Steven Kursh is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University and an independent consultant focused on the software industry and intellectual property. He is a former Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies practice. Dr. Kursh has extensive experience in software development, software project management, contract performance, intellectual property, and valuation. He is the author of Minding the Corporate Checkbook: A Manager's Guide for Executing Successful Business Investments and several articles and cases. Dr. Kursh has received research funding from the GE Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, and two federal government agencies. He is a Certified Software Development Professional and a Certified Licensing Professional. Dr. Kursh earned a bachelor's degree from Boston College, magna cum laude, Scholar of the College, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.