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Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Research:Unmasking Entrepreneurship’s Biggest Players

A startup venture needs not only money but people—well-connected players in the startup community who can quickly put their hands on expertise, connections and, yes, cash. In 2009, not long after the U.S. economy had slowed to a halt, Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC-Kenan Flagler, saw that new ventures were needed more than ever. “But everyone was ducking for cover,” he said. “I thought, ‘How do we get things moving again?’ I decided we needed to hearken back to those people who have brokered multiple ventures. We needed to find those people and motivate them to get involved again.” So Zoller began developing his “dealmaker’s algorithm.” It’s software that mines from Standard and Poor’s Read More

The brave new business of medical entrepreneurship At UNC Kenan-Flagler

From Innovation to Income By Nancy E. Oates You always suspected your belly button could serve a useful purpose. TransEnterix found it: a portal to make invasive abdominal surgery less traumatic. With its Spider medical device, TransEnterix revolutionized the $5 billion-a-year laparoscopy market by creating a device no bigger around than a dime to insert surgical instruments into the abdomen via the belly button. Once inside, the instruments open up like an umbrella to work from various angles, eliminating the need for multiple incisions. And the scar is hidden in the navel.   Less risk, faster recovery, lower cost and less time off work for the patient, said Todd Pope (AB ’87), CEO of TransEnterix. Everybody wins. No wonder TransEnterix Read More

How to speed up the learning curve

We often take the learning curve for granted. After all, we’re painfully aware it’s there. And we’re pretty sure there’s nothing we can do to speed it up lest we affect the learning itself. But new research from Bradley Staats, assistant professor of operations, technology and innovation management at UNC Kenan-Flagler, identifies three factors that increase the velocity at which we can master new information and skills without sacrificing quality.   “We all believe that the more we do the better we do it, but not all experience is equal,” he said. “When we ‘unpack’ learning, we find that there are key areas in which we can focus our attention so we learn better, faster.”   Staats’ study, co-authored with Read More