Who Knew? Take 2: More Strange-But-True Details of Boston’s Innovation Leaders
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of his Xconomist friend Marc Hodosh, FIRST Boston chairman and senior director of the X Prize for Genomics.
In June, Jeet “Miki” Singh, co-founder of Art Technology Group and resident of St. Bart’s, and his band The Singhs will release their third album, Supersaturated. Singh fronts the five-piece rock-funk-blues band, which began life in 2001 as Dragonfly and once opened for Bryan Adams in Bangalore.
Chuck McDermott, general partner at RockPort Capital Partners, dropped out of Yale University to pursue a career as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. McDermott led a country rock band, Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw, which drew huge crowds in Harvard Square in the 70s and cut two albums praised by Rolling Stone and Billboard, among others.
Cynthia Fisher, who co-founded ViaCell from her Back Bay apartment and is the former chairman of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, is married to Jim Koch, the founder of Boston Beer Company, maker of Sam Adams lager.
Bob Nelsen, co-founder of Seattle-based Arch Venture Partners—which, with Waltham, MA-based Polaris Venture Partners, co-led the investment in Fate Therapeutics that we recently chronicled—believes he is the only Republican on Barack Obama’s national finance committee.
Regina Pisa, managing partner of Boston-based law firm Goodwin Procter, is building a world-class kitchen with five ovens in her Chestnut Hill home. With the kitchen out of service for her annual Christmas feast, Four Seasons Boston offered to let Pisa cook in their kitchen. However, Pisa leaned against it: “I declined and let them cook and host the meal instead.”
Xconomy’s Bob Buderi worked in the early 80s as a stringer in Time‘s San Francisco bureau. The bureau chief: Mike Moritz, the now legendary Sequoia venture capitalist who led early investments in Google and Yahoo. Buderi wasn’t tempted to follow suit. He decided to stick with something that would last: print journalism.