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Timing Matters for the Entrepreneur with Jack Gill, Ph.D

1/16/2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dr. Jack M. Gill is the co-founder of The Gill Foundation of Texas. He founded Vanguard Ventures, a high-tech venture capital firm in Palo Alto, California. Jack worked as a managing general partner of Vanguard Ventures for 20 years. Vanguard’s first five funds, totaling $155 million in capital, returned over $1 billion to investors, ranking it among the top VC returns. Dr Gill is on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and MIT. He has served as Senior Advisor to the CIMIT program. In 2007, he was appointed the Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship at Rice University. Dr. Gill has taught courses in science, medicine, and entrepreneurship at 12 major universities and is in the process of converting his experience and course materials into text books.

Dr. Gill received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and engineering from Lamar University and a Ph.D in organic chemistry from Indiana University. Jack founded his first business, which pioneered micro-processor-based scientific instruments and computers for chromatography laboratories. In 1972, Jack merged the company into Spectra Physics, a manufacturer of commercial, scientific and industrial lasers. Jack stayed on with Spectra for nine years as an Executive Vice President, managing a five-division group of laser and instrument companies.

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