Monthly Archives: June 2010

Business Process Patents: They’ll Know Them When They See Them

Anyone familiar with the Supreme Court’s obscenity cases has to have at least a modest sense of déjà vu after perusing the Court’s decision in the Bilski case this week.  In a (in)famous obscenity case, a justice, trying to make … Continue reading

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Tech Transfer: Why Private Profit is Good Public Policy

An article in Biofuels Digest (see http://biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2009/09/03/tech-transfer-tragedy-%e2%80%94-does-university-research-produce-roi/) reports that in a presumably recent year the University of California system recorded royalties of $52.5 million on University research spending of almost $3 billion.  The number – as a bunch of others … Continue reading

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Grant Money: When “Free” is not “Free”

In a down VC market, in the heart of flyover country, it is perhaps inevitable that the lure of free money – SBIR grants, stimulus funds, etc. – would be compelling for Wisconsin’s life sciences entrepreneurs.  And if “free” meant, … Continue reading

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The McChrystal Mess: A Teaching Moment for Entrepreneurs

I like General  McChrystal: having read the Rolling Stone article, I like him more than I did yesterday.  A tough, no nonsense guy who I happen to agree with on many points. That said, how could any general officer in … Continue reading

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Director Compensation for Startups

One issue that comes up fairly early for most start-ups – certainly by the time of the first outside funding if not before – is how members of the Board of Directors should be compensated.  Every situation is unique, but … Continue reading

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Global Warming: A Skeptic’s Thoughts

  These days, being a skeptic of the global warming story is tough.  Expressing doubts about the standard climate change horror story (and, if it’s true, it really is a horror story) is akin to saying, say, that the President … Continue reading

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High-Tech Wisconsin: Biotech Sizzles, but IT has the Steak

With one of the nation’s biggest and best life sciences research institutions – UW-Madison, of course – it’s not surprising that Wisconsin’s life sciences entrepreneurs have captured the bulk of the attention from inside and outside the state in terms … Continue reading

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