Commercialization for Entrepreneurs

btalogo.jpgFall is in the air in Georgia, and that can only mean one thing. Well, actually, it means a lot of other things (Turkey, Football, cooler weather, etc.) But it also means that it is time for another great event from TAG and the Business & Technology Alliance (B&TA) .

Next Tuesday, November 14th, B&TA/TAG will be sponsoring a can’t miss panel entitled “Commercialization: New Ways to Capture Value in Early Stage Technology.” The gyst:

This event will explore new ways to bring early stage intellectual property to market. The dot com boom conditioned entrepreneurs and innovators to assume they must form a newco (new company), write a business plan, raise capital and go directly to market. This may not be the best path to commercialization for all innovations. This event will explore alternate routes to market for early stage intellectual property.

Ray Dicasali, the CTO of EZ-Prints and a fellow B&TA board member did a great job organizing this event and rallying a truly outstanding panel:

John Bacon
Before founding Intellectual Property Partners LLC to develop new ways to commercialize exciting inventions, John Bacon was a software entrepreneur for more than 15 years. He ran several venture-capital-backed companies and took two of them public, one in the United States and one in Europe, after raising more than $37 million from seven venture capital firms. Mr. Bacon was an executive for more than 15 years with Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.; he was managing director of the company’s United Kingdom operation, building and marketing satellite communications equipment in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. He is vice-chairman of the Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech Research Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Technology Association of Georgia.

Chris Schenken
Chris is Vice President of UPS Global Innovations, Inc. His group is responsible for assisting UPS in bringing full value from intellectual property assets, those developed internally and acquired from the outside. As a result, they have been engaged with negotiating complex IP agreements with private, governmental, and quasi-governmental entities for the past 11 years.

Jan Bouten
Jan joined The Aurora Funds in 2003 as part of the investment team and focuses on Information Technology. He came to Aurora with strong operating experience in the high tech industry. At Aurora, Jan spends his time sourcing and evaluating new investments opportunities, and he also gives strategic and marketing support to existing portfolio companies. He is on the Board of Nextreme, Visitar and Mobile-Mind and is actively working with Centice and StrikeIron. In addition, Jan has lectured at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and Fuqua School of Business, as well as NC State’s School of Management.

If you’re interested in attending, here are the logistics (although you will need to register online) :

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2006
07:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Technology Square Research Building (TSRB) Auditorium
85 5th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA Map

I hope to see you there!



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