A few days ago, I had the honor to share the stage with two friends and fellow entrepreneurs: John Evans @ Beam Therapeutics & Mike Salguero @ ButcherBox. I’d like to recognize them for their amazing achievement as Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Award winners.

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Mike is a true entrepreneur to his core — he and I both frequent Henrietta’s Table and when he started ButcherBox in Harvard Square I was lucky enough to see him almost every week. One of my favorite things about Mike is the pace at which he operates — he makes so much progress so quickly — I’m in awe of the great company he’s built at ButcherBox.

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John and I became friends when he joined Infinity Pharmaceuticals just around the time I was leaving to start Vertica. Everyone that knows John not only respects his intellect and his business instinct — but he is an exceptional human being and role model entrepreneur and operator for so many people in biopharma in Boston/Cambridge.

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I was fortunate to share this honor with John, Mike, and the other 2020 winners (full list below). My approach to entrepreneurship has always about team — and my Co-Founders at Tamr — Mike Stonebraker PhD, Ihab Ilyas PhD, George Beskalas, PhD, Alex Pagan and Daniel Bruckner — all deserve this honor along with all Tamrs — past and present. I truly believe that in the best startups no one person is bigger than the mission and vision of the company and this is especially true @ Tamr. I’m proud of the fact that each Tamr works hard to accept our own individual vulnerabilities and support each other as we all work incredibly hard to build one of the next great independent enterprise software companies. The team here at Tamr is what propels us forward year after year in the face of seemingly impossible challenges. I’m excited for what’s yet to come as we continue to grow. Additionally, special thanks to EY for hosting the Entrepreneur of the Year awards and recognizing all the great entrepreneurs who are leading the way to transform our future.

Congratulations to the entire class of my fellow New England Entrepreneur Of The Year winners.

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