Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
"The Pre-Seed Workshop is the best approach I have seen to the challenging issue of determining if academic researchers have an idea that can become a commercially successful venture."

Sean Boykevisch
Senior Licensing Associate
Stony Brook University, Long Island


When a licensing deal goes REALLY BAD!

An interview with murder/thriller writer and PSW Alum Edison Daly (aka Edward T. Tirpak, Esq.)


As an alumnus of PSW, Edison Daly (otherwise known as Edward T. Tirpak, Esq.), has experience with idea generation and technology development. Daly is also a talented author, penning the novel Killer Deal: A Technology Transfer Thriller. Between finishing novels one and two in the Tailcrest University Series, Daly took time to speak with us.


PSW: I know you are a Pre-Seed Workshop Alumni. How did you become involved in the PSW?


Edison Daly: I first heard about the PSW in 2004 while working in the University at Buffalo's technology transfer office. That first year I participated as an Idea Champion for a company I was considering moving forward with, BioStomosis, which was based around a technology I invented. It was a great experience, and I have participated almost every year since. Unfortunately, family considerations won out over moving forward with the company.


PSW: What inspired you to write Killer Deal: A Technology Transfer Thriller?


Edison Daly: A combination of elements inspired me to write Killer Deal. First, when I was teaching Technology Licensing at UB Law School and Technology Commercialization at UB's School of Management, it was always challenging and rewarding to inspire interest in students for topics often taught in a very dry manner. It is an exciting field when you are in it, but communicating it could benefit from a soundtrack, or excellent cartoons like those drawn by PSW’s Mark Wilson. In this case I chose murder, intrigue and various forms of misbehavior. It was also another commercial avenue to explore, and writing a thriller is just as much fun as reading one.


PSW: Do you follow a business start-up approach when you write? How does your creative process move forward?


Edison Daly: Good question, but not so easy to answer. My creative process generally involves using time management techniques to focus my creative efforts. It is mostly about having fun creating just the right experience for the reader. People read good stories, and I want to reach people within the technology transfer and start-up community but also a broader audience as well. Feedback has been very positive so far.


PSW: How do you write? Do you follow develop an outline or take pen to paper and see where it takes you?


Edison Daly: I take pen to paper and develop detailed plot outlines to pack as much good stuff in there as possible while ensuring balance, flow, and proper chapter sequence. I developed very detailed plot outlines for the first three books in the Tailcrest University Series before I started fleshing out Killer Deal, which is the first in the series. There are things in Killer Deal that set the stage for notable events in the second and third books in the series.


PSW: Why did you chose to write under a pen name, and why Edison Daly?


Edison Daly: I chose Edison Daly both to honor my favorite commercially minded inventor and because I am the son of Edith Daly, who spent five decades teaching English, literature and creative writing. The decision to write under a pen name was partly about marketing but also about creating respectful distance between the Tailcrest University Series books and the institutions and people I have worked with. Tailcrest University and the characters are truly fictional and not based on anyone I have known or worked with. Some of the characters behave very badly, and I wouldn't want any incorrect associations to be made with real people or institutions.


PSW: Thank you for the great insight, Edison, and for taking the time to speak with me. It has been a pleasure.


Edison Daly: Likewise. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.

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