A Culture of Risk Taking

“It’s a culture of risk taking,” says Sue Siegel, the CEO of healthy-imagination, G.E.’s $6 billion global healthcare initiative, and a former partner at the venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures, based in Menlo Park. “Entrepreneurship is so embedded here. It’s what everyone talks about. If you don’t participate, you’re on the outside. When I did a counseling event at my son’s school, every single junior in his high school class knew what a venture capitalist was.”

Siegel says that when she first joined Mohr Davidow after having been an entrepreneur, she tried to determine why 40 percent of venture investing occurred in the Bay Area, rather than in Boston or other major cities. Like Silicon Valley, Boston has world-class ...

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