Bernard Lupien has worked with talented people at amazing companies where he has learned to commercialize technologies from breakthrough science innovation. He is a General Partner at Rhapsody Ventures, which invests in start-ups in the hard sciences.
Starting his career as a technology developer and progressing to commercial roles in the area of robotics, lithium-ion batteries and advanced materials, he worked with fantastic teams to achieve what is challenging yet extraordinarily rewarding: upsetting industry incumbents and the status quo by bringing cutting-edge innovation to the marketplace.
Industry Expertise (2)
VC and Private Equity
Areas of Expertise (6)
Massachussetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management: M.B.A., Entrepreneurship/Sales 2006
McGill University: B.Sc., Chemistry 1997
- Chinova Bioworks : Board Member
The Patrick J. McGovern, Jr. Award
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2006
MIT 100K Business Plan Competition - Semifinalist
Selected Media Appearances (1)
This startup can keep fruit fresh for weeks longer
Crain's Chicago Business
Bernard Lupien, a general partner at Rhapsody, says Hazel already has an impressive list of customers, including shippers of avocados and melons. "Market fielding and acceptance has been much faster than most hard-science startups," he says...
Selected Articles (2)
Selling for Startups: Be Your Own RainmakerMedium
Working closely with early-stage “hard-tech” startups, I routinely hear a myth: that being successful in sales is some kind of black magic best left to back-slapping, charismatic schmoozers that “know how to close”...
Big Companies are from Mars, Startups are from VenusMedium
While recently helping a startup secure development funding from a large company, I started reflecting on why the two have so much difficulty working together. Large companies complain that startups are hard to work with, have unrealistic expectations, are too ambitious and are frustratingly impatient. Conversely, startups lament that big companies are slow, uninspired and don’t value the breakthrough potential of their technologies. This leads to conflict...