Decision Vision

A Podcast
for Decision Makers


Hosted By

Michael Blake


Decision Vision Podcast with Michael Blake

Michael Blake is Host of the Decision Vision podcast series and a Director of Brady Ware & Company. Mike specializes in the valuation of intellectual property-driven firms, such as software firms, aerospace firms and professional services firms, most frequently in the capacity as a transaction advisor, helping clients obtain great outcomes from complex transaction opportunities. Mike is also a specialist in the appraisal of intellectual properties as stand-alone assets, such as software, trade secrets, and patents.

He has been a full-time business appraiser for 13 years with public accounting firms, boutique business appraisal firms, and an owner of his own firm. Prior to that, he spent 8 years in venture capital and investment banking, including transactions in the U.S., Israel, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

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What’s Decision Vision?

Decision Vision is a podcast covering topics and issues facing small business owners and connecting them with solutions from leading experts. This series is presented by Brady Ware & Company. If you are a decision maker for a small business, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at [email protected] and make sure to listen to every Thursday to the Decision Vision podcast. For additional episodes, visit the Decision Vision library. Decision Vision is produced and broadcast by Business RadioX®.

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Episode 1: Should I Get a Patent?

Michael Blake, Director of Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Jackie Hutter on when it may be best to forego the patent process, the steps in a patent process and the cost, how an entrepreneur should select and manage their patent attorney, and other key topics related to patents.

Jackie Hutter, The Hutter Group

The Hutter Group enables start ups and small companies to generate and deploy intellectual property that can enhance revenue and exit goals. While working with innovators to obtain meaningful patent protection that “makes it cheaper to go through you than around you,” we work with our clients to identify IP Strategies that are meaningful to their businesses, with the objective of creating IP that is aligned with real value.

Jackie Hutter has been recognized for each of the last 8 years for her innovative insights in creating value from IP Strategy with the peer-awarded Top Global IP Strategist by Intellectual Asset Magazine. Ms. Hutter’s IP Strategy clients have been varied, and include a Fortune 500 consumer hardware company, a large alternative energy company, several funded medical device ventures and dozens of startup companies with diverse technology offerings. From 2011-2015, Ms. Hutter also served as a the CEO of a startup battery-related company, which has provided her with a unique vantage point among her experienced colleagues about what it means to work with counsel to generate the critical IP necessary to prevent competitors from “knocking off” the innovator’s technology. Her experience extends beyond the IP realm: she frequently handles contracts and related matters for her clients, especially those relevant to clients’ IP rights.

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Episode 2: Should I Fire My Client?

Michael Blake, Director of Brady Ware & Company and Host of the Decision Vision podcast, interviews Jim DeBetta on how to recognize when a client might be a bad fit, why it’s best to part ways, and how to do it gracefully.

Jim DeBetta, DeBetta Enteprises

Jim DeBetta is the Founder and President of DeBetta Enterprises which specializes in coaching and consulting for inventors and consumer products start-up companies. DeBetta Enterprises also assists clients with product development and engineering of consumer products as well as sales and marketing representation to major retailers for our select clients. Recently, Jim was Vice President of Retail Distribution for TV Goods which is owned by Kevin Harrington from the ABC show Shark Tank. I headed up a team of retail specialists that called on the world’s most prestigious retailers and TV shopping networks including HSN and QVC.

Jim is the author of the top-selling book, The Business of Inventing, former Staff Writer for Inventors Digest, and has sold over 100 million dollars of products for product entrepreneurs and inventors alike. His podcast, Get Retail Ready, is a valuable resource for those just starting out or looking to scale their business.

DeBetta Enterprises has formed a solid network of product engineers, factory brokers, angel investment firms, licensing experts, and sales and marketing professionals among many other areas of expertise. The firm works with Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, and individual inventors alike. They specialize in finding factories to produce products, create pricing strategies, marketing and public relations, and selling products to major retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels, Walgreens, HSN, Macy’s, Amazon, and many others.

Prior to forming DeBetta Enterprises, Jim led a successful start up company which produced sport optics such as binoculars and hand held magnifiers. Jim was President and COO as the company grew from insignificant revenue to nearly $50 million dollars in sales in under 8 years.

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