Russ Wilcox has 20 years of start-up operating experience, having founded three companies and raised $150 million in private capital.
Russ served as the CEO of E Ink, an electronic paper company, for a decade. The company reached a $200 million run rate and was acquired for half a billion dollars in 2009.
Russ has led Pillar’s investments in Zapata Computing, Higharc, Cake, Kula Bio, Quadratic 3D, Scripta, Kiwi and Soofa, among others.
At E Ink Corporation, he commercialized electronic paper invented at the MIT Media Lab. E Ink conducted materials research, filed patents, scaled a factory, and shipped tens of millions of displays for the Amazon Kindle and other devices. To date, consumers have purchased more than $10 billion of E Ink-related devices and content.
Following E Ink, Russ co-founded Transatomic Power, advancing a source of clean energy; and Piper Therapeutics, conducting pre-clinical studies for an immuno-oncology drug.
Russ actively supports the Boston entrepreneurial community. Since 2012 he has volunteered as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Harvard Business School Rock Center and counseled hundreds of students on achieving their start-up goals. He sits on the Harvard Physical Sciences Accelerator Review Board and was a Board Director for Harvest Automation, a venture-backed developer of agricultural robots. He has been an angel investor in several start-ups, including Disruptor Beam, PowerInbox, Calimmune, Gen9, DriveFactor, and Camino Financial. Russ began his startup career as a product manager at PureSpeech, a speech recognition company co-founded by Jamie Goldstein.
Russ graduated with honors in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College, and was a Baker Scholar at the Harvard Business School. He is an Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year, and holds thirty-three issued U.S. patents.