Great Idea to a Great Company

Great Idea to a Great Company : Making Inventions Pay

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This book takes the reader through the essential steps of forming a successful technically-based company. Included are such topics as forming a vision, creating a product, patents and trademarks, formulating a business plan, the basics of marketing, finance, production, patents and all the various elements, formal and informal, that pull the whole process together. All major points are illustrated by examples drawn primarily from family companies based on inventions. The story-telling style captures the attention of beginners as well as seasoned entrepreneurs. The book is very meaty and avoids the mantras, over-simplification and feel-good approaches of many "How to" business booksshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12mm | 281g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 150861721X
  • 9781508617211

About Larry Kilham

Larry Kilham is from the third generation of a family which has produced notable inventors who built successful businesses. The author, a Sloan School of Management graduate from MIT, has three patents and has founded two high-tech companies. In 1986 Larry was the co-recipient of the IR-100 Award cited by Research & Development magazine for developing one of the 100 most significant technical products of the year. His experiences range from complex defense systems analysis to tiny device development. Larry lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is keenly interested in AI, ecology, global resources and the science of complexity. More information about his books and his blog can be found at He can be contacted at more