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December 2012   
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Dear DEN Friends, 

We hope you enjoy this update featuring an article on "America Invents Act" by Bill Loginov D'85 and several startup stories from Dartmouth alums (including two startups that got acquired).

Happy Winter!


PS 
Please remember to hold Saturday, April 6th, 2013 on your calendars for Dartmouth Ventures 2013, a day-long entrepreneurship conference on campus.  Website will go live next month!    


 Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network | Centerra Resource Park | 16 Cavendish Court | Lebanon, NH  03766  

 


   

America Invents Act 
by Bill Loginov D'85


Many months ago, I began to write an article about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which significantly "reforms" the U.S. patent system. The act was signed into law on September 16, 2011. It promised to be the most sweeping reform to the U.S. patent system in over half a century in how it would reshape the way innovative companies and individuals seek protection for their inventive concepts.

 

Survival
Read the full article for key points to help you survive the savage jungle of US patent reform. 

Those many months ago, I quickly realized that my voice as a legal scholar would be no louder than that of my esteemed colleagues who 

 

were eager to opine on the Act's new rules and provisions, and what they might do to transform the U.S. patent system-as well as transforming the behaviors of those who participate in it. So
I waited and watched as the provisions of the act slowly took effect in a series of transition periods provided-for in the Act. I eventually decided that my article should strive to provide practical advice to innovators and entrepreneurs, rather than a scholarly review, based on what I have experienced thus far, and what many of my colleagues now consider to be the new "best practices" under AIA. Thus, I present what I hope will be an AIA survival guide to the entrepreneurial community.

 

While there are a few positive changes as a result of AIA, I will focus on the negatives as those are what could kill your patent rights. One of the biggest changes is that after March 16, 2013 the inventor who is first to file a patent application on an invention in the U.S. Patent Office now receives the patent right.

 Read full article >

  

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  by Seth Gilmore T'11, Founding COO, Kigo Kitchen 

If you're in Boston sometime soon, or if you live there, be sur eto take a  jaunt over to Northeastern University's new Curry Student Center, which is
Steve Hooper T'11, Founding President and CEO, at Kigo's opening at Northeastern.
also the new home of Kigo Kitchen - a delicious dish of a restaur
ant concept cooked up by members of the Tuck class of 2011.

This August we opened our first licensed location at Northeastern after several months of planning, working with culinary and restaurant consultants and an executive chef. We even called on the expertise of Scott Heydon T'97, former VP of Global Strategy at Starbucks, who also sits on the Kigo Kitchen board. 

Our next steps are to develop our first company-owned store in our hometown, Seattle, and also to get several more licensing  deals in place, over the course of 2013.

 

  

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Gift Memberships

One Frame. A Thousand Works of Art.*

*six thousand and counting, actually

 

by Jason Gracilieri D'99, TH'99, TH'00, Founder

 

Season's Greetings DEN community! My name is Jason Gracilieri and I'm the founder of TurningArt, a service that lets you get new art in your home Jason as often as you like and earn ArtCredit toward the purchase of your favorite pieces. Inspiration for the business came to me several years ago when I was decorating my then-new apartment. I didn't want mass-produced wall décor, but I was daunted by the prospect of buying original art.  

 

TurningArt has come a long way since then, and we find customers use the service for all sorts of reasons - some use it to shop for the perfect piece, others simply enjoy getting fresh art in their homes every now and then. This is an especially busy time of year for us, as TurningArt. Memberships have become a popular gift among our customers. If you still have some holiday shopping to do, check us out. We're offering 20% off TurningArt Gift Memberships to the DEN community now through December.

 

Give half a year of new art for just $48 !

 



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WIRB
 

WIRB-Copernicus Group Acquires Research Dataware

Media Contact: Cara A. Deieso

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

WIRB-Copernicus Group

609.945.0109

 cdeieso@wcgirb.com 

 


Princeton, NJ (December 04, 2012)- The WIRB-Copernicus Group, the world's largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for human research, announced today the acquisition of Research Dataware, LLC, software developer and provider of IRBNet, the leading software application supporting institutional review boards (IRBs) in the U.S.

