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A Different Spin On Startups

June 26, 2002
McLean Hilton, McLean, Virginia




The IP Spinout Model   (194k pdf file)

by Neil Houghton, Kevin Lalande, Craig Miller, and Nathan Redmond

A paper exploring the viability of intellectual property spinouts based on interviews with two-dozen people who have direct experience, including entrepreneurs, scientists, licensing officers, lawyers, and VCs.

From Spinoff to Payoff
by Pat Hartary, Missle Defense Agancy, The Update Online
Discusses what factors motivate R&D organizations to engage in spin-off

Case Study on IsoPix: A SEED-Led Spin-out of SAIC

by SEED Enterprise, LLC

A case study addressing the challenge of taking a technology and turning it into a fundable and operational business as a spinout of a legacy organization.


Seed Funding For High Tech Ventures: The Role Of The Bridge Business

by Mary S. Spann, Ph.D. And Mel Adams, Ph.D., Univ. of Alabama In Huntsville

Describes the role that the "bridge business" alternative startup funding strategy plays in the formation of high tech new ventures.



Breakup! : How Companies Use Spin-Offs to Gain Focus and Grow Strong
by David Sadtler (Free Press; 1997)

Analyzes the spin-off phenomenon and explains how companies unlock value in unfocused business units through corporate spin-offs.

Spinoff to Payoff: An Analysis Guide to Investing in Corporate Divestitures
by Joseph W. Cornell (McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing; 1997)

Explains how corporate spin-offs create value for shareholders.


Spin-Offs and Equity Carve-Outs
by James A. Miles, J. Randall Woodridge (Financial Executives Research Foundation, Inc.; 1999)

Background and technical details on how and why to execute spin-offs, equity carve-outs, and two-stage spin-offs.


University Spin-Off Companies

by Alistair M. Brett, David Gibson, Raymond Smilor (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing; 1991)

Provides an overview of the opportunities and obstacles to creating spin-off ventures from universities.  

Rembrandts in the Attic: Unlocking the Hidden Value of Patents
by Kevin G. Rivette, David Kline (Harvard Business School Press; 1999)
Practical advice for competing in today's intellectual property arena.

Edison in the Boardroom: How Leading Companies Realize Value from Their Intellectual Assets
by Julie L. Davis, Suzanne S. Harrison (John Wiley & Sons; 2001)
Provides a framework for companies to manage their intellectual property.

Value Driven Intellectual Capital: How to Convert Intangible Corporate Assets Into Market Value
by Patrick H. Sullivan (John Wiley & Sons; 2000)
Covers strategies for dealing with the financial implications of intellectual capital.

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