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Venture Capitalists Advise Device Companies to Run Lean

This article was originally published in Start Up

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Venture capitalists speaking at the Medtech Insight IN3 Medical Device Summit in San Francisco in October stressed that they need to know how much capital a company will need to break even or turn a profit.

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