Last Post on This Blog!

All of my original postings have been moved to and I will stop posting them here as of May 2014. Anything that I write from now on will be posted on the Illinois Partners web site. I also have a site on which you can follow at:

Thank you for reading! See you on the other side.


The Four Questions

For my monthly blog post on Tech Cocktail I talk briefly about the four questions that must be asked at every Passover Seder and during every investor pitch.question mark

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Neil Kane

How You Get Slaughtered in a Down Round

Here is my latest post on Tech Cocktail about what happens to the founders in a down round. 

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Watch Out for Convertible Notes

Here is my latest post on Tech Cocktail about the hazards of financing your company with convertible notes (debt).  


Debt (Photo credit: LendingMemo)

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My Blog is Moving!

Dear loyal reader of the Belief Without Evidence blog:

I’ve moved my blog content over to my website at and the blog posts can now be found at: If you are receiving this post by email it’s because you are a subscriber to my blog. PLEASE go over to the Illinois Partners website and re-subscribe because my future blog posts will be posted to that site. There’s a box on the lower right hand portion of the screen where you can enter your email address. Eventually this site will just become an archive of old posts.

Thank you!

Neil Kane

Prenups for Startups: How to Structure Founding Teams

I Want a Divorce

I Want a Divorce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Someone in my network in Chicago was contemplating starting a business and wasn’t sure how to structure his arrangement with his partners/collaborators…and protect themselves in the event things didn’t work out. This sparked a rich online discussion which became the catalyst for this month’s post on Tech Cocktail. 

In Prenups for Startups: How to Structure Founding Teams I share my experience and provide guidance based on many things I’ve seen work…and not work. 

I welcome your comments as everyone’s personal experiences may be vastly different.

Neil Kane

Report on the White House Lab-to-Market Summit

English: South façade of the White House, the ...

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On May 20, 2013 a group of national experts in technology transfer convened in Washington, DC to discuss how to improve the nation’s effectiveness at bringing federally-funded research to market. Neil Kane was honored to be an invited guest at this Summit. A summary of the meeting was the topic of this month’s blog post on Tech Cocktail. A full copy of the report can be found on the home page for this blog in the Flash Widget in the lower right hand corner…you can download the report there.

Stand Your Ground: Life Isn’t Fair

English: Lots of frustration spikes experienced

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My post this month on Tech Cocktail is about the frustrations that we all feel, especially entrepreneurs, when things don’t go our way and we want to lash out in frustration. This hit home for me this week with the announcement of the verdict in the George Zimmerman (Trayvon Martin) trial where it seemed that everyone, no matter their point of view, was angry at the outcome.

Agree? Disagree?


Neil Kane