While at Harvard Business School, my cousin and I launched a software company. We scaled quickly, left the MBA program and got quite a bit of press. But none of that means you have a successful business—and we didn’t. Yet, the experience provided a key clue: failures are critical to innovation. All the complex forces in my life were now converging: writing, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary science, and diversity all caught in a chaotic swirl. One moment would be enough to fuse them together.
IMAGE: A cover story about how my startup was leading the charge on a new incubator model. And, yes, that's me as an egg.