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Small and Quick Experiments

July 10th, 2012 | Uncategorized | SK | Comments Off

The best way to do this would be to conduct a quick experiment to figure out the feasibility. Software developers do this easily by building a quick rough version of their software and getting feedback from prospective users. However, it is difficult to do this in other kinds of businesses. In other businesses it can be done through market research: by talking to customers or comparing it will similar products.

Patentability and Freedom to Operate

August 18th, 2011 | Uncategorized | SK | Comments Off

I just learnt that patentability and freedom to operate are different in the intellectual property (IP) world.  Patentability means that whether a design, product or method satisfies a certain conditions to quailfy for patent protection.  An IP lawyer can best give guidance on this.  The way I understand is that to gain a valid Patent [...]

Financials of a Start-Up

June 12th, 2011 | Uncategorized | SK | Comments Off

One of the biggest problems a start-up faces is to figure out the expected financials. The biggest issue I have seen with people worrying about financials is breaking it down into smaller pieces.  They just follow an example spreadsheet downloaded from internet or get one from another start-up and start working on the same template.  [...]

Effective Business Plan Format

May 9th, 2011 | Uncategorized | SK | Comments Off

The business plan for Bioceptive has earned rave reviews.  I was surprised to know that our business plan was well liked.  We also got comments that such well laid out plans are not common.  Hence, this blog to publicize the format of business plan that has worked well for many of my business plans and [...]

Nokia’s Questionable Move to Partner with Microsoft

February 17th, 2011 | Uncategorized | SK | 1 Comment

The writing was on the wall and it took an outsider to decide that Symbian OS is not going anywhere and that Nokia management needs to do something drastic. Elope did a good job with that strategy. However, picking Microsoft Phone 7 OS exclusively for Nokias’ smartphones is a risky move. Microsoft Phone 7 has [...]