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Winslow Sargeant: Stepping onto the train called Wisconsin - Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two part interview. Read Part 1.
Winslow Sargeants combination of academic, commercial and government experience gives him rare insight into the world of entrepreneurship and risk. His memories of growing up in Dorchester remind him that to succeed at anything, tenacity is essential.

Full article >>> inst it. I knew that I wasnt as good as the professional recruiters were telling me, he said.

So, after graduating, he went to graduate school in, of all places, Iowa State University in Ames. After he located the state on a map and started school, he realized that he loved it there.

I didnt know much about the Midwest, Sargeant said. My friends told me theres nothing out there......

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At NSF, I reviewed thousands of proposals. I list some of the most common reasons proposals were not funded:

1. The commercial application was not made clear.
2. The Phase I program is six months and the proposal was too ambitious. Could not reasonably accomplish what was proposed.
3. The deadline was 5 pm (local time), but the proposal was submitted at 5:01 p......

Full article >>> is message to entrepreneurs here? Its similar to what hed tell those black kids back in Dorchester: Keep your eyes on the prize. Andspeaking specifically to Midwesternersdont be afraid to fail.

I think that the Midwestern attitude is very conservative. People are worried about the scarlet letter, he said. Whereas on the coasts, people fail many times. Failure sometimes can be a badge of ......

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