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  • The Green Knight: 2010/04 - 2010/05
    my race strategy and goals Strategy Keep a constant heart rate in the low 170s slowing down when climbing up hills and speeding up on downhill grades Run the first 5k the hilly portion conservatively then pick it up for the second half gentle downhill slope to the lake then relatively flat to the finish kicking it the final 400m and sprinting the final 100m Goals 1 Total race time under 47 00 2 Negative split 1st 5k in 23 55 2nd 5k in 23 05 3 First 8 km under 38 00 By this point the downhill should have balanced out the uphill and 38 00 would position me to finish the flat remainder at the right pace 4 Final km under 4 15 5 Final 400m under 1 25 6 Stay within 10 seconds of 4 45 for each of the first 9 km a few seconds more for the uphill legs and a few seconds less for the downhill legs The race organizers did an excellent job of organizing everyone by time and lining the faster people up toward the front At the very front were the elite runners with gold bibs who were racing to win Behind them was my group the purple bibs I guess you could say we were the fastest of the amateurs Behind us were two other timed groups and then finally the untimed fun runners walkers The gun went off and four seconds later I crossed the starting line The first leg of the race was Congress Bridge renowned for housing the largest urban bat colony in North America The bridge sloped gently upward and Congress Street continued to slope upward as we ran toward the capitol building People passed me on both sides from the beginning but I held myself back trying to stick to my strategy of taking it easy on the uphills As we neared 6th Street where I knew the 1 km point to be I was dismayed to realize that there were no km road markers After my last race experience I was really hoping to lean on them to orient me and ensure that I was running the right race As I realized that there were no such markers in this race I was doubly glad that we had driven the course the previous day so that I knew generally where each km marker would have been and I had high confidence in my GPS I finished the first km in 4 38 with a heart rate of 160 I had planned to run the first km more slowly due to the uphill grade but 160 was right on track for me so I didn t pull back yet As we ran around the capitol building we hit our first steep hill It was short but definitely steep I consciously slowed down or so I thought The second km ended at the crest of this hill and I finished it in 4 37 with a 172 heart rate This was faster than intended and the heart rate was higher than intended so I really would need to slow it down to avoid burning out too early However I couldn t slow down just yet as the ascent was followed by an equally steep downward slope which gave me a chance to test out my plan of accelerating down the hills I lengthened my stride and tried to let gravity do most of the work There were still so many people around that it was tough really to open up without fear of running into someone Despite the wet roads my Vibram Five Fingers provided plenty of traction The third km ended with another uphill run and I finished in 4 32 with a 173 heart rate 3 km into the race I was realizing a few things First there wasn t as much music along the course as advertised This may have been due to the drizzly weather Second the music that was there was good the one band I had passed by this point was playing Stairway to Heaven and one up ahead would soon be playing Bob Dylan Third my sunglasses were completely fogged up from the rain so I propped them up on my head and hoped they wouldn t fall off Fourth despite the hills the higher than it should be heart rate and being 40 seconds ahead of my 3 km pace I was feeling pretty good There were only two hilly kms left and then it was literally all downhill after that I began to worry less about pulling back and decided to keep pressing the pace as long as it felt right The fourth km had a steep drop until we crossed Lamar and then another incline I finished it in 4 40 with a 176 heart rate The fifth km brought us to the highest point of the race and then began the long gentle downhill portion I finished it in 4 46 with a 175 heart rate I had run my first 5k in 23 13 40 seconds ahead of pace and I had the easiest portion of the run ahead of me My heart rate was high but I was feeling good My GPS was right on and the race was going according to plan The sixth and seventh kms were great short uphill legs followed by longer downhill legs Often my downhill momentum would carry me halfway up the subsequent hill before I had to start working again There was a band playing ZZ Top blues which was highly motivating I finished the sixth km in 4 25 177 heart rate and the seventh in 4 24 176 heart rate As we turned along the lake the terrain flattened and I returned to my normal pace range finishing the eighth km in 4 41 at a 176 heart rate By this point I was 77 seconds ahead of my 38 00 target with a relatively flat final 2k to go Easy does it I told myself Just run your race and you will easily make your 47 00 goal Easy indeed I finished the ninth km in 4 51 my slowest of the day and a 176 heart rate I was 71 seconds under pace and if I just stayed the course I would easily meet my 47 00 goal without even having to kick it at the end I could just cruise At this point it dawned on me that I was running not to lose instead of running to win a mistake I had made in my last race I talk a lot of talk about learning from mistakes but here I had an opportunity to walk the walk I realized that I had an opportunity not only to come in under 47 00 but to come in even under 46 00 Even though my muscles were aching and my heart was pounding in my head I adjusted my primary race goal to finish under 46 00 and I picked up the pace The last km was tough I was definitely fatigued and there were two right angle turns that prevented me from keeping my momentum going forward I reached 9 6k in 2 40 10 seconds ahead of my goal for that leg but my heart rate had soared to 179 and I was pretty wiped I picked up the pace a little bit more but was reluctant to do too much before the final turn I know there was a Beatles cover band playing here but I have no recollection of them I think I was just 100 focused on how to cross the final 400m as quickly as possible As I rounded the final corner I knew there were only 200m to go I willed my legs to go faster but they really pushed back on me Images flashed through my head of a Gatorade commercial in which a runner collapses toward the end of the race and has to crawl through the finish line I was slowly passing people and I don t think anyone was passing me I heard footsteps pounding beside me but when I looked no one was there so I think that was just my heart beat pounding in my ears At 70m out I could see the finish line and adrenaline took over I found the extra gear I was looking for and all of a sudden I was a fullback again running low running hard weaving past the runners I was passing and no longer caring about time or goals There was just one thing that mattered get to that finish line and get there fast People all along the final leg were cheering for everyone of course but it felt like they were cheering for me I hit the finish line at a dead sprint raised my hands gave a shout of victory as I saw the clock tick over from 45 59 to 46 00 and swerved to avoid a runner in front of me who had stopped after finishing My final 400m had taken longer than I wanted 1 42 183 heart rate instead of 1 25 but I made up a lot of ground as I covered the final 70m in 12 seconds or so This brought my final km time to 4 22 higher than my goal of 4 15 but still my fastest of the day My second 5k time was 22 43 well below my 23 05 goal and still faster than my first 5k My final time was 45 56 which means I finished 591 of 7597 timed runners 92nd percentile 505 of 3792 men 87th percentile and 85 of 586 men 30 34 85th percentile This is a big improvement from my Bayou City Classic performance a month ago 87th 79th 84th and was apparently enough to warrant being named along with hundreds of other runners in the Monday edition of the Austin American Statesman Once again I can t help but draw parallels to business lessons in adapting strategy as conditions change and trusting instincts As I slowed down past the finish line the dry heaves began almost immediately I didn t feel faint but my body was definitely trying to throw up some kinda fierce However there was nothing in my stomach to throw up so all I managed to produce were guttural noises and convulsions This indicated to me that I had left it all out there and that I had indeed won not just not lost After a couple of minutes the dry heaves ceased I got some water downed a banana and found a toilet with no line much better than the massive lines at the beginning of the race I then headed back toward the finish line to cheer on Katie as she beat her goal time as well While I was there I saw a couple of other Rice alumni whom I knew as well as some runners in cool costumes One thing was decidedly missing from the after party though NO BEER As cool and fun as Austin is I just assumed they would have beer during and or after the race after all all the Houston races do Weird The Cap 10k was definitely a great experience but it did fall down in a few areas relative to my expectations After the race we had chocolate banana pecan whole wheat pancakes with mimosas and fresh strawberries with our hosts This was followed by some Master s watching some napping and general lazing about recovery Katie and I caught Clash of the Titans 3D which was about as expected before dinner Dinner was at The Salt Lick an Austin institution It s finger lickin good BBQ with an habanero based sauce in a picnic bench style layout In short it s a great place to meet up with friends AND it s BYOB so we brought some Guinness some home brew and some Castello Banfi Super Tuscan to help wash the BBQ down Dinner was great We met up with several Rice friends and caught up over food