• StartX, a renowned start-up accelerator partnered with Stanford University, has brought in entrepreneur Joseph Huang as its new CEO.
Huang himself is an alumnus of StartX. In 2013, he sold his company WiFiSLAM to Apple for $20 million and has spent the last four years working for the tech giant. Still, Huang has remained active in the StartX community as a mentor and adviser. As he learned during his years at Stanford, “the greatest [teachers] were those who had taken the class in the past.”
The accelerator now has about 1,000 entrepreneurs as part of its network, and the Stanford StartX Fund, a collaborative start-up fund between the university and the accelerator, is looking to create more ways to support not only Stanford entrepreneurs, but also serial entrepreneurs and growth-stage companies. In his new role as StartX CEO, Huang will help lead some of that initiative.
With Huang’s appointment, StartX founder and CEO Cameron Teitelman will move to a chairman role and will remain active in advising, admissions and start-up recruitment.
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• The University of Michigan (U-M) has brought on six new members of its technology licensing team to better serve U-M faculty and business partners.
Janai Ramaswamy, a licensing professional and health tech portfolio manager, will serve as a licensing specialist at U-M, with a special focus on medical devices and other health technologies.
Dick Greeley, former director of licensing at Microsoft and former director of strategic planning and investing at Hewlett-Packard, is joining the U-M team as a senior licensing specialist.
Intellectual property and tech licensing expert Stefan Koehler will serve as senior licensing specialist for the life sciences.
Anne Juggernauth, manager of the U-M Tech Transfer Fellows program, will be the new licensing and market specialist, providing market analysis and marketing support for U-M’s patent portfolio.
Hui Chen, who spent four years at Cornell’s Center for Technology Licensing, will help with licensing and technology marketing.
Former U-M lab instructor John Corthell will serve as technology licensing associate, and will be responsible for Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs).
Source: U-M Tech Transfer