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A Cal Poly Alumn, Ben Larson left the school of engineering to engage in transportation consulting before getting sucked into start-up land. He struggled through a couple of his own startups (and others) finding my passion for creating. helped grow a global startup community with the Founder Institute. Looking for a new challenge he dove into the cannabis industry with the Gateway incubator. He continues to coach and invest in startups inside and outside the cannabis industry. Always looking for a challenge, he’s now taking an additional seat as CEO on the other side of the table for a start-up in the space. He shares insights from each perspective in his monthly column, Startupland.

Whitespace

Ben Larson, CEO, Nanogen
June 11, 2019

I think of whitespace as just doing my best to clear out all the thoughts in my head. As an entrepreneur with so much stuff going on, sometimes…

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Meaningful Innovation

Ben Larson, CEO, Nanogen
May 29, 2019

The cannabis industry, by nature, is built upon meaningful innovation. It’s an industry trying to emerge into mainstream society and create…

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Founder

Ben Larson, CEO, Nanogen
March 17, 2019

The Necessity of Both Vision and PragmatismThe world is expected of a business founder. There is a dichotomy in it. You’re constantly…

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What Got You Here Will Not Get You There

Ben Larson, CEO, Nanogen
December 21, 2018

My phone rings. It’s 11 PM at night.“Ben, I need your help.” I hear on the other end of the line after sneaking into the study to begrudgingly…

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