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Archive for May 2014

Why You Should Write Your Own Term Sheet

In this week’s post I propose a new way of thinking about talking to investors. See:  Why You Should Write Your Own Term Sheet at

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New Site on

I’ve been invited to become a regular contributor to on topics related to technology, commercialization and leadership.  I will put links to all of my postings on this site, or you can follow me at: Please join the online discussion! And thanks for your support.

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Patents For Sale: How To Separate The Valuable From The Worthless

In this post on I talk about the experience of Penn State University in auctioning off some of their patents. 

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Know When It’s Time to Go

In this article for I shared a deeply personal experience about the decision I made to step down from a company I co-founded. 

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants: The Very Best Way to Fund Your Business

This month’s post on Tech Cocktail talks about how to take advantage of small business R&D grants from the federal government. If you qualify, this is an exceptional way to bring funds into your company without giving up equity or paying royalties.

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Solar Energy Is Heating Up Tech — Even When The Sun Goes Down

In this guest post on, I talk about a recently announced scientific breakthrough from Harvard and MIT–and the impediments toward bringing it to market in successful products. The posting can be found here. Please join the discussion.

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I'm Neil Kane - a serial entrepreneur who specializes in commercializing complex technologies that come out of academic research labs or federal laboratories.

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