Category Archives: Virtual Teams

What I’m Thankful For

It’s Thanksgiving week, so naturally I’m taking stock of the good people and things in my life for which I am very grateful. This of course includes so many aspects of Fuentek and the work we do as a virtual company as well as my life outside of work. Below are just a few of the (mostly work) things I give thanks for this holiday. Continue reading

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Talking (Virtual) Shop with TrendPOV

This afternoon at 2pm Eastern, TrendPOV will be airing an interview I recently did with Dr. Amy Vanderbilt. Some of you might remember that TrendPOV gave Fuentek a Spotlight Award a year and a half ago. (It’s amazing what a little NPR coverage will generate!) As part of the spotlight interview, Amy and I talked about how Fuentek is structured as a virtual business. TrendPOV is revisiting some of their previous award winners, so Amy and I talked again. Some of the topics we covered in this new interview were:… Continue reading

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Get What You Pay For When It Comes to Webinars

Your time is precious, right? So when it comes to attending a webinar, you want to get the most out of your time—not to mention the registration fee that your company (or maybe even you yourself) paid. And if the … Continue reading

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Training from Hundreds of Miles Away: Tips for Webinar Trainers

Having just completed a series of eight webinars to train interns at a major research university about the science and art of technology commercialization, I’ve learned a few things about the challenges of conducting training remotely. Sure, there are advantages … Continue reading

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Excerpts from “The New Small” by Phil Simon

TheNewSmallThe following text was published in The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies by Phil Simon. We are grateful to Phil for profiling Fuentek in his book and for granting us permission to reprint this excerpt.
… [Laura] Schoppe founded her company in February of 2001 and embraced a virtual workforce from day one. The cost savings from not maintaining a proper office are self-evident. Her staff consists of a variety of folks: pure techies, editors, and graphic designers. She hires only those with a keen sense of business as well as solid technical skills. These people are critical in assessing the commercial viability of a particular application and meeting her clients’ needs. Continue reading

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Phil Simon Interviews Fuentek for New Book

The New Small by Phil Simon features Fuentek and other small companies that are pioneering new ways of doing business. Technology consultant, author and public speaker Phil Simon recently interviewed me to discuss running a small company, harnessing new technology, … Continue reading

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Impressions from the North Carolina Governor’s Conference for Women

On Tuesday, I had the great privilege of serving as a panelist at the North Carolina Governor’s Conference for Women. I spoke as part of the “How N.C. Women Just Like You Built Multimillion-Dollar Businesses” panel, giving the audience some … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just for Job Searches: Using LinkedIn for Technology Transfer Marketing

LinkedIn is a great tool for finding a job, but it’s also valuable for intellectual property (IP) marketing, generating potential licensing leads. Here’s how I get the most out of LinkedIn for technology transfer marketing. When I am looking for … Continue reading

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Social Media Tools Can Be Valuable for Tech Transfer Offices: Blogs and Microblogging

The task of developing a social media strategy for your organization may sound daunting. So much of the hype of social media tools appears to be focused on consumers or business-to-consumer (B2C) applications. After following this trend for the past … Continue reading

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Schoppe Talks with Simon

Recently I had a chance to talk with independent consultant Phil Simon for his “Technology Today” podcast. Prompted by a story that ran on National Public Radio, this podcast gave us time to dig a little deeper into some of … Continue reading

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