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  • The Green Knight: Rough Start to the New Year
    and met up with others for a night of Bourbon blues and BBQ New Year s Eve started off nicely It was cold but sunny great football weather After picking up some Rice souvenirs on Beale Street we headed over to the Liberty Bowl for a pre game meal There wasn t much there for my vegetarian wife but there was plenty of Memphis BBQ for me It was great to spend time with other Rice alumni many of whom we hadn t seen for years especially many of my former teammates As the afternoon wore on we made our way into the stadium in preparation for the opening kickoff As expected this would basically be a home game for Mississippi State Not only are they a much larger school than Rice they re also located just over the state line from Memphis As such the stadium was almost all red with just a few splotches of Rice blue Mississippi State also has a tradition of ringing cowbells to cheer on their team so they were not only a big crowd but a loud one too I knew the only way to shut them up would be to score touchdowns And that s exactly what Rice did Early in the first quarter Rice drove on Mississippi State and took the lead 7 0 The sun was shining and this game was starting off right Let me cut right to the chase though that was the last time we scored all day It quickly became dark and cold and Mississippi State dominated the Owls for a final score of 44 7 It was brutal To add to the misery of the experience I was feeling increasingly nauseous for the duration of the second half When we finally left the stadium I threw up in the parking lot While I would like to blame it on an overdose of prescription strength cow bell it seems pretty clear that it was food poisoning although I m not sure from what We were among the last to leave as we stuck around in the cold and dark to help a new Rice friend find her car My condition precluded me from attending a New Year s Eve dinner I had helped organize at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street I showed up just to make sure everything was set and it looked like a great time but then I headed home to recuperate Both the outcome of the game and my brief sickness were big disappointments in this trip Still I had a good time with some great people so I really can t complain I m really proud of what Rice football has accomplished over the last few seasons and I hope they are able to build on it 2014 is already off to a great start for me feeling much better so here s hoping for a fantastic new year for you all too Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 07

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  • The Green Knight: The First Follower Principle in Action
    and decided to do the same thing He had been a leader on the team so when he changed his profile picture to one of his action shots from the glory days many other former Rice football players took notice He even went so far as to tag other Rice football alumni on facebook encouraging them to do the same With him on board I had enough confidence to encourage all of my Rice football alum buddies to join in too which I did by liking his post and tagging all the rest of them One by one almost every Rice football alum I knew changed his profile picture to an old Rice football picture Soon other players from other generations were following suit as well That day my entire facebook wall was filled with pictures of Rice football alumni showing off the pride in and support for our team Many of the pictures were action shots which incited story telling and reminiscing about battles out on the field in ages past It was awesome Our society tends to idolize the trailblazing leaders who start big movements Being a first follower is a form of leadership as well though and I witnessed it first hand last week Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 00 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels football leadership Rice 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

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  • The Green Knight: Rice Football Wins The Right Way
    NCAA violations When David Bailiff became Head Football Coach six years ago some of his first initiatives were aimed at engaging the players with the rest of the university and with the community largely through service such as helping freshmen move their heavy furniture on move in day and holding Football 101 clinics for international students In short Rice is winning with smart good hearted young men That isn t wishful thinking from a proud alum that is empirical evidence from having taught several football players and other student athletes in my Rice entrepreneurship course over the last couple of years There are probably exceptions to that generalization and there have been times when they have lost their composure on the field but by and large I am proud not so much of the fact that Rice has been winning but much more so by how they ve been winning Go Owls Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 48 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels football Rice 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 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 The First Follower Principle in Action Rice Football Wins The Right Way November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1

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  • The Green Knight: Enderpreneurship Part 3
    This is most evident with Bean whom he trusts to innovate completely new battle tactics Startup founders who try to hold onto too much control find themselves as bottlenecks stifling innovation and forward progress The best startup founders hire people whom they believe to be better than they are co create clear visions with them and let them work the way they best see fit Additionally Ender shares his vulnerability with Bean the best startup leaders know how to share not only their confidence and optimism but also their fears sometimes it makes them more human Perhaps most importantly Ender realizes as he grows from practice session leader to army commander to admiral of the entire IF fleet that a different leadership style is needed in each scenario It is also true that the same leadership qualities that help a leader get from nothing to a small startup are usually different than those necessary to get from a small startup to a thriving expanding business One of a startup leader s greatest assets is adaptability to these changing circumstances and awareness to know when and how to adapt Empathy is a critical skill for entrepreneurs Ender s greatest weapon by far is his empathy His empathy for opponents helps him find ways to beat them and ultimately resurrect them in the case of the Formics while his empathy for peers helps him lead them more skillfully Entrepreneurship is a constant exercise in understanding people so empathy is incredibly valuable for ascertaining client needs working well with teammates inspiring people to join your team in the first place negotiating with business partners and staying one step ahead of your competition Luck plays a strong role in entrepreneurship This final lesson is isn t from the content of the book so much as it is from the book itself Ender s Game is a phenomenal novel so it is easy to assume that Orson Scott Card is an amazing author However 30 years after Ender s Game he still hasn t produced anything of remotely that caliber again The Shadow series was pretty good but all the rest of the Enderverse offerings range from so so to downright bad This happens in entrepreneurship as well sometimes people are just in the right place at the right time and they succeed in spite of rather than because of themselves Similarly sometimes people do everything right and it still doesn t work out for them Orson Scott Card may not be that great of an author he may have just kind of lucked out with Ender s Game However he would never have had the chance to luck out that way if he hadn t picked up his metaphorical pen and given it a go And so it is with entrepreneurship you can t hit it out of the park without stepping up to the plate and taking a swing Luck plays a strong role in entrepreneurship but you ve got to put yourself

