This interview with Peter Miller, the chief executive of Optinose, a pharmaceutical company, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
Q. Were you in leadership roles or entrepreneurial when you were younger?
A. I did have a real passion and an interest in business for some reason. Part of it was just finding ways to have ideas and solve problems. When I was in second grade, I had the idea to collect old newspapers and try to sell them to people at half price. It was not a very good idea.
I also played a lot of sports, and I was captain of both the lacrosse and soccer teams in college. In some cases I was the best player, but a lot of times I wasn’t. It was about understanding how you have success as a team. I wasn’t trying to be captain of the teams — this was back when the teams elected the captains. I think they chose me because I truly wanted the team to win, and I didn’t really care if I was the one scoring the goals. I think people can sense that.
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