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CEO - SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY: Turning A Graduate School Invention Into A Business

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Bernardo is the CEO of Optofluidics, a scientific instrument company that has created an instrument that allows people to study small scale particles. He tells us that, unlike other tech companies, most scientific instrument companies are started by Ph.D. students who invent an instrument that can then have a business built around it.

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Job Title: CEO of Optofluidics
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

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Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

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$0 - $200,000
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Typical schedule
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Varies Widely, Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
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Home, Indoor, Office, Remote
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Personal Qualities
Adventurous, Courageous, Creativity, Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Networking, Organizational skills, People skills

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Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='270'>Hello</span> <span m='490'>guys.</span> <span m='820'>My</span> <span m='1060'>name</span> <span m='1340'>is</span> <span m='1580'>Bernardo</span> <span m='1790'>Cordovez.</span> <span m='2910'>I</span> <span m='3100'>am</span> <span m='3400'>the</span> <span m='3500'>chief</span> <span m='3780'>executive</span> <span m='4310'>officer</span> <span m='4850'>of</span> <span m='5090'>my</span> <span m='5260'>company,</span> <span m='5720'>and it's</span> <span m='5940'>called</span> <span m='6120'>Optofluidics.</span> </p><p><span m='8360'>Optofluidics</span> <span m='9050'>comes</span> <span m='9280'>from</span> <span m='9500'>two</span> <span m='9650'>words--</span> <span m='10340'>\"Opto,\"</span> <span m='10780'>which</span> <span m='11040'>means</span> <span m='11370'>optics.</span> <span m='11800'>Probably you</span> <span m='12130'>guys</span> <span m='12320'>have</span> <span m='12480'>heard</span> <span m='12640'>of</span> <span m='12730'>optics</span> <span m='13080'>with</span> <span m='13380'>regard</span> <span m='13910'>typically</span> <span m='14550'>to your</span> <span m='14840'>eye.</span> <span m='16270'>But</span> <span m='16750'>optics</span> <span m='16900'>really</span> <span m='17150'>means</span> <span m='17490'>light.</span> <span m='17670'>So</span> <span m='18000'>anything</span> <span m='18330'>that</span> <span m='18470'>has</span> <span m='18650'>to</span> <span m='18740'>do</span> <span m='19000'>light</span> <span m='19490'>is considered</span> <span m='19980'>optics.</span> <span m='20170'>And \"fluidics,\"</span> <span m='20810'>anything</span> <span m='21100'>that</span> <span m='21250'>has</span> <span m='21390'>to</span> <span m='21470'>deal</span> <span m='21790'>with</span> <span m='21980'>fluid</span> <span m='22365'>flow.</span> <span m='22750'>And</span> <span m='23310'>we</span> <span m='23420'>take</span> <span m='23680'>both</span> <span m='23940'>of</span> <span m='24030'>those</span> <span m='24620'>to</span> <span m='24770'>make</span> <span m='25160'>meaningful</span> <span m='25830'>scientific</span> <span m='26540'>instruments.</span> </p><p><span m='26900'>So</span> <span m='27260'>actually,</span> <span m='27760'>what</span> <span m='28150'>my</span> <span m='28360'>company</span> <span m='28800'>built</span> <span m='29610'>is</span> <span m='30080'>an</span> <span m='30320'>instrument</span> <span m='30940'>that</span> <span m='31080'>allows</span> <span m='31570'>scientists</span> <span m='32689'>to</span> <span m='32830'>study</span> <span m='33330'>little</span> <span m='33580'>particles</span> <span m='34080'>better.</span> <span m='34890'>And</span> <span m='35260'>it's</span> <span m='35390'>really</span> <span m='35620'>important</span> <span m='36020'>for</span> <span m='36130'>people</span> <span m='36400'>to</span> <span m='36490'>do</span> <span m='36620'>that,</span> <span m='36780'>because</span> <span m='37040'>that</span> <span m='37190'>way we</span> <span m='37480'>can</span> <span m='37600'>understand</span> <span m='37990'>how</span> <span m='38280'>contaminants</span> <span m='39030'>function,</span> <span m='40030'>how</span> <span m='40370'>the</span> <span m='40840'>proteins</span> <span m='41500'>that</span> <span m='41660'>make</span> <span m='41890'>you</span> <span m='42000'>up</span> <span m='42930'>actually</span> <span m='43370'>function</span> <span m='43720'>as</span> <span m='43850'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='44520'>So</span> <span m='45520'>you</span> <span m='45670'>may</span> <span m='45830'>think</span> <span m='46050'>that</span> <span m='46410'>science</span> <span m='46840'>is</span> <span m='47190'>the</span> <span m='47260'>most</span> <span m='47490'>advanced</span> <span m='47850'>thing</span> <span m='48170'>in the world--</span> <span m='48570'>we</span> <span m='48820'>have</span> <span m='49000'>iPhones,</span> <span m='49470'>we</span> <span m='49560'>could</span> <span m='49710'>talk</span> <span m='49870'>to</span> <span m='49960'>anybody.