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Own Your Zone Podcast

This is Own your Zone Podcast, where we feature Venture Capitalists, innovation-focused private equity companies, and other early stage investors.

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Developing New Technology and Supporting Early-Stage Start-ups
Davis Jones is a serial entrepreneur and investor with 18 years of experience in software development, e-learning, contract recruiting, and e-commerce. He is the founder of several businesses, including Eazl, an online business school creating coursework used by firms like Tesla, CentralTexas.com, the world’s first integrated regional commerce platform, and Simulations.net. As an angel investor, Davis funds organizations with promising leadership and business opportunities. In this episode… Early-stage seed investments provide immense opportunities for both angel investors and start-up entrepreneurs. Private lenders facilitate the launch process for next-generation business owners while gaining privileged insights into innovation, new product inventions, and more. How can you source and execute these investments? As an investor in technology start-ups, Davis Jones engages in introductory conversations with future founders on LinkedIn. This allows entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for investors to evaluate. You can also attend networking events to connect with start-ups and other investors and remain informed of industry trends and developments. When investing in these companies, building relationships with innovators and joining their board of advisors is crucial to support them effectively and obtain maximum value. On today’s episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George invites Davis Jones, Founder of Eazl, Simulations.net, and CentralTexas.com, to talk about building and investing in technology and software companies. Davis shares tips for engaging users in online courses, intellectual property trends in ed tech, and his journey creating Eazl from ideation to conception. 
32:21 7/21/23
Investment Criteria and VC Funding Shifts in Software Startups
Charles Hudson is the Founder and Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investments for promising software and hardware companies. He is also the Board Chair of the National Venture Capital Association, which funds America’s most innovative entrepreneurs. Before launching Precursor, Charles was a Partner at SoftTech VC, where he focused on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure. He also identified valuable investment opportunities for the CIA at In-Q-Tel. In this episode… Venture capital investments experienced the highest increase in 2022, with company valuations outpacing this surge. Additionally, in 2022, 65% of US-issued patents were software-related inventions. What are the most pervasive VC trends in technology, and how can you position your startup as a favorable investment? In the past, public market investors have been attracted to SaaS and other technology businesses, leading VC firms to invest aggressively in private tech companies, accelerating their revenues by 20 times more than traditional private company revenue. Yet investors have realized that building a revenue-generating private business with high margins is risky — significantly diminishing funding. According to operator, investor, and VC expert Charles Hudson, intellectual property patents are crucial in differentiating private companies from the masses and protecting and documenting inventions. By leveraging patents, private startups can maximize their value. You can also lower your early-stage company’s risk for investors by remaining transparent when establishing contracts.  In today’s episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George welcomes Charles Hudson, Founder and Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures, to discuss VC trends in the software landscape. Charles addresses how AI impacts investments in software companies, investors’ ideal due diligence criteria for early-stage businesses, and his approach to managing a VC fund.
27:59 7/14/23
How To Become a Unicorn Company: Key Insights and Requirements
Al Buda is the Founder and Managing Partner of Aware Partners, an algorithmic venture capital fund of funds. The firm strives to create positive returns for LPs, GPs, and startups. With over 20 years of experience as an engineer, investor, and entrepreneur, Al founded and exited two profitable SaaS companies. Before founding Aware Partners, Al was the President of the Oxford University Startup Accelerator, where she became an angel investor and helped launch 19 unicorn companies.  In this episode… Early-stage startup value is accelerating, with unicorn companies gaining the most traction. The number of businesses valued at over $1 billion has increased from 300 to 1,200 in five years, with one data analytics company generating $1.5 billion in just three years. So what does it take to build a secure unicorn company? As a seasoned angel investor, Al Buda understands the logistical measures startups must take to obtain funding quickly. Before entering the startup phase for unicorn growth, you must invest in IP assets to forecast the market and protect your inventions. Neglecting this step introduces high-risk rates for investors, lowering your overall value. A public launch takes approximately 12 years, so building a personal network of institutional and private investors is imperative for generating a $1 billion valuation.  In this episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George hosts Al Buda, the Founder and Managing Partner of Aware Partners, who discusses unicorn funding trends. Al also addresses data investment trends, the future of global innovation, and the relationship between data and AI.
