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George Thampy

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George Thampy | San Francisco Professional Chapter

George ThampyGeorge Thampy is a St. Louis, MO native and passionate about building the future of the healthcare industry in the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford GSB. He began his career in investment banking at William Blair & Company in Chicago. Following that, he spent two years investing in private equity at Concentric Equity Partners in Chicago. He also worked in Indianapolis in marketing for Eli Lilly and Company. His summer internship was in life sciences investing at General Electric’s venture capital group. He now chairs the Adam Smith Society’s San Francisco professional chapter, and is pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities within the healthcare/biopharma industry in the San Francisco Bay area.


What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

I'm an amateur beekeeper, and have a lifelong dream to start an orchard with fruit and nut trees.

NASA sends you to colonize a new planet, but you can only take 3 books: one on political & economic philosophy to help start the govt., one business book to guide entrepreneurs, & a work of fiction to keep everyone entertained. What do you take and why?

I'd take Hayek's Road to Serfdom as a foundational text on economic philosophy, so people will never forget that liberty is the bedrock principle of all great civilizations. For a business book, I'd take Clason's Wealthiest Man in Babylon - an accessible and easily digested book on personal finance and entrepreneurship. And for a work of fiction, I'd take the collected short stories of Mark Twain, a man who turned an acid wit and great personal tragedy into some of the funniest anecdotes ever written in English.

If Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for them to eat?

Obviously, I'd make a taco bar so that they could have the freedom to make an authentic and delicious dinner of their own choosing! However, Adam Smith may need more than invisible hands to assemble it...

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