</span> <span m='50360'>But</span> <span m='50490'>the</span> <span m='50570'>reality</span> <span m='51100'>is</span> <span m='51170'>that</span> <span m='51280'>a</span> <span m='51330'>lot</span> <span m='51600'>of</span> <span m='51660'>the</span> <span m='51760'>fundamentals</span> <span m='52500'>of</span> <span m='52700'>what</span> <span m='52920'>makes</span> <span m='53300'>us</span> <span m='53660'>and how</span> <span m='53840'>small</span> <span m='54190'>things</span> <span m='54470'>work</span> <span m='54910'>aren't</span> <span m='55350'>really</span> <span m='55570'>well</span> <span m='55790'>understood.</span> <span m='56830'>So</span> <span m='56850'>we're</span> <span m='56980'>trying</span> <span m='57250'>to</span> <span m='57310'>commercialize</span> <span m='57850'>technologies</span> <span m='58680'>that</span> <span m='58910'>will</span> <span m='59070'>help</span> <span m='59450'>scientists</span> <span m='60490'>get</span> <span m='60640'>a</span> <span m='60680'>better</span> <span m='60940'>understanding</span> <span m='61500'>of</span> <span m='61590'>how</span> <span m='61810'>the</span> <span m='61970'>nanoscale,</span> <span m='62800'>the</span> <span m='62860'>very</span> <span m='63130'>small</span> <span m='63420'>scale</span> <span m='63710'>at</span> <span m='63810'>work</span> <span m='64080'>that</span> <span m='64170'>makes</span> <span m='64360'>us up,</span> <span m='65108'>actually</span> <span m='65546'>functions.</span> </p><p><span m='67300'>So</span> <span m='67510'>with</span> <span m='67710'>that,</span> <span m='67960'>I</span> <span m='68050'>do</span> <span m='68220'>encourage</span> <span m='68530'>you</span> <span m='68620'>to</span> <span m='68680'>get</span> <span m='68830'>into</span> <span m='69010'>science.</span> <span m='69320'>It's</span> <span m='69450'>really</span> <span m='69680'>cool.</span> <span m='70420'>And</span> <span m='71070'>like</span> <span m='71410'>Bill</span> <span m='71620'>Gates</span> <span m='71910'>said,</span> <span m='72130'>be</span> <span m='72250'>nice</span> <span m='72490'>to your</span> <span m='72800'>geeks,</span> <span m='73160'>because</span> <span m='73460'>chances</span> <span m='73830'>are you're</span> <span m='73990'>going</span> <span m='74120'>to</span> <span m='74190'>work</span> <span m='74520'>with</span> <span m='74785'>one.</span> </p><p><span m='75050'>My</span> <span m='75200'>career</span> <span m='75620'>path</span> <span m='76280'>was</span> <span m='76620'>pretty</span> <span m='76970'>straightforward.</span> <span m='77500'>So</span> <span m='77600'>I</span> <span m='77700'>did</span> <span m='77750'>well</span> <span m='77900'>in</span> <span m='78000'>school</span> <span m='78290'>and</span> <span m='78380'>then</span> <span m='78510'>I</span> <span m='78610'>went</span> <span m='78770'>to</span> <span m='78840'>grad</span> <span m='79090'>school.</span> <span m='79570'>In</span> <span m='79820'>grad</span> <span m='80230'>school</span> <span m='80720'>I</span> <span m='80780'>did</span> <span m='80960'>my</span> <span m='81090'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='81820'>in</span> <span m='82120'>mechanical</span> <span m='82680'>engineering,</span> <span m='83160'>and</span> <span m='83560'>most</span> <span m='83790'>of</span> <span m='83840'>the</span> <span m='83920'>work</span> <span m='84180'>that I</span> <span m='84280'>did</span> <span m='84490'>was</span> <span m='85050'>physics</span> <span m='85420'>related.</span> <span m='86440'>And</span> <span m='86670'>then</span> <span m='86820'>at</span> <span m='86940'>one</span> <span m='87100'>point,</span> <span m='87430'>my</span> <span m='88200'>adviser--</span> <span m='88760'>when</span> <span m='88900'>you're</span> <span m='89070'>in grad school,</span> <span m='89510'>typically</span> <span m='89920'>you have</span> <span m='90100'>a</span> <span m='90200'>supervisor,</span> <span m='90800'>much</span> <span m='90990'>like</span> <span m='91140'>your</span> <span m='91270'>teacher</span> <span m='91670'>that</span> <span m='92180'>shows you</span> <span m='92640'>the</span> <span m='92750'>ropes</span> <span m='94490'>and</span> <span m='94940'>guides</span> <span m='95110'>you</span> <span m='95230'>through</span> <span m='95510'>the</span> <span m='95750'>experiments</span> <span m='96020'>that</span> <span m='96290'>you</span> <span m='96510'>do.