I-485

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...]

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...]

Tom Noonan on Entrepreneurship

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

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”

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

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...]