Comparing Start-Ups to Fortune 500

John Melo, Amyris Biotechnologies

Having worked both for Big Oil and for start-up companies, Amyris Biotechnologies CEO John Melo compares the work environment of the two – particularly when it comes to seeking capital. But the start-up environment offers a unique lure, says Melo – the potential to be on the right side of environmental change. In addition, the Amarys founders, the investors interested in scientific progress, and the potential for technological innovation were all powerful magnets pulling him from the large corporate environment.