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  • The Green Knight: Turkey For Me, Turkey For You
    in the overhead bins a practice I had never seen before But the food was good even the turkey sandwich Was that supposed to be a joke on my second leg At long last we eventually made it to Bodrum airport several hours late After a bus and a taxi ride I finally caught up with the rest of the group for dinner at a nice hotel along the ocean Fresh local seafood mmm I shared a room on the trip with my Danish classmate Peter whom I usually call The Great Dane Our room was small but it had enough air conditioning for us to sleep He s super nice and very athletic so we were looking forward to playing a lot of beach volleyball together during the trip I brought my Wilson AVP ball to be used in its 5th country Friday we woke up early and went for a swim in the ocean which was cool clear and still This was followed by a monstrous breakfast as we waited for others to wake up Turkish food features many cool foods with high water content e g tomatoes cucumbers and watermelon which work well in the hot dry climate These foods plus lots of cheese bread and honey comprised our breakfast each morning and were omnipresent throughout the rest of our days We spent the rest of Friday at a private hotel beach Beach may not be accurate as there wasn t any sand but they had wooden docks with shade and lounge chairs all along the coast line plus a private swimming area and great bar kitchen It was a very very nice way to spend a long day in the sun Turkish women are beautiful by the way Everywhere you look there are Princess Jasmine lookalikes This was not what I expected out of Turkey but it certainly isn t the first time I ve shown myself to be culturally ignorant Saturday we rented a boat and motored around the Aegean dropping anchor here and there to swim and eat freshly caught grilled fish and Turkish pastries What a life That evening we were treated to a veritable feast at a local restaurant where we had an in with the owners We began the meal already full and by the end we were positively stuffed To digest we added Raki Turkish liqueur too and then rolled ourselves home Sunday we spent the day eating and lounging around the beach at our Turkish classmate s parents house We hadn t been able to find any beach volleyball the entire trip Go figure with no beaches available but this place at least had a ping pong table So finally we got some land sport in on top of the swimming we had been doing By that evening all of our classmates had already departed so Peter and I walked along the coast found a nice place for fresh seafood and had one final meal My return trip went

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  • The Green Knight: Swiss Productivity
    town and I just couldn t resist the opportunity to see him The event was fantastic a bunch of people packed into a small venue and Buddy playing to the crowd The concert was basically a nonstop medley of his original songs mixed in with blues standards Hoochie Coochie Man I Just Want to Make Love to You Five Long Years Voodoo Chile Slight Return Strange Brew and Sunshine of Your Love to name a few He adopted a point counter point style singing softly and slowly then answering with blistering electric guitar riffs As is his trademark he used a wireless pickup and came out into the audience to play a couple of songs I was 20 40 feet away from him all night it was a grand experience The following night a French classmate and his family hosted a party for Bastille Day There were 15 of us in all including a family from a different IMD class year so this was my best chance to date to catch up with those whom I haven t seen in awhile Even though I had to get up very early this morning to check everything off before departing for Turkey I stayed at the party very late because it was so so nice And on that note I had better get moving in order to make it to the airport on time Posted by Bryan Hassin at 02 37 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels blues Buddy Guy fitness Smart Office Energy Solutions Switzerland 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

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  • The Green Knight: Returning to Normalcy
    on our diplomas it is a unique trying wonderful experience that binds us all together and I suspect always will Sunday was the finals of the World Cup As I did Tuesday night for the semifinals I attended a major outdoor viewing party in Ouchy with an enormous screen The place was packed to the hilt with fans for Spain but we were cheering for Holland supporting Margot one of my French classmates s Dutch wife who organized the get together It was a tough close match but in the end Spain won and we had to sneak out before the mob turned on us Soccer really frustrates me to watch It does have potential and I can see why so many people worldwide get excited about it whenever there s a run toward goal that makes you hold your breath However more of it seems to be about baiting the ref for some wimpy foul instead of just playing the game and that just totally ruins it for me Still it was fun to be amidst a throng of people who were very very excited about the game This will be a short week as I have much to do before heading to Turkey for an IMD class mini reunion Posted by Bryan Hassin at 02 37 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels fitness imd Poken soccer Switzerland 1 comment Drew said Not a fan of the soccer flops Maybe this link will change your opinion http theangryt com p 2057 I love the slow motion replays of flops Sunday July 18 2010 at 10 15 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

