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Think Big Blog Post:
Yes, Dorothy, We ARE in Kansas and the Whole World is Flat!
Why this is GREAT for entrepreneurs, angels and the U.S. economy. Our guest blog post from Scott Mize.
As attendees prepare to gather tomorrow at the Kansas City Convention Center for the 2nd Annual Think Big Kansas City conference, my thoughts have turned to how the “flattening” of the world is impacting the entrepreneurial sector of our economy. This is the flattening popularized in the book entitled “The World is Flat” by New York Time columnist Thomas Friedman. The basic thesis of the book is that the internet and other information technology (e.g. new mobile devices) have created a level playing field for businesses worldwide. Increasingly, the historical hierarchies and barriers of geography, resources and markets are disappearing and becoming increasingly irrelevant. Although the focus of the book was globalization and its cross-border impact, there are many ways in which this transformation can benefit places like Kansas City. It also might be an important key to solving the problem of job creation in the U.S. and around the world.
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Toward Nanomaterials by Design:
A Rational Approach for
Reaping Benefits in the
Short and Long Term
There is a broad consensus today that nanotechnology is here to stay and that it will, over the next few decades, find its way into almost every aspect of our lives. The level of R&D funding from both governments and corporations worldwide has reached unprecedented levels. The number of nanotechnology patents has exploded and the nanotechnology intellectual property “land grab” is in full swing.
Products incorporating nanotechnology are being introduced with increasing rapidity – stain-resistant clothing, high-performance tennis rackets and balls, more effective cosmetics, stronger structural parts for cars, more efficient fuel cells, denser data storage, stronger tires, better catalysts for petroleum, higher performance optoelectronics, more effective drug delivery mechanisms and many, many others. This first wave of applications is beginning to demonstrate the value of nanotechnology. The nanotechnology revolution, or evolution, is fundamentally a materials revolution. We are learning how to structure and control matter on a size scale never seen before. However, in order for nanotechnology to have the widespread impact that is envisioned and fulfill its promise, the field must mature from a laboratory-driven ad hoc discovery process to a more systematic engineering discipline.
The range of industries and applications that will be impacted by nanotechnology is vast and diverse. Virtually all companies that manufacture physical materials or devices will be impacted by nanotechnology, and many will be fundamentally transformed, disrupted or derailed by it. The winning organizations are those that apply the best new tools for competitive advantage. The key question for any company that is seeking to reap value from nanotechnology is how to most effectively and efficiently discover, develop, and manufacture those materials and devices, which have economically meaningful new properties.
This paper describes a rational approach to achieving these goals called Rational Nanomaterials Design. At the core of Rational Nanomaterials Design are modeling, simulation, and informatics software tools. These have been demonstrated to reduce development costs, speed time to market, and allow designers to develop better materials with a greater focus on end-user application requirements. These bottom line benefits are critical as the rapid emergence of nanotechnology introduces new market pressures and competitive threats. Rational Nanomaterials Design will also make major contributions to solving the key challenges facing nanotechnology as it moves out of the lab and into the market and help to improve the overall productivity of the R&D organization.
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Originally Published in DV Finance Report
Strategy and Tactics for Interactive Media Title Ventures
DV Finance Report, a product of Digital Video Magazine, is a collaboration between ActiveMedia Inc. and Title Connections. ActiveMedia is a division of IDG Communications Inc., the world’s foremost publisher of computer-related information and the leading global provider of information services on information technology, with more than 233 computer publications in 65 countries.
Below are two articles from the Premiere Issue. The first is the Editor’s Page, which provides an overview of the mission and focus of the newletter. The second is an “opportunity profile” – a due diligence analysis summary of an early-stage interactive media company.
“Informating” Your Products:
A Competitive Advantage for the ‘90s
Scott Mize, Multimedia Content Evangelist, Apple Computer
Until recently, personal computers have been used primarily to reduce costs, increase productivity, and investigate multiple scenarios, such as running “what if” simulations. It’s no surprise that the applications that drove early personal computer sales where the ones that simply stored, formatted, or performed computations on data
However, the evolution of information technology is radically changing this picture. Advances in processor speed, storage capacity, connectivity, information filtering, the user interface, and many other areas are precipitating the evolution of the personal computer into a robust information machine. The French must have been thinking ahead when they coined the word “informatique” as a synonym for our “computer science.” As these computing machines begin to evolve into multimedia information machines, people will increasingly use them to illustrate, illuminate, persuade, demonstrate, inform, tech, engage, and entertain.
Personal computing will evolve from being primarily tool-driven to being more content-driven. To maintain a competitive edge, developers should understand this trend and formulate an ongoing strategy for adapting to – indeed creating – the new information environment. This might involve recasting your business and rethinking what really constitutes your product.
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International Solar Polar Mission
Originally Published in L5 News
Published Monthly by the L-5 Society
The L-5 Society was formed in September 1975 with the purpose of promoting space development in governmental, industrial and private sectors. L-5 is the abbreviation for the Lagrange libration point number five, a proposed site between the Earth and the Moon for the final meeting of the L-5 Society before the turn of the 20th century. The L-5 Society merged with the National Space Institute in 1987 to form the National Space Society www.nss.org.
If Murphy has a law of space science, it would go something like this: If there’s any way for government bureaucracy to plague a valuable space mission, it will. Predictably, this fate has befallen the International Solar Polar Mission (ISPM), a cooperative effort between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). Designed to be the world’s first space mission to travel out of the ecliptic plane and to be ESA’s first deep space probe, ISPM has had to endure potentially fatal budget cuts from both the Carter and Reagan administrations. Now, as a result of strong protest from Europe and adverse US reaction, Congress has given ISPM a reprieve, pending a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of the mission.