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  • The Green Knight: Entrepreneurship at Rice
    customers Each week students must present at the beginning of class what they accomplished and what they learned rather than just what they did during the previous week The aspect of ENGI 540 with which Rice students struggle the most is the absence of a clear grading rubric Since they first set foot on campus Rice students have been optimizing their efforts around a causal grading rubric If you do x y and z then you will get an A However predictable causality has no place in the world of entrepreneurship We deliberately keep our grading methodology concealed from the students in order to increase their comfort level under conditions of heightened uncertainty a critical skill for entrepreneurs At the end of the semester student teams pitch their ventures to evaluators an audience of venture capitalists angel investors corporate development officers academic leaders and entrepreneurs Each evaluator is given a finite amount of virtual currency to invest in as many or as few ventures as he or she sees fit RCEL uses this investment distribution as the primary determiner of student grades The final pitch isn t the first time evaluators have heard about the student ventures Each evaluator has been introduced to the class over the course of the semester as a potential mentor and network connector Most evaluators work closely with student teams for months so they can make a much more informed final investment decision than if they had just heard a pitch for the first time Co Curricular This approach supplements nonentrepreneurial academic curricula with entrepreneurial practicum There is a lot of intellectual property being developed in every lab and every classroom across the Rice campus every day However the faculty leading those labs and classes often lack the entrepreneurial expertise to help students commercialize their work Faculty now have the option of adding an entrepreneurship module to each of their courses In this entrepreneurship module RCEL entrepreneurship faculty present several guest lectures on entrepreneurship and work closely with the students outside class time to ensure that they take commercial opportunities into consideration when pursuing their work in the lab For example in a course titled BIOE 428 Bio MEMS microeletromechanical systems and medical microdevices several student teams designed and developed nanoscale biosensors Through the course s entrepreneurship module they identified sized and validated target markets and honed in on some applications for their inventions one of which ultimately became the basis for a startup company Extracurricular RCEL also provides entrepreneurial support that is completely unrelated to academic coursework Last summer RCEL in partnership with the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship launched OwlSpark an on campus technology startup accelerator for Rice entrepreneurs OwlSpark itself a startup that started in ENGI 540 provides funding space and mentorship for Rice s most innovative startup ideas There are several student entrepreneurship organizations RCEL supports and sponsors Additionally RCEL regularly brings entrepreneurs and investors on campus where they hold open office hours for students faculty staff and alumni seeking

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  • The Green Knight: Startups Should Never Pay to Pitch
    startup presentations to get access to dealflow Likewise no entrepreneur worth his salt needs to pay to have access to a group of such C list non investors Or put another way if investors don t even see enough value in the event to fund it completely how likely do you think they will be to invest in the presenting companies The result is an event consisting of lackluster startups lackluster investors and very very little actual investment activity Think about it how many successful startups do you know whose story starts with Well we had this game changing idea and a great team but we were so unresourceful that we had to pay just to get access to some potential investors Google Facebook Paypal Nest Exactly The practice of charging entrepreneurs to present is at best naive on the parts of the angel groups and at worst straight up predatory I have to admit that when I first started Smart OES and was raising capital for the first time in my life I fell prey to one of these events Fortunately it was a relatively small fee and the damage was minimal Of the nearly 1M of angel capital my startup has raised not a dime of it has come from events like that It has come from hustling and networking which are key entrepreneurial skillsets My advice to entrepreneurs forget the pay to pitch scams If you re having a hard time raising money get out and start networking or though it may be challenging take a look in the mirror and evaluate why the people you are pitching aren t buying in Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 41 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels entrepreneurship pitching startup No comments

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  • The Green Knight: The Vibram Five Fingers Lawsuit
    that going to trial would probably cost substantially more than the 3 75M settlement Imagine that a marketing message may have its validity disputed You might as well sue Axe body spray for not delivering on its promise of attracting hoards of attractive girls every time you use it or every beer company ever for not magically transporting the consumer to Rocky Mountain streams with his best buds For a pretty fair and balanced assessment of the lawsuit the research that is and isn t behind it and its implications see this post from The Science of Sport As for me I m planning to collect my settlement refund viewing it as a discount on future Vibram purchases Posted by Bryan Hassin at 00 09 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels barefoot running Vibram No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 World Cup in the USA A Visit to OwlSpark When to Listen to Investors Entrepreneurship at Rice Startups Should Never Pay to Pitch The Vibram Five Fingers Lawsuit Moving Pains April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September

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  • The Green Knight: Moving Pains
    our way through a few episodes and feast on frozen chocolate dipped bananas that were absolutely divine We were just a couple of episodes away from finishing the season so we had intended to head over to their house for one last hurrah once the movers were done Unfortunately the movers took longer and longer and finally we had to notify our friends that there was no realistic way that we would be done overseeing the movers until way past everyone s bedtime Between the wrenches in the gears with the movers and not getting to say our goodbyes as planned we were bummed Imagine our surprise then when those friends showed up at our door unannounced delivering frozen bananas champagne and good cheer Talk about turning our frowns upside down Eventually the movers finished Not quite they actually had to come back in the morning for a few more things that they hadn t loaded and we spent the night at a friend s house before hitting the road ourselves We broke up the trip by stopping to spend a couple of days in my childhood home of Huntsville Alabama Huntsville has changed a great deal but there was still plenty of nostalgia to be had The drama with the movers wasn t over though as they called to increase the price on us again Now that they had many of our worldly possession on their truck they were holding them hostage and were clearly in a powerful negotiating position It was straight up extortion We felt betrayed by the movers and angry at ourselves for naively getting ourselves into such a situation Fortunately it turns out that we are not the first victims of such a scam Mover scams are apparently so common that there is an entire office The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration within the Department of Transportation devoted to protecting consumers from such fraudulent behavior on interstate moves We did a little research talked with a representative of the FMCSA just to confirm that we were in the right and then talked tough on our next call with the movers The person on the other end of the line changed his tune pretty quickly when Katie started dropping terms like federal fraud charges and wouldn t you know it they agreed to deliver our goods on time for the price agreed to in their binding quote At the end of the day our goods arrived largely unscathed and we paid the agreed upon price However for every one of us who fights back I wonder how many families give in to the demands very many I would guess Ugh I feel dirty just having dealt with them The irony of the situation is that we actually have a good friend who runs an interstate moving company We completely forgot about that when we went out shopping for quotes and in hindsight would obviously have preferred to deal with a trusted and trust worthy business owner

