In this episode, I am joined by Paul Orlando, founder of Startups Unplugged and professor of entrepreneurship at USC. We explore the ins and outs of integrating startups, accelerators, and groundbreaking innovations into the processes of large companies. With a wealth of experience in building startup accelerators around the world and mentoring founders, Paul shares valuable insights on how to navigate the complex world of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Listen in as we discuss the role of accelerators in speeding up the process of connecting startups with potential investors and customers. Paul emphasizes the importance of accelerator management, knowing when and how to make appropriate introductions, and how this can impact a founder’s success. He also shares his thoughts on the prerequisites of an excellent accelerator experience and the challenges startups may face when working with corporate accelerators.

Paul shares his knowledge and experience on how accelerators can help startups thrive in today’s competitive landscape. This episode is packed with valuable insights and stories that will inspire and guide anyone looking to navigate the world of startups and accelerators.

Name: Paul Orlando
Title:  Founder
Company: Startups Unplugged

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Paul Orlando has built four startup accelerators around the world (in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Rome, and remote). He is a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California and also runs the on-campus startup incubator program. He is a former startup co-founder and is proud of a win at the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon. His interest is in understanding the “why now” question, or the way timing impacts product success.