FD VII: Russ Wilcox of E Ink, January 23rd, 2012

Russ Wilcox took the Boston startup community through his long E Ink rollercoaster ride which ultimately led to an acquisition in 2009 by Prime View International for approximately $450M.  As the Co-Founder and CEO of E Ink, Russ helped revolutionize an industry.  E Ink’s technology powers the display for e-book devices such as Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and SONY Reader.

Russ’ impressive down-to-earth demeanor and intellectual honesty provided for a unique view into the lessons learned by a true entrepreneur.

We extend our gratitude to Russ for sharing his story with us and for understanding the importance of the Founder Dialogues event series.  We feel incredibly grateful to the Boston startup community for sharing our vision.  As always, thanks to returning and new participants.  We will be announcing the next speaker very soon, so stay tuned!

Please enjoy the video and photographs capturing the event.

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A special thanks to Greg Joyce of Willoughby Films for his video talents and impeccable professionalism.  We would also like to thank VisibleGains and VentureFizz for their continued support.  Ian Holmes kindly joined Nathalie Bishop to capture the moments and photograph.  Also, a big thank you to Microsoft for providing the space for Founder Dialogues.

Save the Date: Founder Dialogues VII – Russ Wilcox Founder of E Ink, January 23, 2012

We’re thrilled to kick off the new year with our announcement of Russ Wilcox founder of E Ink as our guest for Founder Dialogues VII on January 23, 2012 at the Microsoft New England R&D Center from 6pm – 8pm.


Russ Wilcox co-founded E Ink Corporation in 1997 to launch an electronic paper display technology invented at the MIT Media Lab.  As CEO he led the company through six years of rapid growth from $1 million to $160 million in revenue.  Under his leadership E Ink scaled up its processes and shipped tens of millions of displays, notably for popular eBook devices such as the Amazon Kindle, SONY Reader, and B&N Nook.  After selling E Ink for $450 million, he traveled around the world with his family for twelve months, returning recently to rejoin the Boston startup community.  Russ graduated with honors from Harvard College and was a Baker Scholar at the Harvard Business School and is a co-inventor of twenty-five issued patents.  He is a 2009 Mass High-Tech All-Star and Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year. 

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