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  • The Green Knight: Settling In in Lutry
    sky a soft mystical blue The street lights are already on but it isn t quite dark yet It s fantastic Despite this I have been doing more than frolicking in fairy tale land Every day after taking Acacia on a morning walk through the nearby vineyards I have had meetings in town with IMD faculty staff friends and other connections It feels great to be back in touch with this crowd Sunday Monday and Tuesday nights have all featured meet ups with classmates Tuesday s was to cheer on the Dutch on behalf of the Dutch wife of a French classmate at the huge outdoor viewing party in Ouchy While I m still not in love with soccer World Cup or no it is fun to be around lots of people who are Wednesday evening I had to pass on social activities in order to give my first investor pitch on this side of the Atlantic There is a budding Angel network here that has just started a small sustainable investment subgroup The gathering was tiny and informal but it was very nice to be around others in the cleantech space Because I was a last minute addition to the program I just gave a five minute quick pitch but it stimulated a great deal of Q A This group may not be a great fit for us right now but I m very excited to have made the contacts The rest of the week and weekend is still up in the air but I will report in soon Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 32 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd pitching Switzerland No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me

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  • The Green Knight: Back En Suisse
    the moving walkway in Geneva are the exact same as those from before I left Finally this was my first time being picked up at the airport in a car Previously I had always just taken the fast train back to Lausanne This time though I am living in Lutry about 5km outside of Lausanne The distance isn t that great but the dependence on an extra travel leg of bus or train adds significant time to travels and makes a car much more useful I spent most of the weekend catching up with my professor and familiarizing myself with the house It is very very nice and is going to be a wonderful place to spend the next several weeks It features a pool a great view of the lake and most importantly it comes with a three and a half year old Bernese Mountain Dog named Acacia She s a big girl with lots of energy and she seems to like me Sunday night we had an impromptu 4th of July dinner at my Singaporean classmate s house joined by a French classmate his wife and an American Swedish Mexican classmate It was so great to see people for the first time in months and we very naturally fell back into old patterns of career discussions and IMD gossip People are complaining about how unseasonably hot the weather is here right now but I will take the moderate dry heat over Houston s oppressive heat humidity any day This isn t a vacation I m just taking advantage of the fact that right now it doesn t really matter where in the world I work Still it feels great to be back especially at this time of year Posted by Bryan Hassin at 06 19 Email This BlogThis

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  • The Green Knight: The Big Lebowski
    to catch up with all the old guys we tried not to spend too much time reliving the glory days and Katie was a great sport about it Last week I was up in Chicago also for the first time on business which presented a great chance to catch up with some Rice folks I hadn t seen in some time I made it back on Saturday just in time to prep for The Dude Imbibes a Big Lebowski trivia night Katie s sister Kelly was in town with her boyfriend Mike who had never seen The Big Lebowski before So in order to prepare our team we watched the movie with some white russians Watching it again reminded me why it is still my favorite movie every time I watch it I notice some new subtle nuance The pub quiz was held at Little Woodrow s in the Rice Village Although there were only nine teams many fewer than we had had for the Seinfeld pub quiz a few months ago the competition was spirited and we had a great time Geeks Who Drink the organizers put on a really good event We aced most of the rounds of questions although we fared poorly in the audio round in which we had to identify obscure artists of music heard throughout the movie Fortunately everyone else fared poorly on that round too so we spent most of the event in second place Some rounds featured bonus questions for which free beers were awarded to the individual who presented the first correct answer We won all but one of those and the team next to us insisted that my speedy writing be tested for doping We outperformed the top team in the final round to secure a tie for first place This meant we had to settle it with sudden death overtime The DJ played The Final Countdown to get us in the spirit and then we won by correctly answering the next question while the other team did not amateurs The DJ played You re The Best and the Quiz Master gave us our winnings It was a good night We paid 20 to enter 20 for beer and 40 for food We won 70 plus four free beers so I think it worked out pretty well To celebrate we went home and watched Tombstone which also features Sam Elliott Sunday we arose early and traveled out to JD Organic Farms to pick blueberries If you re a blueberry lover I add them to my cereal whenever possible it s a great deal You pay 2 50 lb for whatever you pick They re organic local cheap not wastefully packaged and easily frozen for future use Between the four of us we picked 17 lbs in about an hour AND the proprietors had a six week old golden lab puppy who was worth the price of admission all by herself After blueberry pie scones and pancakes we froze the rest

