Announcing Boostphase

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As I prepare to leave Georgia Tech, a lot of people have asked me if I'm going to indulge my long-standing obsession with the aerospace business. Not right now. I'm looking at a number of interesting career opportunities in several different sectors. … [Read more...]

Leaving Georgia Tech

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The only constant is change... I will be leaving both of my posts as Vice President of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) and as General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) by the end of the year. The Executive Leadership Team believes that it is time to recruit new leadership that is better suited to the next … [Read more...]

The Martian

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Why am I using my monthly newsletter column to talk about a Matt Damon movie? Because it's relevant to Georgia Tech. Last week, I was fortunate to score a handful of passes to an advance screening of "The Martian." Unless you've been living under a rock, you know this is Ridley Scott's new big-budget movie starring Matt Damon as a NASA … [Read more...]

Startup Summer

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A few weeks ago, I watched Georgia Tech undergraduates present their work at Startup Summer Demo Day. Something that started as an experiment less than two years ago has turned into a monster! … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Go to Mars

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DragonCon is enormous. If you haven't been there, you have no idea how big it is. But, over in the Hilton, is a small (but overstuffed) set of conference rooms that host the "Reality Tracks." These tracks are for a different kind of fan… those who want to build science fiction, not just read about it. … [Read more...]

My Talks at DragonCon 2015

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My annual post in response to the people asking me "What are you talking about at Dragon Con this year?" … [Read more...]

Renovate. Rebrand. Refine.

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Six years ago this month, we made the biggest membership change in ATDC's history by opening the doors to all technology entrepreneurs in Georgia. (You can read about it here.) We've tweaked the model since then (most notably by adding the "Select" program in 2013). And we've graduated dozens of companies and helped hundreds of … [Read more...]

Desdemona

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I'm frequently reminded that I lead an interesting life. I got a particularly strong reminder last month, when I got to experience one of the world's most advanced motion simulators -- Desdemona. Desdemona is a unique asset operated by TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research in Soesterberg, southeast of Amsterdam. In a somewhat … [Read more...]

ATLanta: Access. Talent. Lifestyle.

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The Guardian, a British newspaper, is hosting a trade mission to Atlanta this week. They were kind enough to invite me to write 800 words on why British tech companies should set up shop in Atlanta, and you can read the edited version here. It's received some approving comments but, honestly, I like my original version better. So I'm going to give … [Read more...]

I-485

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Sorting through some of my Mom's old paperwork this weekend, I found a streetmap of Atlanta. There's no copyright date, but I think it's from the late 1970s. Of course, I looked up my own neighborhood... which actually hasn't changed much. But then I noticed an Interstate highway shield for I-485. Here's a reduced version to fit on your screen, … [Read more...]