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Turning Ideas Into Action at the Clinton Global Initiative University

I was privileged to chaperone ten students from Michigan State University to the Clinton Global Initiative University event held at the University of California-Berkeley in late March 2016. I wrote about the experience for

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

In this post on I talk about a really cool and innovative company out of Madison, Wisconsin that uses whole trees in building construction. The images are spectacular.

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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 at:

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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 

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From Gross To Gourmet: A Tale Of Entrepreneurial Reinvention

In this posting on I tell the story of Larry and Mark Levy and how their company, Levy Restaurants, reinvented the foodservice industry at sports stadiums and arenas. You can read the entire article here: 

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Caring For Relatives By Robot

At the Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago in October 2014 I met executives from both Cisco and iRobot and had informative conversations about the future of IoT and, in particular, telepresence. This posting in Forbes discusses what I learned…and it’s that the future isn’t as […]

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

This week’s posting on profiles a Naperville-area entrepreneur who made 100 cold calls a day while getting his business off the ground. See:

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Unclutter Your Mind: The Power Of Getting Rid Of Things

This week’s posting on is a little bit more personal than most. It describes my attempts to de-clutter my life. See:

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What Is An Entrepreneur-In-Residence?

I’ve been EIR four times, so I get asked this question frequently. This posting on answers the question. See: 

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A Test Working To Predict Sudden Cardiac Death

In this week’s posting on 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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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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