Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patents, Startups Volume 8

If the answer to that question is no, then you are doing it all wrong. Your brand identity lives and dies with your ability to explain what it is you do, why you do it, and how it is of value to others. Realistically, you need to be able to get this done in a sentence. Minimum words, maximum meaning, …

Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patents, Startups Volume 7

Ever feel like that to-do list of yours never gets any shorter? That no matter what you do, you just can’t cross off that last item? Whether you are a time-crunched startup owner, or a researcher that can run out of time before realizing it, we can all benefit from a productivity tip. Shockingly, in 1918, a productivity consultant named …

Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patents, Startups Volume 6

Wearable tech has been growing in popularity for the past several years. So, the fact it made its way to the Olympics should come as no surprise. From cyclists to gymnasts, athletes from a wide range of events are sporting – pun oh so intended – bits of technology that help them optimize their performance. Wearable tech wasn’t just for …

Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patents, Startups Volume 5

Since Kickstarter busted on the scene, crowdfunding has exploded in popularity. I’d dare to say most people know the word crowdfunding by now. I would also dare to say that most people don’t know the depth to which the word extends. Crowdfunding is now much more than just Kickstarter. This article from TechCo, will help you grasp the basics of …

Tide TIPS Vol 4: technology, innovation, patents, startups

They want to be real frequent flyers, too. Like three months at a time frequent. Surely you’ve figured out we aren’t talking about commercial flight by now. Could you imagine three months on a Southwest jet? Oh, the horror. No, we are talking about Facebook’s drones. Yes, Facebook has new solar powered air drone technology. These drones would beam internet …

Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patent, Startups Volume 3

Creating, building, and growing a startup company is really, really hard. Trust me, I speak from personal experience. One thing that you cannot afford to do in the process is waste time. A lot of times, you can waste time without even knowing it. Recently, I read a great article from Inc. In the article they spoke with 11 different …

Tide TIPS Volume 2

If you are interested in any, or all, of the following: beer, good conversation, and innovation, then we have the event for you. A meetup of Tuscaloosa entrepreneurs has been scheduled for August 11 at the Alcove Tavern. So, if you are interested in entrepreneurship because of your own venture, or just looking to plug into the community, by all …

Tide TIPS Volume 1

Welcome to Tide TIPS! This is a new weekly blog from The University of Alabama’s Office for Technology Transfer. Every Tuesday, we will bring you a mix of stories around topics involving Technology, Innovation, Patents, and Startups (TIPS). Each article will be presented with a short and pithy paragraph summarizing the article. The goal is to be informative, yet entertaining. …

Are Superpowers Real? Yes. Yes They Are.

Growing up I was always enthralled with superheroes. I didn’t play favorites either, I genuinely loved all of them from Superman to Spiderman. When I was a kid I used to leap tall buildings in a single bound. (Ok, so it was me on a trampoline and red shirt fashioned to look like a cape, but you get the picture.) …