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  • The Green Knight: I Out-Googled Google
    of all my Google services there too and it was clear that as I had originally feared I was in a bit of a Google catch 22 I searched through Google Help and it turns out that they have a way to let you back into your account if you find yourself locked out whew It would take up to 24 hours and would be a huge inconvenience but not the end of the world I set it in motion immediately Then I received something unexpected a call It turns out that even though I was locked out of Google Voice Google Voice was still forwarding phone calls to my mobile number It was probably forwarding text messages too but I had long since disabled that feature as I preferred to receive the messages just in my Google Voice app Doh Once I discovered this fact I was able to change my second authentication factor to voice instead of text This worked like a champ and I was able to log in to my Google account briefly Then the Google account reclamation mechanism that I had initiated earlier kicked in and locked me out again for several hours until I finally received an email from them to reset my password So in the end it caused me nearly a full day of inconvenience and and no access to my Google accounts While it was technically my fault I would have hoped that Google would have anticipated my predicament a bit At the very least a warning to proceed carefully if using a Google Voice number would have helped More helpful yet would have been some automated identification that the number I d entered was a Google Voice number Even though I now have figured out how to get by this

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  • The Green Knight: Successes and Failures
    The good news my resting metabolic rate has increased by more than 200 calories per day I attribute this to moving from a calorie restrictive diet to one in which I m eating plenty just better foods Also my aerobic and anaerobic threshold heart rates have moved up meaning that I am running faster and at higher intensities with lower levels of effort This is the result of my running training and other anaerobic fitness conditioning The bad news just as I did last time I quit the running test too early I felt like I was completely tapped out but based on the level of lactate in my bloodstream I probably could have kept going for another several minutes at greater speeds This comes as a shock to someone who has typically regarded himself as having a high tolerance for pain I ve spent most of my life in short bursts of intensity though so now I need to work on sustaining such levels of discomfort for longer durations So in both my professional and personal life I am both achieving successes and enduring failures Clearly my goal is to learn from the failures to increase the magnitude and frequency of the successes This can be a somewhat frustrating experience but it sure helps having secure bases people who love and support me no matter what all around Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 47 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Cleantech Open failure fitness running 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

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  • The Green Knight: Austin is Awesome!
    Foods after all while Houston has more options for fine dining Houston is closer to the coast and offers a wide range of fresh local seafood Winner Houston Climate Houston and Austin are pretty close geographically and have very similar climates Houston has more humidity rainfall and then there s that occasional hurricane Winner Austin Scenery Austin s rolling hill country and lakescapes are absolutely beautiful Houston well Winner Austin Urban Lifestyle For both sustainability reasons and personal convenience I prefer to live an urban lifestyle living working socializing etc within the boundaries of a central hub While Houston still requires a car to get around Oh how I miss Lausanne I do spend 90 of my time within a 3 mile radius Austin has made some strides in this area recently but I still get the impression that you need to drive all over the spread out town Winner Houston Internationalization Although the demographics of the two cities are relatively similar Houston has a much more international outlook than Austin With 89 foreign consulates Houston has the third largest foreign diplomatic presence after Washington DC and New York City Many people I meet in Houston are from other places outside of the US they speak multiple languages and have traveled the world Most people I meet in Austin are pretty focused on Texas Having lived and worked abroad I really appreciate the global mindset Winner Houston Travel Katie and I both enjoy traveling and both Houston and Austin are centrally located able to reach just about anywhere in the continental US within 4ish hours of flight time Houston s airport is much much bigger though and has more direct flights throughout the US For international travel Houston is the only option Winner Houston School Austin likes to boast that they don t need pro sports teams because they have the University of Texas I think that s really cool especially since I like college sports better than pro sports However I don t like UT and I have no desire to build out a wardrobe of burnt orange Austin has UT Houston has Rice Winner Houston Network I have a pretty good network in both cities but I ve spent more of my career in Houston so my network is larger there I m pretty sure I could build my Austin network up quickly though if I were there fulltime so I m only giving a slight edge to Houston Grandeur I don t know quite how to label this category but here I m referring to the importance of the city Austin has much more of a small town feel whereas I walk through downtown Houston and I feel the world s largest businesses moving and shaking all around me Winner Houston So as you can see I m somewhat divided on the Houston Austin question Perhaps this reflects the dichotomy within me the tech entrepreneur and the aspiring global business leader Regardless I really enjoy both places

