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Q Founder Series | Lessons on How NOT to Build a Startup from the firm behind MongoDB, Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, Zola, and Transcend Therapeutics

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Where: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, The Hive, Room 2350, 2133 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sonia Kim   (847) 467-0446

Group: Innovation and New Ventures Office

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Northwestern University's Querrey InQbation Lab is featuring the Q Founder Series, focused on key topics that early-stage startups face.

The upcoming InQbation Lab's Q Founder Series will focus on better understanding some of the common mistakes made by founding teams in launching and building startups. Our guest speaker, Joseph Krause, will share his investor perspective on what he has observed that contributes to startup failures, either in the founding team or as a business idea. 

Founded by long-time New York internet entrepreneur Kevin Ryan, AlleyCorp founds and invests in transformative companies in New York and across the world. Responsible for building and investing in some of the earliest and most iconic tech companies in New York, including MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB), Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, Zola, and Nomad Health, we are proud to sit at the center of a robust and growing tech ecosystem. 

A seasoned team of startup operators, we launch new companies every year at our New York headquarters. When we incubate, we originate the idea, hire the team, provide initial funding, launch the company, and maintain integral leadership throughout the company’s lifecycle. Our founders become part of our family and often work with us again on future ideas and ventures. 

While we boast an impressive track record of incubating many of New York City's most prominent companies, we've also experienced our share of setbacks. In this upcoming talk, Joseph Krause will share valuable lessons gleaned from the companies that didn't succeed during our past decade of incubation.


Joseph Krause is a materials sciences investor at AlleyCorp, where he focuses on sourcing, investing, and incubating future materials science companies with an emphasis on nanotechnology and semiconductors. He is a PhD candidate at Rice University in NanoEngineering, and has conducted research at the US Army Research Lab building novel neuromorphic computing chips for advanced army applications. He is an advocate for scientific entrepreneurship, and is focused on helping AlleyCorp become a leader in this space.

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