The Role of Law
Elgar Law and Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Megan M. Carpenter
Chapter 11: The Making of the Durationator®: An Unexpected Journey into Entrepreneurship
Elizabeth Townsend Gard* I. AN UNEXPECTED ENTREPRENEUR The future, always so clear to me, has become like a black highway at night. We were in uncharted territory now . . . making up history as we went along.1 Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 The uneasy feeling of being an “entrepreneur” does not seem to subside with time. Together with my professor-spouse, we have started a spin-out LL.C. with technology from our university that we developed, and we are working on creating a business based on our research in law, literature, and history. The journey seems as impossible to achieve today as it did when we began—we are always in uncharted territory. And yet, we are slowly finding our way. Four years ago, I was a newish professor, working on fairly obscure * This chapter was presented as part of Tulane Law School’s Faculty Brown Bag Series, July 27, 2011. Thank you to Bri Whetstone for her assistance in preparing this chapter, and Megan Carpenter for comments on early drafts, encouragement and support in the idea of sharing one’s personal story of being a social entrepreneur. To Justin Levy, who has been part of the Durationator® nearly from the beginning, and has really lived every moment of this story. Thank you to Yvette Jones, Michael Bernstein, Laura Levy, John Christie, Christine Hoffman, Matt Miller, Glyn Lunney, Evan Dicharry, Ben Varadi, Jessica Edmundson, Zac Christiansen, Idea Village, Tom Dickerson, Bob Hinckley, Jule Sigall, Kenneth Crews, Peter Hirtle, Keith Werhan, Pam Samuelson, my dean(s) at...
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