Green Patent Blog is on vacation.
Just a quick report on a recent addition to the clean tech start-up community and blogosphere. It’s called ECO founder, and the company hasn’t developed any exciting technology or new business model. It provides something much more fundamental.
ECO founder helps engineers with green tech innovations and other budding clean tech entrepreneurs learn the ropes of managing a start-up. Run by George Gray and based in Los Angeles, ECO founder teaches business and start-up skills via such programs as the 30-Day Challenge and Mr. Gray’s book, Engineer to Founder.
Of course, there is an ECO founder blog, with a variety of posts such as “Learn Key Business Skills Before You Leave Your Engineering Career,” “How to Build a Killer Elevator Pitch,” and “Go-to Market: Six Steps Cleantech Marketing.”
Why is Mr. Gray providing this services for green technicians? He hopes that ECO founder can help people who don’t have the start-up skills obtain some fundamental skills and be successful:
Most engineers and scientists don’t have the startup skills to launch a clean-tech startup. ECO founder is here to change that.
I am very sad to report that Sarah Tran, a professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, passed away on February 28th from complications from leukemia. She was 34 years old.
Significantly for readers of this blog, Sarah was among the first (and few) patent scholars to analyze and critique the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Green Technology Pilot Program, calling for the program to be made either long-term or permanent (see her article, Expediting Innovation, here and my post on an early draft here).
In addition, with Peter Menell, Sarah co-edited a compilation on the interplay of intellectual property, innovation and environmental protection entitled Intellectual Property, Innovation, and the Environment, which comes out later this month in the United States.
On a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and her family when I was in Dallas for a conference a couple of years ago. As I branched out to academic writing and publishing, Sarah was very encouraging and provided valuable advice.
I was glad to have had the opportunity to help her a little bit by recording a guest lecture for one of her classes when she was in the hospital last year.
This is a huge loss for everyone who knew her both personally and professionally; she will be deeply missed (see more on her life here).
Sarah’s family has asked that you consider making a contribution to the fund created to support her two young children, the Tran Children Development Fund.
I’m very pleased to report that Green Patent Blog has been selected as one of the 101 Terrific Sites on Renewable Energy, a list complied by EnvironmentalScienceDegree.com. This is a great honor. The complete list can be found here.