39:32 7/7/23
Futurism and the Big Shift: How Collaboration Nurtures Opportunity
John Hagel is a Management Consultant, Trusted Advisor, and Inspirational Speaker at Beyond Our Edge, LLC, which motivates institutions and individuals to collaborate, overcome obstacles, and address emerging opportunities. As a Silicon Valley veteran, he was the Founder and Leader of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, where he identified new business opportunities. John is the author of The Journey Beyond Fear, which addresses the psychology of change. As an entrepreneur, speaker, and author, he has written several additional books and been featured in prominent business publications, including The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. In this episode… The rise of global economic, digital, and business transformations has intensified competition and initiated opportunities for growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship. But these rapid developments have also led to increased fear, as people become overwhelmed by seemingly unlimited possibilities during disruption. How can you embrace these changes to address the future rather than evade it? Passionate futurist John Hagel recognizes that global shifts require continuous innovation, strategizing, and collaboration to capitalize on abundant business opportunities and develop creative solutions to unprecedented challenges. Exchanging ideas in small groups mitigates competition and industry silos by forming trusted relationships and encouraging one another to refine outcomes. To facilitate these groups, John recommends assembling communities of diverse people from various companies to foster entrepreneurial innovation. In this episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George invites John Hagel, Management Consultant, Trusted Advisor, and Motivational Speaker at Beyond Our Edge, LLC, to speak about cultivating innovative opportunities for the future. John talks about futurism, the Big Shift, digitization, and the future of work.
37:48 6/2/23
[Women in VC Series] Partnering With Leading Organizations: A Guide to VC Funding
Allison Baum Gates is a General Partner at SemperVirens Venture Capital, an early-stage VC fund investing in healthcare, fintech, and workforce technology. As an experienced investor in the future of work, venture capital, and technology, she is the author of Breaking Into Venture. Before SemperVirens, Allison was the Principal of Trinity Ventures and the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Fresco Capital. In this episode… Partnering with organizations for early-stage funding accelerates business growth and value. Yet many startups merge with larger corporations too quickly and struggle to structure their services for an ideal market, intensifying risk and compromising value for additional funding efforts. How can you assess partners effectively to obtain funding suitable for your business ventures? Venture capital and investing specialist Allison Baum Gates emphasizes the importance of having thorough insight into your industry and target market. As experts in growth valuation, venture capitalists help position early-stage founders and their companies for the market. This includes conducting due diligence and analyzing regulatory requirements and risk. Allison advocates for various perspectives and diverse founders and investors in VC to eliminate oversights and bridge the knowledge gap. Allison Baum Gates, a General Partner at SemperVirens, joins JiNan Glasgow George in this episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast for a discussion on partnering with funding businesses and VC firms. Allison talks about AI’s potential in VC and technology industries, how to leverage VC funds to optimize business funding, and notable IP trends in venture capital.
22:58 5/26/23
Suborbital Space Gliders and Other Revolutionary Aircraft
Daniel Doulton is the CEO of Solaris Suborbital, an aerospace R&D company designing and operating third-generation solar gliders. As a visionary technology executive and entrepreneur, he has experience creating award-winning products and brands at the intersection of AI, telecommunications, mobile, and aerospace. Daniel has also built world-class product teams, scaled startups to over $100 million, created corporate spin-outs, and consulted on strategies for growth-minded CEOs and boards.  In this episode… As the aerospace industry adapts to technological advancements and companies innovate to solve complex global challenges, data collection, evaluation, and monetization become vital. How are technology startups leveraging data sets to fuel innovation, and what can you observe from their discoveries? As an experienced aerospace entrepreneur, Daniel Doulton has developed suborbital space satellites that utilize high-definition video and precise data stacks to detect forest fires and greenhouse gases and observe migrating animals to predict climate change. The aircraft’s configurations can adapt to meet commercial requirements in aerospace, meteorology, and ocean and land science while protecting Earth’s most valuable resources. Other leading aerospace product companies are building storage infrastructure to reduce satellite debris and developing high-quality communications capabilities in space. In today’s episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George sits down with the CEO of Solaris Suborbital, Daniel Doulton, to talk about innovation in the aerospace industry. Daniel describes how data influences Solaris Suborbital’s innovations, AI’s applications in aerospace engineering, and how Solaris Suborbital has advanced commercial flight innovation.
25:04 5/19/23
How Robotic Technology Control Is Driving the Future of Neurotechnology
Dr. Connor Glass is the Founder of Phantom Neuro, a neurotechnology company enabling lifelike control of robotic orthopedic technologies, including prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons. As a physician and bionic interfacing researcher, he specializes in microsurgical interventions for nerve injury and connecting machines to the nervous system. Dr. Glass augments biology with technology for function restoration, human augmentation, and life extension.  In this episode… Neurotechnology has adapted to harness AI-powered implants and robotic prosthetics. Academic fellows and medical school residents have made significant strides in human-machine interfacing and augmentation research. Yet these discoveries are often retained by the research organization or academic institution and are rarely commercialized. How can you transform your idea into an influential product? Physician, entrepreneur, and neurotechnology researcher Dr. Connor Glass acquired a team of commercial entities, academic partners, and strategic advisors to conceive, build, and launch a platform controlling prosthetic orthopedic technologies. But navigating IP logistics, raising capital, and facilitating widespread accessibility is arduous, so Dr. Glass says to structure your patents with general and initial ideas before refining and detailing your designs. He targets a broad market to promote global impact and reduce costs. Phantom Neuro’s Founder, Dr. Connor Glass, joins JiNan Glasgow George in this episode of Own Your Zone Podcast to discuss how he’s revolutionizing the neurotechnology industry. Dr. Glass talks about how he transformed his idea into a commercial product, his vision for human augmentation, and how he built a team of diverse professionals to cultivate and iterate his IP patents.
26:33 5/12/23
Cultivating Economic Opportunity for High-Growth and Women-Owned Startups
Silvina Moschini is the Executive Producer of Unicorn Hunters, an iconic business TV show offering wealth-growth potential to individual founders and investors, and she’s the Founder and President of Unicoin, a next-generation, asset-backed cryptocurrency. She is also the Founder of numerous other businesses, including SheWorks!, an innovative technology platform closing the gender gap; Transparent Business, a remote workforce management platform; and Yandiki, which leverages creative talent in the cloud.  As an award-winning serial entrepreneur, international speaker, and author, Silvina is one of the leading experts on the digital economy. She is the only featured entrepreneur for W20 Argentina and led the innovation panel at the President’s Summit of the Americas, a gathering of leading CEOs and Chiefs of State. In this episode… Recently, there has been significant economic growth internationally, with increased innovation among women entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia. Yet global, women-owned businesses remain underrepresented and underfunded. How can you obtain investment and other asset opportunities to grow your company? According to serial entrepreneur and investor Silvina Moschini, original ideas and inventions — especially when pioneered by women — are often vulnerable to exploitation, so she emphasizes acquiring intellectual property patents to protect these assets. Positioning and increasing your business’ value for potential investors requires gathering, disseminating, and structuring key data. Silvina not only helps high-growth startups understand their data to align with potential investors but also facilitates investment opportunities for women by lowering their risk profiles. In this episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George sits down with Silvina Moschini, Executive Producer of Unicorn Hunters and Founder of Unicoin, to discuss how she cultivates wealth potential for startups and women investors. Silvina explains how she helps scale global businesses by leveraging economic opportunities, intellectual property’s role in global innovation, and how to utilize data as an asset for potential investors. 
25:11 5/5/23
[Women VC Series] The Role of Venture Capital and Intellectual Property in AI and Biotech
Elizabeth Cook is a Managing Partner at AI Capital, an innovative venture capital source with thematic investment in enterprise artificial intelligence software companies. As a startup advisor and investor for AI, tech, and biotech companies, Elizabeth was the first hire for MIT’s largest capital project, MIT.nano. Before AI Capital, she held various roles in venture capital at Castor Ventures, the Alumni Venture Group Fund for MIT alums. She has a bachelor’s in biology from MIT and a master’s and a doctorate in stem cell biology from the University of Cambridge. In this episode… AI is a burgeoning space that provides viable solutions for numerous industries, including technology and biomedical research. Venture capitalists are investing in this landscape to support promising startups. So how are companies leveraging VC to fund their AI efforts? Many startup businesses acquire IP (intellectual property) assets to reduce the risk of VC investments and enhance company value. Yet Elizabeth Cook says these companies often lack the appropriate strategy to optimize their patent portfolios, so it’s critical to consider your patent categories, their impact on your products, and your business goals. Additionally, since AI can compile insightful data, startups must incorporate this data into their IP assets to identify and increase its value. Elizabeth Cook, Managing Partner at AI Capital, joins JiNan Glasgow George in today’s episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast to talk about VC’s role in AI. Elizabeth shares how to leverage IP assets in your investments, AI trends in biotechnology, and how to assess data valuation in startups. 
24:16 3/10/23
[Women VC Series] Dear Mama Ventures
Alicia Hanf is the Founder and Managing Partner at Dear Mama Ventures, a venture capital fund raising over $1 billion to support people of color, women, and veteran founders. With over 10 years of combined experience in leadership, coaching, sales, SaaS, business development, and relationship building, she focuses on helping companies and communities grow and empowering business executives to be leaders. Alicia is also a TEDx speaker and a US Army Veteran. In this episode… Venture capital investments in the US have amassed over $300 billion. Yet women of color founders and other underrepresented entrepreneurs have received less than 1% of those investments. So how can you support minorities in business and VC? Studies conducted by Forbes and the Harvard Business Review have shown that funds managed by women and people of color have higher performance rates, and diverse startup founders outperform their majority counterparts. Consequently, Alicia Hanf created a VC fund that invests in purpose-driven organizations to provide opportunities for minority business owners. She affirms that underrepresented individuals bring unique experiences and perspectives not otherwise offered and encourages VC boards to include these entrepreneurs in crucial decisions. In this episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George welcomes Alicia Hanf, Founder and Managing Partner at Dear Mama Ventures, to talk about how she’s addressing the lack of opportunities for minorities in VC. Alicia shares her criteria for assessing and selecting companies to invest in, intellectual property’s role in identifying founders with grit, and the importance of investing in diverse founders.
26:40 3/3/23
Advancing Hypersonic Global Travel Capabilities and Empowering Women Engineers
Sarah (Sassie) Duggleby is the Co-founder and CEO of Venus Aerospace, a startup building the world’s first space plane that can fly at hypersonic speeds. With an engineering background, she has many years of experience growing multiple tech startups in various business arenas, including fiber optic testing, biotechnology, steel manufacturing, and rocket launches. Before launching Venus, Sassie was a Launch Systems Engineering and Mission Management Consultant at Virgin Orbit, where she developed and tested launch software and telemetry systems.  In this episode… The aerospace engineering field is rapidly advancing, and 3-D-printed rockets, hypersonic vehicles, and drones are taking the industry by storm. Yet, this space is dominated primarily by men, as women over 35 are discouraged from participating. Learn how one organization is normalizing women in STEM and simultaneously revolutionizing human transportation. After noticing she was the oldest female engineer at the age of 38 at Virgin Orbit, Sassie Duggleby founded Venus Aerospace and created a networking group to empower women to take leadership roles in engineering. Venus Aerospace is building the first hypersonic space plane for global travel that can get you home in an hour. By displaying commitment to her team and encouraging their personal and professional development, Sassie ensures her employees remain devoted to the company’s mission. In today’s episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George invites Sassie Duggleby, Co-founder and CEO of Venus Aerospace, to discuss how her company is streamlining human transport. Sassie also explains how she empowers women engineers, the challenges of fundraising in today’s global market, and the estimated launch date for hypersonic planes.
20:51 2/17/23
A Look Back at 2022
JiNan Glasgow George is a Patent Attorney and Founder of Neo IP, a law firm helping clients maximize their return on investment for patent assets. As an investor, entrepreneur, and former USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) patent examiner, JiNan has a track record of helping companies increase their valuation through an IP strategy.  JiNan is recognized worldwide for her expertise in intellectual property. She has spoken about intellectual property (IP) before the UN Economic Commission for Europe and has been a featured speaker at IP conferences across four continents. As a thought leader in her field, JiNan has been featured in Bloomberg News and Forbes and is a member of the Forbes Tech Council. In this episode… As 2022 winds down, various industries have experienced significant growth and development, including intellectual property, FinTech (financial technology), and investments. So, what trends should you focus on in the coming year? Patent expert JiNan Glasgow George notes that patent investments lead to market activity and can forecast future market trends. Investments in FinTech have increased by over 7,000% in 2022 alone. Similarly, investments in FinTech applications, particularly tokenizations, have increased by 1,500% over the course of five years. Venture capitalism has also experienced profitable developments. It’s critical to analyze data to derive market value for 2023.  In today’s episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, Chad Franzen of Rise25 catches up with JiNan Glasgow George to discuss industry and podcast highlights from 2022. JiNan reflects on this year’s industry growth and current and future IP trends and shares what viewers can expect from her podcast next year.
14:06 12/16/22
Operational Strategies for an Effective Sales Culture
Ryan K. Johns is the Founder and Principal of RK Johns Consulting, a global people and revenue operations consulting firm that leverages science, psychology, and micro-learning to optimize cultural performance. As an Air Force veteran and minority-owned business founder, he is also the Head of Corporate Strategy at Central Metric and the CEO of World Bridge Military Partners. With nearly two decades of leadership experience in both private and government sectors, Ryan is adept at operationalizing change management initiatives by aligning business and people strategies.  In this episode… When selling a product or service, sales leaders often place too much emphasis on advertising and demonstration, which impedes and devalues the process. So, how can you create an effective sales culture to deliver value to your customers? When identifying and understanding customer needs, it’s essential to align your product or service to their value system. This necessitates clear, open dialogue and relationship building. Sales consultant Ryan K. Johns has developed a four-pillar framework for fostering a thriving sales culture. By analyzing your sales process, technologies, and talent acquisition and optimizing business strategies, you can establish a methodology that addresses customers’ unique demands and use cases.  In this episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George talks with Ryan K. Johns, Founder and Principal of RK Johns Consulting, about developing effective sales strategies to deliver value to your customers. Ryan shares advice for building relationships and identifying customer needs, his company’s change management framework, and tips for fostering a flourishing sales culture. 
23:22 12/2/22
From Cloud to the Rise of Edge Computing
Joe Weinman is the Founder and Principal of XFORMA LLC, a frequent global keynote speaker, digital strategist, and an experienced telecom and IT executive who has spoken at 450 events on six continents. He is the author of Cloudonomics and Digital Disciplines and is a contributor to Regulating the Cloud. Joe’s business and technical articles have appeared in notable publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and The New York Times.  He serves on multiple advisory boards, including Syntropy Networks and the Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business and is Vice Chair of the IEEE 5G Industry Advisory Board. Joe has been awarded 27 US and international patents in areas such as cloud computing, distributed storage, simulation and workflow, and internet search algorithms, among others. In this episode… As information technology continues to evolve, cities and organizations are beginning to transition their data and capabilities from the cloud to an edge computing infrastructure. So, what are the benefits of this architecture, and how is it implemented to solve use cases? Edge computing stores data in proximity to its sources, improving response times and decreasing latency. This streamlines communication to optimize roadside assistance, medical emergencies, and surgeries. According to digital strategist Joe Weinman, this infrastructure must be introduced in small quantities to solve present use cases, so the data is accessed and discarded effectively.  In this episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George sits down with Joe Weinman, keynote speaker, digital strategist, and Founder and Principal of XFORMA LLC, to discuss edge computing capabilities. Joe shares use cases for edge computing, notable investors and innovators in the space, and the future of edge computing.
