Being Competitive: Lessons from NASA, Part 1

I attended a high-profile dinner of the Council for Competitiveness (http://www.compete.org/) last week. The website describes the Council as follows:  “A nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization in Washington, D.C., the Council shapes the debate on competitiveness by ...

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The Entrepreneur Self-Test

Some of the many benefits of my job are meetings with entrepreneurs. Many of these individuals have gone through the University of Michigan and are living their dreams. Some of them lead companies, others buy ...

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The Importance of Google Earth

During my first visit to the US from Switzerland in 1995 I lost my rental car key in the endless sand of the Californian coast. I was attending a conference with leaders of my field ...

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Remembering Brian

About my Friend Brian “Oscar” Grimm, 1974-2008   My friend, Brian “Oscar” Grimm passed away on my birthday, October 1st. “Oscar”, as he liked to be called, was a graduate of the Michigan School of ...

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Patience – Vice or Virtue?

I went to a brew-pub today with my family. We sat down, we got menus, ordered and then – we waited, and waited. As I was sitting there I thought about patience – is it ...

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Launching our “Feel The Music” Competition

We had a great party on Friday evening. There was lots of press about it:  D-PAN (http://www.d-pan.com) launched their first DVD. We also launched our “Feel the Music Competition (http://www.feelthemusiccompetition.com). Well, that’s the easy thing ...

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