Ted Zoller has taken the educational adage about the village that raises the child and adapted it to entrepreneurship.
As Zoller, the executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business in Chapel Hill, sees it, it takes dealmaker networks to build companies based on research and technology.
One of the U.S. technopolies where these networks have developed is North Carolina’s Research Triangle area, ranked the brainiest area in the U.S. by the Daily Beast, an online publication that started the contest last year.
So, why isn’t the research Triangle Park area also the most entrepreneurial?
Zoller, an entrepreneur himself who teaches executives, scientists and budding entrepreneurs at UNC, attempts to answer that question in an interview with Science in the Triangle. He also addresses how the Internet is changing network building.
The video of the interview is interspersed with footage of Zoller teaching an executive MBA class at UNC: