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IP & Tech Transfer

Intellectual Property & Secrecy

For the last few days I have been staring at the title for the last topic in my “Spin-Off vs Start-Up” mini-series. Unlike the topics of focus, budget and customer development, it seemed really hard to write about intellectual property without a long explanation of the patent system. Thankfully,...
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Entrepreneurship , People

Founder Focus

At a recent talk on student entrepreneurship at McGill I received an audience question about the limited alignment between academic and entrepreneurial focus. This hit the nail on the head. Focus makes ventures succeed. Paul Graham goes as far as predicting instant death for companies funded by active graduate...
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Entrepreneurship , People

Budgets & Payroll

Frugality has become the watch word in the start-up blogsphere. It is rare to find a blog that doesn’t advocate lean business models, unpaid founders, and generally spending as little as possible. We are told that the new development tools dramatically lower the cost of your first product and...