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Tom Willis, who co-founded ParAllele BioScience and eventually sold it to Affymetrix, says that scientists who are pursuing their own dreams of starting a company should heed a simple rule: keep the fundraising to a minimum.

Most importantly, avoid venture capital for as long as you possibly can. "In general, I think a lot of companies can fail by trying to be companies too early," Willis says. "From the second that you take … cash from venture capitalists to the moment that you have to have some productive exit for investors … is a fairly narrow window."

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