You don’t have to leave scientific training to have an enjoyable (and lucrative) side business as a technical consultant.
"Listen to everyone who has something to say, file the opinions, and make your own decisions anyway." --Avi Spier
A Ph.D. is great on fundamentals--it teaches you how to make something completely on your own--but it falls short on the practical stuff every entrepreneur has to master.
It was like being a first-year graduate student and having long, one-on-one meetings with Harold Varmus, Francis Crick, and Craig Venter.
Being the best in the world holds little meaning if it is with respect to an infinitesimal niche of science that only you inhabit.
He knew his invention would not have the impact it could have unless he led its introduction into the commercial market.
The culmination of the Ph.D. is supposed to be the creation of an independent and self-sufficient scientist who can continue to contribute to the scientific enterprise.
Find that agreement your employer made you sign, and read it very carefully.
If you remain in science, it is almost certain that at some point in your career you will invent something--or be working on a team that invents something--that has potential commercial value.
Can you imagine what it would be like if painters, playwrights, and composers had to produce their product in 5- to 10-minute bites between committee meetings and proposal reviews?
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