Today we’re talking to Mike Rubin, Founder and CEO at Northpond Ventures. We discuss how Mike navigated feeling stuck in life, moving into a role of meaning and positive change in the world, and how they’re helping transform the field of biotech.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

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About Mike Rubin

Hi! I’m Mike Rubin, a physician, scientist, engineer, entrepreneur, educator, and most importantly husband and father. I’m the Founder and CEO of a science-driven venture capital firm called Northpond Ventures. We’re a multi-billion dollar enterprise focused on building and supporting businesses with the potential to positively transform human health and science. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to have helped build and grow over 100 businesses, including ushering over a dozen IPOs and dozens of acquisitions. 

I’m also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford Medicine, and a visiting scholar at both Harvard (Wyss Institute) and MIT (School of Engineering). We run research and entrepreneurship facilities at all three of these universities, where we help develop breakthrough science and build new companies. I also teach entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and graduate students at these schools.

Prior to founding Northpond, I co-founded Sands Capital Ventures with Frank Sands, and was its Managing Partner. We were venture investors in a broad array of industries including the life sciences, global consumer, information technology, mobile computing, financial technology, and industrials. We were fortunate to be a part of the development of some large and iconic companies across all these areas. 

As a life long learner, I’ve picked up degrees in engineering, medicine, and business, including two doctoral degrees, and a masters. I’m also a CFA charter holder, became a licensed physician and surgeon, and a member of the American College of Surgeons. I’ve also been fortunate to publish peer reviewed journal articles, author book chapters in leading texts, conduct clinical trials, engage in sponsored investigations, and lead research teams. 

My greatest joy is my family. I’m incredibly fortunate to have met and married my wife, Iris Rubin, a physician and medical entrepreneur. We have three wonderful children and live in Bethesda, MD. I have a black belt in Tang Soo Do, enjoy running marathons (Boston is my favorite), and am a certified specialist of wine. When I can, I try to squeeze in some time to study physics, and I’m learning to brew — often, very bad — beer.

About Northpond Ventures

Northpond Ventures is a multi-billion-dollar science-driven venture capital firm based in Cambridge, MA; San Francisco, CA; and Bethesda, MD. Northpond has consistently been named one of the most active lead life science investors in venture industry rankings. It is deeply engaged in the academic ecosystem, having founded The Laboratory for Bioengineering Research and Innovation at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University; launched the MIT-Northpond Program – Advancing Life Science & Engineering Innovation; launched the Northpond Laboratories — Program for Research and Innovation at Stanford Medicine; and sponsored a prize for women entrepreneurs at MIT. It has led or co-led over 60 financings over the past several years and sits on the board of the vast majority of these businesses.

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Joel Beasley founded the Modern CTO Podcast in 2017 while writing his book, the Modern CTO book, with the goal of interviewing CTOs and sharing their experiences with others in the tech community.

Joel’s conversational style and insightful questions quickly gained traction, attracting high-profile guests such as Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott, and T-Mobile’s CIO, Cody Stanford. With each episode, the podcast’s popularity continued to grow, and soon, Joel found himself with a waiting list of future guests.

Today, the Modern CTO Podcast has become the number one leadership and tech podcast in the world, with over 150k active listeners, including CTOs, lead developers, and rising tech leaders. Joel’s commitment to creating a conversational atmosphere for his guests to share their experiences has inspired a new generation of leaders and innovators.

As the success of the podcast grew, Joel founded ProSeries Media, a podcast production company that helps companies worldwide create their own podcasts. With a team of producers, content creators, and podcast bookers, ProSeries Media produces over ten shows, providing a platform for companies to connect with their audience and share their expertise.

Through his work on the Modern CTO Podcast and ProSeries Media, Joel Beasley has become a respected voice in the tech industry, inspiring others to share their knowledge and insights with the wider community. His passion for creating engaging content that informs, inspires, and entertains has made him a sought-after speaker and advisor on all things tech.



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