gold mine

October 4, 2015: If you’re a technology service provider to startups, you know that to be a difficult task. I’ve been on both sides of this issue over the years. We had to switch a major vendor in one deal this past week, which is always tough, even if it is just business and is for good reasons for all concerned. There are personal connections that are part of any such relationship, and those continue.

Yellow Camaro RS

September 27, 2015: Jack Kerouac made the title above famous in his 1957 roman à clef about travels with the pioneers of the Beat and Counterculture generations in post-WWII America. I’m finding myself back on the road now in connection with my Georgia-based startup, but I’m working with pioneers in cancer care. In some ways they can aptly be described as counterculture to currently accepted Standards of Care for cancer patients.

Red Head German

September 20, 2015: This is an essay about motivation. Bob Metcalfe’s periodic StARTup Studio is an occasion for professors to present their startup ideas before a group of investors and other interested parties. Last week was one of these events, with presentations by three very accomplished professors in fields ranging from nanomembranes to Bayesian logic that minimizes sensor redundancy in deep water drilling to replacing traditional textbooks with apps. 

surgical team at work

September 13, 2015: Being actively involved in a promising biomedical startup continues to give me a steady source of material for my weekly essays. Last week we crossed the threshold of raising enough money to commence operations, and now the real work begins.

WWII jet assisted takeoff

September 6, 2015: The living case study on the biomedical startup I’m advising continues after another full week on the road in North Georgia. We are still adding to our investor count but have reached Vr, feeling jet assisted as per the photo above, and are busy executing the early stages of the plan. The focus this week was on assembling the team, including our first set of tumor harvesting surgeons and additional resources in various medical science specialties that are part of our service offering.

1916 Packard with starter crank

August 30, 2015: Josh Baer presented his list of tips on starting the start at the Longhorn Startup Seminar this past Thursday. His focus was the student who in general wants to be an entrepreneur and start something, which describes many of the 138 enrolled in the class this semester. That objective requires coming up with an idea, identifying a market, finding a team, building an MVP, and plunging into business while the parents are still footing most of the overhead. It’s good advice for a very lean startup approach while you are in the cozy confines of university life.

Iowa State Fair 1904 postcard

August 23, 2015: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about filling the C-Suite in the biomedical startup I’m advising. The living case study continues, with the CEO job in particular under consideration this week. Our major investors are itching for some resolution of our search.

cell cuture

August 16, 2015: Continuing the series on my live case study of the biomedical startup I’m advising, attention is turned this week to the processes of the business. It’s one thing to get a deal funded, but it’s quite a bit more challenging to actually create and operate the company according to plan. We had a very interesting discussion on this topic with one of our potential investors.

August 9, 2015: Comes now in one of my startup affiliations the task of filling out the C-Suite. This particular endeavor in the oncology arena is one I’ve mentioned frequently and is giving me a running case study for my TechDrawl posts.  The traditional roles of CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, CMO, and DBO aren’t obvious fits for the division of tasks in this venture.

CDC smoking risks chart

August 2, 2015: One of this week’s highlights was reviewing and editing an Offering Memo for a company where I sit on the board. We did two days of very productive road shows in Georgia and are following up with the legal docs to complete the raise.


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