and drink I had beef brisket pork ribs and smoked turkey Katie just had sides but the cole slaw and mashed potatoes were good enough to stand as a meal by themselves It was great to see everyone and I may just need to add The Salt Lick to my list of regular stops What an amazing weekend Now it s back to business before heading to San Fransisco for the Investors Circle conference Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 27 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Austin BBQ Rice running 2010 04 10 Rice Builder s Award Last night I was humbled and honored to receive Rice s Builder s Award an award given annually to recognize young alumni who dedicate themselves to building the Rice community Although I certainly don t feel very young anymore it was a wonderful event and I was privileged to participate There were drinks and dinner and a small ceremony at which I and the other recipient VERY deserving Holly Williams 03 said a few words as we accepted our engraved bricks Following is the text from my five minute remarks or rather what the remarks would have been if I had remembered them better I ve always found that you can learn a lot more about honorees than what s printed in the program by listening to what people say about them So this evening I ve been using my NINJA skills to eavesdrop on conversations and sure enough several common themes could be overheard time and time again I kept hearing words like greatness selfless and really really really really ridiculously good looking So I have to wonder why is everyone talking about Holly This is supposed to be my event too Seriously though my Rice community building efforts can absolutely not be described as selfless if anything they re very SELFISH As an entrepreneur I m very focused on ROI return on investment In the fall of 1997 I began the most significant investment I ve ever made I invested 4 5 years of my life tremendous intellectual and emotional energy and a very significant financial sum in my Rice education so I was keenly motivated to maximize my return on that investment By the time I finished at Rice I had three huge ostentatious sheepskin diplomas a great deal more knowledge some wonderful friends and incredible memories I think that was a pretty good return But it was clear that the value that Rice provides doesn t have to end at graduation Rice can provide tremendous ongoing value that increases ROI for all of us through enhancement of its brand access to special events and opportunities and development of a tight community of alumni faculty staff and friends While some of these things are best left to Rice public relations or the alumni office it is up to US to build that community but the good news is that building the community is really easy So what can you do Of course you can donate Even if you donate just 10 year it looks really good for Rice and it funds some very worthy programs You can join alumni groups such as this one the Young Alumni Committee I ve found such opportunities to be both challenging and rewarding And you can be what I call a Rice ambassador When I was living in Switzerland I set up a fondue dinner for Rice alumni in the area hoping to meet at least one other Owl It turns out that we had 26 alumni and families come it seemed that half the Geneva Symphony Orchestra were Shepherd School grads They were all incredibly interesting and it was a wonderful evening and NONE of them had realized previously that there were other Rice Owls in the area We all still keep in touch a mini community was born There are similar stories from travels to Nairobi London Amsterdam Rome and US cities as well The Rice community is small but it is really really good Members of the Rice community tend to be accomplished interesting fun helpful and we have all been part of something really unique really special which I believe binds us together So I encourage you to be a Rice ambassador by reaching out to Rice people you don t know wherever you go You ve already made the investment in Rice let the Rice community pay back and increase your return By forging connections you re building the community which holds value for all of us This award is a real honor for me I know many of the previous recipients and I am humbled to be counted among them Thanks must be given to them for leading the way to the alumni office for doing such a fine job of supporting encouraging and guiding those of us who wish to serve and to my friends and loved ones especially Katie without whose support I just don t know where I would be The story of Rice is a love story for me From the very first moment that I set foot on campus and fell in love with the university to the loves I developed for computer science and entrepreneurship as a student to the love I have for people in the Rice community from some of my very best friends to the love of my life whom I first kissed at Lovett almost exactly nine years ago today I know that you all have your own Rice love stories so I beseech each and every one of you to help us all build the Rice community by sharing the love I was honored to be introduced by Rice Trustee Jeff Rose a real

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  • The Green Knight: 2010/03 - 2010/04
    As I turned the corner I was less than excited to see 300m of incline ahead of me then another turn Where on earth was the finish line My goal had been to run the final 400m at a 3 08 km pace but I wasn t sure where the final 400m began and I was irrationally unnerved by the hill I picked up the pace a little dropping down to 4 00 km territory up the incline but didn t really kick it By this point I wasn t really looking at my watch anymore I was just trying to figure out where I was and whether it was too early to let loose About halfway up the hill I could hear music that sounded like finish line music and I realized that I might be running out of time to make my move I looked down to my watch and saw that I was now at 26 28 I was definitely running out of time to make my move I kicked down to a 3 00 km pace and began passing runners one by one I rounded the last corner and was pleased to see that the finish line band was a Blues Brothers impersonation band I can t remember what they were playing because I was too busy being mortified with the realization that the finish line was only 50m away I had definitely waited too long to kick it I reached down and found another gear I passed many runners en route to the finish which I crossed at a full sprint Many people were cheering on this bald shirtless barefoot stocky sprinter and that was exhilarating I had a lot of gas left when I finished and I nearly ran over three runners who had stopped in the chutes to suck wind and recover The manner of my finish felt AWESOME but I finished in 47 01 7 barely missing my goal but missing it all the same I was crestfallen Later analysis would show that I finally kicked it at 250m rather than 400m due to my confusion over the distance I grabbed a beer and a banana and waited for Katie out where I now new the 400m mark to be to encourage her on for the last 1 4 mile She finished three minutes under her goal time So let s revisit my race goals 1 Total race time under 47 00 FAIL 47 02 2 Negative split second 5k faster than first 5k specifically 23 50 and 23 10 respectively FAIL 23 27 and 23 35 3 Final km under 4 06 FAIL 4 21 4 Final 400m under 1 15 FAIL 1 33 5 Each km time for the first 9k within 4 seconds of 4 46 FAIL my very first km was way off Wow 0 5 That s not very good I embrace failure though if I can learn from it What can we learn from these failures 1 Trust the certified race course markers and use those as periodic beacons on which to calibrate the data I m using to run my race 2 Add hill training to my regimen as most races won t be as flat as Memorial Park 3 Research the course in advance to anticipate any surprises it s easier to decide how to deal with surprises when my heart rate s not in the 170s 4 Play to WIN I thought I had a cushy lead so I was overly conservative with my end game running trying so hard not to run out of gas that I inadvertently finished with way too much gas in the tank I wasn t playing to win I was playing not to lose It strikes me that these lessons apply to the executive challenge just as much as they apply to the running challenge The organizations I lead will always suffer from times of misinformation and surprise obstacles I can address these best with some information assurance some preparation and a whole lotta playing to win culture development I ll keep these lessons in mind both on the race track and in the board room FYI my final results are 239 of 1 853 runners 87th percentile 192 of 906 male runners 79th percentile 21 of 129 men 30 34 84th percentile I passed three runners in my age group during the second half of the race and wasn t passed by any My next race will be in April in Austin bring it on Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 36 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels barefoot crisis management failure running 2010 03 08 10k Training My lifetime record in 10k races is 0 1 When I was a kid 7 or 8 maybe one of my mom s friends was an avid runner He was going to run in the Huntsville Cotton Row Run 10k and for whatever reason I decided I wanted to run too despite never having run more than a mile in my life I started near the back of the pack and steadily lost ground until after only a mile and a half or so I could no longer see anyone else ahead of me I was so winded by that point anyway that I just gave up sitting on a doorstep until my mom came driving along the race route frantically looking for me One of the least proud moments of my life One of my New Year s resolutions is to run a 10k race under 55 00 The time was chosen based on my aerobic running program which includes a weekly jog of one hour during which I cruise along at a speed that keeps my heart rate in its aerobic zone 160 bpm or less Around New Year s this was yielding runs of 10k on my treadmill so I figured that a 5 00 improvement on that time would be a good goal