The Role of Innovation in Writing Your Book with Neil Kane

Leveraging product-market fit is a critical factor for business success. We go deep into the powerful impact of embracing a customer-first approach in the world of innovation. Whether you’re writing a book, developing a product, or disrupting the industry, this episode with Neil Kane is for you.


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Key Takeaways from This Episode

  • Innovation: An inner perspective
  • Quantitative indicators to assess product-market fit
  • Two domains to improve product-market fit
  • The significance of innovation in writing a book
  • The importance of matching expectations of what you’re willing to do

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About Neil Kane

A leading authority on technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation, Kane is the Director of Curriculum and Capstone Advising in the ESTEEM Program at Notre Dame. He is the former co-Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center at Argonne National Laboratory and recently was Innovation Executive in Residence at the Research Park at the University of Illinois. He was the founding CEO of several startup companies based on university research in nanotechnology and advanced materials. He was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at both the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University. Earlier, he held engineering, sales, and business development positions at IBM and Microsoft. His other startups include a toy company and a barbecue sauce company.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Named a 2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, he attended their annual meeting twice in Davos, Switzerland. He was recognized for Outstanding Entrepreneurship by the National Science Foundation. Twice an invited witness on tech transfer for the U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Research & Science Education. Contributor to Co-author of The Innovator’s Secret Formula. He is trained in improvisational acting and is a graduate of the Player’s Workshop at The Second City in Chicago. 


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