Thursday, August 5, 2010
I used to think I would spend my life at the bench doing research. After all, my family is filled with scientists. Whenever I would talk about moving over to the business side, my family would always reply "Why? What on earth would you want to do that for?" I never really had a response. A great mentor of mine gave me a great response, "Because I love it."
Much like my family, scientists as a whole seem to place a stigma on incorporating business and science. Almost as if to say, "If you can make a profit off of it, then it simply isn't pure science." If you want evidence of this, look no further than the fiasco going on over at ScienceBlogs. An advertorial, (albeit not appropriately labeled) has caused such an outrage that there has been a mass exodus of the bloggers from the site. ScienceBlogs has taken down the advertorial, but the drama ensues.
On the flip side, I meet with scientists on a daily basis, and many have great ideas that they are dying to share with the world. Sure they want to make money off their great idea, but when you see the look on their faces when they talk, you know it isn't about the money. Most I see get hung up on either the stigma, or because they simply don't know where to start.
I am dedicated to bringing practical tips to those who want to start their own business or who are simply just interested in what is going on on the business side. You can expect, highlights of small business out there, helpful hints, and sometimes a rant or two.
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