With my first 10k race of the year coming in March I decided to do at least a little training for it In January I ran a practice 10k outdoors at Memorial Park As usually happens I ran faster outdoors than on a treadmill even at the same exertion level I hit 10k at 54 00 so much for New Year s resolutions being stretch goals My average heart rate was 155 and my max was 170 for that run it felt really easy This taught me that I probably had significant room for improvement especially once I was buoyed by my 5k performance January 30th So in February I ran another 10k practice run and this time I allowed myself a greater exertion level The cool weather felt great and I cruised along to a 51 33 finish pretty easily Average heart rate was 165 max was 179 These practice runs helped my gain a feeling for what level of exertion I could sustain over the duration of a full 10k race An average heart rate of 165 was very doable so I predicted that 170 should be my target This conforms with my estimated anaerobic threshold of 171 Last week I tried a 10k while keeping my heart rate around that level The result was 47 50 average heart rate 166 max 183 Looking over the data I could see that after a quick first 5k my pace slowed significantly in the latter half in order to keep my heart rate around 170 I ran the first 5k in 23 30 and the second in 24 20 despite an intentional pace increase for the final km This wouldn t do at all I wanted a negative split a faster second 5k than the first Furthermore I wanted enough gas in my tank to push hard at the finish So I ran one last practice run on Sunday after a brutal legs workout in the gym Saturday This time my goal was to keep my pace down in the first 5k so as to maintain that same pace throughout the second 5k before kicking it at the end The goal was a 23 50 first 5k and a 23 10 second 5k a 4 46 per km pace through 9km then a 4 05 final km I came out a little quickly and my first 5k only took 23 42 My heart rate was 160 after 1k 165 after 2k and cruising altitude 170 after 3k However around the 8km mark my hear rate headed north to 175 and my pace slowed to the 4 51 range I entered the last km about 10 seconds ahead of pace but when I turned it up my pace didn t increase enough and when I kicked it for the last 100m I was basically out of juice My final km pace was 4 19 finishing in 47 05 just shy of my target Average heart rate 169 max 184 Now I have a great idea of where my limits are and where I can should push them On race day I will also have the advantage of not having just destroyed the muscles of my legs the day before For what it s worth my 47 05 time would have put me at 284 of 1 500 runners and 29 in my age group of 124 runners 81st and 77th percentiles respectively at last year s Bayou City Classic The year before I would have been 257 of 1500 and 13 of 97 in my age group 83rd and 87th percentiles respectively These are not as high as my percentiles from the Texas Med 5k but that is to be expected since this is a distance I ve only been running for about a year Also the cold rainy Texas Med 5k might have attracted fewer serious runners With only five days left until the race it is time to set some goals 1 Total race time under 47 00 2 Negative split second 5k faster than first 5k specifically 23 50 and 23 10 respectively 3 Final km under 4 06 4 Final 400m under 1 15 5 Each km time for the first 9k within 4 seconds of 4 46 I m hoping I can sustain the 4 46 pace at aerobic levels longer this weekend than last by virtue of rest nutrition and hydration throughout the race Having learned that 1km out is too early for me to kick it my new race plan is to maintain pace through 9 6km then turn it up for the final 400m Fresh I can run 400m under 60 seconds so I m hoping to make it under 75 seconds here I m very excited about this race and looking forward to taking revenge on my nemesis the 10k after nearly a quarter century Posted by Bryan Hassin at 22 53 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels running 5k Training About a month ago I posted the following way too long blog entry on my 5k trainin g at THE SHOP an awesome nutrition fitness blog run by one of the most avid enthusiasts around I am now reposting it here as I will soon follow it up with a new blog on 10k training in preparation for this weekend s 10k HEB Bayou City Classic In response to the sissy half marathon posting of sissy Steve Herce I felt it necessary to post a blog entry about my own new experience with competitive racing In contrast to Mr Herce I entered high school in the fall of 1993 at 5 7 and 190 lbs While my mother like his was reluctant to expose me to the dangers of football she could not stand in the way of destiny By the end of high school I had reached 5 8 and had gone from taller than most of my peers to shorter which pretty much ruled out my middle linebacker career at the next level However I had bulked up to 210 could sprint well and hit even better my compact frame turned out to be great for a power fullback using my low center of gravity and explosive power to knock over just about anyone in my way At the peak of my playing days in Division I A football I was 235 lbs bench pressed 400 lbs and worked out with 495 on squats never maxed out Suffice to say one would be hard pressed to find two body types more different than mine and Mr Herce s When I stopped playing football I looked for new sources of sport and exercise For sport I fell in love with beach volleyball and for aerobic activity I turned to running Never mind that my body was hardly suited to either Running was totally new to me Rarely before had I run any distance greater than 100 yards and I really had no idea what I was doing The first time I tried distance running I set out on the 2 9 mile I realize that most runners would hardly consider this distance but it certainly was for me Rice Outer Loop and had a really hard time pulling myself back and pacing myself My instinct was to lean forward and run low ready to hit someone However that was hardly sustainable technique for the half hour or so it took me to complete the Loop That very first time I managed to make it all the way around but my back killed me the next day aching from the struggle of pulling my torso upright and slowing myself down Since then I ve never embraced running very seriously but I have always included it as a component of my cardiovascular fitness regime I have never trained for anything in particular but I have always set out to do a little better than I had the previous time Originally this meant running fixed distances and working to increase speed Once a week or so I would run the Rice Outer Loop or the equidistant Memorial Park loop both of which provide a nice soft running surface Important for my thundering heavy footed running mechanics and I would track my completion times in a spreadsheet Looking back through my archives I see that in 2002 I was running these 2 9 mile mostly flat courses in 27 xx times a 9 xx pace 2003 saw me move into 26 xx times 2004 25 xx and 2005 24 xx an 8 xx pace So over three years I reduced my mile pace by a minute just by running several Outer Loops a year Then several things happened at once to motivate me to take running a little more seriously My strongly competitive nature and fierce data orientation motivated me to purchase a Garmin Forerunner heart rate monitor GPS This allowed me to analyze both during my runs and after my pace and exertion level at any given point on the course I had the opportunity to train with legendary NFL strength conditioning coach Dan Riley who helped me understand more about training the body s different energy systems By 2006 I had begun varying my running workouts to focus on different objectives For aerobic health I no longer ran fixed distances as quickly as I could which frequently bumped me into anaerobic mode Instead I ran for 30 minutes while keeping my heart rate below my maximum aerobic threshold and each time tried to increase the total distance I ran within those parameters When this started I was only able to eek out 2 5 miles or so For anaerobic conditioning I ran different interval programs and sometimes ran a timed 5k In 2007 it first dawned on me that I could compete against other runners while running these distances As mentioned before I heart competition so I signed up for the first annual Rice Flying Owls 5k I didn t train for it per se other than running a couple of 5k distances coming in around 27 xx When I showed up at Rice the morning of April 14 2007 I weighed 210 pounds and really had no idea what to expect I set a stretch goal for myself of 26 00 and drank plenty of water The latter kind of backfired on me as moments before the race began I seriously had to pee Fortunately my knowledge of the Rice campus helped me out and I was in and out of the nearest bathroom before the starting gun went off On the starting line next to me was a 15yo kid built like the cross country runner I imagine Mr Herce was at that age tall and lanky and wearing goofy running tank top shorts He was also a big dork making the Herce comparison even more apt When I told him I was shooting for a 12 00 finish time he seemed to take me seriously and was very impressed The race was hard I probably came off of the starting line too fast as I was fighting against fatigue as soon as my adrenaline wore off I pushed and I pushed though and passed other runners one by one I had pre planned an MP3 playlist that would have Gonna Fly Now the Rocky training theme song come on at 25 00 motivating me to sprint hard through the last 60 seconds However by the time I rounded the corner for the final 100 meters it hadn t come on I cursed myself for mistiming the playlist and used that instead as motivation to sprint through the finish Then I saw my time 24 26 The Rocky theme song hadn t come on because I had finished the race before it was due to start My mile pace of 7 48 was

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  • The Green Knight: 2010/02 - 2010/03
