The Martian


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


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


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


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.


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...]



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.


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 shield 110px

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...]

Triple Crown


It's been quite a ninety days for EI2. APLU In November, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named Georgia Institute of Technology the winner of its 2014 "Innovation" award for our statewide economic development efforts in a number of sectors. Read more. AURP In December, the Association of University Research … [Read more...]

Atlanta Tech Edge Interview


Angel Maldonado interviewed me last week for Atlanta Tech Edge, the local technology community show broadcast on 11Alive. We had fun talking about ATDC, Georgia Tech's Technology Square, and rocketships (XCOR Aerospace). Enjoy! … [Read more...]