For over 20 years, I have worked in traditional and alternative energy in particular in Natural Gas as a R&D Principal Chemical Engineer, onsite asset and plant operations engineer, incident root cause, process design, simulation and engineering, CFD modeling, and neural networks to Big Data.
I haven't had mentors to assist my journey so I am self-taught using my academic education as a leaping board.
In order to enter and gain experience and business acumen I started my own companies from scratch.
My latest company, UIPST, was formed with 9 other scientists and engineers. We work with intellectual property from concept & troubleshooting to patent ready for commercialization and as a collective technology advisory to inventors, Venture Capitalist, Angels ... We are seeking seed money and consulting opportunities.
Including all my experience & education, I have learned most from forming start-ups;
1. Funding them equals developing a persuasive business case or drowning.
2. Rejection after rejection builds your immune system against diseases arising from failure exposure.
3. I don't need a patent attorney to submit my provisional as most outsource patent searches for $100 and, for me, typically,have been incomplete. We can submit our patents within 2 weeks if an idea is complete.
4. I learned how to introduce change as most change initiatives are poorly introduced. If you don't learn how to, passive aggressive resistance quickly creates a contaminated moral atmosphere to work in and continue in let alone implement in.
5. Longer days at the office don’t work as time is a limited resource. However, our energy is renewable. So implement daily activities to replenish everyone's energy, team building connectivity while improving our physical, emotional, and mental resilience to work unpaid in hope of funding someday.
6. Delegate and hire and respect people with subject matter expertise better than yourself.