What’s the most important business lesson you’ve learned in your career? You don’t have to answer that — it’s a trick question. If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely an academic scientist who’s wondering what it would be like to start your own company. You’ve slaved over your scientific degrees, proven yourself in the lab, and hit upon a clever technology or concept that you might be able to parlay into the commercial world. But if you’re like most academic scientists, chances are good that you’ve never had any formal business training.