Following last week’s April 2021 newsletter, here is the audio edition on Spotify
(browser-based), or Apple
. Here is the RSS
This week, I wrote an op-ed in the Financial Times on how Universities in the UK and Europe have a start-up problem.
Based on primary research with founders, university tech transfer offices, investors and lawyers, I show that instead of encouraging innovation, institutions treat would-be founders as ‘problem children’ by miring them in punitive bureaucracy that results in poor outcomes. I urge the adoption of more permissive solutions that could unlock Europe’s potential to achieve its desired technological sovereignty.
I want to draw your attention to our new initiative, Spinout.fyi
. It is a crowdsourced, open database of spinout deal terms for every university and institution in the world. Its goal is to give founders visibility into what a good or bad deal looks like - just like Glassdoor helped candidates hear the truth about their potential employers.
If you have formed or been involved a spinout yourself or know people who have, please share www.spinout.fyi and encourage them to contribute.
See you in 3 weeks for the next issue of Your guide to AI: May 2021.
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