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May The Forest Be With You: Using Whole Trees In Building Construction

In this post on Forbes.com I talk about a really cool and innovative company out of Madison, Wisconsin that uses whole trees in building construction. The images are spectacular. http://www.forbes.com/sites/neilkane/2015/04/22/may-the-forest-be-with-you/

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A Bright Idea: Teaching Educators To Be Entrepreneurs

The National Science Foundation’s new I-Corps L (for learning) program asks whether innovative educators can be taught the basics of entrepreneurship. I write about the experience in my posting for Forbes.com at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/neilkane/2015/01/23/a-bright-idea-teaching-educators-to-be-entrepreneurs/

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Cold Calling 100 Prospects A Day: One Entrepreneur’s Story

This week’s posting on Forbes.com profiles a Naperville-area entrepreneur who made 100 cold calls a day while getting his business off the ground. See: http://www.forbes.com/sites/neilkane/2014/10/05/cold-calling-100-prospects-a-day-one-entrepreneurs-story/

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A Test Working To Predict Sudden Cardiac Death

In this week’s posting on Forbes.com I describe Charles Polsky’s odyssey to develop a medical diagnostic test that identifies those at risk for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD)–which killed one of his best friends.

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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 http://www.forbes.com/sites/neilkane/2014/05/29/why-you-should-write-your-own-term-sheet/

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Know When It’s Time to Go

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

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The Four Questions

For my monthly blog post on Tech Cocktail I talk briefly about the four questions that must be asked at every Passover Seder and during every investor pitch.

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Watch Out for Convertible Notes

Here is my latest post on Tech Cocktail about the hazards of financing your company with convertible notes (debt). Neil Kane

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Prenups for Startups: How to Structure Founding Teams

Someone in my network in Chicago was contemplating starting a business and wasn’t sure how to structure his arrangement with his partners/collaborators…and protect themselves in the event things didn’t work out. This sparked a rich online discussion which became the catalyst for this month’s post on Tech Cocktail.  […]

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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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