Dr Raphael Gunner
My experience in real estate was very intense and introduced me to the stresses of life in the private sector. I learned what it's like to deal with millions of dollars, to perform under pressure, and to work with difficult people. It taught me to think creatively in a business environment, to maintain a sharp focus amid a flurry of distractions, and to sustain a winning attitude in the face of adversity. In addition to real estate, I served on the board of EcoOrganics, a closely held company specializing in organic-based fertilizer. This experience gave me a knowledge of corporate life at the board level. It acquainted me with the issues of capitalization, valuation, merger, and acquisition. And it revealed the potential friction between entrepreneurs and VCs when it comes to the question of return on investment.