Published in UT San Diego, March 3, 2014
The San Diego region boasts numerous technology entrepreneurs and enormous expertise in software, yet there have been few connections between the city of San Diego government and this community. A few weeks ago, Startup Circle sponsored a program, “IT for Pols,” in an effort to bring these worlds together.
We . . . → Read More: Tips On How City of San Diego Can Use Technology More Effectively
Published in UT San Diego, February 24, 2014
Advice! You can’t live with it and you can’t live without it.
“The U.S. is addicted to advice … but things haven’t worked out the way the Web’s early evangelists proclaimed — people still smoke, people still text while driving, people still vote Republican,” Joe Queenan recently wrote in The . . . → Read More: Advice: You Might Not Follow It, But It Can’t Hurt to Hear It
Published in UT San Diego, February 17, 2014
Rule No. 115
Do you want to be rich or do you want to be king? If you choose the latter, you are doomed to failure. I turned in my crown 20 years ago.
Lots of powder, skiing with my children, all good. In two days, I will be . . . → Read More: Being Shown the Door Hurts But Exit Gracefully
Published in UT San Diego, February 10, 2014
One of my business partners is a “giver,” and in an effort to enhance and improve his partner, he gave me a book, appropriately titled “Give and Take,” by Adam Grant. While our column is not normally the New York Review of Books, this week we are going to . . . → Read More: Being a “Giver,” Not a “Taker” is Good for Business
Published in UT San Diego, February 3, 2014
Leading the development of a new platform technology for drug discovery, getting a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a chronic illness and serving as chief executive of a company for 25 years are all significant accomplishments. Stanley Crooke, CEO and chairman of the board of . . . → Read More: Vision, Persistence Has Led Isis CEO to Success
Published in UT San Diego, January 27, 2014
TTO: Those letters often strike fear into the hearts of scientists and venture capitalists. They stand for Tech Transfer Office, the place you have to negotiate if you want to commercialize technology developed at a university or research institute.
San Diego’s future success in the innovation economy depends in part . . . → Read More: Innovator Talks About Getting University Research Into Business
Published in UT San Diego, January 20, 2014
George W. Bush made the word “strategery” famous (with a nod to “SNL” and Will Ferrell). But the issue of strategic thinking is no joke. It is hard to do well, and the common thinking about it is wrong. At least that is what Roger Martin says in “The . . . → Read More: You Can’t Succeed Without Taking A Calculated Risk
Published in UT San Diego, January 13, 2014
By U-T San Diego 12:01 a.m.Jan. 13, 2014
The Performance Review. It is that time of year when companies all over the world take a moment to tell their employees what they think of them. . . . → Read More: Self-Assessment: Not Perfect, But Much Needed
Published in UT San Diego, January 6, 2014
The “aha” moment — that moment of sudden realization, the defining moment where wisdom is revealed, the moment of inspiration. Many companies start with that insight, but from that moment to a product and then to an actual sale to a customer can take many years, . . . → Read More: Five Top Innovators of 2013 Share Their “Aha” Moments
Published in UT San Diego, December 16, 2013
Rule No. 332
At the end of the day, it’s still a crapshoot.
Why is the first time so difficult? Whether it is true love or sex, the first time is usually lousy and often ends in disappointment. To some extent, I think the same holds true . . . → Read More: Risk may outweigh benefits when backing first-timers