The startup world saw a few notable developments this week. Topping the list of news-worthy events was the long-awaited appointment of a leader for the U.S. Patent and Trade Office – this after nearly two years with the seat vacant. Also, foodies are rejoicing as artisanal culinary providers are getting the tech-startup treatment. We also noted an examination of how patents may be impacting entrepreneurs and innovation at large. Check out a few of our favorite articles over the past week in the latest edition of Founders Flash.
- The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed former Google, Inc. executive Michelle Lee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a position that has been vacant for more than two years. (Reuters)
- Tech industry thought leader Vivek Wadhwa examines the innovation value of patents – an emerging issue at the nexus of IP and entrepreneurialism. (Washington Post)
- S. start-ups enjoying an increasing geographic dispersion of early-stage VC funding (Brookings)
- A new “Shark Tank” for foodie entrepreneurs (Wall Street Journal)