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John Dexheimer: The entrepreneurial landscape in photonics

With the passage of the JOBS bill and the pending release of the National Academies report on photonics, are we creating a healthier climate for startups?
31 July 2012, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201207.03

John Dexheimer is President of LightWave Advisors, Inc. He has advised on over 100 completed company financings and mergers/acquisitions in photonics, software, internet services, and communications. As an investment banker he led the IPO of Uniphase (JDSU) and its early acquisition growth that transformed it into an industry leader in supplying optical communications systems, enabling the internet backbone.

Dexheimer has helped found startups and led successful private investments for several affiliated VC equity funds, including investments resulting in over a dozen IPOs. He has had operating roles in startups and turnarounds in addition to serving on boards of public and private firms. He is a board member of INDO-US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd., and an advisory member of the College of Science & Engineering of the University of Minnesota, and to the NSF Institute of Mathematical Applications. He is a past board member and treasurer of OIDA, was co-chair of its successful 2009 OPTOmism conference on emerging energy and environmental applications. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BS from the University of Minnesota.

In this video, Dexheimer discusses the National Academies report (release date: August 2012) on photonics technologies, and the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, passed in April 2012. After a period of public comment followed by drafting of regulations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the JOBS Act is expected to enable more access to "crowdfunding" by entrepreneurs and startup companies.