Entrepreneurship

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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Bill Strickland: A Santa for the Economy?

Would that Santa could bring us a few more Bill Strickland's! Or the "1%" might take a page out of his book. But in life's great art of individual uniqueness, there is only one of this special man. The entrepreneurial leadership he has demonstrated over many decades is one heck of a Solving-Big-Problems role model.

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The Universal Challenge of Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things.” He was talking about politics and government but it applies equally well to any new venture. It is the universal experience of everyone who has ever tried: It’s not going to go exactly like you think it will. You will have to make adjustments.

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Study in Courage: the "Done Manifesto"

"There are three stages of being, claims the 'The Done Manifesto': not knowing, action and completion. The Done Manifesto is simply the most visceral description of "doing the work" of innovation, the emotional/psychological nature of fast prototyping, iterating and working in our field that I've seen anywhere. This is not what just 'creative vision' feels like. This is what it feels like to create. "Create" and "Innovate" share the same root: "ate" which essentially means to consume, to preoccupy and engross.

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Large Organizations and the Business Model Canvas

Recently I was having a ‘conversation’ with Alexander Osterwalder concerning the limited adoption of the Business Model Canvas within large organizations. I was asking him if he agreed and if he had any thoughts on this. Now if you know Alex, he is either jetting off to somewhere in the world to keep spreading his Business Model gospel, or about to get immersed in his next idea associated with it, so these conversations are grabbing him through twitter or short email exchanges.

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What Entrepreneur Ever Got a Degree in Entrepreneurship?

For some time now I've been convinced that education will go the same way as the music industry. The similarities are profound. They both charge more and more for a product of reducing quality by a means that's out of touch with modern needs. A few weeks ago I was at an education event and was introduced to a professor of entrepreneurship. During our conversation it turned out that she had never bought any company shares, had never invested in a startup, and had never worked for any kind of company. It struck me that it was a bit like having the Pope teach a course on sex, reproduction and parenting. What possible value could this professor possibly add, what insights and wisdoms?

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