    baseball football Houston Olympics Peyton Manning Rice volleyball 2010 02 15 Winter Olympics The Winter Olympics have begun and I once again find myself captivated by numerous sports that I don t understand at all There s just something so fundamentally interesting about assembling the best in the world for fair competition no matter the sport or event Relative to the Winter Olympics of 2006 these games have more meaning for me Of course I cheer for the USA as I always have and for Italy as I always have But now I also cheer for Switzerland and a host of other countries where I now have dear friends classmates and colleagues For example when the Czech Republic won gold I smiled broadly as I knew my Czech friends would be celebrating intensely especially as seriously as they take winter sports As there is still debate among countries about the proper way to score Olympic medal counts See my post from the Summer Olympics of 2008 I continue to use my weighted medal system See my follow up post from the Summer Olympics of 2008 in which golds receive 5 points silvers 3 points and bronzes 1 point By this account the current standings are USA and Germany tied for first 14 points France 11 South Korea 8 Canada 6 Czech Republic Netherlands Switzerland and Slovakia tied 5 Italy 2 Note that if the Czech Republic and Slovakia are combined as I know my good friend Martin Najzr would want they re in fourth place just behind France Russia is conspicuously missing from the list so far but I know our comrades will pick up the pace soon Let the Games begin I look forward to following the events over the next two weeks Posted by Bryan Hassin at 00 12 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Czech Republic Olympics USA 2010 02 09 Running A good friend of mine fitness nutrition enthusiast and national champion Division I A college athlete runs an awesome blog called The SHOP I encourage anyone interested in fitness and or nutrition to check it out Occasionally he allows guest columnists After a mutual acquaintance posted a recap of his half marathon experience I was compelled to post a more detailed recap of my own competitive running experience the Texas Med Center 5k of two weekends ago What began as a simple recap though quickly became more of a complete history of my involvement in running for training and competition purposes You can see the full post on The Shop s most recent blog entry HERE Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 02 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels running 2010 02 01 2010 Goal Progress With January behind us it s time to reflect on my progress toward meeting this year s new year s resolutions So far my weekly relationship goals have been met I

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  • The Green Knight: 2010/01 - 2010/02
    put tremendous performance pressure on her I m sure I do it to employees and even friends and family too I try to be cognizant of that and ease off a bit MLK is a good example to remind me that imperfect as I am I still have the power to make a positive impact We all do Posted by Bryan Hassin at 21 31 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Austin George Kohlrieser imd leadership MLK non violent resistance perfection presentation Smart Office Energy Solutions wine 2010 01 12 Rice Baylor Merger is Dead From Dr William T Butler mailto notestothepresident BCM EDU Sent Tuesday January 12 2010 11 27 AM To BCM ALL LISTSERV BCM EDU Subject An Important Message from Dr Butler To The Faculty staffs and students of Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University Dear Colleagues We are writing to inform you that Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University have ended our discussions about a possible merger of our two institutions At the same time both institutions have agreed to develop further our existing academic and research relationship which has grown significantly over the years Since we signed a memorandum of understanding in March of 2009 we have been in extensive discussions in an attempt to meet several conditions that both institutions considered to be essential for a successful merger We joined in a thorough and deliberate process that explored the many benefits and challenges a merger would entail With the MOU due to expire this month the leadership of both institutions decided it is in the best interests of both BCM and Rice University to strengthen the existing relationship without a formal merger The months of discussion have provided a great deal of information that we will use to build on existing joint programs such as in neuroscience and global health initiatives and to create new ones that will best serve both institutions A report prepared by a joint committee of faculty members from each institution identified many possibilities for collaboration that will be considered in the coming months We want to thank our administrative and faculty teams for their hard and creative work over the past year Our respect for each other increased daily as we grew to know each other and each other s work better We learned that we share similar missions and a commitment to the highest standards of education research and community service So while we are bringing the merger discussions to a close we are opening a new chapter of collaboration that will advance the field of biomedicine and improve human health William T Butler M D Interim President Baylor College of Medicine David W Leebron President Rice University Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 39 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Baylor Rice 2010 01 10 New Year s Resolutions Progress The first full week of 2010 has come and gone so how did I do in meeting the goals I set forth in my New Year s Resolutions Not too poorly so far Of my daily weekly goals I met all of them except for keeping my fat consumption below 25 of my overall calories Instead I was up around 38 This isn t a quantity issue I averaged 2 781 calories in each day far below my goal of 3 250 it s about choices With our trip to the farmer s market yesterday I believe I m better armed to make better choices this week It was a great week for Smart Office Energy Solutions too as we hit another major milestone We finalized and sent out investment packages to our first few committed investors They now have everything they need to send us money and receive shares in return exciting While I was skyping with one of my mentors Recall that one of my 2010 goals is to engage at least one mentor each week we talked a bit about this new venture and he decided to invest himself Any money is good at this early stage but it feels especially validating to receive the vote of confidence someone literally putting his money where his mouth is of someone whom I hold in such high esteem We have also fully outfitted our office s power sockets with our smart power management solution and the data is extremely compelling Saturday for example our office power sockets consumed 6 kWh of electricity and there wasn t even anyone in the office That s three offices a reception area and a common kitchen printer area just sucking power uselessly By automatically shutting off power to these devices nights and weekends we could save over 1 100 kWh per year with no adverse impact to our business This coming week we will begin tracking the other two thirds of office energy consumption that comes from lighting and HVAC Personally it was a great week culminating in a weekend of Indian fusion cuisine Friday night Katie and I had a hot spicy date night at The Bombay Pizza Company which just opened in downtown Houston Take something I already love like pizza and add something else I love like Indian food and BAM winner We started with veggie masala sliders with sweet potato fries which were delicious The piece de resistance though was the saag paneer pizza which I have been waiting for my whole life So so SO GOOD Saturday Nick arrived in town and we entertained his son all evening including dinner Nick was so enthralled by the idea of Indian Italian American fusion that we ordered a couple more pizzas from the Bombay Pizza Company this time picking them up at the curb right in front of the restaurant and taking them back home We tried the Munshi which was full of fresh vegetables and the Berry Bombay which had a spicy strawberry sauce totally unorthodox and totally delicious This morning Nick and I had our first lift of the new year I won t go into details but I will tell you that by the time we were finished both of us had a hard time walking and I could barely get my watch on such was the extent of our muscular exhaustion I love High Intensity Training and it s never better than when I m with my original lifting partner my brother After such a session we clearly needed sustenance so we and Katie headed to Indika for even more Indian fusion Their Sunday brunches are spectacular all you can eat which is a real challenge for someone who set portion control as one of his 2010 goals The drinks and food were delicious though so we all overindulged a bit ok a lot The upside is that I haven t been hungry all day since Pics of all meals are in my facebook album So a great week indeed and I m looking forward to building on its success in week 2 This has some natural highlights date night at Antica Osteria and traveling to Austin with my mom next weekend In the meantime there is much to do at work and only so many hours in the day ah the sweet life of the entrepreneur Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 48 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Bombay Pizza Company fitness Smart Office Energy Solutions 2010 01 08 New Wii Games Santa was good to us this year and brought us many new Wii games Beatles Rock Band words really can t describe how awesome this game is Those already tiring of the rhythm game genre might not be as impressed with it as I am but this is our first such game and wow what a way to start Katie sings beautifully while I strum along on the guitar parts Like so we re making our way chronologically of course through the entire Beatles repertoire Very few things feel as awesome as getting a 100 