Michael Griffin on Commercial Space

If you've been hanging around the space business for a while, you've heard of Michael Griffin. You may love him, you may hate him, but you're probably not neutral about him. … [Read more...]

Leaving Georgia Tech

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

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...]

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...]

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...]

Top Ten Technologies for 2015

Once again, to kick off the new year, I prepared a list of the Top Ten Technologies for our friends at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The limitations of smearing ink on dead trees forced the newspaper to cut the list down a bit. But electrons are cheap. Just for completeness, here’s my original Top Ten, with special attention to how they’ll impact … [Read more...]

Twenty Years in the Atlanta Tech Community

Twenty years ago today, I left a fast track position in corporate America and moved back to my hometown of Atlanta to help launch an early-stage venture capital firm. Ever since, my passion and my profession and my personal wealth have all been tied to the local technology community. It's been quite a ride. A few people have been on this ride … [Read more...]

Allen Ecker

IMPACT Speaker Series presents Dr. Allen Ecker “Business Lessons From My Six Careers” Wednesday, October 29 @ 4:30pm LeCraw Auditorium, Scheller College of Business Before there was Airwatch... Before there was ISS... Before there was Mindspring... Before there was Hayes Microcomputer... Before there was HBOC... Even before there was … [Read more...]