Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Great University spin-outs

Our goal at VentureLab is to foster startups at Georgia Tech based on research going on in the labs. This can be a fertile ground for start-up companies. Most people are not aware of the fact that many of the great technology companies the we take for granted were born and incubated at a university. 

HP, Google, Sun, Cisco and Yahoo were all started at Stanford University. DEC was started at MIT's Lincoln Labs. These are just a few, there are plenty more - leave a comment if you wish to add to the list.

In 1998, I had the privilege of working with Tom Leighton and Daniel Lewin while they were launching Akamai. Tom is a professor of Mathematics at MIT and Daniel was one of his grad students. They were looking for a partner to manufacture the custom Linux boxes that they built their content delivery network on. They selected my company TruSOLUTIONS and for the next two years we built and shipped several thousand servers all around the world for Akamai.

Georgia Tech has world class researchers in many different technology fields. Will the next name-brand University spin-out technology startup be based in Atlanta? That's what we're working on!


Monday, April 28, 2008

Opening Hailing Frequencies

I'm proud to be part of Georgia Tech's VentureLab... which I think is one of the best (if not the best) university commercialization programs in the country.

So, as you can imagine, it frustrates me enormously when people say "I had no idea of all the cool things you were working on down there!"

We've begun publishing a better view into our current technology projects and companies via our tracking database at That will let you see a list of all our deals (at least the ones we're able to publicize) and read a one-page description for each one.

This blog is less structured, and will be a place for various members of VentureLab to start conversations about individual deals, or GT laboratories, or commercialization challenges... or whatever strikes our fancy.

It's a work in progress. Let us know what interests you using the Skribit box at the right!