score on the guitar part of While My Guitar Gently Weeps hours and hours of endless fun and great music Wii Fit Plus This is an example of evolution not revolution as there really isn t that much different from the original Wii Fit However I love the original game so the addition of 15 new mini games was very welcome I m not sure how long it will take me to master all the new features but I do know that I ll have a lot of fun and burn a lot of low impact calories while I m trying Gold s Gym Cardio Workout This should really be titled Gold s Gym Cardio Kickboxing as it is exclusively kickboxing content no other cardio Actually so far it seems really to be only boxing not even kickboxing The jury is still out on it as I have only been through one session so far but it seems like a good way to work up a sweat without leaving my living room Big Beach Sports I wished for this aggregation of beach based mini games because it is one of the very few Wii titles to feature beach volleyball The game on the whole is really weak maybe even weaker than Deca Sports However the beach volleyball is this game s best feature and is definitely better than the Deca version It s certainly not great but it could be fun for groups Wii Motion Plus This new technology makes the Wiimote controller infinitely more interesting Instead of just detecting movement the Wii can now tell the exact angle at which your Wiimote is being held and moving with great precision Although there are still only 10 games available for it I see this as opening new doors for Wii possibilities finally we can have a Star Wars game with real light saber action Wii Sports Resort This was one of the very first games available to take advantage of the Wii Motion Plus It is essentially a sequel to Wii Sports and is a lot of fun The highlight for most people will be sword fighting which allows much higher fidelity blocking parrying and striking than anything to date However the highlight for me by far is TABLE TENNIS Finally I can virtually return to my IMD days and get back to work on my smashes It s not quite the same of course but it s a much much more decent proxy than it could have been I miss the fitness and training modes from the original Wii Sports but I guess you can t have everything We re awaiting the arrival of not one not two but three tennis games that use the Motion Plus so I ll review them once I ve had a chance to form an adequate opinion Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 55 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Nintendo Wii ping pong 2010 01 05 2010 Having looked back at 2009 in my last post now it is time to look ahead to 2010 Following are my New Year s resolutions laid out by category I would like to publish these online and report on regular progress to maintain accountability Can anyone recommend any good tools for this Relationships 1 Weekly date night with Katie now that we re not on separate continents I ll have to keep things interesting so she doesn t tire of me and kick me out 2 Weekly personal contact with family friends even though I m very very extroverted and a very very social creature I tend to turtle in during times of stress or great work load pretty much all the time these days This is exactly the opposite of what I should do since I draw my strength from my personal relationships As much of a technologist as I am I also can t let myself fall into the trap of believing that tweeting blogging and emailing are a substitute for real in person human contact Therefore I resolve to reach out to my friends and family for in person meet ups at least once a week This begins this weekend when my brother and favorite nephew are in town Health Nutrition 1 Daily caloric intake under 3 250 calories in 2008 I ingested 3700 calories day 3500 in 2009 This year I m going for a bigger jump This will be tough now that I am back in the US and Texas specifically where portion sizes are crazy I ll need strength of will to avoid my natural instinct of eating things just because they re there even when I m no longer hungry I ll also focus on chewing slowly and staying hydrated 2 Consume 60 of calories from carbs 15 from protein and at most 25 from fat 2010 will not just be about how much I eat but also what I eat In Switzerland it was so easy to eat well with the farmer s market just below my window fresh healthy foods at restaurants and plenty of support from like minded peers It will be harder to meet this goal now that I m back in the land of Food Inc but I m fortunate to have a tremendous asset in Katie Her commitment to inventive and delicious cooking with fresh natural foods may well be my saving grace here again I ll just need to play my cards right so that she ll share with me Flexibility 1 Weekly yoga The first half of 2009 saw my flexibility increase for the first time since well maybe ever largely due to my weekly 1 5 hour sessions of ashtanga yoga I got away from that commitment in the second half of the year and I can feel it 2010 must see a return to yoga throughout the year This starts tonight Cardiovascular Fitness 1 Daily caloric expenditure of at least 3 500 calories this will put me on pace to reduce bodyfat by 10 pounds this year Sitting at my desk all day and in front of the computer or a football game on TV all evening will leave me with only 2 800 calories burned each day I must find a way to burn an additional 700 calories each day whether through more activity at the office intentional exercise or both This should be achievable as last year I averaged 3 750 calories burned each day but I was also walking around mountainous Switzerland much of the time so I ll need to step it up here in Houston 2 Maintain lean muscle mass Although I ve been working toward getting huge for practically two decades now with in all modesty significant success I am plenty strong and don t really need to be stronger Although I will still be going all out in the gym my priorities for 2010 are clearly focused on reducing bodyfat and that will take precedence over gaining strength no more gorging myself after workouts in the name of protein 3 Weekly Wii workouts I m really impressed with the Nintendo Wii and its ability to provide fun activities that elevate heart rate burn calories and improve neuromechanics This year I will regularly involve the Wii in my workouts and track my progress using Wii Fit Sports 1 Win a men s doubles tournament at the A level although my favorite partner is currently based in the UK I d really like to take my play up a notch this year 2 Run at least three races 3 Run a 5k race in under 22 minutes current PR is 23 45 4 Run a 10k race in under 55 minutes I ve never run a 10k race before but when I run 10k as an aerobic jog keeping my heart rate below 160 I currently finish in 60 minutes 5 Swim 2k this weekend I swam 500m contiguously for the first time ever so this should be very feasible Those who know me are aware that I sink like a rock in water so I ve traditionally had to sprint to stay afloat not very conducive to swimming long distances However after recent modifications to my freestyle mechanics I ve found a way to swim indefinitely subject to my fitness level Professional Relationships 1 Help mentor a peer or colleague at least weekly as it will be some time before Smart Office Energy Solutions has grown to the point of having many employees and business partners I really need to be proactive in the early parts of 2010 to reach out to others who could benefit from any expertise experience or even just sounding board ability I can provide 2 Touch base with one of my own mentors at least once weekly I m blessed to have some great talented brilliant resourceful high integrity mentors in my life and I need be proactive about keeping them abreast of how their influence is helping me along Time Management 1 Daily tweets of my goals and accomplishments When you re the general manager of a start up that faces a laundry list of to dos in every business area every day it is a real challenge to stay focused on the most urgent critical issues Therefore I am experimenting with using new media to create some accountability for myself I will begin each day by tweeting my top few goals to accomplish before I hit the sack One of today s was to write this blog entry and I will finish each day by reporting in on how I fared 140 characters isn t enough to make excuses so the peer pressure will be on to nail them This creates a virtual board of sorts to whom I am accountable

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    to see that they are doing so well Katie caught an early Monday morning flight back to the US while I journeyed out to Oxford where I spent Monday and Tuesday Our principal supplier is headquartered there and it gave me a great chance to spend time with their CEO By the end of the trip it was clear that personal relationships matter so much more than spreadsheets contracts or technology We ve been working on a deal with this company for months and the in person time to solidify it was well worth the expense of the trip Also in Oxford I found something that pairs very well with Guinness steak mushroom and Guinness pie Wednesday I departed Oxford early for Cambridge where I had never been before One of the world s largest consumer electronics manufacturers was conducting a day long meeting to determine how best to enter the home energy management market and they asked me to help craft their strategy I was honored to be invited and excited to participate After a full day of reviewing data from focus groups evaluating the existing competitive landscape and positing possible entry paths I left feeling extremely energized by the process and excited about their direction If they can succeed in this market it will do a lot of good for them for their consumers and for the world at large so I wish them the best with it Wednesday evening I returned to London to meet with a new VC headed by a Rice alum It was a great meeting and I m excited about his firm for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs This was followed by dinner with Cox and Scotch