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Malcolm Collins

Originally a neuroscientist focused on brain-computer interface and the evolution of human cognition, an interest in entrepreneurship drove me to Stanford University, where I got my MBA and co-founded the art commission marketplace ArtCorgi.com with my wife, Simone Collins. I subsequently became Director of Strategy at South Korea's most desired source of early stage capital and then ran a number of travel companies with Simone (Travelmax being the primary brand we manage). Travelmax brought in over a hundred million a year in sales at it's height. I enjoy volunteering my time as a regular guest lecturer on the topics of buying companies, investing internationally, and negotiation at a number of institutions and events, including classes at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Together with my wife I wrote The Pragmatist's Guide to Life a best seller on Amazon and Kindle for about five months after it's release.

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Simone Collins

During my early twenties, I worked my way through various Silicon Valley startups (ranging from a high tech chocolate factory to an alternate reality game company), ultimately coming to manage a team of 20,000 freelance writers for an online publishing platform. Around that time I met my now-husband Malcolm Collins, with whom I created ArtCorgi.com, an art commission marketplace. From there I went to get a graduate degree in Technology Policy from Cambridge, did a brief stint in UK VC, and ultimately acquired and operated a travel management company and travel wholesaler that, together with my other businesses, brought in over a hundred million a year in sales. Alongside Malcolm, I also occasionally guest lecture on the topics of mass management, sales, and entrepreneurship at various institutions and events, including Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Harvard Buisness School, and Carnegie Mellon.

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