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Across The Board

Profile of Virtual Ink Corp.

This story appears in the June 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

For those eager to put in 23 hours a day to develop the newest groundbreaking technology, remember: It's easier when you're single. "It's not exactly the life for the newlywed," jokes Yonald Chery, founder and chief technology officer of Boston start-up Virtual Ink Corp. Not only did the 33-year-old get hitched last summer-just when the company had begun ramping up production of its premiere product, a compact, mobile device called Mimio that's used to record information written or drawn on a whiteboard and save it on your PC-he's still working on his doctorate in VLSI CAD (microchip reliability analysis) from MIT.

Chery's wife "intensely" wants him to finish his dissertation. But when this is your calling-as the engineering buff has known since he attended an entrepreneurship in engineering seminar his freshman year in college-putting business on hold is not an option. And since founding the company three years ago as a frustrated teaching assistant who spent too much time rescuing students with incorrectly transcribed whiteboard notes, he's thankful he didn't.

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