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Jan 24, 2019

How do you create something that is greater than the sum of its parts? For decades, the foundries and steel mills of northwest Indiana, have melted and cast and forged metal into shape, creating something completely new from a few basic elements. At Purdue Foundry they bring together the basic elements of technology and talent and capital to bring innovations to life.

John Hanak and his colleagues created Purdue Foundry when Purdue's innovative President Mitch Daniels saw an opportunity for Indiana to capitalize the university's rich ecosystem of innovators. John is now the Managing Director of Purdue Ventures, a key component of Purdue Foundry.

The product of generations of steel workers, John was the first salaried steel worker in his family. He worked his way to the C-Suite at a major steel mill and then went on to lead high-tech startups before bringing his leadership to Purdue University.

Steve Vinson had the opportunity to hear John's story and to pick his brain to find out how Purdue Foundry, Purdue Ventures, and Now the Discovery Park District is launching technology into the marketplace.

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