Russia is the last untapped source of potentially disruptive technologies. Its history as a closed, alternate society, in the days of the Cold War, fed an insular culture. Soviet science proved its capabilities dramatically with the launch of sputnik.
This book takes the reader through steps needed to build any business, specifying relevant “bussiness lessons” at the conclusion of every chapter. The book may be useful as a teaching tool, as a provider of “case studies”, presented with humor.
Early stage Russian technologies require validation in trusted western settings in order to be seriously considered by western investors and industrial partners where intellectual property protection is the basis of value creation.
The book tells the story of how I pursued funding for one such technology, tapping into local resources and networks. It also describes my discovery of numerous links between Boston and Russia, and preparations I made in Boston for legal proceedings that I face in Finland.
“Bannana in the Legal Gulag” describes my experiences in the legal processes of Silicon Valley and Finland, initiated by good faith efforts to commercialize potentially “transformational technologies” from Russian inventors.
The book provides the reader with material from which to draw conclusions about the process an entrepreneur faces when attempting to launch a disruptive idea into the gulag of vested interests.
This Bannana book speaks about Finland, my father’s country and how I was treated there as an “outsider”, not speaking the language of a court system that does not put its best foot forward in these pages.
The appendix includes business plans describing a promising Alzheimer prevention technology and absurd legal decisions. The book includes many emails and original documents, allowing the reader to judge the validity of points made from an objective perspective.
Steve Jobs explained during his seminal commencement address at Stanford all of life is a “near death experience”. Or should be lived as such.
When my mother died I found, among her possessions, typed versions of hand-written letters I had sent from the Philippines. This book draws extensively on those discovered letters.
“Near death experiences” on skis in mountains in North America and in rural Alabama during community organizing there are described. The reader may get pleasure from a second hand exposure to adventures described, which are all true.