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  • The Green Knight: School Pride
    and the Euro it is more extreme than ever Our modest picnic lunch assembled at the grocery store cost more than 60 Tuesday we just kind of hung around Lausanne and caught up with other friends there In the evening we divided up the girls had a ladies night at a wine bar in Flon while the guys had male bonding at the Croix d Ouchy an old favorite It was fun to see several classmates I haven t seen for some time Wednesday I gave a presentation at IMD on using social media for your own personal branding I gave the same presentation last year but practically rewrote it from scratch this year due to all the changes advances in the social media world during the last 12 months The students seemed receptive and I hope it was valuable for them as they pursue their career searches This was followed by an incredible dinner at Beau Rivage with our most gracious hosts also IMD classmates Beau Rivage was the site of our graduation so the IMD connections continued Early Thursday morning we hopped the train to the airport and returned to Texas where the scholastic links rolled on but that will be the subject of my next post Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 59 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd Rice travel 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

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  • The Green Knight: Finnish Wedding Part 3
    traditional Texas line dance At first his performance was not deemed enthusiastic enough so he gave it another try pulling out all the stops and won her back what a great tradition Then the dancing started and it was a LOT of fun The DJ played everything from 80s staples to contemporary Finnish music to everything in between including Finnish covers of classic songs Despite the cool weather outside it got very VERY warm inside so I had to alternate between dancing and cooling off outside Eventually the best man made an announcement that it was time to stop drinking and start getting wasted what a great sentiment As Katie and I were dancing with one of my Chinese classmates having a blast it reminded me of a failure of mine from the IMD year I was so focused on academic achievement that I missed many opportunities to bond with my classmates foregoing parties to work for example It is so evident to me now though that my classmates were IMD s greatest assets and relationships with them are the greatest benefits that I took from the program This is now the top piece of advice I give to incoming students to take time to get to know their peers In my case I am now finally doing it at for example weddings like this one better late than never At 1 AM we had to relinquish our venue so we all hopped on a bus to The Tiger the self described classiest club in Helsinki There we had some tables reserved and kept the dance party going until 4 AM As the club closed Katie and I walked back to our hotel under the early sunrise and relished in the denouement of what had been an incredibly fun night Sunday began with brunch at an island mansion Our party was noticeably diminished in size partially because some people had already departed but also because many people were still suffering from the previous night Those of us who made it out were treated to excellent recovery food and a great view of the bay Afterward Katie and I ferried over to Suomenlinna the world s largest sea fortress for some touring and sight seeing Sunday evening featured a final casual dinner with the wedding couple and then Monday morning we were up eaaaaarly to catch our flight to Switzerland Somehow it is easier to get up at 4 AM though when the sun is already rising As we waited for our airport ride I breathed in and took one last look at the gray early lit skies above the train station and savored my most canonical view of Finland It was a short trip but a fantastic introduction to a great country and great people Many congratulations to Tuomas and Emilia Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 26 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Finland imd wedding No comments Post a Comment Newer

