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  • The Green Knight: Phoenix
    we went back to their house to meet Kona We had another pleasant surprise though they were sitting two other dogs for the weekend All the dogs were sweet and fun and it was clear that it was going to be a good couple of days Saturday we went to the dog park had some breakfast and then hiked Camelback Mountain Mike and Kelly had made the hike many times but this was Katie s and my first time hiking anything in awhile and we decided to make the attempt in our Vibram FiveFingers barefoot shoes The terrain was very desert rocky so it put our Vibrams to the test but we scrambled up OK Coming down was a little slower as we focused on ensuring we had enough grip and tried to avoid stepping hard on jagged rock surfaces It was hot and tiring but a very rewarding experience Afterward we treated ourselves to Thai food at Fresh Mint The food was excellent the oldies playing in the background were great and the Joe Montana memorabilia on the walls The owners are from San Francisco was very welcome The rest of the afternoon was spent lazing by the pool cooking dinner and watching 300 Sunday we played some beach volleyball then had brunch at a vegan restaurant that offered many raw food options I put together an entire meal made of raw dessert items black cherry cheesecake blueberry acai pie chocolate donut chocolate walnut brownie chocolate macaroon all raw It was delicious and very filling We stopped by a microbrewery to watch some football before being dropped off at the airport for the ride home A friend of mine had very kindly overnighted my driver s license to me so I managed to avoid extra TSA attention on the

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  • The Green Knight: Max the Golden Retriever!
    the foster mom about her experience with him In short it was love at first sight He was incredibly sweet and very gentle but still with great enthusiasm and energy He was quite smart and had been picking up his training very quickly Unlike any golden I had seen before Max was a very light cream color almost white apparently this is the British style of golden retriever At the end of our session Katie and I said our polite goodbyes and let them know we d come back to them with our reactions shortly We made it maybe four steps out the door though when we looked at each other and without words we both knew that this was the dog We decided to skip the formal decision process turned right around and said we d take him if they would let us By the time we reached our car in the parking lot we had a call from the coordinator saying that the trainer and foster mom enthusiastically approved of our adopting Max so we could sign the adoption contract and pick him up as soon as we liked As we didn t have any dog supplies at home we delayed pick up until the afternoon In the meantime I picked my brother up at the airport and we worked out together for the first time in three months Consequently I can barely move now out of soreness while Katie went to PetSmart for our first stock up After lunch all three of us went to Pet Paradise to pick up our new boy He was very excited to see us again and super easy to manage on a leash in the car etc We introduced him to his new home which he took to immediately and spent awhile showing him around taking him for walks and just getting to know him a bit His first night was a rough one While boarded presumably he had contracted kennel cough the canine equivalent of the flu This meant he was up all night with a hacking productive cough worse than Smuckers on Seinfeld and hence we were up all night as well Around 5 AM we finally took him to the vet just to make sure it wasn t something more serious but they put him on some antibiotics and confirmed that we would just have to wait it out for several days No problem as long as he s OK Sunday was a lovely day for all of us lazing around the main floor watching football and introducing Max to the housemates His cough is already getting better and he loves all the people around him showering him with attention He still needs some training around where and when to do is business and not jumping up on people things but again he s a smart boy and learning quickly We have all the patience in the world to work with him because he is such a wonderful

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  • The Green Knight: Business Schools and Buffett
    points as much as I would have liked I welcome additional feedback as well Long story short we won an award again 2010 Rising Venture I am once again supremely humbled honored and thrilled to have won There were some great pitches and it was exciting just to have been counted among them As was the case last year the whole event was a very good one and we made several new very interesting contacts The following Sunday I had to shift out of Rice business school mode and into IMD business school mode as we hosted the very first event of IMD s new Houston Alumni Club It turns out that there are 500 IMD alumni in Houston so I and a few other enthusiasts thought it was criminal not to have some kind of organization to bring us together Our first event was a simple networking and brief talk event IMD professors Don Marchand and Michael Wade were in town for a Shell program so they came and talked with us about their research The rest of the evening we sipped wine networked and discussed the future direction of our nascent organization it was a great first step Then last weekend Katie I and my favorite wingman made a very quick 48 hours trip to Paris for the Jimmy Buffett concert It was marvelous and exactly what I had hoped it would be We spent most of our time walking around Paris eating dropping into museums and drinking great wine Friday night we tailgated with 96 point Bordeaux Chateau Pontet Canet 2005 way too young but still delicious then made our way to the concert The total attendance was maybe 1 000 people and because everyone there was a big fan it was basically one long glorious sing

