Neil Kane, the Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University, is a leading authority on technology commercialization and innovation and has the battle scars to prove it. He was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2007. His Twitter handle is @neildkane. He’s also on Google+ and LinkedIn.


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Leadership is Situational, Integrity is Not

A few years ago I attended a workshop called Situational Leadership by the great Paul Hersey. He’s the guy who wrote the book on situational leadership. I was really looking forward to the workshop because another lecturer in the class was Marshall Goldsmith (his...


The 4 Questions

With Passover approaching, this refrain may be familiar to some of you. The Four Questions that get asked during the Passover reading of the haggadah are: Why is this night different from all other nights? On all other nights, we eat leavened products and...


Announcing the Rev3 Innovation Center in Suburban Chicago

Fact: Hardware startups are on the rise. Fact: Developing hardware requires software competency. Fact: DuPage County in suburban Chicagoland has over 925,000 people, several universities, several Fortune 500 headquarters, a very educated populace, a rich manufacturing base ...


Prenups for Startups: How to Structure Founding Teams

One of the people in my networking group in Chicago posed this question: How do your teams structure yourselves so that people are compensated fairly and encouraged to do their best work? The ensuing online discussion inevitably turned toward how to create a working...


10 Words, 20 Letters: Being Accountable

I was fortunate early in my career to get some valuable, but simple advice. I don’t remember where it came from – probably from some motivational speaker or maybe the Dale Carnegie Course, since I spent my first few years out of college immersed...


Strike While the Iron Is Hot

In late 2000, I was raising a seed-stage venture fund to commercialize innovations coming from universities and federal laboratories in the Midwestern part of the United States. During that time, I attended a function at the Union League Club in Chicago. While I was...


10 Considerations When Licensing a Technology

As you develop your business, you may discover that you either need to license technology into your company to augment your product development efforts, or create a new revenue stream by licensing technology that you’ve developed to other people. A license is a contract...


The Best Advice I Ever Got

In the days before satellite radio, smartphones, and iPods, I devoured books on tape while driving. My first job was at IBM in San Jose (where they had a large manufacturing facility). They had a library with a whole bunch of business books on...


Startup Founders: You Need More Money Than You Think

Startups go out of business for only one reason. That reason is – all together now, repeat after me – “because they run out of money.” And that raises the eternal question, “How much money do I need to raise?” You need more than...