20 March 2014

R.I.P. Pat McGovern ~ MIT Venture Philanthropist

Very sad to hear MIT alum Pat McGovern passed away yesterday March 19th.  Founder of IDG, Pat later reconnected with his early passion for all things neuro and became philanthropic financier of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.  On a personal note, he not only hosted me and a couple dozen peer new-admits to MIT at his Silicon Valley mansion -- an eye-opening and inspiring occasion -- but also inspired the various venture Salons I've been part of organizing since the mid-1990s, including thematic ones with Bob Metcalfe (e.g. NanoSalon, SocioSalon, NeuroSalon) and the later MIT Chairman's Salons.

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