Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Every year around the middle of October, I start writing in my head at least one holiday-focused column before the end of the year. I try to jot down a few ideas, feeling good that I have started well in advance, and then the whirlwind of the fourth quarter takes over.
Last year, the intensity was in supporting portfolio companies, WeGoLook and Selexys, as they concluded powerful exits within days of each other — exits that positioned each of these Oklahoma companies to reshape the industries and customers they serve.
This year, it's been an across-the-board drive as i2E has closed a typical year's worth of investments since August while helping portfolio companies clear the significant milestones that contribute to creating the groundbreaking exits of the future — companies that include Progentec Diagnostics, a startup working to provide a breakthrough diagnostic test that enables physicians to better manage the complicated and damaging autoimmune disease of lupus, and iRecommend Software, a company that is revolutionizing online predictive analytics through the use of artificial intelligence in matching algorithms.
These young i2E client companies, and dozens more like them, truly have the potential to change people's lives. And that brings me to my holiday message for this Thanksgiving week.