Chip Lindgren ran the AG Scientific business for 18 years and has seen a lot in a short span of that time. In this Q&A, we ask the CEO of AG Scientific about what its like to be the boss, getting a glimpse of what it is like to run a life science company.

Q: What made you want to start your own business?

A: With the experience I gained with starting up a facility, it basically was at a point where either I was going to work for the man or I was going to jump into the pool and take a chance at starting my own business, so that was the biggest reason that made me jump.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a CEO?

 A: I'm not bound to any rules ...I knew I wasn't going to grow as fast, but that I was going to be independent.

Q: What is the toughest thing about being a CEO?

You have to make tough decisions. That includes hiring and firing--  and those are tough decisions, but you have to be looking at the broader picture of the corporate health.

Q: With what you know now, what advice would you give to the past version of yourself that was just starting the business?

A: I think the biggest lesson I've learned in the company is that I can't do it all. I have to be able to share and delegate responsibilities, and I think over the years, I've learned this role maybe not as quickly as I could have, but its something that.. I'm somewhat of an Type-A personality, where I have to control every thing, and as the company has grown, I have recognized I have to released responsibilities for the organization to grow.

Q: How do you motivate your staff?
A: I try to make an environment first that is multicultural- that is an important thing to me. I grew up in New England, in Rhode Island, where I think there were 3 minorities in high school. So, when I came out here, it was a really melting pot. And it was something that added a definite diversity to the culture, to the environment, community, so I tried to embrace that as a quality in the office as well.
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