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  • The Green Knight: Enderpreneurship: What Andrew Wiggin Can Teach Us About Winning the Game of Entrepreneurship
    so it is with entrepreneurship which cannot be taught in classrooms or learned in books it must be developed experientially Strategic agility is crucial to a startup As in the battle room game rapid experimentation a willingness to fail and a propensity for learning from failure is key to entrepreneurial success Through Ender s experimentation in the battle room he accidentally discovers how to rebound off walls which turns out to be a crucial tactic He similarly learns that command and execute toon formations are too rigid and inflexible to beat an agile innovative opponent So it is with entrepreneurship As Steve Blank is fond of saying Big companies execute known business models like toons executing formations while startups search for unknown business models like autonomous toons able to learn from their environment market and react to it Ender also finds that he must constantly adapt and innovate his strategy to keep winning games both in the battle room and against the Formics So too with startups yesterday s winning strategy is today s losing strategy Measure and optimize the right metrics Initially Ender s individual battle room metrics are outstanding due to his limited participation Once he becomes truly engaged in battles those metrics go down That s OK because they are vanity metrics like website hits facebook likes or any other metric that conveys a sense of success but doesn t actually move the needle for your startup The metric that counts for Ender wins vs losses keeps going up up up This is Part 1 of a three part series See Part 2 for more thoughts on Enderpreneurship Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 55 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Ender s Game entrepreneurship No comments Post a Comment

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  • The Green Knight: Enderpreneurship Part 2
    beat such competitors on their own terms playing by the very rules that have made them successful is folly Ender knows he can t win the open war against a bully like Bernard for example so he takes the war to the desks where he is stronger by far History is full of examples of disruptive startups like Square AirBNB Uber that have used their small innovative agile approaches to disrupt huge industry incumbents Seek out weaknesses in clients too Playing your strengths to others weaknesses shouldn t be limited to competition it is important for clients as well Bernard kisses up to some launchees but mistreats and bullies others Ender finds those who are mistreated like Shen and begins to form an alliance Clients in every industry are mistreated by their vendors and business partners often believing that there are no alternatives The best entrepreneurs often start by working with the most abused clients those most motivated to help a startup create a better offering for them When a startup establishes a reputation as a hero and savior to even a small group of clients that can be the foundation of a very strong brand There are no parents to save you in entrepreneurship Graff spends much of his focus cultivating the sense in Ender that there will be no parents to save him in a dire situation the sense that sometimes it even feels like God is a Bugger Whether fighting Stilson or Bonzo or the Formics Ender is on his own This is true in entrepreneurship as well there is no greater power waiting in the wings to swoop in and save the entrepreneur if things get too tough And that s OK hardships and trials lead not only to better IF commanders but also to better

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  • The Green Knight: How Do Entrepreneurs Face Their Fears?
    prospect of failure seems less dire It goes the other way as well As you grow your business it is important for you to lead as a secure base to your employees giving them confidence to push the envelope and take calculated risks I ve been so impressed with George s work that I m taking his top rated High Performance Leadership course which is available for the first time in the US next year Posted by Bryan Hassin at 11 02 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels entrepreneurship taking the plunge 3 comments Jordan Elpern Waxman said Bryan Great post Taking this to its logical conclusion if you don t have secure bases it will be very hard for you to be an entrepreneur Frankly I suspect that my own lack of secure bases is the constraining factor on my risk tolerance Monday September 17 2012 at 12 11 00 AM EDT Jordan Elpern Waxman said Bryan Great post Taking this to its logical conclusion if you don t have secure bases it will be very hard for you to be an entrepreneur Frankly I suspect that my own lack of secure bases is the constraining factor on my risk tolerance Monday September 17 2012 at 12 12 00 AM EDT Bryan Hassin said Well don t forget that for whatever it s worth there s someone in Houston who believes in you Monday September 17 2012 at 8 12 00 AM 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

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  • The Green Knight: The Future of Energy
    was even quoted in the follow up press release and I met many new interesting people afterward Perhaps more interestingly I was surprised and excited by just how many people I bumped into there whom I already knew Evan the founder of 1776 and a friend from high school Apoorv and Rob friends from Rice Heather a classmate from IMD Catherine whom I met when I was interviewing with OPower called Positive Energy at the time Blake my collaborator on Rice s Cleanweb Hackathon the first in Texas Joseph a fellow cleanweb entrepreneur whom I met in Houston in August David a collaborator on GIVEWATTS and several more Even though I was presenting professionally in DC for the first time it felt more like a homecoming This was good validation for me that I have been running in the right circles It was a great event and I was really impressed with what Evan and the 1776 team have accomplished In stark contrast to the lack of startup culture when I joined UUNET back in 1996 DC is now bursting with startup energy And that s a good thing because energy is exactly what my startup is trying to revolutionize Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 45 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels energy Smart Office Energy Solutions 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

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