January 24, 2016: A recent article in the Huffington Post drew upon a 500-year-old statement by Michel de Montaigne to headline that 85% of what we worry about never happens. That may be generally true, but as entrepreneurs we had better have some worries. You may remember Binkley’s “Closet of Anxieties” in the old Bloom County comic strip. I will admit that I have such a closet.
January 17, 2016: If you watched any football over the Holidays, chances are you heard the term “tempo” many times. Many college and pro teams have adopted up-tempo offenses to keep defenses off balance and less able to position themselves correctly for the next play. Lots more plays get run, and this is physically taxing for both sides. A tempo offense requires proper conditioning and a proper mindset that not every team can handle.
January 10, 2016: A “Tech Grievances” post last week on Medium by an Austin friend Marc Nathan touched a topic that was already on my editorial calendar for 2016. There is a long list of improvements that our technology providers could make to solve our first world inconveniences. I agree with some of Marc’s complaints, but not all, and I’ve decided I’m on the fence between some things new and others retro. Here’s my list:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.