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  • The Green Knight: New Year's Resolutions Progress
    sockets consumed 6 kWh of electricity and there wasn t even anyone in the office That s three offices a reception area and a common kitchen printer area just sucking power uselessly By automatically shutting off power to these devices nights and weekends we could save over 1 100 kWh per year with no adverse impact to our business This coming week we will begin tracking the other two thirds of office energy consumption that comes from lighting and HVAC Personally it was a great week culminating in a weekend of Indian fusion cuisine Friday night Katie and I had a hot spicy date night at The Bombay Pizza Company which just opened in downtown Houston Take something I already love like pizza and add something else I love like Indian food and BAM winner We started with veggie masala sliders with sweet potato fries which were delicious The piece de resistance though was the saag paneer pizza which I have been waiting for my whole life So so SO GOOD Saturday Nick arrived in town and we entertained his son all evening including dinner Nick was so enthralled by the idea of Indian Italian American fusion that we ordered a couple more pizzas from the Bombay Pizza Company this time picking them up at the curb right in front of the restaurant and taking them back home We tried the Munshi which was full of fresh vegetables and the Berry Bombay which had a spicy strawberry sauce totally unorthodox and totally delicious This morning Nick and I had our first lift of the new year I won t go into details but I will tell you that by the time we were finished both of us had a hard time walking and I could barely get my watch on such was the extent of our muscular exhaustion I love High Intensity Training and it s never better than when I m with my original lifting partner my brother After such a session we clearly needed sustenance so we and Katie headed to Indika for even more Indian fusion Their Sunday brunches are spectacular all you can eat which is a real challenge for someone who set portion control as one of his 2010 goals The drinks and food were delicious though so we all overindulged a bit ok a lot The upside is that I haven t been hungry all day since Pics of all meals are in my facebook album So a great week indeed and I m looking forward to building on its success in week 2 This has some natural highlights date night at Antica Osteria and traveling to Austin with my mom next weekend In the meantime there is much to do at work and only so many hours in the day ah the sweet life of the entrepreneur Posted by Bryan Hassin at 18 48 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Bombay Pizza Company fitness Smart Office

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  • The Green Knight: New Wii Games
    of beach based mini games because it is one of the very few Wii titles to feature beach volleyball The game on the whole is really weak maybe even weaker than Deca Sports However the beach volleyball is this game s best feature and is definitely better than the Deca version It s certainly not great but it could be fun for groups Wii Motion Plus This new technology makes the Wiimote controller infinitely more interesting Instead of just detecting movement the Wii can now tell the exact angle at which your Wiimote is being held and moving with great precision Although there are still only 10 games available for it I see this as opening new doors for Wii possibilities finally we can have a Star Wars game with real light saber action Wii Sports Resort This was one of the very first games available to take advantage of the Wii Motion Plus It is essentially a sequel to Wii Sports and is a lot of fun The highlight for most people will be sword fighting which allows much higher fidelity blocking parrying and striking than anything to date However the highlight for me by far is TABLE TENNIS Finally I can virtually return to my IMD days and get back to work on my smashes It s not quite the same of course but it s a much much more decent proxy than it could have been I miss the fitness and training modes from the original Wii Sports but I guess you can t have everything We re awaiting the arrival of not one not two but three tennis games that use the Motion Plus so I ll review them once I ve had a chance to form an adequate opinion Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08

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  • The Green Knight: 2010
    level although my favorite partner is currently based in the UK I d really like to take my play up a notch this year 2 Run at least three races 3 Run a 5k race in under 22 minutes current PR is 23 45 4 Run a 10k race in under 55 minutes I ve never run a 10k race before but when I run 10k as an aerobic jog keeping my heart rate below 160 I currently finish in 60 minutes 5 Swim 2k this weekend I swam 500m contiguously for the first time ever so this should be very feasible Those who know me are aware that I sink like a rock in water so I ve traditionally had to sprint to stay afloat not very conducive to swimming long distances However after recent modifications to my freestyle mechanics I ve found a way to swim indefinitely subject to my fitness level Professional Relationships 1 Help mentor a peer or colleague at least weekly as it will be some time before Smart Office Energy Solutions has grown to the point of having many employees and business partners I really need to be proactive in the early parts of 2010 to reach out to others who could benefit from any expertise experience or even just sounding board ability I can provide 2 Touch base with one of my own mentors at least once weekly I m blessed to have some great talented brilliant resourceful high integrity mentors in my life and I need be proactive about keeping them abreast of how their influence is helping me along Time Management 1 Daily tweets of my goals and accomplishments When you re the general manager of a start up that faces a laundry list of to dos in every business area every day it is a real challenge to stay focused on the most urgent critical issues Therefore I am experimenting with using new media to create some accountability for myself I will begin each day by tweeting my top few goals to accomplish before I hit the sack One of today s was to write this blog entry and I will finish each day by reporting in on how I fared 140 characters isn t enough to make excuses so the peer pressure will be on to nail them This creates a virtual board of sorts to whom I am accountable and I certainly hope my followers will chide me when I fail Perhaps they will also offer helpful suggestions when they see a goal that resonates with them Each goal tweet will use the dailygoal tag and my progress can be viewed at TrackDailyGoals Hopefully this will also create a cool record of Smart OES s entrepreneurial journey Smart Office Energy Solutions 1 Close seed friends and family funding round by the end of March I have 20k already committed and it s time to shake the trees for the remaining 80k 2 Close first private placement round of

