Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Bully Pulpit

University of Washington president Michael Young gave a brief talk on technology transfer as he opened Fluke Hall as a startup incubator. In the talk, among other things Young challenged C4C, the UW licensing operation to double the number of … Continue reading

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AUTM Startups and UW Reporting

In an article about the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization by the Washington Business Alliance, Vice Provost Rhoads defends her startup figures: Rhoads responded, “Every single one of our startups can evidence itself to be the real deal and can meet the Association … Continue reading

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The President's Speech

Here is a transcript I made of UW President Michael Young’s remarks on the opening of Fluke Hall as an incubator for UW startup companies, February 2, 2012 from video available at GeekWire. These remarks are the foundation, it appears, for … Continue reading

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The $100M Rain Dance

A basic premise of university technology transfer is that research conducted at a university produces discoveries and inventions that otherwise would not be made, patents are issued on these discoveries and inventions, and the patent position induces investors and companies to … Continue reading

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Faked Metrics in University of Washington "Commercialization"

[Updated to include a detail on the collateral damage done by UW taking over Fluke Hall. Updated also with a link to a discussion of SNUPI–now WallyHome, owned by Sears. Update 6/1/17 to include a discussion of IDGenomics] The University … Continue reading

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Only 1 University of Washington Startup for FY 2014

We have been asking whether public universities are honestly reporting their economic development activities, and at least for the University of Washington, the answer is “no.” The University of Washington released a list of 18 startup companies it claimed to … Continue reading

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How is this a UW startup for FY14?

[See below for an update from 5/28/16 on the patent situation and how UW might be involved in Ennaid, and how that still does not make Ennaid a UW startup.] We have been tracking down the University of Washington’s C4C … Continue reading

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Things Get Worser at C4C–Updated

The University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization has just published a new list of startups for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). I just had to take a look, so last night into the wee hours … Continue reading

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How University Capitalism Suppresses Business Opportunity

The Washington Business Alliance has just posted a discussion of the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization. The WBA still presents C4C’s published information on startups as facts, but then offers some alternative, even contrarian, perspectives on the claims–something that no-one … Continue reading

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4 Not 17 University of Washington Startups in FY13

[Update: There are only 4 FY13 companies on UW’s list for FY13–but UW’s list for FY14 adds 8 9 more, even while being wrong about 17 of the 18 companies it claims for FY14–crazy!] The University of Washington’s C4C unit … Continue reading

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