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  • The Green Knight: Wedding in Italy
    drove North to Lucera where the Italian side of my family lives We spent two days with my Italian cousins and it was a grand time Touring around Lucera which is older than Rome and has tremendous ruins of a castle and anamphitheater eating clothes shopping for Katie eating some more and just catching up with family Oh and eating even more No matter how short it is it is always a special experience to spend time with this distant family These are my humble roots and it is important to stay connected Wednesday we drove further North to Tuscany to check out a venue we are considering for our own wedding It was everything we hoped it would be and it had a few surprises for us like a ping pong table and volleyball net on the premises We spent the night there just to be sure but it is clearly the right choice Thursday we turned back around and drove South to Fermo where we met up with dear friends from IMD They weren t going to be able to make it to the IMD wedding so we were very excited to be able to see them regardless We spent the night with them and their family and once again ate very very well It was our first time in that region Le Marche and we were very impressed Mountains on one side the Adriatic Sea on the other rolling green hills in between Le Marche has it all Friday we returned to Bari where we were informed that Katie s bag had finally arrived better late than never We settled into a villa we were sharing with other IMD friends including GIVEWATTS founder Jesper Hornberg Friday night there was a dinner hosted by the bride s family but we turned in early knowing that we would need our rest for the late late festa the next night Saturday was unfortunately rainy The wedding was supposed to be on the beach so the bride and groom audibled to a nearby indoor venue which was quite lovely The ceremony was nontraditional and featured two IMD friends as officiants After the ceremony we relocated to a beach club for the reception This place was awesome Course after course after course of food was served and the music had all been requested in advance by the bride groom and guests Nourished by great food and buoyed by great music we danced well into the morning I had been asked to be the Master of Ceremonies so my job was to ensure that the program of the reception was followed ontime at least within the bounds of Italian standards of punctuality and to make announcements in English and Italian throughout event It was a real honor to be asked to serve and I hope my performance was sufficient for their special day Finally after a resounding chorus of Bohemian Rhapsody a promise I had made to the groom Katie and I departed

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  • The Green Knight: Starting a Company Is Hard
    had been demonstrated by our European suppliers At the same time though it became clear that our suppliers simply weren t the long term partners we needed We still hadn t been able to work out a mutually beneficial partnership arrangement and there was no telling when we would ever be supplied with products that were electrically certified for North America Thus less than a year after launching a business built around partnering with them we formally ended our relationship and began searching for other ways to serve the sizable market that was simply waiting for us to be able to sell This whole process has required weekly updates to our business plan which is part of what makes starting the company so hard If we had a clearly defined unchanging path it would be easy to know what to do and to do it every day But with the ground constantly shifting under our feet we are engaged in constant realignment and adjustment it s like tap dancing during an earth quake That s OK it is extremely important for a company at our stage to remain agile and to be able to evolve our business plan as we experiment with what actually works in the market At the same time though we have to be careful not to lose focus I ve seen many companies fail because they have opportunistically leaped from one idea to another to another and at the end of the day they never saw anything through enough to build a business around It is a fine line between strategic agility and lack of focus The key to success here is to stay true to a clear and well defined vision while constantly adapting our tactics to realize that vision Returning to the path metaphor we must keep the end destination in sight while constantly adapting our path as we meet different road blocks and forks in the road along the way The other hardest aspect of this startup is one I have mentioned before it is really lonely Right now there are just two of us fully engaged We have deliberately followed a lean approach to starting this company outsourcing everything we can to reduce fixed overheads This dramatically reduced the amount of capital we needed to raise to get started a great thing for us and our investors Some people thrive in an isolated work environment I do not I m a team player through and through and until we reach the milestone that enables the growth of our small team I will be challenged In the meantime I am taking extra care to ensure that I am maintaining constant contact with investors clients and business partners to feel like I am part of a larger extended team There is nothing I would rather be doing than starting up Smart Office Energy Solutions right now Every day we move closer to our goal of making a very very significant difference in the global

