March 17, 2010      

The story of Hansen Medical is a Silicon Valley cautionary tale repeated by various technology companies over the last few decades. Initial success and millions of dollars in venture capital funding often lead management to take shortcuts to maintain early momentum. When the plan works, no one ever sees the shortcuts. When the plan fails, legal issues overwhelm the business.

Everything went right for Mountain View, Calif.-based Hansen Medical early on. Frederic Moll split from Intuitive Surgica...

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