Category Archives: Innovation and the World

How Do You Coach This Stuff? — Does GroupOn Prove Profitability is Obsolete?

Somewhere along the way, I’ve been miseducated.  Or, perhaps, I misunderstood my education.  Whichever it is, I’ve been wrong about a fundamental element of business.  And now, hundreds of entrepreneurs I’ve worked with and advised are paying the price. I’m … Continue reading

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Small Time Politics, Big Time Stakes

Twenty-some years ago, I was a young economic developer working in the City of Allentown, PA.  My job frequently took me to city council meetings where I was able to witness fishbowl politics at its worst.  There were plenty of … Continue reading

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Patent Reform 2011 – A Sword with Two Very Sharp Edges (part 2)

In part 1 of my post last week on patent reform, I identified several ways in which the new Patent Reform bill (S.B. 23 and H.R. 1249) is better for big business than small business.  And I’m disappointed in that.  One big … Continue reading

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Patent Reform 2011 – A Sword with Two Very Sharp Edges (part 1)

David Kappos is President Obama’s “Patent Czar”.  He has helped create and guide patent reform legislation through the US Senate last week by a score of 95-5.  The US hasn’t had such a significant overhaul of the patent system in … Continue reading

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“A Generation of Creators”

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Lehigh University Create! Innovate! awards dinner.  Over the past few years, my own Lehigh University set sail for the entrepreneurial horizon.  Donations from the Thalheimers and from Dexter Baker set this in … Continue reading

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