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Alex de Winter

Alex de Winter
MBA 09

Partner
Mohr Davidow Ventures
Menlo Park, California

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After a satisfying career in bench science, Alex de Winter took what he learned at Haas about the "business behind science" to launch a new career in venture capital.

"Being a Haas Venture Fellow was an invaluable opportunity to look at and experience both sides of the VC equation in real time. I listened to my fellow students from the Entrepreneurship class pitch their ideas. In the Venture Capital Investment Competition, Real VCs critiqued my performance. I got the best of both worlds."

"In our Business Model Innovation class, we evaluated the business models of new disruptive companies and how they might compete with established companies. My teammate and I looked at Tesla Motors, which was planning to build a high-performance all-electric roadster. It was interesting to see how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs plan to apply their out-of-the box thinking in a super-competitive industry with deeply entrenched players."

"Getting into Haas gives you a certain degree of confidence, but once you're there, you don't feel any entitlement among the students."

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