Too early for the party, James Tissot 1873

January 3, 2016: It’s always interesting over the Holidays to see how media editors have ranked the events of the past year and to read the resolutions suggested by their writers for the year ahead. One can’t help but take stock of one’s own choices from a year ago and reflect on how 2016 might be even better. This is not a personal advice column, but I’ll proffer some hard-won business wisdom that perhaps you will find helpful.

Advent calendar

December 20, 2015: The discussion this week returns to the ongoing case study of the biomedical startup in which I’m involved. Not meaning to be sacrilegious, but I can’t help but compare this time in our company to Advent. For those of you in the Episcopal tradition, you are accustomed to Advent services each week beginning with the hymn “O come, O come, Emmanuel.” It speaks to the certainty that Emmanuel shall come to Israel. There’s no doubt.

a pristine 1987 Yugo

December 13, 2015: In case you’re not already included in the $4 Trillion worth of M&A this year and are hoping for a near-term exit, here’s some handy commentary for your consideration.

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December 6, 2015: On Thursday the 3rd I had the privilege of judging a portion of the entrants in GA Tech’s semester ending Capstone Design Expo. This affair, under the direction of the School of Mechanical Engineering, featured more than 110 displays across a range of five disciplines from Biomedical Engineering to ECE and attracted probably 500+ student participants and a total audience of around 2,500 including parents, faculty, staff, and the Tech community.

December Calendar

November 29, 2015:  The Holidays begin as the year comes rushing to a close. The description* of the accompanying illustration appropriately tempers the December calendar with the phrase “work still goes on.”

Macy's Parade Turkey 2008

November 22, 2015: It’s a Holiday week, so here’s a short essay to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and to cite a few important things in my professional life for which I’m particularly thankful this year.

Quail hunting

November 15, 2015: An interesting event last week was the culmination of a 3 Day Startup (3DS) program combing UT Austin freshmen and a collection of high school students from Round Rock. I was invited to be part of a panel opining on their final pitches, and I commend them for the quality of their work. For those of you not familiar with 3DS, it’s exactly what the name implies.

1969 editing terminal

November 8, 2016: As we are developing the systems for the medical startup that is my ongoing case study for TechDrawl, I have learned to emphasize that we are building “software” and not “IT.” Medical professionals have nothing but bad connotations with the latter. They think of having been made keyboard dependent and becoming data entry clerks at the expense of quality patient time. It’s all about the codes; get that right and insurance pays, if not, there’s more work to be done making corrections.

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Malaysian GP 2010

November 1, 2015: Last Sunday’s annual Formula 1 US Grand Prix in Austin inspires my essay this week. TechDrawl is nothing if not topical.

A conversation in a rococò setting

October 25, 2015: This past week our Qualifying Committee for the 2016 SXSW Accelerator met for our annual kickoff Happy Hour. You may not have SXSW on your mind right now, with important holidays like Halloween looming this weekend, but applications for the Accelerator are due November 6. We expect to have 500-600 for our committee of ten to review between then and November 18, to be followed by voting by expert judges scattered worldwide and the selection of the 48 on-stage finalists prior to Christmas.

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