Stand Your Ground: Life Isn’t Fair

English: Lots of frustration spikes experienced

Photo credit: Wikipedia

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?

See: http://tech.co/stand-your-ground-life-isnt-fair-2013-07

Neil Kane

Winning Business Plan Competitions is Not a Business Model

In today’s guest post on Tech Cocktail I talk about my observation that many startups are spending too much time on business plan competitions and not enough time on building their business. Just last night I spoke to one company that has crushed it in the business plan competition world, having won hundreds of thousands of dollars of prize money. While that clearly gave them a huge lift, they admitted that the discipline of winning the competitions was very different than building their business.

Agree? Disagree?

See: http://tech.co/winning-business-plan-competitions-is-not-a-business-model-2013-06

Neil Kane

Strike While the Iron is Hot

Photo from US govt. Congressional bio website.

Photo from US govt. Congressional bio website. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s guest post on Tech Cocktail I talk about the importance of taking advantage of unexpected situations and opportunities when they arise…usually without warning or a chance to be prepared. My story is about the time I met Senator Paul Simon in a coat check line…

See: http://tech.co/strike-while-the-iron-is-hot-2013-04

Neil Kane

10 Considerations When Licensing a Technology

End User License Agreement - close-up

End User License Agreement (Photo credit: Brett L.)

In today’s guest post on Tech Cocktail I talk about the essential elements surrounding licensing technologies…either to augment your product development efforts (by licensing technology into your company) or to create a new revenue stream by outlicensing technology that you’ve developed. 

See: http://tech.co/10-considerations-when-licensing-a-technology-2013-03

Neil Kane

Nanotech Takes It On The Chin

English: Nanoparticle and nanotechnology - CILAS

English: Nanoparticle and nanotechnology – CILAS (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a link to an Op-Ed piece that Crain’s Chicago Business ran today about the unfortunate state of funding for emerging nanotechnology companies. I’d welcome your thoughts and comments…either here or on the Crain’s site.

See: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130313/OPINION/130319933/sweating-the-small-stuff-why-nanoinks-failure-really-hurts 

Neil Kane

The Best Advice I Ever Got

In today’s guest post on Tech Cocktail I talk about how to manage your time and maintain high levels of productivity. It’s a time-tested technique that is independent of technology.

See: http://tech.co/the-best-advice-i-ever-got-2013-02

 

Neil Kane