San Diego Bike Repair Entrepreneur is Weaving His Way to Success

Stu Clott

Published in UT San Diego, July 28, 2014

The wheel is always spinning – especially if you are a bicycle. San Diego is a bike friendly town. We have bike lanes, triathlons, a velodrome, and multiple groups that ride – the Wheelmen, the Cyclo-Vets, the Swami Riders, bike clubs from UCSD and SDSU, and many more. We have . . . → Read More: San Diego Bike Repair Entrepreneur is Weaving His Way to Success

Seeking Out Unicorns: Making the Perfect Hire

Published in UT San Diego, July 21, 2014

I am a unicorn hunter.

Now, let me clarify. The fact that I have never seen a unicorn does not mean that they do not exist. They are rare, and they are only spotted at very special times under very special circumstances. Catching a unicorn is a blind act of . . . → Read More: Seeking Out Unicorns: Making the Perfect Hire

Too Much Similarity Can Be Damaging for Venture Capitalists

Published in UT San Diego, July 14, 2014

Birds of a feather get fleeced together. At least that is the result of a study on venture capital done by our friends at the Harvard Business School. It seems that there is a tendency for venture capitalists “whose ethnic and educational backgrounds are similar to their own” to . . . → Read More: Too Much Similarity Can Be Damaging for Venture Capitalists

Hand in Cancer Fight Ahead of Her Time

Emily Wang

Published in UT San Diego, July 7, 2014

Neil and I are passionate about supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers who represent the future of our country’s innovation economy. So we were eager to meet Emily Wang, the winner of the International BioGENEius Challenge that was part of the recent BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) conference . . . → Read More: Hand in Cancer Fight Ahead of Her Time

San Diego Startup Week Was Marvelous

Published in UT San Diego, June 30, 2014

Americans were more optimistic about starting a business in 2013 than any year since 2001, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

The week of June 16 was San Diego Startup Week, and it was a doozy. The town was awash in venture capitalists, young idealists, older mentors and hucksters of . . . → Read More: San Diego Startup Week Was Marvelous

Incubators, Competitions Beckon College Students

Published in UT San Diego, June 23, 2014

When is a fish not a fish? When you don’t have to change the filter in the aquarium every two weeks. Meet UC San Diego student Kevin Liang, who wanted to solve the filter problem by turning his EcoQube aquaponics aquarium filter into a business. For guidance, he turned . . . → Read More: Incubators, Competitions Beckon College Students

Leading San Diego executives concerned about federal policies

Published in UT San Diego on June 16, 2014

No man is an island, and no city is immune from the government policies set in Washington, D.C., on immigration, federal research funding and corporate taxation. And these key factors play a huge role in determining the future of the San Diego innovation economy.

I attended the recent symposium . . . → Read More: Leading San Diego executives concerned about federal policies

Giving Entrepreneurial Guidance to our Troops in the Brig

Published in UT San Diego, June 9, 2014

Except for the fact that the men and women were dressed in fatigues, they looked like one of our classes at UCSD.

Eighty prisoners (25 percent of whom were women) were seated in last month’s class at the brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, eager to . . . → Read More: Giving Entrepreneurial Guidance to our Troops in the Brig

Taking Our Knowledge to a Captive Audience

Published in UT San Diego, June 2, 2014

My book, “I’m There for You Baby,” contains 231 rules for entrepreneurial success, and the first one is the most important. It says, “Return every email and every phone call.”

Recently out of the blue, I got an email that floored me. Here is an excerpt:

“My boyfriend is currently incarcerated . . . → Read More: Taking Our Knowledge to a Captive Audience

Taking Baby Business Steps Can Get You Further in the Long Run

Elke Chuck car

Published in UT San Diego, May 19, 2014

Gimme a double mocha latte, nonfat espresso Frappuccino Macchiato and put them in 16-ounce cups to travel.

The coffee business is addictive but Elke Patton and her husband, Chuck, did not know that when she gave him a small coffee roaster for his birthday in February 2001.

Chuck liked drinking good . . . → Read More: Taking Baby Business Steps Can Get You Further in the Long Run