Category Archives: Technology

Some Thoughts on Telecommuting

Marissa Mayer, over at Yahoo!, is making a fair amount of news these days, most recently for reversing the company’s longstanding embrace of telecommuting and insisting that employees work at the company’s offices.  A lot of people were surprised by … Continue reading

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Live and Learn….

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel on term sheet negotiations at this year’s edition of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison Wisconsin, an annual event that brings together several hundred entrepreneurs, investors and … Continue reading

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Business Plans/Pitches and Intellectual Property Disclosure

One of the conundrums facing entrepreneurs seeking venture or high impact angel financing is when and what to disclose about the entrepreneur’s intellectual property.  Venture capital-worthy businesses often have some sort of “secret sauce” that is a critical part of … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs: Concept Precedes Design

Among the many tributes to Steve Jobs on his passing, perhaps the most common theme is the man’s prowess as a designer.  And, indeed, from the Mac to the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad (if not so much … Continue reading

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Serious Patent News: Some Good, Some Not So.

Any day now, the Senate will likely pass the America Invents Act, with the President’s signature promised shortly thereafter.  The Act will make the most sweeping changes toUnited Statespatent law since at least 1952.  By moving the United States from … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs and Apple: Pondering the Man and the Company

With Steve Jobs passing the reins at Apple (well, sort of: my guess is that he will be more active than the average Chairman of the Board) two main streams of analysis of the move have emerged.  On the one … Continue reading

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Pondering the First Mover Advantage

The so-called “First Mover Advantage” is one of those terms that invites both passionate devotees and passionate skeptics.  The “FMA” posits that an entrepreneur who gets to market first – with a novel technology or business model – has a … Continue reading

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