Looks Matter, But Business Savvy Is More Important

Published in UT San Diego, April 14, 2014

Today’s column is a bouillabaisse. That is a $26 word that suggests I am going to throw everything into the soup, heat it up and hope you don’t get sick.

First, as you know, Ms. Bry and I are big supporters of smart female entrepreneurs. However, it seems we are . . . → Read More: Looks Matter, But Business Savvy Is More Important

Illumina Co-Founder Finds Passion in Science Festival

Published in UT San Diego, April 7, 2014

“Illumina named world’s smartest company,” said the MIT Technology Review’s annual list of really brainy and smart companies. Facebook did not make the cut, but Google did, finishing third behind Tesla.

And in case you were not aware, Illumina was co-founded by one of our all-time favorite people: entrepreneur, venture . . . → Read More: Illumina Co-Founder Finds Passion in Science Festival

Keep Biotech Booming Despite Challenges

Joe Panetta

Published in UT San Diego, March 31, 2014

You can’t take it with you, and you won’t live forever.

Well, if J. Craig Venter has his way, those sentences will still be true but with some modifications. He just raised $70 million for a new company called Human Longevity, with the goal of extending our lifetimes. This venture . . . → Read More: Keep Biotech Booming Despite Challenges

Advancing Technology Continues to Drive Future

Published in UT San Diego, March 24, 2014

Incoming! Enemy ships. Get in the bunker.

These words may have once echoed on Craig Irving’s Point Loma estate where there is a real World War II bunker facing the Pacific Ocean, but on a calm night a few weeks ago, the message was not one of danger from the . . . → Read More: Advancing Technology Continues to Drive Future

With a little effort, San Diego could be a hub for software

Published in UT San Diego, March 17, 2014

“Can’t build a big company in San Diego. Not enough software talent and not enough management talent.” This has been the rap on San Diego from Silicon Valley. It is one of the reasons (rightly or wrongly) that has kept our venture funding at less than robust levels.

With the . . . → Read More: With a little effort, San Diego could be a hub for software

Finding and Serving An Underserved Market An Innovative Idea

Patricia Salas

Published in UT San Diego, March 10, 2014

Not all innovation means inventing something new or unique. Sometimes innovation is simply seeing a market demand for a product that already exists. You do not have to invent the wheel, you simply need to bring the wheel to a place where people need wheels and didn’t know it. . . . → Read More: Finding and Serving An Underserved Market An Innovative Idea

Tips On How City of San Diego Can Use Technology More Effectively

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

Advice: You Might Not Follow It, But It Can’t Hurt to Hear It

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

Being Shown the Door Hurts But Exit Gracefully

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

Being a “Giver,” Not a “Taker” is Good for Business

Give and Take

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