27:14 11/18/22
The Intersection of Edge Computing, Venture Capitalism, and Prosperity
Cole Crawford is the Founder and CEO of Vapor IO, the world’s first intelligent, hyper-modular data center solution. He is also the Co-founder of the Open19 Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors at Nexar, Inc. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the telecom and data center industries, Cole is a Forbes contributor and has been named to Data Economy’s list of The World’s Most Influential Data Economy Leaders and The World’s First Top 50 Edge Computing Influencers. In this episode… The digital landscape is evolving, with innovation taking place in areas such as data and cloud computing. Many entrepreneurs are looking to launch businesses in this industry and pioneer inventions. So, how can you finance your endeavors to reach your personal and professional goals? Business leader Cole Crawford suggests seeking the help of VC (venture capital) firms to acquire the necessary capital to build a business. These firms establish relationships with entrepreneurs in the early stages of a company to help them create and adapt various iterations of each invention. Cole emphasizes that investing in your health before your business during your entrepreneurial journey promotes longevity, prosperity, and personal well-being. In this episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George welcomes Cole Crawford, Founder and CEO of Vapor IO, to discuss his entrepreneurial and personal health journey. Cole explains how he acquired patents for his technologies, the role of edge computing in the digital economy, and how VC firms help entrepreneurs build their businesses.
27:34 11/11/22
Navigating Product-to-Market Regulations
Ted Mosler is the Founder and CEO of Gilero, a trusted design and manufacturing company for medical and drug delivery devices. He is also a board member and the Founder of Yukon Medical, a leading developer of innovative pharmaceutical preparation and delivery devices with a focus on reconstitution at the point of care and injectable drug delivery.  As a medical device leader with over 25 years in the product development space, Ted has experience in areas including technical, intellectual property, clinical, business development, regulatory, and manufacturing. He is an inventor who has been issued over 85 patents for single-use medical devices and has led the successful design and commercialization of multiple products on the market today. In this episode… When developing products in a competitive and regulatory industry, it’s essential to develop structured business operations to identify and solve challenges. So, how can you implement a strategy to expand your products and bring them to market? As an expert in the design and manufacturing of medical devices, Ted Mosler invested in his products and applied for intellectual property (IP) patents in advance to mitigate risks. Developing new products or expanding product lines internationally involves different regulations, so Ted advises applying for multiple IP patents to protect each asset and increase product value. Tune in to this episode of Own Your Zone Podcast as JiNan Glasgow George chats with Ted Mosler, Founder and CEO of Gilero, about the regulatory framework for product expansion. Ted shares the challenges of overseas manufacturing, how he manages team communication and company culture, and how Gilero navigates IP patents.
22:15 10/21/22
Maximizing the Value of an IP Patent
Martin Renkis is the Vice President of Technology Architecture at Johnson Controls, the global leader in smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings. In his role, he leads collaborations with partners, customers, and vendors to bring security as a service platforms to the global market. Martin is the former Founder and CEO of Smartvue Corporation, an IoT video and surveillance SaaS platform acquired by Johnson Controls in 2018. As a serial entrepreneur, innovator, and inventor, he has over 75 patents in IoT, cloud, ML, and video. Martin supports entrepreneurship as a Master Mentor at Vanderbilt University and a Mentor at Nashville Entrepreneur Center. In this episode… Do you have an innovative idea you’d like to take public? When obtaining the rights to an invention, it’s necessary to file an IP (intellectual property) patent. So, what do you need to know about this type of license, and how can you obtain one?  According to serial entrepreneur and inventor Martin Renkis, it’s crucial to acquire multiple patents to protect each idea related to your invention. For this reason, he recommends developing a portfolio to maximize the value of your product. Martin emphasizes the importance of strategizing and forecasting each patent to optimize your portfolio and create a product roadmap. With patent technologies such as Neo IP and Patent Forecast, you can allocate your portfolio, determine the value of your patents, and hone in on a specific category for your product. In today’s episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George sits down with Martin Renkis, VP of Technology Architecture at Johnson Controls, to discuss filing for an IP patent. Martin explains the value of a patent portfolio and strategies for building one, how patent technologies help investors allocate their portfolios, and how investors perceive IP.
