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What Is an entrepreneur in residence and why you need one

Fredric Paul | Oct. 10, 2013
Entrepreneurs in Residence were once found mostly at venture capital firms, but the role has expanded and you can now find them at a variety of companies -- including tech companies. But what exactly does one do?

The Value of Entrepreneurs in Residence
For corporations, EiRs can be "self-serving in some aspects," as they're designed to boost sales to startups, Lesonsky acknowledges, but they also "can really help entrepreneurs."

Ideally, corporate EiRs create value for both tech vendors and their startup customers. At best, it's a win/win, a chance to build opportunity for startups and loyal customers for vendors. As Vanderveldt notes, the programs she's worked on at Dell are things "I would have loved to have had when I was an entrepreneur."


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