Ijad Madisch is the CEO and cofounder of “Facebook for scientists” ResearchGate, a fast-growing network becoming a must-have tool for researchers worldwide.
Since opening its doors for scientists in May 2008, the site’s attracted more than 2.6 million members, with thousands signing up each day.
With a workforce of more than 100, the past years have been spent spreading the word, fine-tuning and developing the site. This year, ResearchGate’s looking to make money. In the works – revenue streams aligned with the scientific community, with a focus on its growing jobs board and an upcoming Amazon-like marketplace for biotech products.
We met with the down-to-earth Ijad at ResearchGate’s HQ in Berlin, to talk about his lightbulb moment as a medical scientist, how researchers connect and collaborate, company culture, and his goal of revolutionising the science world…
Video shot and produced by Glenn Goodison