Pausing for a Reality Check

Paul Jones, co-chair of Venture Best, the venture capital practice group at Michael Best, has been selected as a regular contributor of OnRamp Labs, the newest blog addition to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering start-ups and other Wisconsin technology news.

Paul’s most recent contributed piece “Pausing for a Reality Check” can be found under their Business Tab in the Business Blog section. Click here to view his latest blog.

Here is a short excerpt:

“I have had the privilege of knowing the folks at Aver Informatics since the team consisted of the two founders and the plan was on the back of an envelope. It has been quite a ride over the last few years, a ride that, alas, has taken the company from Green Bay to Columbus Ohio. As a strong advocate for high impact entrepreneurship and venture capital here in the Badger State, last year’s move to Ohio was disappointing. As a small investor in Aver – and having spent some time with the company and its lead investor in Columbus last week – I am a bit chagrined to say that, well, moving to Ohio was a great idea.

Aver – which has grown from ten to close to fifty folks since the Drive Capital led funding last year (and will be approaching one hundred by the end of the year) – shares “office” space with Drive and another Drive portfolio company. I put the word office in quotes because except for a couple of conference and “quiet” rooms, the space looks more like a busy trading floor than an office. Everyone – from Drive’s partners and portfolio company CEOs down to junior programmers and administrative folks – works at standup desks scattered about the floor. The desktops themselves are in the form of whiteboards, and due to space constraints there are some “hot desks” that are shared among folks depending on day, time, and needs. The activity level – throughout the day last Friday – was intense, in the best sense of the word.”

Click here to read more of Paul Jones’ OnRamp Labs blog post located under the Business tab of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s website, www.jsonline.com.

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