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Startup Growth: Building the Airplane While Flying it

Intellikine’s former CSO Christian Rommel on what its like to lead a biotech startup.

Intellikine’s former CSO Christian Rommel shares what it is like to lead a biotech startup.

There is a mystique around startups. It’s the current coveted way of life. The innovation, creativity, fun, the possibility of huge financial success. Yes, it’s all true. But there’s another side. The adrenaline driven, scare your pants off urgency of startup life. Christian Rommel, former CSO of Intellikine describes it as “Building an airplane while flying it,” and talks about what’s needed to succeed in this interview clip.

Christian also shares more on the leadership challenges faced during and leading up to the acquisition of Intellikine in Jan.2012 for $310MM.

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Lori MazanLori Mazan is the founder of Leading From Center, originally started as Seventh Wave coaching in 1996. A seasoned advisor and executive coach herself, Lori also provides high caliber, hand picked and personally supervised affiliate coaches. One of the first 300 certified coaches in the US, Lori has been working for almost two decades with Fortune 100 executives in companies including Chevron, Sprint, and Roche/Genentech, as well as funded growth companies like Coverity, Intellikine, and Tapjoy. Her background includes training thousands of people in leadership skills ranging from deep listening to complex arenas of conflict resolution, motivation, and organizational and political savvy. Blending experience with theory, Lori taught 10 years of college level social psychology and group dynamics courses. Lori lives in Southern California with her son, two cats and a dozen goldfish. She has a 20+ year practice in the art of Tai Chi Chuan.View all posts by Lori Mazan →

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