20:53 10/14/22
Investing in the Infrastructure of the Digital Future
Paul Gyra is the Managing Partner and Senior Executive Officer at Meta Impact Capital, a company that supports and empowers innovative founders who are developing the infrastructure for the digital future. Meta Impact Capital is led by a team of seasoned investors and innovators in the tech and Web3 space. The diversity and global footprint of their partners and strategic advisors gives them a truly unique understanding of how Metaverse and Web3 technologies will create value across communities worldwide. With over 35 years of experience in investment banking and asset management, Paul is a seasoned investor and business executive with expertise in building multi-billion-dollar investment platforms across all major global markets. Paul has held various CEO and senior management positions for ING (Internationale Nederlanden Groep), Barings Asset Management, Credit Suisse, Harvard Management Company, and Safanad. He is also the Managing Partner at the Thompson Family Office. In this episode… Do you want to be an investor or an innovator in the Metaverse and Web3 space? What do you need to know to thrive in this space?  The Metaverse will become the most immersive, engaging, and economically impactful iteration of our digital and connected future. The applications in this new digital world are endless. And Paul Gyra has created a venture fund to help people understand how Metaverse and Web3 technologies will create value across communities on a global scale. He shares how he's supporting and empowering innovative founders to invest in the infrastructure of this digital future.  In this episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George sits down with Paul Gyra, the Managing Partner and Senior Executive Officer of Meta Impact Capital, to discuss how people can be ahead of the game in the Metaverse space. Paul explains how he helps connect people and got into the Metaverse and Web3 space, the barriers to the entry of digital assets in the US, Meta Impact Capital and its focus, and the importance of having intellectual properties in this digital space. 
33:14 9/30/22
What Is My Patent Worth?
JiNan Glasgow George is a Patent Attorney and Founder of Neo IP, a law firm helping clients maximize their return on investment for patent assets. As an investor, entrepreneur, and former USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) patent examiner, JiNan has a track record of helping companies increase their valuation through an IP strategy.  JiNan is recognized worldwide for her expertise in intellectual property. She has spoken about intellectual property (IP) before the UN Economic Commission for Europe and has been a featured speaker at IP conferences across four continents. As a thought leader in the field, JiNan has been featured in Bloomberg News and Forbes and is a member of the Forbes Tech Council. In this episode… Many businesses don’t realize the value in their patent portfolios. So, what is your patent worth and how do you value it?  Businesses can fail in their execution for many reasons, so it’s crucial to develop a well-maintained patent portfolio to maximize your ROI. To accomplish this, you need to establish a continuation strategy to ensure the validity of your patent. As JiNan Glasgow George says, the value of a patent portfolio is much like the value of property — it comes from the maintenance you have done and what others have built around you. In this episode of the Own Your Zone Podcast, John Corcoran interviews JiNan Glasgow George, Patent Lawyer and Founder of Neo IP, to discuss evaluating your patent portfolio. JiNan shares the importance of knowing what’s in your patent portfolio and how to maintain it to increase value, and a helpful checklist for valuing your patents.
14:42 9/23/22
How Investors Can Leverage Patent-Free Zones
JiNan Glasgow George is an IP Attorney and Founder of Neo IP, a company that provides legal services to help clients maximize their return on investment for their patent assets. JiNan is also the Co-founder of Patent Forecast, an AI-driven software that shows patent data in real time. JiNan is recognized worldwide for her expertise in intellectual property and has spoken about intellectual property before the UN Economic Commission for Europe and IP conferences across four continents. A thought leader in the field and a member of the Forbes Tech Council, JiNan has been featured in Bloomberg and Forbes.  As an inventor, entrepreneur, patent attorney, and former USPTO patent examiner, JiNan’s background gives her the ability to see intellectual property from the corporate, legal services, and government perspectives — a unique point of view that is not common in this industry. In this episode… There are many risks and expenses associated with research and development while pursuing a patent. Investors are constantly seeking to de-risk tech, science, and capital. How can businesses more efficiently pursue solutions and commercialization without intruding on the exclusive right that patents offer? The US is one of the most active markets in the world, with over half a million patents being filed annually. However, there are many markets across the globe where patents are not as heavily filed, which grants a lot of clearance. From an investor point of view, this de-risks tech and capital by building upon already proven solutions. In this episode, John Corcoran sits down with JiNan Glasgow George to discuss patent-free zones and the benefits that they bring to growth and investing. JiNan discusses the myriad markets across the globe that investors can leverage. She also shares the benefits patents can provide to minimizing R&D costs and more.
