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What Every Engineer Should Know About Starting a High-Tech Business Venture [Paperback]

by Eric Koester
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January 6, 2009 1420076973 978-1420076974 0

Written by an experienced business lawyer in the technology, scientific and engineering community, this publication is for the engineer with an innovative high-tech idea or concept who needs those crucial business insights and strategies to move that idea forward. It offers key analysis on how to leave a current employer, gain access to technologies and potential talent, and considers other issues that can reduce problems down the road. It even includes a step-by-step guide for accessing and protecting intellectual property at the earliest stages.

To assist in the fundraising process, this resource explores all the available options to capitalize a business – from self-funding, to bootstrapping, to angel investors, to venture capital to government grants, to bank loans, to joint ventures. It also looks at the best ways to form a company so as to take advantage of various tax and business strategies, discusses compensation of employees with stock options or restricted stock plans, explains how an emerging company can expand internationally, and covers some key exit strategies such as an IPO or a merger/acquisition. It covers most everything a new technology business will face including hiring, firing, contracts, leases, loans, and product warranties.

As you read, you will find this book is full of the stuff that engineers love: statistics, data, tools, spreadsheets, and research. But it also full of the anecdotal evidence and practical advice needed to stay the course. Now is a tremendous time for entrepreneurship. Although there have been periodic slowdowns in the economy, if you believe in a future, high-tech is the future in which to believe.

This book is part of the Taylor & Francis/CRC Press series "What Every Engineer Should Know About… . Like the other books in the series, it is designed to provide you with important knowledge that will help you along your career path. This one will also help you make that path your own.


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Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Seattle, Washington, USA The Pennsylvania State University, Malvern, USA

Product Details

  • Series: What Every Engineer Should Know (Book 44)
  • Paperback: 610 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420076973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420076974
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Koester is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Zaarly (www.zaarly.com), a mobile marketplace named one of Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2012. Eric has been named one of the 40 under 40 for 2012 in Washington, DC by the Washington Business Journal, a Rising Star in Washington State and has been a frequent writer, speaker and advisor in the areas of technology, startups, green business, startup finance and legal matters.

Prior to founding Zaarly, Eric was the VP Operations & General Counsel of Appature Inc., a business intelligence software company, and a former attorney at Cooley LLP with a practice focused on emerging technology companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, with particular emphases on venture capital and bank financings, corporate partnerships, commercial agreements, intellectual property licensing, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Eric is a graduate of the business school at Marquette University and a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law. Eric is also a certified public accountant.

Prior to joining Cooley, Eric held financial and accounting-related positions at Morgan Stanley and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. While attending law school, Eric held positions in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (formerly NASD, Inc.) assisting with ongoing securities industry enforcement proceedings, as a Summer Associate at the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., and in the legal department of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) focusing on issues of antitrust in the healthcare contracting industry.

Eric is married to Allison Koester, a Professor of Accountancy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. They have two pugs, Bailey and Riley. Eric loves to travel and his lifelong goal is to make it to all 100 of the Hillman Wonders of the World. So far, 42 down... lots to go.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book May 19, 2009
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It is rare to find good books written from authors on similar subject which have also a current practice. The author is from top law company and knows how the things works from inside. I find the book very well written and useful to me and opened my eyes to many problems only an experienced attorney can know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! March 11, 2009
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As a recently laid off engineer, this book gave me insights into starting my company that I didn't think possible. The author's perspective couples deep provacative thoughts with pragmatic real world suggestions that are easy to implement. I highly, highly recommend this book for anyone thinking of changing careers during these tough times and find the next big thing!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for Engineers May 30, 2012
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High-Tech Business Venture is essential for Every Engineer and for who wanna start a High-Tech business. Get this book if you wanna thinking about a High-Tech business. Discover most of the important things about High-Tech. I like this book. This helps me a lot. Thanks to author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars contains exactly what the title says May 30, 2012
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the books could become a must for computer scientists wishing to start a silicon valley startup. it is clearly written in following an informative and HOW TO approach
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. April 14, 2012
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This book covers almost all essential points on how to start a high-tech business. I learned a lot from it. It would be helpful if it can include more recent and specific examples.
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