Ray Rath from Globalview Advisors attended the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum on “Startups in 2027 and Beyond: Opportunities and Challenges for Entrepreneurs in the Next Decade.” The event was held at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The event’s keynote speaker, Preston McAfee, Ph.D., Chief Economist & CVP of Microsoft, examined the future of Entrepreneurship in new markets, new organizations, new business metrics and entirely new classes of jobs within future Startups. The advance of technology is accelerating with innovation occurring across multiple fronts simultaneously like Big Data, Robotics, Personalized Medicine, Virtual Reality, the Internet of Things and others. Dr. McAfee and a panel of speakers shared their views on these opportunities and the challenges entrepreneurs will face with future Startups.

Formed in 1984, the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum is an entrepreneurship resource of Caltech’s Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships. The mission of the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum is to encourage the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California. Through its monthly programs, the Forum provides advice, support, education and networking opportunities to technology-based ventures in the Southern California area. Programs address a range of key entrepreneurial issues from financing, marketing and business planning to executive leadership and staffing. Case presentations feature companies in emerging technology areas reviewing their business plans with expert panelists. Special sessions examine new entrepreneurial opportunities, in such areas as life sciences, medical technologies, energy, software, communications and entertainment technologies.