David Smith

David Smith’s business podcast

Guiding Entrepreneurs Toward Success

Silicon Valley Business School provides affordable, real-world business education to everyone, everywhere and guides entrepreneurs toward success with their startup ventures. This podcast explains how the SVBS Milestone Progress system is combined with expert advice and mentoring to help entrepreneurs hit milestones, get their startups on track and drive them toward profitability or exit in the form of an IPO or acquisition.

Silicon Valley Business School provides affordable, real-world business education to everyone, everywhere and guides entrepreneurs toward success with their startup ventures. This podcast explains how the SVBS Milestone Progress system is combined with expert advice and mentoring to help entrepreneurs hit milestones, get their startups on track and drive them toward profitability or exit in the form of an IPO or acquisition.

A Recipe for Success in Patent Licensing

In this podcast, we explore why patents are often asserted through dedicated patent assertion entities, why an army of patent litigators, prosecution attorneys, inter-parte review attorneys, patent brokers and technical experts are required.

Why it’s not easy to collect patent license fees and what it takes to be successful in patent licensing.

Creating & Presenting the Marketing Message

Former Apple World Marketing Manager, David Smith explains how to build your elevator pitch, your core value proposition, how to build a brand and change your brand image.

Former Apple World Marketing Manager, David Smith explains how to build your elevator pitch, your core value proposition, how to build a brand and change your brand image.

Business Momentum

Momentum is critical for success in business, especially in the fast moving tech sector. Recognizing this and figuring out how to generate positive momentum can make the difference between your venture winding up in a painful shutdown or reaching a profitable IPO.

Understanding Angel Investors

How angel investors work, how they syndicate investments and how they structure their investments as convertible notes or preferred stock rounds of financing. David Smith presents materials from the Silicon Valley Business School Raising Finance for Startups course and explains how he managed to raise more than $20m from angel investors in one of his previous startups.

Understanding Venture Capital Investors

This episode explains how venture capital funds work, how they are organized, what types of investments they’re looking for, how they make money, share it with limited partners and how they mitigate risk through modern portfolio theory. This episode provides a useful primer for anyone interested in raising finance from venture capital investors.

Monetizing Patents Through Non-Practicing Entities (NPE’s)

This episode is about non-practicing entities (NPE’s). Otherwise referred to as patent licensing companies, patent assertion entities (PAE’s) or patent holding companies, non-practicing entities are companies who’s sole activity is patent licensing. David Smith explains why they exist, what they do, how they make money and the pros and cons of working with them.

Blocking Illegal Imports Through the International Trade Commission (ITC)

David Smith and attorney Tom Fasone explain how the International Trade Commission (ITC) is a federal agency tasked with protecting American domestic industries from foreign unfair competition connected to imports into the United States. This podcast explains how products infringing patents and other infringing products can be blocked by US Customs and Border Protection. It explains how cases at the ITC are on expedited schedules, and how ITC cases differ from cases brought before the US federal courts.

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