Author Archives: Melba Kurman

Don't Ship the Org Chart

Successfully using small-scale, high risk, high reward pilot programs by Melba Kurman The President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, Steve Sinofsky, is fond of saying “don’t ship the org chart.” What does that mean? It means your product or service (in the software business, a product is completed when it is “shipped” to customers) should reflect your customers’ needs, ...

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Turning the Battleship


The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council issued an RFI to collect feedback about university commercialization, including recommendations for more effective models, descriptions of current best practices and better metrics to gauge success.

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Moving Away From Bricks and Mortar Tech Transfer

Back when I worked in a tech transfer office at a large research university, I wanted to see which of our technologies were the ” greatest hits” on our web search engine and which ones were less popular. Using the number of page views per technology from our web analytics tool, I ranked the popularity of the inventions.

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All Hail the Fab Lab


Fab Labs are a concept invented by Neal Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, a group of students and faculty who create cutting edge ways to create physical objects from software blueprints.

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Improving the Tech Transfer Process


Melba Kurman reports on From the Lab Bench to the Marketplace: Improving Technology Transfer." Hear from witnesses from different university tech transfer offices, VC, startup and NSF who shared their perspectives and recommendations about university technology transfer to the House Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Research & Science Education.

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