back at the hotel where we were joined by another Rice alum living in the area At the end of five days I was exhausted and very satisfied with both the professional and personal aspects of this UK trip What struck me most was that I met up with seven IMD alumni and four Rice alumni during the brief stay Although the schools are small I was impressed with the global distribution of their alumni Next time I ll make sure to hook up with a TJ alum or two as well Pics are in my facebook album Posted by Bryan Hassin at 22 26 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alternative energy Cambridge enistic Guinness imd London Oxford Rice 2009 12 09 Poken One Year Anniversary December 8th was the one year anniversary of my start with Poken I can t believe it that really seems lifetimes ago What a roller coaster ride it was arriving just as we launched the product commercially working feverishly to update the product to meet the massive surge of initial demand building a team quickly to keep up with the scale of growth and ultimately making the heart wrenching decision to leave Poken to lead a company that is working toward a better energy future Poken is still doing well growing and expanding every day I wish the team all the best there and I look forward to the day when everyone else has a Poken Also in the news recently my high school was selected as the top public school in the nation for the third year in a row Once again I am humbled by the company I am in and can only strive to live up to such a standard I feel very very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend TJ and I must make the most of it Posted by Bryan Hassin at 03 00 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Poken TJHSST 2009 12 07 Arizona Christmas season has officially begun Last weekend Katie my mom and I flew to Arizona for a pre Christmas celebration with Katie s family I had never been to Arizona before and found it to be pretty nice The trip started off on a strange note though as we left Houston on Friday it was actually SNOWING This was the earliest snow on record in Houston and frankly I didn t believe that it EVER snowed here until I saw it with my own eyes and felt it on my own eyelashes Wild I m glad we got out of there because I wouldn t trust Houston drivers on snowy roads I suspect that people would be overconfident in their huge trucks and SUVs and not drive more cautiously We arrived in Phoenix in time to meet Katie s family and my mom for dinner The weather was cold but very dry Then we all caravaned to the houses we had rented for the weekend in Sedona Sedona was really beautiful with big red rock formations in every direction The terrain was so foreign to that of places I ve lived and been before that it seemed almost other worldly Saturday we mostly putzed around Sedona walking around and seeing the town While the ladies shopped for arts and crafts Katie s father and I snuck away to a microbrewery to sample their wares and watch the SEC Championship game It ended well Roll Tide so I d call the day a success In the evening Katie s sister orchestrated a wonderful vegan dinner for us all and we exchanged gifts Sunday morning began with stockings Santa somehow managed to find us three weeks early in Arizona Then we drove up to the Grand Canyon which none of us had visited before Wow was it ever impressive It was very cold and windy though so most of our peeks at the Canyon consisted of parking the car as close as possible sprinting to the overlook taking pictures and then sprinting back to the car One of the overlooks was significantly below the parking area so we had do sprint down to it then sprint back up afterward I was excited

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    was quite a chore but the take aways were invaluable It was readily apparent from the data that the 1 contributing factor to my inability to reduce body fat was consumption of empty calories from alcohol More specifically the few evenings of heavy binge drinking wine dinners a the Petroleum Club or late nights clubbing bar hopping would create massive calorie surplusses 2 000 that would wipe out weeks of modest calorie deficits I modified my behavior to drink more in moderation and the following year shed 10 pounds of body fat with no other modifications to my fitness or diet plans Online tools make the food logging process much easier than entering everything manually into a spreadsheet so I was eager to give this one a whirl Although I constantly had to battle error messages telling me that I had been logged off I was ultimately able to enter each food item I consumed each day drawing from a large database of pre existing entries and get a great breakdown of caloric and nutritional content The task of food logging itself is quite onerous so I will now use averages from the last week to estimate future intake Here are a few take aways from my end of week analysis 1 Food logging is absolutely invaluable and should be done if not constantly regularly It s amazing to see what we put into our bodies and how it differs from what we think we re putting into our bodies Furthermore the simple act of measuring caloric intake induces behavioral change causing food loggers to forego that late night snack because they know they ll have to log it 2 This actually has an unintended negative side effect I found myself going back to the same foods over and over again to avoid having to enter new custom foods into the food log This results in lower dietary variety and I m a big believer in the positive nutritional benefits of dietary variety Still I believe the net effects of food logging are quite positive 3 I consume 120 calories per day more than I estimate in my spreadsheet 4 I consume 1 2 the Recommended Daily Intake of cholesterol for my 3500 calorie day diet that s more or less a good thing 5 However I also consume 2x my RDI of sodium and only 2 3 my RDI of potassium and calcium Clearly there is room for improvement here The vast majority of that sodium is coming from dining out so I need to have heightened awareness when making my choices at restaurants 6 I consume 10 protein 50 carbs and 40 fat Much of the fat and the sodium come from my cheese addiction Allez Suisse so I need to reign that in a bit My target will be 15 protein 60 carbs good whole ones of course and 25 fat My nutrition clearly needs some work so I ll do another food log soon to show improvements Exercise I remove the GoWear fit for swimming It isn t water proof and beach volleyball I doubt it s sand proof given how insidious sand from the courts tends to be but I leave it on for strength training running cardio machines etc For activities such as running and walking the GoWear fit estimates caloric expenditure that is pretty close to the estimates provided by my Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS heartrate monitor That is encouraging for accuracy of both devices but by itself it doesn t add much usefulness for the GoWear fit The real advantage comes when engaging in activities for which I don t use the GPS heartate monitor such as playing Wii or ping pong For these types of activities I ve traditionally gone to my favorite online calorie calculator and estimated my expenditure based on my weight and the nearest activity I can find I strongly prefer the GoWear fit for this type of measurement though as it measures your actual exertion which may vary a great deal during any such activity I ll still have to use calculated estimates for swimming and beach volleyball but I now have much greater confidence in my data for all other activities Non exercise Although the GoWear fit and my spreadsheet of estimates largely agreed on my caloric expenditure during intense exercise they disagreed vehemently on my total burn each day On average the GoWear fit estimated that I burned 550 fewer calories than I had estimated That s a big difference Over a week that amounts to a full pound of body fat of difference So which is right I m inclined to believe the GoWear fit because it calculates net expenditure at a much finer granularity It knows for example whether or not I ve slept less and hence burned more calories than a day during which I ve slept more all other things being equal It knows whether or not I ve gotten up only five times from my desk all day and hence burned fewer calories than I would have if I d been up 20 times It knows if I ve been on my feet all evening at an event and hence burned more calories than I would have if I d been sitting on my couch watching Harry Potter movies However the data is kind of damning According to GoWear fit I finished the week with a surplus of 1900 calories which would account for the addition of 1 2 pound of fat According to my spreadsheet of estimates I finished the week with a deficit of 3000 calories or almost one pound of fat lost Using a three day moving average of my body fat as tested on my Tanita scale body composition monitor and adjusted based on periodic measurements with a Bod Pod I indeed lost about a pound of fat during the week A week is a pretty small sample set for something like body composition which can

