders also means human dynamics are in play…all the time.  In this session, we have a panel of 3 different cofounders that will talk to us about their cofounder experience and wisdom earned.  Nope, no knock’em sock’em drama, and lots of opportunity for you to ask questions about The Good, The Challenge and The Reward of having cofounders.

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Hien DeYoung

Executive Coach, DeYoung Executive Coaching & Consultancy
Hien DeYoung is an executive coach who works with CEOs and Executive Women.  She draws on her 20+ years in HR building life science startups that garnered $300m in VC funding including an IPO.  Her executive and corporate officer experience enables relevant context and insights for her... Read More →

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Christina Cyr

Founder, CEO and CTO, dTOOR
Christina Cyr is the CEO, CTO, and Founder of dTOOR, which makes “Non-Rectangular Phones for Non-Rectangular People” starting with a phone in the shape of a circle, called The Cyrcle Phone. Christina has a bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and physics, and a master’s degree in engineering. She has been a biochemical engineer for... Read More →
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Archis Gore

CTO, Polyverse Corp
Archis Gore’s latest venture, Polyverse, began with the intent to "solve" the security problems and give operators an arsenal of options. To help operators "be secure", rather than point out problems.  Before Polyverse, Archis served time at Amazon on Search Experience, where he handled the on-call duty for... Read More →
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Shreya Ley

GeoBiz Technology
Shreya is an adventurer, a business owner, an intellectual property attorney, and, above all, a human. After working in the oil and gas industry as a chemical engineer in Houston, Texas, she went to law school at Tulane Law School.  Since law school, Shreya has worked in a start-up that crashed and burned, and founded two businesses with family members: one with her father and one with her... Read More →