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Don’t Bring Me Angel Investors…Bring Me Hero Investors

There is trouble in the town! In case you haven’t seen the headlines, let me deliver some bad news to you. You’re not going to like it, but it’s time you hear it too. The United States is no longer great … 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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SBIR/STTR…Defense of a Government Acronym (part 2)

Last week, I wrote Part 1 of this post that provided a little background on the SBIR/STTR program.  This federal government legislation is in the process of being revised and, hopefully, readopted.  It basically assures that ~2% of all federal government … Continue reading

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SBIR/STTR…Defense of a Government Acronym (part 1)

Many of you may not be familiar with SBIR/STTR.  The quickest explanation is that there are two ways that your federal government invests in advanced technology.  One way they do so is by owning their own laboratories.  The National Renewable … Continue reading

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