</span> <span m='97350'>In</span> <span m='97620'>grad</span> <span m='97870'>school</span> <span m='98800'>what</span> <span m='98950'>that</span> <span m='99080'>entails</span> <span m='99470'>is</span> <span m='99860'>making</span> <span m='100210'>up</span> <span m='100330'>a</span> <span m='100380'>new</span> <span m='100580'>discovery</span> <span m='101040'>that</span> <span m='101210'>nobody</span> <span m='101550'>else</span> <span m='101740'>has</span> <span m='101910'>known</span> <span m='102790'>before,</span> <span m='103145'>and</span> <span m='103800'>essentially</span> <span m='104810'>disseminating</span> <span m='105440'>or</span> <span m='106180'>teaching</span> <span m='106550'>everybody</span> <span m='106850'>about</span> <span m='107150'>your</span> <span m='107830'>discovery.</span> </p><p><span m='108640'>So</span> <span m='108830'>we</span> <span m='109340'>created</span> <span m='109660'>this</span> <span m='109810'>really</span> <span m='110060'>cool</span> <span m='110310'>technology</span> <span m='111550'>like</span> <span m='111710'>I</span> <span m='111730'>mentioned</span> <span m='112130'>before that</span> <span m='112360'>allows</span> <span m='112700'>people</span> <span m='113020'>to</span> <span m='113120'>study</span> <span m='113450'>small</span> <span m='113610'>scale</span> <span m='114010'>particles.</span> <span m='114450'>And</span> <span m='114850'>then we</span> <span m='115010'>said</span> <span m='115340'>hey,</span> <span m='115880'>there's</span> <span m='116050'>a</span> <span m='116120'>lot</span> <span m='116340'>of</span> <span m='117350'>meaningful</span> <span m='117970'>impact</span> <span m='118360'>that</span> <span m='118430'>we</span> <span m='118530'>can</span> <span m='118660'>make</span> <span m='118850'>here.</span> <span m='120700'>There's</span> <span m='120970'>also</span> <span m='121340'>a</span> <span m='121560'>business</span> <span m='121680'>behind it</span> <span m='122170'>as well,</span> <span m='122370'>hey,</span> <span m='122460'>why</span> <span m='122640'>don't we</span> <span m='122810'>start</span> <span m='123010'>a</span> <span m='123070'>company?</span> </p><p><span m='123950'>So</span> <span m='124370'>typically</span> <span m='124800'>for</span> <span m='124920'>a</span> <span m='124970'>lot</span> <span m='125180'>of</span> <span m='125280'>the</span> <span m='126090'>tech</span> <span m='126490'>companies</span> <span m='127590'>that</span> <span m='127890'>make</span> <span m='128150'>scientific</span> <span m='128699'>instruments,</span> <span m='129259'>typically</span> <span m='129740'>they're</span> <span m='129910'>started</span> <span m='130175'>by</span> <span m='130440'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='130960'>students.</span> <span m='132170'>It's</span> <span m='132360'>a</span> <span m='132420'>little</span> <span m='132630'>bit</span> <span m='132760'>different</span> <span m='133050'>than</span> <span m='133220'>a</span> <span m='133280'>lot</span> <span m='133450'>of</span> <span m='133500'>the</span> <span m='133600'>tech</span> <span m='133800'>companies</span> <span m='134230'>that</span> <span m='134380'>are,</span> <span m='135230'>for</span> <span m='135480'>example,</span> <span m='136460'>more</span> <span m='136710'>into</span> <span m='136810'>social</span> <span m='137230'>media,</span> <span m='138180'>and</span> <span m='138240'>high</span> <span m='138360'>school</span> <span m='138570'>students</span> <span m='138860'>are</span> <span m='138950'>the</span> <span m='139040'>best</span> <span m='139350'>at that.</span> <span m='139630'>But when</span> <span m='139850'>it</span> <span m='139930'>comes</span> <span m='140140'>to</span> <span m='140390'>making</span> <span m='140740'>instruments,</span> <span m='141190'>typically</span> <span m='142820'>the</span> <span m='142940'>career</span> <span m='143290'>path</span> <span m='143740'>is you</span> <span m='143930'>study,</span> <span m='144205'>you</span> <span m='144480'>study, you</span> <span m='144940'>study.</span> <span m='145300'>And then you're</span> <span m='145630'>like</span> <span m='145810'>OK,</span> <span m='146040'>well,</span> <span m='146170'>I</span> <span m='146260'>don't want</span> <span m='146450'>to</span> <span m='146500'>study</span> <span m='146780'>anymore,</span> <span m='147080'>I want to start a</span> <span m='147420'>company.</span> </p><p><span m='148280'>So</span> <span m='148450'>that's</span> <span m='148650'>my career</span> <span m='149100'>path.</span> <span m='150000'>It's</span> <span m='150330'>a</span> <span m='150400'>really</span> <span m='150600'>good</span> <span m='150740'>one, and</span> <span m='151040'>I encourage</span> <span m='151340'>people</span> <span m='151640'>to follow it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":208166,"video_id":"2701142629001","name":"63213324","duration":153067,"thumbnail_url":null}});