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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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Innovating A New Innovation Model

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory is innovating in ways outside of battery research. Their model of a public-private partnership is breaking new ground. See details at http://www.forbes.com/sites/neilkane/2014/12/14/innovating-a-new-innovation-model/ 

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Foldable, Bendable And Bright: The Future Of Displays

Apple recently acquired a startup that makes micro-LEDs for displays, but another company looks like it might have the winning formula thanks to an innovative manufacturing process invented by Prof. John Rogers at the University of Illinois. Read the Forbes.com post here. 

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

In this guest post on Forbes.com, 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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10 Considerations When Licensing a Technology

10 Considerations When Licensing a Technology

In today’s guest post on Tech Cocktail I talk about the essential elements surrounding licensing technologies…either to augment your product development efforts (by licensing technology into your company) or to create a new revenue stream by outlicensing technology that you’ve developed.  See: http://tech.co/10-considerations-when-licensing-a-technology-2013-03 Neil Kane

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Nanotech Takes It On The Chin

Nanotech Takes It On The Chin

Here is a link to an Op-Ed piece that Crain’s Chicago Business ran today about the unfortunate state of funding for emerging nanotechnology companies. I’d welcome your thoughts and comments…either here or on the Crain’s site. See: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130313/OPINION/130319933/sweating-the-small-stuff-why-nanoinks-failure-really-hurts  Neil Kane

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Impedance Mismatch

Impedance Mismatch

I’ve written and talked about the cultural differences between entrepreneurs and career researchers. Lately I’ve discovered a new one: Scientists:     Are afraid of making bad decisions. As a result, they are slow to make difficult decisions. Entrepreneurs:     Optimize around fast, not perfect, decision making with […]

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Testimony from House Review of Innovation Corps Program

Testimony from House Review of Innovation Corps Program

Earlier today I got the opportunity to provide witness testimony for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education in a hearing called Innovation Corp:  A Review of a New National Science Foundation Program to Leverage Research Investments. The session was […]

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Principle Three: Leverage Private Money

Principle Three:  Leverage Private Money

Continuing with the Nine Guiding Principles, onto Principle Three. Everyone knows that raising private capital to finance a startup is difficult. This post is not going to tell that story. There are zillions of articles and blog posts about how to raise money. Maybe someday I’ll write […]

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Licensing Technologies from Universities

Licensing Technologies from Universities

A common way for startups to get going is by taking technology invented at a university (or federal laboratory or similar public institution) and “transferring” it to the commercial sector by creating a startup company whose main mission is to develop the technology and turn it into […]

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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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