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  • The Green Knight: Why I Give Watts
    fuel is expensive it keeps the population in poverty Conventional efforts to address this issue have been largely ineffective Creating the infrastructure for a modern electric power grid requires significant resources and time and too often corruption stands in the way of any real benefit The GIVEWATTS solution empowers the people directly By providing solar powered lamps and flashlights solar powered heating and power generation coming in the future to African schools and clinics we help them break the cycle of poverty illness and environmental damage The lamps charge all day then provide clean free light as late as they are needed into the night The economics of this approach are extremely compelling GIVEWATTS charges 25 20 to donate 1 watt of power to an African village The watts produce light in renewable energy solutions are used every day and has a life expectancy of 10 years if solar it also might require new batteries after 2 3 years so the 25 donation provides 3 652 days of clean free light to students teachers clinical staff and patients depending on which project is chosen By contrast it costs 0 21 per day 775 per 10 years for light from a dirty kerosene lamp assuming current prices of about 1 per liter of kerosene and a consumption of 1 5 liters per week Much of the African population lives on less than 1 per day per person so paying 20 of that for dirty energy is a big deal This is what I love about the GIVEWATTS solution by donating only 25 from the US you reduce 775 of cost in Africa This is INTELLIGENT wealth transfer from one part of the world to the other a far cry from the ineffective inefficient corrupt transfer that we have been trying for decades What s more each watt that is donated reduces CO2 emissions alleviates a major healthcare epidemic significantly reducing healthcare costs and closes the development gap Another reason I support GIVEWATTS is their commitment to transparency When you donate a watt of power it is tangible and you understand the precise effect it will have At givewatts org we publish ongoing updates about the specific installations we have done so you can see your watts in action Finally and perhaps most importantly I support GIVEWATTS because of its people I have known Jesper Hornberg the founder for years I know him to be a man of highest quality and integrity I have looked in his eyes and seen the true will to do good in the world and I know he has the talent to realize such a vision It was one of the greatest honors of my life when he invited me to join the GIVEWATTS Board of Directors with a specific focus on developing US operations and I accepted it without hesitation So there you have it a problem that must be solved the best solution I have ever seen to that problem and a great team to

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  • The Green Knight: Fundraising
    amazing thing happened all of the interested parties started lining up with commitments In fact by the end of March we had offers to purchase twice the number of shares we were offering Maybe I should have announced the closure of our round back in January This response was thrilling Because there were good uses to which we could apply additional capital we decided to seize the opportunity but we ultimately capped the round at 150k This had a nominal dilution impact and significantly strengthened our position I am very personally gratified that each of our investors chose to take a risk and invest in our venture I know that in many cases this represents as much a bet on me as it does a bet on our business model As such I am working tirelessly to ensure that their investment grows in value and that this company realizes its massive potential The diversity of our shareholder group is interesting Outside of the two founders our shareholders include 6 alumni from Rice University 2 family members of those alumni 3 alumni from IMD Business School 2 IMD professors 1 alumnus from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and 1 former colleague The group includes residents of Texas Rhode Island Virginia Argentina Costa Rica and Switzerland I know every one of the investors personally and am proud to count them all among our extended team Closure of this investment round represented a very significant milestone for this company It moved us past the point of no return This is no longer just about an individual dream to make the world smarter and better it now bears the support and risk of several other stakeholders as well We re in it together and I know we will realize our

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