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  • The Green Knight: Finnish Wedding Part 2
    very sporty and pretty competitive to boot Having not played soccer since I was 5 this made me a little nervous Also I didn t have any cleats just the Vibrams Five Fingers that I had brought for walking jogging so changing direction might be hard Oh well even if I made a fool of myself and totally let Tuomas down I would at least get some good exercise Before the match started we energized with Finnish home cooking and plenty of beer my kind of pre game ritual Then the match began on a fortunately shortened field Long story short I managed to score three of our five first half goals two kicks and one header so hopefully I acquitted myself well They were mostly blind beginner s luck but I ll take them The highlight for me though was a jumping scissor bicycle kick to clear the ball out of our side It just went out of bounds but at least it connected and it felt pretty cool The groom s side had more people than the bride s side so I sat out the second half and got to know some of the other attendees including two other Houstonians one of which was a Rice Owl Afterward we continued to drink and threw around a REAL football as well Both the bride s and groom s sides were full of Finns who play American football both full contact and flag varieties How awesome is that Finally we disbanded from the park and several of us went for a late lunch at a cafe overlooking the bay The weather was beautiful so we were happy just to relax and soak it all in Walking around in the afternoon we bumped into some other IMD folks Helsinki is small enough that it isn t uncommon just to bump into people you know even when you re not from there Dinner that evening was organized at The Sea Horse a traditional restaurant near the wharf that serves classic Finnish fare We began with cocktails and Katie and I both tried ones that we thought we could never find back home She had one that was like a kir royale but with rhubarb liqueur I had a martini like drink with blueberry liqueur they were both delicious To eat I tried the traditional Vorschmack while Katie had a very creamy mushroom soup Then for our main courses we both had freshly caught local fish for the third time that day Dinner was delicious and was followed by some drinks at a local bar Once again it was good to catch up with IMD classmates but this time it was also great getting to know some of the Finnish friends and family of the wedding couple We called it an evening by 1 AM as we needed to rest up and bring our A game the following night Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 00 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share

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  • The Green Knight: Finnish Wedding Part 1
    a good thing because everything was very expensive there Still given the quality of the people buildings and open spaces many parks plazas sea views and tree lined promenades you clearly get what you pay for Thursday evening we met up with other IMD couples for dinner and it was great to see people from Finland Colombia Argentina Brazil India China Hong Kong Romania New Zealand and France In all there were eight alumni from the IMD MBA Class of 2008 nearly 10 of our class and amazingly I had only worked closely in a group with one of them Accordingly in addition to celebrating the wedding of our classmate Tuomas and his awesome bride Emilia this weekend turned out to be a great chance to bond with other classmates as well Dinner Thursday evening was a great way to kick that off While we were at dinner we bumped into an older gentleman who had noticed us talking about IMD It turns out that he was an MBA graduate from 1988 Small world Or rather global network Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 38 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Finland imd wedding 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 November

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  • The Green Knight: CleanTech Open National Academy
    have outgrown their ability to run a mostly volunteer organization Additionally the academics were very basic The classes on market analyis financing IP etc were probably extremely beneficial to first time entrepreneurs or tech people with little business experience but for me they were mostly repitition I am not by any means claiming that I know everything and I fully appreciate the need to get the 150 semifinalist teams all on the same page However if we were hoping to learn something new for our 2 500 then we were disappointed That said they did line up some amazing speakers including Randy Komisar author of The Monk and the Riddle required reading at IMD Geoffrey Moore author of Crossing the Chasm required reading at Poken and Steve Blank author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany required reading at Smart OES as well as several prominent VCs and entrepreneurs So in this regard the Academy totally delivered The main benefit we were seeking on this trip was networking Houston doesn t have much of a Cleantech community Austin has more of one but still it is clear that the epicenter of Cleantech in the US is the San Francisco Bay area Therefore I was hoping to meet a slew of great conacts in the Cleantech ecosystem entrepreneurs sources of capital business partners potential customers etc Here again the event really delivered Moreover I now feel like part of the Cleantech Open community which I think will be beneficial in the long run As we undergo the next four months of workshops events and judging I believe we will continue to build this bond with the organization that will transcend the value even of winning if we are so able Finally there should be PR value to participating in the competition and especially if we continue to advance PR for us as a company for me as an individual and even for our region state and city which are not known as Cleantech hubs So there are known costs and unknown benefits just like everything else in the startup world I am looking forwad to the experience though and I will post my thoughts as it progresses While I was in the Bay area I had a great chance to catch up with other friends and colleagues Wednesday evening I had dinner with the cofounder of my first two startups he just finished his MS in computer science at Stanford and is now ready to take on the world again Friday night I met up with former Rice computer science classmates who are now at Google One of them is intimately involved in the Google rollout so I had a receptive audience to my fanboyness Saturday I had lunch with a high school classmate who is now a Silicon Valley VC and that evening I had dinner with an IMD alum who is sharing time between San Francisco and Brussels There is never enough time to see everyone while I m

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