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  • The Green Knight: Yearly Goals Halfway Point Progress Update
    Professional Development I have been powering through one book per week on leadership economics strategy green business marketing and just about everything else I can get my hands on If I keep up this pace I will meet my yearly goal While I have been pretty diligent about reaching out to mentors I have not been quite so systematic about helping out others Last week at IMD I had the opportunity to share some experience and guidance with this year s MBA class Check out the presentation that instigated these conversations and it reminded me how much I m missing out on when I m not paying it forward In the second half of this year I must do better Professional Performance The goals I set for Smart Office Energy Solutions at the beginning of this year aren t terribly relevant anymore as our plan has evolved several times since then At this point we have hit some major milestones closed our first fundraising round begun generating revenue with high profile clients in multiple cities advanced our own intellectual property to increase the energy savings we provide by 50 and several more I m not a patient person though and I yearn to pick up the pace during the second half of this year for personal reasons for our shareholders and for the very significant global energy challenge we are trying to address If you haven t yet voted for us please support us at GE s Ecomagination Challenge We are currently the 65 idea out of 1 089 submissions and every increases our visibility significantly Professional Brand I m close to achieving my twitter and LinkedIn goals but my blog hasn t gained too much additional viewership That s probably just as well as I am now considering leaving this blog focused on my personal life and starting a more professional blog on the Smart Office Energy Solutions website I evaluate my progress so far this year as good but not great There are no huge holes and there have been some early successes but several major goals need significant work to be achieved Now it is time to refocus buckle down and ensure that H2 2010 is even more productive than H1 Posted by Bryan Hassin at 07 11 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels goals Smart Office Energy Solutions social media volleyball 2 comments Mathieu Pointeau said Waow Well I am one of your viewers That s for sure And I am impressed with your goals and your focus Very impressed If ever you leave that Blog make sure you tell me where I can read you Oh I forgot to add If in all the books you have read you could recommend me you Top 3 That d be cool I m not as good as you you see o Big hug Friday August 20 2010 at 2 24 00 AM EDT Bryan Guido Hassin said Of the books

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  • The Green Knight: IMD Times
    a big batch of French Swiss sangria using French wine instead of Spanish and using Kirsch instead of Triple Sec and all local organic fruit of course and served it along with mojitos bellinis beer and wine all night It turns out that Katie and the rest of the gang weren t idle while we were at IMD all day By the time the party started they had whipped up tables and tables of delicious healthy and mostly vegetarian food The party was a lot of fun We had about 30 people over the course of the night and we didn t turn out the lights until about 3 AM Several little groups formed and people just kept switching between them talking and catching up Another IMD couple stayed with us Saturday night as well so Sunday morning we had a four couple breakfast reunion It would appear too that my sangria hasn t lost its touch as one of my classmates came down the stairs Sunday morning another one said to him Oh wow you look how I feel Mission accomplished Monday Katie and I trained into Zurich where I had lunch with the sponsor of my IMD ICP Here again it was great to catch up with someone from the IMD world It was excellent chatting with him and he still contends that our supply chain strategy project helped them through the difficult financial times of the last two years It has been a great IMD filled four days This is why I came back for the summer OK also for the perfect weather and gorgeous lake mountain views Posted by Bryan Hassin at 04 26 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ICP imd Lausanne sangria 1 comment Mathieu said Nice

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  • The Green Knight: Engaged!
    to weasel out of a lunch obligation that Katie had planned Instead I spent time with her parents talking with them about my intentions over Swedish pancakes with fresh berries out on their deck Again the weather was gorgeous and we were accompanied by an awesome golden retriever After initially giving me a hard time they offered their blessing and encouragement The next day I submitted my resignation to Poken blogged about and began planning for a life with Katie not thousands of miles away from her So finally I had lined up all the right elements now I just had to find the right place and time I wanted it to be somewhere special for both of us and somewhere really nice that we would remember and to which we could return indefinitely While we were wine touring in Tuscany there were many opportunities but I lived in Tuscany for half a year before I ever even met Katie so it wasn t as much our place There were some other opportunities in London Sedona San Francisco and even in Houston but nothing that ever felt just right After nine years of dating I figured waiting until it just felt right would be OK Despite the fact that Katie didn t live with me in Lausanne I still very much consider it our place as our relationship grew much stronger while I was here My favorite memories of Lausanne by far are when Katie was here with me and it certainly has its share of picturesque locations So when Katie came out to join me in Lausanne for this trip I had an eye toward making the move Unfortunately she brought lots of rain with her July 23 would have been a good date for a proposal as it is Katie s half birthday but the weather gods had other plans Finally last Wednesday July 28 there was a break in the clouds and I suggested that we celebrate with a picnic back at the park of the Palais de Justice Again we packed a picnic lunch and again we brought some champagne Dom Perignon 2000 this time I thought that might have tipped her off but she claims that it didn t raise any flags for her Fair enough it s not the first time I ve gone a bit overboard with wine Again we spent the afternoon lounging on the grass talking about the future and agreeing that life was not so bad especially not when we are together At around 2 23 PM I got on one knee and asked her to marry me After some initial shock she enthusiastically said yes and we spent the rest of the day week month and it s still ongoing in a sort of euphoric bliss People ask how it is being engaged and I jokingly respond that Oh wow it s so different as if it has somehow radically changed our 9 5 year relationship It actually is

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