Patent Portfolio Strategy: Inventions that Count

The United States Patent and Trademark Office was established in order to protect inventors and give them the freedom to operate without concerns or push by larger corporations. “The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity.” — USPTO Most patents[…]

What can we learn about creativity from pipe cleaners?

In my innovation workshops, we believe in learning from playing with ordinary objects. I’ve written recently about improving creativity using LEGO pieces. But pipe cleaners can also be very useful for exploring creativity. What’s special about pipe cleaners? They are simply thin wires coated with some fuzzy plastic material. What can they do, besides clean[…]

Abandon Objectives and Get the Job Done

Introduction Does it ever make sense to abandon objectives in order to achieve those objectives? Perhaps counterintuitively, the answer is sometimes “yes!” It was early morning when I got a weekly blog from my business coach. As I was reading the first few lines, I could clearly hear my mind was whispering “no” somewhere in[…]

Legal Audit: What is it? Why Should We Have One Done?

The Entrepreneurial Dilemma Imagine your startup on the verge of breaking through, just needing another round of capital infusion to make it over the top. Your product is top notch, well reviewed, and fills a market niche. Your marketing is set and is already producing sales. Visions of an IPO swirl amongst the founders and[…]

The Real Cost of Building a Startup Team

Company founders face a sour challenge: How do I build my startup team without neglecting my primary job of running the business? To be sure, attracting top talent is a critical endeavor for your company. In the era of the knowledge worker, human capital is arguably a company’s most prized resource to achieve long-term success. But[…]

Revenue Modeling for Business Success

Throughout my career, I have joined early-stage companies and have been charged with building the commercial organization and meeting the organization’s revenue objectives. In two very specific cases, the founders had built great products and closed several early customers. They believed they had identified the right revenue metrics. The companies did revenue modeling based on[…]