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    from Greentech Media a publication I have followed for many months It was a thrill to be interviewed by Jeff St John their Smart Grid specialist As expected he was extremely knowledgeable and had great insight into the entire space in which Enistic is playing It was a great conversation after which I felt even more energized about what we are doing a good way to start off the two day summit The rest of the day was spent learning about current Smart Grid trends opportunities and potential future scenarios exciting stuff In the evening there was a reception at City Hall hosted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce Although I thought I wouldn t know anyone there that turned out not to be the case at all Immediately upon arrival I bumped into a classmate of mine from university who now works for an Austin based VC Shortly after that a classmate of mine from high school came over to say hi he now works for a Bay area VC and would even be on the VC panel for the following day s pitch competition Small world I also met many other people there as it was a pretty friendly bunch Afterward instead of going out I stayed in and rehearsed my pitch Although I consider myself a pretty good extemporaneous speaker especially when I m as passionate about something as I am about Enistic IMD taught me that I am all that much better at presenting when I am well prepared The next day I would have only five minutes to present a compelling vision of our company why what we re doing is worthwhile and how investors will realize major returns both economic and green returns Therefore I needed to be dead on about making each and every point holding it just long enough for emphasis and then moving on to ensure I stayed within time limits Thursday morning began early I arrived at the UT McCombs School of Business AT T Conference Center at 6 AM to run through my pitch It may have been a bit overkill but I really wanted to ensure that they had the right version of my powerpoint and that everything showed up transitioned well on the large projection screen My pre run went flawlessly so I felt kind of sheepish being there so early but I would much rather that than the sheepish feeling of beginning my pitch only to realize that the powerpoint is the wrong version as happened to one of the other presenters later in the day The morning was great and the company pitches were quite compelling It felt wonderful to be surrounded by so many passionate knowledgeable people who had similar goals of creating great businesses that do a lot of good for the world I had an opportunity throughout the day to meet most of the presenters too and my impression is that they are all top notch individuals Lunch came and went but I didn t have much appetite as I grew a little nervous before my afternoon pitch This always happens I know the presentation backward and forward but I get butterflies in advance The butterflies build to a crescendo right before I start and I can literally feel my heart in my throat Then all of a sudden BAM I m in the zone and it usually comes off really well The same pattern has emerged before every performance I ve ever given including performances on the football field and I absolutely revel in it I love the feeling of nervous anticipation beforehand the zen in the moment and the feeling of triumph afterward Long story short the pitch went really well There were 400 attendees out there and it felt great to share with them the grand vision for Enistic After the pitch we had 10 minutes of Q A from the VC panel and I was excited that the VCs had many questions for me and that their questions indicated significant interest After the pitch several people took me aside to compliment me on the pitch which felt great In the end we didn t win the pitch competition which I consider a failure It was definitely one of my goals However we did receive a great deal of follow up from potential investors business partners and employees so I still think it was a strong net positive With the Summit over I celebrated by meeting several friends from Rice at Chuy s a tex mex institution The Texas Martini stuffed fried avocado and creamy jalapeno sauce reminded me how much I missed this cuisine while I was in Switzerland Afterward we went to a wine bar in a beat up shack nearby Austin is definitely weird and I love it Friday morning I woke up and was thrilled to see two pieces of news first the Greentech Media article on us had been published Second IMD was ranked 2 in the world by The Economist Bolstered by the good start I breezed back to Houston where I met with an interested investor All in all I d say it was a great week for Enistic The weekend was much more laid back Katie s sister and cousin were in town so we spent most of our time with them The weather was cool and gorgeous perfect for walking around outside and watching football inside It was also my nephew s birthday AND I learned that my mother received a major award so reasons to celebrate abounded Next week will be very hectic as we kick Enistic into high gear In the meantime though I am absolutely loving life Pictures are in my facebook album Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 47 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Austin enistic imd 2009 10 12 Domestic Hippies I have completed my first week of life back in the US and what a productive week it has been The time that I have not spent on enistic has been spent on very domestic activities After unpacking my bags Katie and I had to spend many evenings sorting through our stuff deciding what to keep and organizing furniture for space efficiency We made major progress and now there is a huge pile of stuff on the dining room table that we simply don t need If anyone is looking for a microwave a toaster a coffee maker a George Foreman Grill a TV VCR a dumbbell set or any number of kitchenware items don t hesitate to let me know It wasn t all work this week though Friday evening we had dinner with Katie s coworkers at Indika which was so so good The Indian food with a new kick is excellent but the real standout is the cocktail menu I recommend the Madras Mojito although the chili dusted glass rim offers little solace from the spicy food Saturday began with a new gym membership I d like to join the new Rice Rec Center but alumni can t join until 2010 so I joined 24 Hour Fitness in the meantime My first workout there felt great My membership costs 1 4 of that of a Swiss gym and the equipment is 1 000 better Nothing against Swiss gyms I certainly enjoyed my time there but it is really nice to be back in a place where they take this seriously After the gym it was time for more domestic activities Whole Foods Central Market the farmer s market the recycling cente r Katie and I are such hippies We picked up lots of delicious natural food at least enough to last us the weekend I was pleased that my little Smart Car got us around fine I think it s going to serve its purpose very well Saturday afternoon we went to the Rice football game This started off very well with a Rice Engineering Alumni tailgate but quickly went downhill with a 63 14 loss to the US Naval Academy After such a great 2008 season this year s slow start is tough to handle Sunday I reveled in two things 1 more football all day and 2 stores that are open on Sundays I haven t had the possibility to go to the store on Sunday for two years and boy did I miss it After brunch at Mango s where I had jalapeno cheese stuffed french toast we filled Sunday with more domestic hippie activities and some relaxation at home This will be another big week for enistic as I am pitching at the Austin Clean Energy Venture Summit Wish me luck as I m hoping for a big win Pics are in my facebook album Posted by Bryan Hassin at 07 53 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels football gym Houston Rice 2009 10 08 Smart Start For the last two years while I was in Switzerland I took it upon myself to describe the culture food landscape and people to my faithful readers back home in the US Now that I am back in the US I feel the impulse to do the same for the European readers I have developed There is nothing too crazy to report yet except that the sky is just so big here in Houston Having spent most of my time in Lausanne where much of the sky was obscured by beautiful mountains it is now refreshing to look up and see so much blue all around me I never appreciated it before but it seems that Houston s flatness has advantages above and beyond being good for running And speaking of moving around one of my first steps here was to procure a means of transportation No more Mercedes convertible for me I needed something greener I thought about a Prius or other hybrid but they all were much larger than I needed My basic needs are driving 2 miles back and forth to work every day and sometimes transporting another person to lunch The ideal car would have been a plug in electric but it seems that they won t be commercially ready for another 1 2 years So I settled on a car that is ubiquitous in Europe but only just gaining traction here in the US the Smart ForTwo It meets all of my criteria and leaves so much additional space in the garage that it may have preemptively solved any space sharing issues Katie and I might have Is it as fun to drive as my SLK s Certainly not But I only miss the fun for a few minutes worth of commute each day and I feel great about the 40 mpg This is a good first step for me in a policy of just buying what I need Although I am already working hard on enistic I am also spending a great deal of time getting settled back into my house My friends from all over the world are welcome to come visit me here in Houston It s hot and it s humid but it s home and I love it Pics are in my facebook album Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 08 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Houston Smart 2009 10 05 Amsterdam Day 3 Europe Day 639 My last full day in Europe was great Miraculously the sun came out and the day was just beautiful After a lazy morning we went to my classmate Joonwon s birthday party where we also were able to catch up with another classmate Ziad That was great fun and Sujin served up some excellent and spicy Korean food This was followed by an IMD alumni event at a local hotel John Wells the IMD president was in town so he hosted a gathering of 30 alumni in the greater Amsterdam area Here we all met up with another classmate Frank as well as with many older alumni I came here with the intention of getting to know Amsterdam but the highlight of this trip by far was catching up with friends classmates After a full day of IMD activities we repaired back to the apartment and had another great meal fajitas in celebration of my return to Texas There were more philosophical discussions this time regarding blogging and online identity Now I am about to board my flight to Houston This was a great weekend in Amsterdam and the last two years in Europe have been wonderful A part of me will