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Are you an early-stage startup Founder? Three things that will help a VC decide to invest in you.

In December, 2016 Steve Kaplan (Chicago Booth), Will Gornall (UBC Sauder), Paul Gompers (Harvard), Ilya Strebulaev (Stanford) published a paper called “How Do Venture Capitalists Make Decisions?”. They surveyed 885 institutional VCs at 681 firms to learn how they make decisions across eight areas: Deal sourcing Investment selection Deal structure Post-investment value-added Exits Internal firm [...]

By | April 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How investors assess your startup

This is a pdf of the information provided by Dr. Stephen Kaplan of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Its the OUTSIDE-IMPACTS framework taught at the business school and used in the New Venture Challenge. FYI, the NVC is rated the #3 accelerator in the United States due to its success in launching [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Acquisitions, Blog|0 Comments

OUTSIDE-IMPACTS – How do Investors evaluate your startup?

Here's the PPT by Dr. Steve Kaplan. He presented this presentation in Cincinnati in 2015. startups

By | October 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Why Take an Online Course (vs. buying a book)?

A critical marketing question of any online course is: Why pay money taking an online course when you can buy the books on the topic and learn by reading them? The answer is: Concurrently utilizing multiple learning methods increases the person’s retention ability for any given material. The Venture Forge online courses intentionally using at [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Remaining Relevant: Effective Continuing Education

Remaining Relevant:  Effective Continuing Education Important questions employees need to answer, for themselves, in today’s business world are: Do employees need continuing education, education past their formal schooling, to remain relevant to their employers and the market generally? Assuming the answer is yes, then why and in what form, does this education take? What constitutes [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Why VentureForge as Your Startup Intellectual Property Partner?

What are we selling and why they should buy it? Intellectual property is a critical element of every firm’s valuation which strongly suggests that the firm have a methodology for diagnosing its intellectual property condition and responding to it appropriately. A question every business leader should ask is: How does your firm manage and utilize [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A Tale of a Founder’s (and Investor’s) Nightmare: Not a Fairy Tale

A Tale of a Founder's (and Investor’s) Nightmare: Not a Fairy Tale You’re an aspiring entrepreneur and have just recognized a major change in the market that you have a unique response to yielding a substantial business opportunity. It’s your “dream come true” but then you discover another firm has also observed this opportunity and is [...]

By | July 31st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Why Founders Need an Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy

Why bother with Intellectual Property (IP) when there is so much else to do? Founder’s Point of View Theft prevention Protects the Firm’s most valuable assets using “The Rule of Law.” Signals quality. Facilitates access to financing and helps startups overcome the liabilities of newness. Boosts market share. 90 percent of the world’s smartphone makers [...]

By | July 31st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Glass Manufacturing Industry Council’s (GMIC) Becoming more Innovative

On July 26, 2016 Dr.Stephen (Steve) A. Di Biase was a guest speaker at the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council's (GMIC) executive committee meeting where he was requested to offer some tips on how a person can become more innovative. Steve focused on the "10 Keys to Unlock Your Innovative Self" available from Amazon, or VentureForge.co,: [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

It’s World Intellectual Property Day and VentureForge is celebrating with an educational offer

It's World Intellectual Property Day!!! The first 10 people to sign up today for the VentureForge mailing list will receive for free the $199 "Intellectual Property Strategy for Startups" course launching on May 21st that includes a 6-hour, web-based course and a hard copy of the 114-page book "Intellectual Property: A Handbook for Startups" by Dr. Stephen Di Biase, [...]

By | April 26th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Intellectual Property Strategy and VentureForge University

If you're a startup Investor or run an accelerator or incubator do your Founders have a solid IP strategy? If they don't, you haven't minimized your investment risk. Dr. Stephen Di Biase's recent book, "Intellectual Property Strategy: A Handbook for Startups" is now available. VentureForge University will soon be launching it's first course on May [...]

By | April 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Do you have an IP strategy for your startup? Check out the IP Workshop presented by Dr. Stephen Di Biase, PhD

What's your IP strategy? Do you even have one? Did you know that you should? What do you tell your Investors about one of the most important parts of value creation in your startup? What is a tech startup’s most valuable asset? It’s not the seed money. It’s not the workspace. And it’s definitely not [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Dr. Steve Di Biase’s new book “Intellectual Property: A Handbook for Startups” is now availableD

Dr. Steve Di Biase's new book is available at:   http://amzn.com/B01BO0NQ0A

By | February 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Dr. Steve Di Biase presents seminar on February 19th at 1871 in Chicago on Innovation

Contact 1871 if you're interested in attending. Leveraging Intellectual Property: A Handbook for Startups  with Stephen (Steve) A. Di Biase   OVERVIEW: Intellectual property, while critically important to startups, is often not high on the Founders agenda and can be lost in the chaos of other activities. My intent in preparing this workshop is to help [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Dr. Steve Di Biase holds Innovation seminar

By | February 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Primer on Intellectual Property – Part 4

My text by the above title is approaching publication hopefully by February 18th. The following is the 4th "Primer" from the text  which will be available from Amazon.com and my website www.premierinsightsllc.com I hope you find this curated information  useful. Tactical Considerations Your primary asset is your IP. Protect it before you do anything else. IP Assignment [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Primer on Intellectual Property – Part 3

“IP has the shelf life of a banana.”                                                                         ~ Bill Gates ~ Defining Intellectual Property (IP)   My approach to [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Primer on Intellectual Property – Part 2

A coherent IP strategy must be both multi-dimensional and customized supporting specific business outcomes. Ideally, one basic approach to managing patent IP can be applied across the business while allowing for customized approaches and strategies to be employed for trade secrets, know-how, trademarks and other forms of  IP. This philosophy in then embodied in procedures [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

VentureForge says cash is more important than your mother

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VENTUREFORGE SAYS CASH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR MOTHER CINCINNATI, OH – November 21, 2015 – Every founder knows that in a startup cash is more important than your mother (sorry Moms). With the release of their new book “The VentureForge Way – Funding Your Startup” VentureForge announces today that for the rest of November [...]

By | November 21st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

2015 M&A activity nearing an all-time record

Corporate M&A article by Ernst & Young   With mergers and acquisitions in 2015 nearing an all-time record, the 13th Ernst & Young Global Capital Confidence Barometer finds US corporate executives both leveraging the opportunities a thriving deal market brings and exercising prudence. Nearly three-fourths of our US respondents (74%) report M&A plans in the next year. [...]

By | November 9th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

“Startup Playbook” by Sam Altman

Sam Altman published a "Startup Playbook" available at the link below. We like it. Sam Altman Playbook

By | November 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Should you go for Market Share or go for Profit? What decision would you make?

You're a startup in a fast growing market.  Maybe you're one of those food delivery companies, maybe you're going to compete against Amazon. What strategy decisions do you make? Here's what HBR thinks: Get Big or Make Money?

By | November 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

David Collette is seeing some great startups forming at UpTech

David Collette is working with several startups at UpTech. He is reporting to VentureForge that there are several interesting companies forming in Kentucky. Take a look at what's going on across the river.   UpTech Startup List

By | November 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

UpTech is a great Accelerator

If you want to apply to a tech accelerator we highly recommend UpTech   UpTech

By | November 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Cincinnati Startup Weekend is coming

If you are a budding entrepreneur make sure to sign up for Startup Weekend. It's a great place to meet like-minded people. You never know, you may leave as a Founder. #startupcincy Startup Weekend Cincinnati

By | November 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments