Prizes in Economic Development

Some of you know that I was one of the original backers of the X PRIZE that awarded $10 million to the first private team to build and launch a piloted spacecraft to 100 kilometers above the earth's surface, twice within two weeks. As far back as my undergraduate days at Georgia Tech, I wrote a paper on the British Crown's establishment of a … [Read more...]

SpaceUp Atlanta

It's World Space Week! And to celebrate, some Georgia Tech students and friends are sponsoring SpaceUp Atlanta on Saturday, October 6, 2012. You should come! … [Read more...]

Drownproofing 2.0

Georgia Tech graduates who are at least my age (or a little younger) will remember "Drownproofing." … [Read more...]

Seven Minutes of Terror

I'm taking advantage of my column this month to talk about something that seems completely unrelated to EI2, but I promise to connect it back in the last few paragraphs. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the story! On the evening of Sunday, August 5th, a crowd started gathering in the Hodges Room on the 3rd floor of Centergy. By 6:00 pm, we had … [Read more...]

Atlanta Magazine “Groundbreaker” Award

We got some nice coverage in Atlanta magazine this month as one of eleven "Groundbreakers" in helping to transform the city. Here's the cover and pages 76-77 of the August 2012 issue. … [Read more...]

Flashpoint: The First Cohort

During January, the first class of Flashpoint graduates pitched their businesses at three events in Atlanta, New York City, and Menlo Park, California. I've written about Flashpoint before, but I find that a lot of EI2 employees still ask "So does Flashpoint compete with ATDC? Is it replacing VentureLab?" Now that we've seen our first results, it's … [Read more...]

Cooperation with Korea

In the fall of 2008, Atlanta was experiencing a major gasoline shortage.  Hurricanes Gustav and Ike had rocked refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.  Carl Rust asked David Bridges and James Seals if they could go to Savannah to help with a large College of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) proposal.  Fortunately, the duo had just enough gas to … [Read more...]

Supporting Technology Entrepreneurs in Georgia

I prepared the following document as my testimony to the State Science and Technology Strategic Plan Joint Study Commission, meeting in Columbus on 30 November 2011. It's going to be available on their website, but I decided to replicate it here. … [Read more...]

New Bike Racks at Technology Square

The existing bike racks down by Moe's are going to be moved up to the area surrounding the TSRB doorway. Total bike parking will expand from 28 to 42 spaces (hooray!). Construction started on Friday. … [Read more...]

M2M and the Internet of Things

Last Tuesday, September 20th, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Numerex invited me to address the Second International M2M Standardization Meeting as the keynote speaker for their dinner at the Carter Center. I didn't know anything about M2M, but that's never stopped me from speaking before! So I started doing a little … [Read more...]