Updated Apr. 28, 2017 at 7:32 a.m.

Premium Lock Score one for RTP: CEO explains why he bolted Silicon Valley for Triangle

Published: 2017-04-27 11:09:00
Updated: 2017-04-28 07:32:45

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Cindy Whitehead, the CEO who sold Sprout Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion, is now an unofficial ambassador for the Triangle. She tells people: "Move here!" citing many reasons (quality of life, talent, cost of living.) The Skinny and Whitehead were discussing why RTP is such a hot spot for tech startups and we happened to discuss "Map My Customers," which recently bolted the Valley for RTP. And guess what - Matthew Sniff has posted at LinkedIn why he came to Carolina, citing many reasons Whitehead stresses in her pitches. Here's more....

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Last time I checked Wake Forest was not in the Triangle.....
Triangle universities must offer a stronger support system for the entrepreneur. The current "top down" system from academia must transform into a more customer-centric system where the "customer" is the entrepreneur and the startup. Stanford told David Filo, Jerry Yang, Sergey Brin and Larry Page it was OK to leave and build a startup - come back anytime you want. UC Berkely just started a new 4 year degree combining business and engineering - 2 schools within Berkeley decided to work together for the benefit of the student/consumer. As long as universities treat entrepreneurs like students they will produce term papers, power points and booths at conferences. The thing about a startup is you don't get graded - Startups make you take life . . . pass / fail
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