Founders come to Entrepreneur First to build technology companies. However, not all of them are technologists. Many have their skillset rooted in commerciality and business acumen. This means they tend to face a technical learning curve when they start building their startup.
Lionel Mora is one such founder. He joined EF in 2018 with a business background, having begun his career at Google launching new products at scale. Here, he met Patrick Torbey who has a PhD in genome editing from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, plus three published papers.
Together, they co-founded Neoplants: producing the first generation of bioengineered plants to fight air pollution. They’re building plants that can efficiently capture pollutants, and use them as a carbon source to recycle them. Now, they’ve announced their first product: the world’s first houseplant bioengineered to remove pollutants from the air in your home.
Here, Lionel shares his perspective on the journey from non-technical employee, to successful tech company CEO, and his advice to founders aspiring to do the same.