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Comment: Key quote (Score 1) 360

by lie2me (#29347799) Attached to: Bootstrapping a New Technology?

"I quit my job and have been working on this full-time for the past couple of years; now I'm out of money so can't continue development on my own"

This covers it all, also, OOT, is a sample of the top of "famous last words".

2 years of no sales = "your marketing guy sucks" or "your product sucks"

In either case, find full-time job, and, unless "your product sucks", continue development on your own, find a new marketing guy, and get sales.

Protecting IP is good, but I seriously doubt you have any patentable tech.

Education

All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month 272

Posted by Soulskill
from the om-nom-nom dept.
theodp writes "Writing in Washington Monthly, Kevin Carey has seen the future of college education. It costs $99-a-month, and there's no limit on the number of courses you can take. Tiny online education firm StraighterLine is out to challenge the seeming permanency of traditional colleges and universities. How? Like Craigslist, StraighterLine threatens the most profitable piece of its competitors' business: freshman lectures, higher education's equivalent of the classified section. It's no surprise, then, that as StraighterLine tried to buck the system, the system began to push back, challenging deals the company struck with accredited traditional and for-profit institutions to allow StraighterLine courses to be transferred for credit. But even if StraighterLine doesn't succeed in bringing extremely cheap college courses to the masses, it's likely that another player eventually will."
Businesses

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Wants Struggling Industries To Stop Slacking 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-get-a-haircut dept.
lousyd writes "Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel and current instructor at Stanford Business School, has a message for industry. He believes that health care and energy, especially, could learn a lesson from computing's innovative and relatively government-free history. He asks students to imagine if mainframe vendors had asked government to prop them up in the same way that General Motors recently was. On the issue of computer patents, he insists that firms must use their patents or lose them: 'You can't just sit on your a** and give everyone the finger.'"

Comment: Re:Deal. (Score 1) 495

by lie2me (#29302539) Attached to: Microsoft Pushes For Single Global Patent System

That might be what they're pushing for.

Law enforcement is a big problem.

It takes years to bring infringing side to court. The time would be longer if infringing side is a big corp. So all small IP holders will be SOL.

I recommend watching movie "Flash of genius".
Spoiler: the guy got it to trial just a few months before expiration.

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