 

IRBNet was brought to market in 2005 as the first software-as-a-service  (SaaS), web-based solution to assist organizatioIRBNET PPt slidens with the compliant and efficient management of the process complexities and documentation  required by federal and state regulations. Today, IRBNet has more than 90,000 users in over 1,700 hospitals, defense department facilities, universities and schools of medicine throughout the U.S.

 

Congratulations to the IRBNet team! 


Read full press release >   

   

 

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Founded by
Branko Cerny D'13, James Mock D'15, and Sang Lee D'13
   
SquareOne can help you easily sort through
and prioritize your email . . . hundreds of them!

by Branko Cerny D'13 
 

Despite its idyllic location surrounded by the serenity of New Hampshire mountains and forests, Dartmouth can get very busy  and even overwhelming at times - as I'm sure you all know very well. Last year I found  myself in such a busy spell when I was selected to head Tuck Winter the business operations of The Dartmouth as its Publisher.  

 

I soon found myself thoroughly inundated with email messages, several hundred new ones every day. To my great frustration, emails reach the inbox without much rhyme or reason. It is a big information dump, and the only organization is chronological, which is of little help, because important time-sensitive messages get intermingled with Facebook and Groupon emails. Of course, you can set up filters, but those are incredibly cumbersome to create and maintain, not to mention the fact that they don't really synch well across devices at all. What the user is left with is the constant "checking my email" hassle, lest something important gets missed.

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And then I realized that many, many people must have the exact same problem, and decided I wanted to try and create a better way to interact with email.

A team was built, we've worked on this project for about 6 months, and we are about to release a public beta version of our pilot product, and iPhone app.  

 

  

  

Read full article >

 

Read recent nibletzinterview >

 

 

PS 

You can email me at branko@dartmouth.edu if you'd like to be a beta tester, give us feedback, or simply connect and chat!

   

 

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Looking for a co-founder?  Look no further.  
Check out CoFoundersLab, a company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs with one of the hardest, yet most critical, pieces to starting a new business: finding the right co-founder(s).  Whether you're looking to join a startup, seeking someone else to join your venture, or open to either, CoFoundersLab is for you.

TWO simple steps to get started connecting with the thousands of potential co-founders already using CoFoundersLab:

1.
Check out CoFoundersLab and create a FREE entrepreneur profile today.

2.
Check out an in-person Co-Founders Wanted Meetup in a city near you. Events are currently held in over 15 U.S. markets. Dozens of matches have already been made.

 
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One recent success story is Mobiplug , a TechStars Boulder 2012 grad that recently raised a $2.7M Series A! Will you be next?  

Here's to lots of matches and to lots of successful companies!  Good luck!

Want to talk one-one-one about CoFoundersLab?  Contact Michael Hughes, Business Development at mhughes@cofounderslab.com or 617.680.9404.


 

  

Adventures with Jetboil
(a DEN Company)

Jetboil Acquired by Johnson Outdoors
November 14, 2012
 
"Jetboil® is a perfect fit with Johnson Outdoors - a premier brand known for pioneering innovation, outstanding quality and customer service excellence which brings exciting new technology and dimension to our camping and hiking product offering," said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and CEO of Johnson Outdoors.

Jetboil®, founded by cousins and co-inventors Perry Dowst and Dwight Aspinwall D'84 emerged on the camping scene in 2004 with the launch of the award-winning Personal Cooking System (PCS) powered by proprietary FluxRing® technology. The PCS ultra-efficient, lightweight design integrated a one liter pot, wind protected burner and heat exchanger into a single, push-button start unit that cut fuel use and cooking times in half compared to other canister stoves. Since then, Jetboil® has broadened its technology and product offering to become the category leader in outdoor cooking systems and redefine consumer expectations for convenience, safety and ease-of-use.

Dwight Aspinwall D'84, Perry Dowst, and Dick Green D'75 (Chairman of Jetboil from 2007-2011) have been sharing the Jetboil story in Tuck's classrooms since 2004 when they talked about filling a need and validating the market by setting up shop on trail heads in order to talk with customers (and, they listened to customer feedback).

