Ben Dyer at Google Glass preview in Austin

December 15, 2013: Time named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, People anointed Adam Levine as the Sexiest Man, and Esquire selected Scarlett Johansson as the Sexiest Woman, but from my perspective 2013 could fairly be described as the Year of the Entrepreneur.  Jeff Bezos graced that Time cover in 1999, but he ended this year with perhaps an even bigger publicity coup by getting 60 Minutes to promote his shipping drones.  The folks making things happen in technology are on a tear,

Computer History Museum

December 8, 2013:  One thing Mark Cuban emphasized more than once in his remarks during our Longhorn Startup Demo Day is the concept of researching the history of your great new idea before you get too deeply enamored of it.  He cautioned that just using Google to do your market research might not reveal the now defunct failures with the same concept and certainly might not uncover others currently percolating the same brew.

Battle of Austerlitz December 1, 1805

December 1, 2013:  One of the blessings of college life at the undergraduate level is that students get periodic breaks between semesters.  Prior to launching their careers, they are blessed with genuine downtime.  Most are not supporting themselves and are not yet married with children in tow.   They have time off to go visit friends and family and chill out for a few weeks.  Their courses for the immediately preceding semester are over and done; the grades have been etched in stone, for better or worse.  Next semester will be a fresh start and needs not occupy any portion of their m

Price Gilbert and Crosland library buildings at GA Tech

November 24, 2013:  This Thanksgiving edition of TechDrawl is a collection of observations on higher education.  I wrote recently on the topic of whether entrepreneurship can be taught, and Bob Metcalfe addressed this same question in a more scholarly paper published last week.   He and I reached affirmative conclusions, but we each brought to the question

theatrical effects

November 17, 2013:  After witnessing a few dozen pitches in front of live audiences and reading a few hundred (no exaggeration) business summaries in recent days, it’s time to revisit some of the fundamentals and talk about the trends.

Twelfth Man Pub

November 10, 2013:  When Aaron Rodgers went down with a shoulder injury last Sunday, the Packers called in Seneca Wallace, who had never played a snap with that team and had only been on the roster since summer.  What if Wallace had then been hurt?  It sounded from the commentary that the 3rd string QB might have to be drafted from the spectators.   It was the proverbial Twelfth Man situation made famous by Texas A&M. 

Bob Metcalfe on display at UT-Kansas football game

November 3, 2013:   The topic of this article is a common question in a time of proliferating incubators, accelerators, graduate and undergraduate university programs.

cute puppies

October 27, 2007:  Here’s a discussion that has come up in multiple situations in the last few weeks.  We now have too many ways to communicate with each other. The old-fashioned era of meetings, phone calls, postal mail, and occasional telegrams has been replaced by a list that could almost fill the rest of this post.  You can make personal choices that work well for you.  I see regulars on Facebook and Twitter or vice versa, but rarely both unless their tweets are posted automatically to Facebook.

French painting showing surprise

October 20, 2013:  Life and business are full of surprises. In the case of businesses, that’s not always a good thing.

Remains of 2012 Big Tex on display at Texas State Fair 2013

October 13, 2013:  The photo here shows all the surviving remnants of last year’s Big Tex from the Texas State Fair.  You may recall that he caught fire, and  what you see is on display at this year’s Big Tex History hall on the fairgrounds.  A replacement was built and stands tall as ever to great the multitudes.  I was there for the Red River Rivalry, a surprisingly stout victory for the underdog Longhorns against the Sooners.  Were this a sports blog, I’ve have much to say


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