AUG. 21st - 25th, 2023

Badger Startup Summit - 5 Lakes Fireside Chat

The Significance of Scalability in Building a Successful Venture
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Thursday, Aug. 12th, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


Badger Startup Summit and 5 Lakes Institute team up to present this discussion on the importance of scalability in building a high growth venture. Three UW-Madison alums who have spent their careers scaling companies will share their experiences on what it takes to successfully scale a business.


John Byrnes, Chairman 5 Lakes Institute, founder, retired Chairman and Executive Managing Director, Mason Wells, a top tier Midwest private equity firm.

Mike Splinter, Chairman of the Board of NASDAQ, General Partner, WISC Partners and retired executive chairman of Applied Materials, a leading supplier of semiconductor equipment. An engineer and technologist, Mike is a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry.

Stephen Turner, Founder and CTO of Pacific Biosciences (formerly Nanofluidics) As founder, Steve led the company's Series A funding based on his Ph.D. research on the behavior of biomolecules in nano-fabricated structures. This technology became the basis for Pacific Bio's innovative platform of tools that enable real-time analysis of biomolecules with single molecule resolution,

Ramu Sunkara, CEO and Co-Founder of Alan AI, Inc, the technology leader for voice assistant deployment in mobile and web applications. Prior to Alan, Ramu co-founded Qik, the live mobile video service which was acquired by Skype for $150M in 2011. He is a graduate of the UW-Madison in Computer Science, serves on their Board of Visitors and was instrumental in forming the new UW School of Computer Data and Information Sciences (CDIS).

Moderated by Kathleen Gallagher,a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Executive Director of 5 Lakes Institute (Kathleen is also a UW-Madison alum).

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