What I Did at VC Camp

Venture capital firm Highland Capital Partners gives student entrepreneurs a business boost with access to its expertise and contacts
From left, Alex Bain, founder and president, and Craig Lund, founder and CEO, FanZanimal; Dan Peer, founder, Ann DeWitt, director of business development, and Motomu Shimaoka, founder, Leuko Bioscience; and Will O'Brien, founder and CEO, Project Einstein. Shawn G. Henry

In the spring of 2007, Michael Sullivan was trying to figure out how to add some mojo to his startup, Affine Systems. As a graduate student in applied mathematics at Harvard University, Sullivan had co-founded the company in the fall of 2006 with classmate Bobby Impollonia. Working out of their homes, the two computer whizzes had whipped up a software program to let media companies know if their copyrighted videos show up on the Internet. But like many engineers, they didn't know much about business, and they hadn't yet put together a business plan.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.