The 8 Things to Look for in a Business Plan


Building a business case When we decided to go after investment for our company, we came to the point where we needed a business case. Business cases are generally no more than 10-15 pages of slides. We built our business case based on what Angel Investors and VC firms look for when they review a plan. Different […]

“Commercializing New Technologies – Getting from Mind to Market” — Book Review


Today’s post is a critical review of a book on innovation: “Commercializing New Technologies – Getting from Mind to Market” by Vijay K. Jolly (Harvard Business School Press 1997). I encourage you to read this book if you are involved in innovation within any size organization. He includes great frameworks. A New Reference Guide for […]

The CEO Drives the Company Culture


What is company culture? The definition of company culture from About.com is “the personality of a company and defines what a company, from an employee perspective, is like to work for. Company culture includes the company mission, values, ethics, expectations, goals, and work environment.”  Merriam-Webster tells us that company culture is “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, […]

How Entrepreneurs Come Up With New Ideas


Where do ideas come from? One aspect of entrepreneurship and new product development that can be overwhelming is the thought that any new product or idea must be dramatically different from everything else out there. Actually, small changes can create a totally different product and lead to an entrepreneurial venture. So try this:  Develop a Chindogu. From Urban […]