15:32 9/16/22
When to File a Patent for Your Software
JiNan Glasgow George is an IP Attorney and Founder of Neo IP, a company that provides legal services to help clients maximize their return on investment for their patent assets. JiNan is also the Co-founder of Patent Forecast, an AI-driven software that shows patent data in real time. JiNan is recognized worldwide for her expertise in intellectual property and has spoken about intellectual property before the UN Economic Commission for Europe and IP conferences across four continents. A thought leader in the field and a member of the Forbes Tech Council, JiNan has been featured in Bloomberg and Forbes.  As an inventor, entrepreneur, patent attorney, and former USPTO patent examiner, JiNan’s background gives her the ability to see intellectual property from the corporate, legal services, and government perspectives — a unique point of view that is not common in this industry. In this episode… Are you wondering whether you should patent your company’s software? Should you equip yourself with the pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision?  Every company needs to ask themselves what their competitors are doing, what the largest players in the market are doing, and if they have a unique value proposition that is suitable for creating IP assets. More often than not, those answers will lead you to one conclusion: you need to obtain at least some small patent protection in connection with the rest of your IP, your software, your code, and more. In this episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George, an IP Attorney and Founder of Neo IP, is joined by John Corcoran of Rise25 to discuss software patenting and its impact on your company. JiNan explains what software patenting means, the ways software patenting protects a company from litigation, and how cross-licensing can resolve a patent dispute.
13:41 9/9/22
IP Strategy From VISA to the FinTech Future
Jubin Dana is the Principal Attorney, Shareholder, and the Founder of Dana Legal Services, an intellectual property (IP) law practice. With over 20 years of experience, Jubin helps guide his clients on their journey of identification, protection, and enforcement. Jubin believes that great technology often emerges from start-ups and small companies, and with the right legal guidance on IP topics, the people dedicated to these companies can protect their IP in a way that supports their goals and needs. Jubin has always been active in FinTech innovation and was previously the Head of Global Patent Management at Visa. In this episode… Where can you get corporate and legal advice to help you manage risk, develop portfolios, and monetize your IP assets?  The patent guru, Jubin Dana, believes one of the key elements of an effective IP strategy is to have a developed business strategy and a business partner worth their weight. Understanding your business strategy helps you keep your IP protocols in good alignment. Plus, having a good IP strategy involves employing a vetted professional who understands the ins and outs of your business model and can execute it for you. In this episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George sits down with Jubin Dana, the Principal Attorney, Shareholder, and Founder of Dana Legal Services, to discuss IP strategy and what to consider when patenting. Jubin explains the considerations you should have while developing a portfolio and an IP strategy, how to know which country’s IP regulations are best for your needs, and his experience working with Visa and their IP strategy.
20:29 9/2/22
Why You Need a Patent Strategy
JiNan Glasgow George is an IP Attorney and Founder of Neo IP, a company that provides legal services to help clients maximize their return on investment for their patent assets. JiNan is also the Co-founder of Patent Forecast, an AI-driven software that shows patent data in real time. JiNan is recognized worldwide for her expertise in intellectual property and has spoken about intellectual property before the UN Economic Commission for Europe and IP conferences across four continents. A thought leader in the field and a member of the Forbes Tech Council, JiNan has been featured in Bloomberg and Forbes.  As an inventor, entrepreneur, patent attorney, and former USPTO patent examiner, JiNan’s background gives her the ability to see intellectual property from the corporate, legal services, and government perspectives — a unique point of view that is not common in this industry. In this episode… Intellectual property is a valuable business asset with exceptional potential that fuels our creative economy. Where can you get some of the most cutting-edge intellectual property and patent intel to help you? But, 95% of patents don’t give a return on investment. That’s why you need a patent attorney to help you think about the intellectual property process from the beginning to the end. An effective intellectual property strategy can help you invest wisely and reach new heights of success. And guess what: it’s never too late to have a patent strategy in your business.  In this episode of Own Your Zone Podcast, JiNan Glasgow George, an IP Attorney and Founder of Neo IP, is joined by John Corcoran of Rise25 to discuss why businesses need a patent strategy. JiNan explains how a business executive can know if something is patentable, the four-step pre-filing checklist to help business founders get started on patenting, and why businesses should have a patent attorney. Tune in to learn the different ways you can transform your ideas into reality.
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