Entrepreneurs

The next 12-24 months should be interesting in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. We have the large pharmaceutical companies holding onto a lot of cash. Yet, large pharma is very cognizant of the number of high profile drugs coming off U.S. patent soon....

Eighteen companies seeking investors have been selected by Springboard Enterprises to make pitches for venture capital at AllThingsLifeSciences 2009 in Madison next week. The forum is part of a two-day entrepreneurial program which also includes a seminar for aspiring entrepreneurs - Equity Matters: The...

President Obama on Monday outlined a strategy for spurring technology and business innovation in the United States. The plan seeks to create a national environment that's conducive to entrepreneurship and that provides the requisite "tools" for innovation, supported by more than $100 billion in federal...

A dinner this week on women in IT focused on midlevel women in technology and their challenges in getting ahead, given their frequently high family responsibilities and their own perceptions (realities?) of what advancing really demands. The program, featuring Telle Whitney, president and CEO of...

Back in 1986, when Bill Gates was still making sales calls, he pitched my group at First Boston on why we should bet the farm on Windows. Despite the risk involved, we gave his fledgling startup the deal. This wasn’t because of his financial backers...

Venture capitalists are generally not thought of with great affection by most entrepreneurs, which should be no surprise given that venture capitalists turn entrepreneurs away far more often than they let open their checkbooks for them, and have at best ambiguous relationships with most of...

After hunkering down for some time and receiving some initial responses from the flurry of grant applications that were submitted in the Spring of this year, many Midwest early stage technology companies are once again beginning to consider the private capital markets for funding. In...

In the early days of the modern venture capital industry, way back in the 1950s, most venture capital funds were generalists. That is, while the specific experiences and skills of the managing partners no doubt influenced the kinds of deals that interested various funds,...

A recent article in Biofuels Digest reports that in a presumably recent year the University of California system recorded royalties of $52.5 million on university research spending of almost $3 billion. The number asks whether the public is getting a fair return on its...