E-Ink Founder Talk, Cambridge MA, 23 Jan 2012

Russ Wilcox, founder and former CEO of E-Ink Corporation, told the story of the company at this event in Cambridge. Q&A format moderated by @epaley. These are live tweets from @brendanl79 and @ePubPupil.
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@brendanl79
Talk by E Ink founder Russ Wilcox (at Microsoft New England Research & Development Center) #SCVNGR http://t.co/nEBI5t18
@brendanl79
Microsoft facility. Propaganda on the walls frantically pimping Bing and Windows Phone. Surface tabletop unit off in a corner.
@ePubPupil
Waiting for @Russ_Wilcox to talk at the Founder Dialogues VII. Stay tuned for tweets from me & @brendanl79! #fdialogues
@brendanl79
People still filing in, scoring free food, etc. We may be a few minutes yet. Just hanging with @ePubPupil and taking my WWF turns :-)
@brendanl79
RT @mirasoldisplays: From Dec to Jan, the share of American adults who own an e-reader grew from 10% to 19%, according to @pewinternet: http://t.co/Tmn4JERt
iris amelia. @epubpupil
.@EPaley introducing the talk. Discussing Boston's place in tech industry, previous talks. Yeah, we're awesome. #fdialogues
Billiard Lentil @BilliardLentil
Purpose of this series, sponsored by Founders Collective, is to provide mentoring oppos for & raise awareness of Boston entrepreneurs
Billiard Lentil @BilliardLentil
Talk begins with a video:,Watch "E Ink shows off Triton colour ePaper" on YouTube http://t.co/ZBYcmhUm
iris amelia. @epubpupil
E-Ink has now made 50 million devices, mostly e-book readers. #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
E-Ink's revenues in 1997–2003 = ~$0. 2009: $160 million. Perseverance! #fdialogues
Billiard Lentil @BilliardLentil
E Ink, founded 1997, revenue zero until 2004. #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
RW: What kept the company going was the vision; it was bold & the science was good #fdialogues
Billiard Lentil @BilliardLentil
Start-ups as a vehicle to do something innovative and "magic", like on Star Trek. :-) #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
RW: Billionaires made it by owning something —not by working for a salary #fdialogues
Billiard Lentil @BilliardLentil
To gain knowledge, best to join sometime else's startup. RW joined PureSpeech as product manager for PC speech recog #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
RW: Product management is an excellent route; you have to consider the market, engineering, operations; like launching a company #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
RW: Your job is to take the appropriate level of risk; you need to hire if you need it; and don't be afraid #fdialogues
Billiard Lentil @BilliardLentil
Job security at a startup may be volatile, but Boston is full of startups. #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
RW: It's a good idea to start a company; you're going to take risks & work as hard as you can anyway #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
RT @HackerChick: I just kept asking people, "What do you know that's going to change the world?" @Russ_Wilcox #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
RW: I want something that's going to change the world. I then met with Joe Jacobson (of MIT) #fdialogues
iris amelia. @epubpupil
RW: E Ink is magic. I emotionally fell in love that technology #fdialogues
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