Angela Lee, an adjunct professor and chief innovation officer at Columbia Business School, was more skeptical about start-ups as, noting that investors often lose money.
âThe fact that she can involve government and investment is great, ââ Ms. Lee said, referring to Ms. Lamont, ââbut you also need to involve schools.â
In New York City, where Amazon says it plans to hire as many as 25,000 workers and Google announced that it would double its work force, highly regarded universities were part of the lure.
Connecticut could also leverage its public and private colleges, Mr. Carstensen said.
âWe need to pull together the institutes of higher education to work collaboratively to support aerospace, biomedical development and information technologies,ââ he said. âThose are three areas where Connecticut can be competitive.â
Even before Mr. Lamont takes office, Ms. Lamont has been busy polishing Connecticutâs reputation, talking the state up to anyone who will listen. During a meeting with a businessman who was considering leaving Manhattan for a bigger home, Ms. Lamont suggested Connecticut. He later sent her an email saying he had started house hunting in the state.
âIâm selling Connecticut, one house at a time,â she joked.
Though she grew up in Wisconsin, Connecticut is where she met her husband the week she arrived, married him a year later â in a ceremony in 1983 catered by the not-yet-famous Martha Stewart â raised her family and established her career. The Lamonts, who live in Greenwich, have three adult children.
Her husband teases her about news reports that frequently refer to her as the family breadwinner.
âThere are so many ways to define success,â Ms. Lamont said. âBut Ned is probably more successful than 99 percent of America, and so I think we both contributed financially and in every other way.â
Mr. Lamont cut in.
âSheâs pretty good,âhe said, exaggerating her success. âI started up two companies. She started up 102 companies.â