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  • The Green Knight: Bragging About My Wife
    comes with a risk of rejection and failure No stranger to failure myself I would love Katie just as much even if she didn t get into the top schools receive the top awards or have her articles published in the top journals Over the course of an entire career those types of failures are bound to happen However she is certainly off to a great start accepted at top anthropology programs top marks in her courses and now winning research fellowships and it is very rewarding to see that others value the work she is doing too It is no secret that I married up with Katie Hopefully I can keep up with her contributions to Team KJBGH Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 57 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels academia Katie 1 comment Mathias Ricken said Congrats Katie That s exciting news Thursday April 3 2014 at 8 32 00 PM EDT Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 Bragging About My Wife March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September 3 August 6 July 4 June 3

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  • The Green Knight: On the Importance of Critical Thinking
    9 out of 10 searchers have taken action as a result of a smartphone search This result was obtained from 5 000 survey takers in response to the question Which if any of the following actions have you taken as a result of conducting a search on your smartphone Apparently 9 out of 10 respondents said they had ever taken some action as the result of a smartphone search On page 18 the slide title is More than half of Smartphone Searchers Purchase This conclusion was drawn from responses to the same question Apparently 5 3 out of 10 respondents said they had ever purchased something as the result of a smartphone search The author combined these two quotes and misquoted them to write Google says that 9 out of 10 mobile search users have taken action as a result of a mobile search with over half leading to a purchase In so doing he implied that more than half of all mobile searches lead to a purchase instead of the true meaning that more than half of people who use mobile search have ever purchased something as a result of mobile search At best this is sloppy journalism and at worst it is willful twisting of meanings to further the blogger s own agenda Either way it was blindly picked up by the re poster and posted without any source checking or diligence This is a long anecdote about something pretty trivial but it reminds me of the changing nature of information today It used to be that we had to search high and low for most information and there were only a few trusted sources of well vetted information like encyclopedias Now an instantaneous search will yield millions of pages of information about any topic we seek many ostensibly from authoritative sources So finding information is no longer a critical skill finding good information is much more important Critical thinking is the key to filtering such information overload to find the good nuggets Critical thinking is further complicated by our very human tendencies toward confirmation bias We tend to be much less critical and much more trusting of claims that reinforce our existing beliefs Likewise we tend to be much more critical of those sources of information that cause cognitive dissonance for us often resorting to ad hominem attempts to discredit the source or other fallacies I wonder how much of the art of critical thinking is being intentionally developed in our young students these days I know of one teacher who specifically teaches a high school course on critical thinking but I wonder how exceptional she is If we spend all of our efforts teaching students legacy skills like information regurgitation for standardized tests then I fear for our next generation If that s the case then I m buying Google stock because there will be a lot of people blindly spending way too much on mobile search advertising soon Posted by Bryan Hassin at 23 43

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  • The Green Knight: Weekend in Minnesota
    attraction of some prince There were some funny parts too and I particularly enjoyed all the Scandinavian ish ness in the setting and characters However it was hard for me to connect with the story the characters motivations and actions seemed pretty unbelievable and I found the music to be unoriginal if I would have closed my eyes I would have sworn I were listening to Wicked The LEGO Movie on the other hand I found surprisingly enjoyable Possibly I was biased by my love of LEGOs or possibly by all the business cases we did at IMD on how LEGO was leveraging its brand to innovate in other media Possibly I identified more with a male protagonist or possibly I just had lower expectations for a silly movie which it definitely was At the end of the day though t he song from The LEGO Movie is the one stuck in my head Now that we are back in North Carolina we re hoping to thaw out a bit and I m hoping to enjoy my last week as a 34 year old Posted by Bryan Hassin at 19 36 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels family movies No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 Fittest Entrepreneur On the

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  • The Green Knight: Hill Running in North Carolina
    both physiological and psychological adaptation to moderate hills about 5 grade in this case About halfway through my workout I found an unexpected spectator Katie at the bus stop on her way to campus While it may be more difficult to focus on running form with the love of your life across the street it also provides extra motivation It reminded me of the times when she would visit me in Switzerland At the end of each trip she would take the train to the airport and I would run alongside it until the platform ran out Those were sad occasions but this time I only have to wait until this evening to see her again much better I was also honked at by several cars driving by I m not sure if that was because I was looking awesome or if I was looking so exhausted that they feared I might fall into their lane on the road One of the drivers slowed down to ask if I would train him though so I think they were friendly honks Still I may need to find somewhere more private for future hill workouts In other news the SuperBowl was quite a dud I was really pulling for Peyton Manning my second favorite QB of all time after Joe Montana of course but neither he nor anyone else on the Broncos gave me much to cheer about Now it s Day 1 of the next season which means that all teams including my Redskins and Texans are undefeated More immediately the start of the college baseball season is upon us so it will soon be time to cheer on the Rice Owls In the meantime I ll see if I can figure out how to run hills well hopefully by this

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