The Rockefeller University Biotechnology Forum

Upcoming Events
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 4PM
Title: Stories from being a scientist to founding a start-up

Room 301, Weiss Building, Rockefeller University

Jayant Kulkarni, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Quartzy

Jayant will discuss his experiences with transitioning from being a scientist to starting a company, and describe the challenges that he has met along the way, from building a product that people want, to raising money from angel investors and venture capitalists. The main objective is to present the life at a startup and to show that it is a credible alternative to other non-research careers like banking and consulting.

Quartzy was born from a frustration that the founders as scientists themselves, shared with other scientists, namely that routine and mundane administrative tasks often take up time and impede the pace of scientific discovery. Quartzy is free online software that helps scientists manage their resources including inventories, orders, and shared facilities. Quartzy is currently used by thousands of scientists, in industry and academia, from all over the world.

In 2010, Quartzy won the Olin Cup commercial business plan competition and was featured in the New York Times. The Quartzy team also won the Startup 2011 competition, and was named one of New York City's top 25 startups to watch.

Jayant Kulkarni received his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) in 1999 and a PhD from Cornell University in 2005. He was a post-doctoral fellow fellow for several years before starting Quartzy with Adam Regelmann and Meena George.