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Mira Wilczek draws on her experience as an entrepreneur, CEO and investor to explore why 80% of startups fail. What is the common thread that can ensure a startups success or alternatively promise its demise?

As the leader of Cogo Labs, a technology-driven venture accelerator focused on building some of the fastest-growing web companies, Mira has seen this formula plays out and what ultimately sets a startup team up for the greatest success.


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Mira Wilczek

Mira Wilczek

Mira Wilczek is President and CEO of Cogo Labs and a Senior Partner at Link Ventures. She serves on the Board of Directors at EverQuote, CareDash, and Hopjump, and the Advisory Board of Vestigo Ventures. She is also a Co-Director at the Brahe Educational Foundation. In 2017 Mira was named Top 40 Under 40 by the Boston Business Journal.

Prior to joining Cogo, Mira was founder and CEO of Red Panda Security, Principal Investigator under the DARPA CFT program, and Director of Business Development at Lyric Semiconductor, where she garnered industry recognition including TR50, Silicon 60, and an EE Times ACE Award and led the successful sale of the company to Analog Devices. She started her career as an ethical hacker at IBM, architecting their first automated penetration testing platform.

Mira holds patents both granted and pending in the fields of cyber security and sensor data fusion. She has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.