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Busting the Startup Myth: Implications for Tech Transfer

Hand with marker writing the word Facts MythsAn interesting article in Harvard Business Review caught my attention… mostly because its message sounded very familiar. In the article, entrepreneurship ecosystems pioneer Daniel Isenberg asks an important question: Do Startups Really Create Lots of Good Jobs? He suggests that the startups-create-jobs idea has experienced “the truth effect,” gaining legitimacy and becoming accepted as fact when the reality is far different: Continue reading

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Open Innovation in Developing Economies: A Video Blog

Schoppe-UNH-Interview-ScreenShotLast month I had the opportunity to serve on a panel discussing the implementation of open innovation models in developing countries at the Franklin Pierce IP Center based in the law school at the University of New Hampshire. Titled “IP and Open Innovation: Challenges in Global Development,” this conference brought together a wide range of professionals, professors, and researchers with expertise in open innovation. (Thanks to Stan Kowalski for inviting me!) For my presentation, I discussed how developing economies would be well served by approaching their R&D and IP management through what we at Fuentek call Symbiotic Innovation. As I’ve blogged before, Symbiotic Innovation involves working both sides of the R&D and commercialization equation at the same time…. Continue reading

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Lean Startup Principles Apply to Tech Transfer: A Dispatch from Poland

As I find myself back in Poland to deliver another round of training courses on entrepreneurship to university researchers, I’m reminded of Steve Blank’s fireside chat at the AUTM® national meeting in New Orleans last month. Specifically, I’m thinking about how the feedback loop that plays a major role in the Lean Startup methodology also has a role to play long before a startup is even a gleam in an entrepreneurial researcher’s eye. What’s the Lean Startup feedback loop? Well, according to Eric Ries: “The fundamental activity of a startup is to turn ideas into products, measure how customers respond, and then learn whether to pivot or persevere. All successful startup processes should be geared to accelerate that feedback loop.” Continue reading

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5 Ways to Make Undergrads More Entrepreneurial

A few weeks back, I read Victoria Schramm’s post on Forbes.com called “5 Reasons Why Undergrad Entrepreneurship Courses Aren’t Producing Entrepreneurs.” Given Schramm’s valid points, I’d like to suggest 5 ways to make undergraduate students more entrepreneurial. Continue reading

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Open Innovation “Loser” Redux: More thoughts, new webcast

L is for loserOne of the items in my last “worth reading” post — Stefan Lindegaard’s blog post “Are Universities, Tech Transfer Units Open Innovation Losers?” — is getting a lot of attention, including a Technology Transfer Tactics blog post. Given the discussions in several tech transfer groups across LinkedIn (including AUTM, Techno-L, and Technology Transfer – Valorisation), I’d like to offer some further thoughts here. Open innovation refers to the spin-in as well as the spin-out of ideas, technology, etc. Approaching these two “directions” in concert and proactively — what we’ve called Symbiotic Innovation — is an essential component for revolutionizing technology transfer. Continue reading

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Conversations with DoD & the White House on Federal Tech Transfer Initiatives

Last week I gave a presentation at a tech transfer workshop for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This workshop was well timed, given President Obama’s recent memorandum announcing a new directive requiring all federal research labs to bolster and streamline technology transfer efforts to increase the likelihood and efficiency of getting research results to market. Attendees at the DoD meeting discussed the memo as well as possible solutions, as each agency has been tasked with presenting a plan back to the President on how they will achieve his goals. Possible solutions have been at the top of my mind recently as well…. Continue reading

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License Programs Targeted at Startups: We Can (and Must) Do Better

You may have noticed that several universities and government labs are forming ready-to-sign patent licensing programs or other initiatives with new licensing terms. Many of these programs target startup companies, like the University of North Carolina’s Express License program or the DOE’s America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge program, which offers startups options to license patents for $1K. Continue reading

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Ready-to-Sign Licensing Agreements: Does One Size Fit All?

I read the recent Technology Transfer Tactics article, “Ready-to-Sign Licensing Boosts Efficiency and Deal Flow,” with great interest as I flew to Las Vegas for the AUTM® 2011 conference. When the University of North Carolina launched its Carolina Express License … Continue reading

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