always reside here and I definitely hope to return often Posted by Bryan Hassin at 03 16 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Amsterdam imd 2009 10 03 Amsterdam Day 2 In an unexpected twist I woke up this morning feeling really nauseous I didn t throw up but I was tired and definitely not hungry Boo bad start Tomas Albert and I enjoyed some male bonding by walking over to the local farmer s market This took us past Amsterdam s 1924 Olympic Stadium which was pretty cool Oh how far we ve come since then Despite feeling pretty poor I bucked up enough to check out the Red Light District Tomas and I walked around said hi to the ladies and even visited the Sex Museum I may have had more zeal for this tour if I hadn t been so nauseous but I found the whole scene to be pretty underwhelming Still I m glad to have checked it off my list On the way back to the apartment I bumped into Joy Roth a Rice alum and former ARA Board member again what a small world I spent the evening resting up a bit As I hadn t eaten all day I was pretty tired Lucia is such a good mother that she was able to take care of not only one boy but two She established that I had a fever and helped me treat the symptoms The 1 treatment method was shooting Borovička a Slovak dry gin Oh yeah that ll cure what ales you Lucia and Tomas are also great cooks We decided to stay in for the evening so they prepared a wonderful meal of fish potatoes and spinach with garlic Under normal circumstances I would have shown them how much I appreciated their culinary skills by devouring everything they put in front of me This night was different though and the smell of the garlic almost made me lose my stomach Yikes something was clearly wrong However I knew I had to eat so I joined them for dinner and had some cereal I managed to eat it all and immediately felt better My fever was gone by the end of dinner and I was beginning to feel like a new man We spent the rest of the evening just sitting around chatting and discussing deep philosophical questions At one point Lucia brought out some mango and berliners the doughnuts mentioned in my blog about Berlin and I ensured that there were none left Ah yes there s that appetite I know I m back baby Still I m heading to bed to ensure that I m rested and ready for my last day here Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 29 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Amsterdam 2009 10 02 Amsterdam Day 1 Today was a lot of fun in a very new environment Tomas had to work so I amused myself by heading into town and just walking around all day My first impression of Amsterdam when waking up and looking out the window was green Tomas et al live in an apartment overlooking one of the canals in the southwest part of the city There are vibrant green grass and bushy green trees all along the banks of the canal which give the canal water itself a green hue Waking up to the shining sun on such a view was like looking into one of the impressionist paintings I saw last weekend I set off along the canal and turned left on Beethovenstraat where I formed my second impression of Amsterdam bikes Every one travels by bicycle here There are dedicated bike lanes everywhere and bike racks are full of tens and tens of bikes at each corner They re pretty simple bikes too most with only one gear and no hand breaks but they seem to get people around very well without creating pollution or traffic Nice The bicyclists are pretty remorseless with their forward momentum though and I ve seen more than one dumbstruck tourist walk into a bike lane only to be mowed down by a hurrying Dutchman I made my way to the Museumplein where I grabbed a sandwich and people watched for a while Next impression tall According to wikipedia the average male height here is 6 and the average for females is 5 7 I believe it They also seem to be pretty sporty with many people engaged in individual and organized physical activities This was verified as I then walked around the Vondelpark OK enough soaking up the local feel it was time to do something touristy So I walked up the Anne Frank House stood in line for a while and then walked through the secret rooms where she and her family hid from Nazi persecutors I haven t read the Diary of Anne Frank since middle school but I remembered enough of it to be moved by the physical site where such a betrayal took place Not wanting to lighten the mood too much I then went to the Van Gogh Museum While waiting to purchase my ticket I bumped into Rice

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    enistic was chosen to be one of 50 companies presenting its 90 second elevator pitch to judges comprising VCs angels and prominent executives I really wanted to nail the enistic pitch because it would be our public debut We re raising 1m to fund electrical certification in the US and a pilot rollout in Houston one of our largest markets so the pitch could provide some good exposure for us to potential investors Antmachine the first startup I worked with was one of the first companies ever to present at a Rice Alliance event back in 2000 Back then the organization was just getting started Thursday morning when I arrived at registration I was impressed by how far the Rice Alliance has come There were 650 paying attendees 50 company presentations from all over North America and great keynote speakers the President of Shell Wind and Vinod Khosla The elevator pitch competition was great The business ideas were as varied as the day is long and they were generally very well delivered At the end of the event awards were handed out and I was elated when enistic s name was called for the top honor of Most Promising Company of 2009 What an honor among such distinguished company It has attracted some attention too as we have been contacted already by several investors Katie and I celebrated with some wine in the Village what a great feeling We can t stop here though we need to capitalize on this momentum and keep rolling Still I will take a break this weekend as my brother and nephew will be in town and the weather is looking fine Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 10 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alternative energy enistic entrepreneurship Rice 2009 09 12 Victory Lap What a truly wonderful week it has been Katie and I arrived in Florence early Monday morning just in time to catch the sunrise over the Arno We found our hotel which turned out to be a medieval tower in the center of the city close to the Duomo awesome We dropped off our bags got some breakfast and then climbed to the top of the Duomo for spectacular views of the city Wow did I miss living there it really is beautiful After spending the whole morning just walking around we rested our legs at an outdoor cafe where we had excellent fresh pasta and two Tuscan specialties ribollita and fava beans A full day of walking around after a not so restful night train with not so comfortable sleeping quarters meant that an afternoon nap was in order too Recharged we struck out for the evening First things first we stopped by Art Bar for caprioska alla fragola strawberry We were informed however that peaches were in season so we ordered caprioska alla pesca instead Then we were informed that it was happy hour and drinks were half price so we ordered the caprioska alla fragola as well After all that fresh fruit it was natural for us to want more so we headed to Salamanca for sangria and tapas We then called it a night after a long wonderful day in bella firenze Tuesday morning began with a visit to the Accademia to pay our respects to David We then trekked up to Villa La Pietra where I lived nine Yikes years ago The villa grounds were largely unchanged as they had been for six or seven centuries and brought back a flood of memories The villas from the 1500s where I ate slept and took classes the fig trees olive groves and vineyards where I took long walks and contemplated what I wanted to do with my life the rolling hills where I ran incline sprint workouts What a sublime place to spend several months of my life Tuesday afternoon we rented a car and drove to San Gimignano which was as charming as I remember We arrived there late enough that most of the bussed in tourists were gone so we just walked around the entire town analyzing menus to see what spoke to us We finally settled on a little cafe in the square of the duomo where we enjoyed some great pasta dishes and lots of Baroque violin from a street musician We then moved to a wine bar near our hotel I remember San Gimignano s local wine Vernaccia as a simple crisp delightful white wine and yes it still is However at the wine bar we tasted several oak aged riservas which were downright stupendous Kudos to the local vintners for experimenting with some modern vinification techniques these riservas could go toe to toe with some of California s best chardonnays and for a fraction of the cost A description of our evening would be incomplete without mentioning the amazing gelato at Gelateria della Piazza During our stay of less than 24 hours we visited the place thrice It was maybe 20 meters from our hotel and savored its award winning awesomeness I wish I could remember all of the flavors we tried but here are a few Vernaccia violet lavender saffron black cherry raspberry rosemary So good Wednesday morning we beat the crowds to climb the Torre Grossa and take in the breathtaking views of Tuscan countryside It was at this location that nine years prior almost to the day I first looked out over Tuscany I had seen pictures and paintings before but nothing could ever do justice to the beautiful patchwork tapestry of rolling green hills There must be one hundred different shades of green in any given Tuscan landscape each more beautiful than the next I love Paris in the springtime but oh how I love Tuscany in September Wednesday afternoon we spent in Siena walking around and sampling the local cuisine The highlight was definitely the risotto at lunch It was prepared tableside inside a huge wheel

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