In 2013 the DEN will interview the Jetboil team, from idea to successful exit, and everything in between!

Congratulations to the Jetboil team!

Read press release >

Read Valley News 12-16-12 article >
 
   

 

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Finding your own fishing hole is about to get a whole lot easier...
 
by Ryan Guest T'10 

    

Since the age of four, I have been a rabidly obsessed fisherman, venturing to four different continents to pursue my passion and catching 37 different species of fish in the process. Sadly, the realities of life have necessitated holding down a real job in order to financially fuel this addiction.   

 

Today, the Man Fishing ~40M fishermen in the US have to pay on average $400+ for a  fishing trip with a guide or to access private water through a guiding service, pricing a substantial segment of the market out. FinAddictz will help solve this problem.   

  

The FinAddictz 1.0 site will be launching later this month, servi Canyon ng the gold  medal streams of Colorado. In conjunction with this, we will be raising money on Kickstarter to develop a mobile app to pair with the site, which will allow users to display in real time where they are fishing. This way they will be able to "protect" their solitude wh  ile fishing, and other users will be able to see if others are in their favored spots and make an informed decision about where to go.

 

Weeping Rock Check us out on Facebook and sign up on our landing page for updates on the Kickstarter campaign and the business launch, and thanks for helping to get the word out!

  

FinAddictz website >

  

Read full article >  

 

 

       

 


 
Winterheadlines2

- Patents
America Invents Act



- Boston Startup
Kigo Kitchen


- A Thousand Works of Art
TurningArt !


- Company Acquired
IRBNet


- Email Management
SquareOne


- Looking for a co-founder?
CoFoundersLab


- Company Acquired
Jetboil !


Fight Fish, Not Crowds
FinAddictz


ASK Mike









ASK MIKE 
Why does it take so long for a sales rep to become productive?


Why is our business so volatile?


My auditor tells me I should have a SAS 70 review done. What is this all about?


Read Ask Mike >














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Sat., April 6th, 2013

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Interviews
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Workshops
Fireside chat
E-ship contest
Networking Mixer

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Online Learning

Intro to E-Ship Course
Winter 2013
Jan. 8 - March 5, 2013

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Dartmouth Ventures
a day-long entrepreneurship conference at Tuck

Sat., April 6th, 2013

Keynote speakers
Panel discussions
Interviews
Startup showcase
Workshops
Fireside chat
E-ship contest
Networking Mixer

Save the date!
Website coming in early January!


















  Video  
Online Learning

Intro to E-Ship Course
Winter 2013
Jan. 8 - March 5, 2013

Each class session will be taught in a Tuck classroom
and streamed in real time.

Audit this course online,
wherever you are,
for free

Learn more and register >















DV save the date
Dartmouth Ventures
a day-long entrepreneurship conference at Tuck

Sat., April 6th, 2013

Keynote speakers
Panel discussions
Interviews
Startup showcase
Workshops
Fireside chat
E-ship contest
Networking Mixer

Save the date!
Website coming in early January!


















  Video  
Online Learning

Intro to E-Ship Course
Winter 2013
Jan. 8 - March 5, 2013

Each class session will be taught in a Tuck classroom
and streamed in real time.

Audit this course online,
wherever you are,
for free

Learn more and register >















DV save the date
Dartmouth Ventures
a day-long entrepreneurship conference at Tuck

Sat., April 6th, 2013

Keynote speakers
Panel discussions
Interviews
Startup showcase
Workshops
Fireside chat
E-ship contest
Networking Mixer

Save the date!
Website coming in early January!


















  Video  
Online Learning

Intro to E-Ship Course
Winter 2013
Jan. 8 - March 5, 2013

Each class session will be taught in a Tuck classroom
and streamed in real time.

Audit this course online,
wherever you are,
for free

Learn more and register >















DV save the date
Dartmouth Ventures
a day-long entrepreneurship conference at Tuck

Sat., April 6th, 2013

Keynote speakers
Panel discussions
Interviews
Startup showcase
Workshops
Fireside chat
E-ship contest
Networking Mixer

Save the date!
Website coming in early January!

















   


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