Nov
06
2014

Why Commercial Development at GSU Cannot Possibly Succeed.

We’ve been getting the occasional, “Why don’t you try to build a business” email of late.

Here’s why not.

    • Computer Science

The intellectual property rules at GSU say that the university owns every thing you write that is a program. The lawyers say we might license your work to you, and then we might not. It depends.
Forget launching a company under those conditions.

    • Biology/Chemistry

Things are better here. You get to keep the first $20,000 you make. Hurrah. Lets say you launch a start up and it does OK. You make, say $100,000 which is not bad, then the company gets $25,000. Oh well, lets try harder $200,000, you get $30,000. Hmmmn, somethings wrong here. The return is so low that you cannot possibly survive as a company.

On the other hand if you write a book of fiction you get to keep everything you earn. I suppose they might change that, but who am I kidding.

Written by Rob in: pedagogy,rant |

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