Fascinated by science and possessing an independent nature and appreciation for a good challenge, I’ve always followed a pretty clear path to entrepreneurship. During my PhD in nanotechnology for cancer therapy, I could see the real need for a platform to centralize scientific information, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitate the general public’s access to science. So, as soon as I had my degree in hand, I created the platform I envisioned.
I had a great sense of freedom to achieve many things. It was up to me to carry out an idea; to create, name and build a site; to surround myself with people I wanted to work with. I knew it was the beginning of a great adventure, which ultimately brought me to a life in San Francisco.
You have to believe in the success of your project all the way. Manage all the people involved – the team, investors, community – and transmit your vision to them. You also need a big dose of courage, perseverance and hard work. To me, entrepreneurship is an endurance sprint!