This is a bundle of all courses and books by VentureForge including:
Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy: Creating Competitive Advantage This is a 3.5-hour course that educates Founders/Entrepreneurs on a proven, practical framework for identifying and protecting Intellectual Property.
While IP is critically important to Innovators and Founders working to transform into Entrepreneurs it is often not high on the Founder/Innovator agenda and can be lost in the chaos of other activities. Founders/Innovators are struggling with multiple tasks from securing customers, managing demanding lead users, generating revenue and eventually profit, satisfying investors while raising new funds, recruiting, hiring and retaining key employees, and so forth. The one critical success factor often de-emphasized in this chaotic mix is IP.
Key benefits include:
1. Significant increase in valuation of business by protecting IP and creating exit opportunities.
2. Decrease in the risk to Entrepreneur/Investor investment.
Once you have completed this course you can have an informed discussion with your team and IP professionals (lawyers, tech transfer office). VentureForge will shortly be releasing a follow-on course called "The Intellectual Property Toolkit" that outlines a framework to use in creation of a practical IP strategy.
Intellectual Property: A Practical Diagnostic Framework This is a 1.5-hour course that educates Founders/Entrepreneurs on a proven, practical framework for identifying and protecting Intellectual Property. 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. Often, this diagnosis is a left to the legal department when it should be an integral part of the business operation. The Venture Forge IP analysis methodology is an approach that can be used with any firm providing the firm is willing to customizes it given their business context. Our method is fractal meaning it that some of the method recognizes factors common to any firms situation such as which IP tools are available to the firm – every firm has the same tools available to them. The method then addresses those factors that are unique to the firm or situational. Combining what’s fractal with what’s situational leads to an approach that can yield a competitive advantage.
Managing Conflict - This course has 6 parts describing what Founders/Entrepreneurs should understand and be able to accomplish upon completion of the course. The “Learning Objectives” are supported by describing the critical elements of managing conflict, followed by a treatment of classical approaches and finishing with “nuanced methods” and “Tricks of the Trade.” The Classical Methods differ from the “Tricks of the Trade” in that they’re more aligned with what’s been described in the literature as effective. The “Tricks of the Trade” are those skills that have been proven effective by experience but are not often described anywhere. Finally, the course will be summarized with key take away items that each student should focus on using in managing conflict.
10 Secrets to Raising Innovative Children - This course is part of Dr. Di Biase's passions. He really enjoyed teaching and helping people be innovative and entrepreneurship. While not targeted at Founders/Entrepreneurs directly he thought very strongly that raising innovative children was one of the most important things a parent could do.
The VentureForge Way - Funding Your Startup This is an e-book copy of the book available on Amazon. Our approach in writing this book is to examine the process by which someone becomes an innovator, how an innovator migrates to become an entrepreneur, and how an entrepreneur is validated by raising funds, first from family and friends, and then professional investors from angel investors to venture capitalists and private equity concerns. The evidence showing an innovator has started the transition to entrepreneurship is this ability to secure funds from dispassionate investors who only invest for an adequate return.
Both innovation and entrepreneurship have “fractal” elements – those found in all innovation and entrepreneurial activities – and elements that are situation dependent. Our treatment of the topic considers only those elements that are fractal such that the content applies to everyone,breaking innovation down into easy-to-understand and easy-to-use ideas.
Once the principles of an innovator are considered, we’ll transition to how the innovator becomes an entrepreneur – scaling the innovative ideas into a pathway to wealth and societal impact.
Entrepreneurism involves much more than we’ll discuss here. We’ll limit our focus to the first elements of creating wealth – the value proposition and a method for taking the value created by the innovation into the market via a business model. The business model will consider how the innovation is made available to customers and in what order, the value chain required for that delivery, what elements make an idea fundable, and then finding the funds from family and friends, angel investors, and professional sources of money in the form of venture capitalists and private equity firms. As the innovators migrate from friends and family to private equity, rigor also increases dramatically, especially around the value proposition and go-to-market models. This rigor will be reviewed briefly since a detailed consideration is beyond the scope of this book.
Next we’ll provide an overview of what a business plan should contain and how the investor pitch should be drafted. While business plans and investor pitches have many fractal parts, the critical success factor is the ability of the emerging entrepreneur to communicate their innovation with passion, convincing unfamiliar investors they should invest their money and possibly their clients’ money, in your venture.
Disclaimer - Legal Information Is Not Legal Advice
These courses provide information related to the law and lawyers designed to help students learn about intellectual property strategy and their potential legal needs. This course does not provide legal advice and VentureForge, LLC is not a law firm. We are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you find and consult an appropriate lawyer for your intellectual property legal needs.