Tom Noonan on Entrepreneurship

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Last month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a private dinner with senior executives of a number of leading research universities who were visiting campus. The dinner speaker was Tom Noonan -- a Georgia Tech classmate of mine (1983) who has succeeded in multiple careers: as a software executive, then serial entrepreneur, angel investor, … [Read more...]

West Peachtree

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Yes, Atlanta has too many streets named Peachtree. And we seem to want to make even more. That's not the topic of this post. My point today is that, if we're going to have 71 streets named Peachtree, then let's at least have signage that makes it easy to distinguish one from the other! Here's the right way to designate West Peachtree … [Read more...]

Five Years of “Not the Valley”

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If you’ve seen me during business hours in the last five years, it’s likely that I was wearing a button like this one on my shirt or jacket. And if you asked me about it, it’s likely that I gave you one… I’ve given away over 1000 at this point. … [Read more...]

Innovation and Economic Prosperity

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Last month, Georgia Tech was designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University (IEP) by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP). Wow. That's a mouthful. What does it mean? At the most practical level, it means that a team of … [Read more...]

My Talks at Dragon Con 2014

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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...]

Antifragile

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Something different this month: a book review. I read a lot of books... a couple of hundred per year. Some are serious, some are fluff, some are instantly forgettable. But occasionally, to quote Francis Bacon, "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested... to be read wholly, and with diligence and … [Read more...]

Cakes Baked at Gunpoint

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I don't often do unabashedly political blog posts. If you're looking for the latest in my "indefatigable" posts about the Atlanta startup community... come back next time. … [Read more...]

Innovation U 2.0

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In 2002, the Southern Growth Policies Board published Innovation U., which I've used frequently in discussing EI2's mission. Even though the SGPB has evaporated, one of the authors decided the time was right to update their work with "Innovation U 2.0." … [Read more...]

ATDC Showcase 2014

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Yesterday was ATDC's annual Startup Showcase... over 40 companies exhibiting, plus seven more in a "fast-pitch" event co-sponsored with VentureAtlanta. The companies ranged from an app to make animated selfies with your cellphone (Selfie360), to a recovery capsule to bring small payloads back from orbit (Terminal Velocity Aerospace). It was a … [Read more...]

I Made Drudge!

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So, yesterday I read a news story about a Tampa woman jailed for feeding bears. (She's an idiot. But there are ways of dealing with idiots that don't involve throwing 81-year-old women into jail without bond. Somebody in the chain of events should have found one of those ways.) … [Read more...]