Tag Archives: Funding

Do VCs Really Want Innovators? What to do when the VC says ‘No Dice’

Startup entrepreneurs look eagerly towards the venture capital community, seeing the myth of a big pot of money ready to be given away to worthy ventures. Advisors, business school professors, and a lot of people who ought to know better, see VC funding as a given for far too many ventures, when in reality, there are a lot of great ideas that never get a single dollar in funding.

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Irresistible Innovation meets Immovable Object

I'm going to let you in on a secret. Doing innovation isn't really all that hard, once you get the hang of it. Yes, there are dozens of methodologies and approaches. You can tap into your employees and/or your customer base for ideas. You can search for interesting technologies in research labs and universities. You can prototype, test and tweak ideas based on customer pilots. In fact, you can do just about anything in innovation. That is, if you can get it started.

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Five Events That Will Shape University Technology Transfer

If I had to characterize the year 2011 in the world of university technology transfer, I would describe it as a year of "wait and see." Of course several notable events happened -- for example, patent reform and a Supreme Court case that clarified limitations on university patent ownership. But my sense was that this year’s big events will make their true impact felt over the longer term.

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R&D – Managing R is Different than D

It seems very obvious, but in daily corporate life it does not always happen: Research should be managed differently than Development. Although it is normal to mention Research & Development together, they are clearly quite different in nature. Sure, in the end they are part of the same innovation funnel, but their objectives and characteristics are very different. Research normally ...

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Raising Innovation

Humans are one of the few mammals whose babies are not fully developed at birth.  Unlike horses, whales, etc., human babies can’t stand, walk, or forage on their own at birth.  They are totally dependent upon adult humans for constant, continual support just to live.  We are used to this, we accept it, we don’t expect anything different. Yet, when we discuss the ...

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