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  • The Green Knight: 2009
    living so far from Katie was great for our frequent flier miles but not so great for our goals of being together She s sitting here next to me on the couch as I type and this is exactly what we were missing So I made a decision for my career my relationship and my ethic of what is right and I made this decision with my heart instead of with my head which is something on which I worked a great deal in business school of all places But then IMD was hardly a typical business school After taking September off to travel around Europe visiting fantastic wineries and even more fantastic friends I returned to my home in Houston and began work on the next chapter For the last quarter of 2009 I divided my time between getting settled back into American life and laying the foundation for pursuit of my career dream in 2010 My quest to find something that marries my skills in leadership experience in IT entrepreneurship and passion for green energy culminated by the end of the year in being given the opportunity to join the senior management team of a UK based cleantech company to help them scale up globally with particular focus on the American market It took us a while to structure the deal and as expected the real work to getting the deal done wasn t financial or strategic it was rooted in personal dynamics Again I felt the benefit of IMD preparation throughout the process Now at the cusp of 2010 we have created a subsidiary company in the US Smart Office Energy Solutions raised a modicum of seed capital imported products from the UK begun the electrical certification process and secured our first clients and resellers There is still a long long way to go before we ve empowered businesses worldwide to reduce their office energy consumption 30 but the momentum is so exciting As many readers also know fitness is a major part of my life and the end of the year offers a good time to pause reflect evaluate how things went and adjust the future course In terms of meeting fitness goals 2009 was really a Tale of Two Halves In the first six months of the year I shed 5 lbs of bodyfat while adding 4 of lean muscle mass both good trends But here at the end of the year I m only 2 lbs of bodyfat down with no real change in lean muscle mass Most men in their 30s add fat and lose muscle each year so I can t really complain about staying relatively even However this is a major disappointment to someone who seeks constant improvement especially given how well the year began The second half of the year was filled with travel change and adaptation to a new fitness regime back in the States As I look toward 2010 I believe I have a solid base under me

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  • The Green Knight: Christmas
    course I tried to help out where I could but I spent most of the day reconnecting with my 8 year old self and reading through all my old Calvin Hobbes books What a blast Two decades later they are still a delight After dinner we exchanged gifts and then dove into the piece de resistance a homemade Italian cream cake our guests had brought When we finished it and loosened our belts a little we were all surprised to realize that it was well past 1 AM time flies when you are reconnecting with friends who are so close they really are family We therefore had to call it a night to ensure that Santa would come Christmas Day was just as leisurely as we opened more presents and sipped on mimosas A Christmas Story was watched delicious leftovers were consumed and naps were taken Awesome The day after Christmas we hosted a small open house which was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbors Of course it featured even more great food I did manage to squeeze some cardio in on this trip but that could hardly compete with the onslaught of delectables with which I was confronted every day I m not losing any sleep over it though the whole trip felt really really good Now we re back in Houston and gathering ourselves for the New Year We both received some truly outstanding gifts for Christmas but the greatest were the opportunities to spend time with the ones we love What more can one really ask I mean other than wishing for Bill Watterson to come out of retirement to write more Calvin Hobbes strips And for Art Monk to come out of retirement to fix the Redskins It was a very merry

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  • The Green Knight: The United Kingdom
    was delicious and full of fall winter fare such as pumpkin risotto which paired well with the cold London weather Such a meal required that we walk around a bit afterward which was basically an excuse to pub crawl some more First we set our sights on a place with warm drinks and we found one quickly There we also bumped into George DeMontrond another Rice alum whom I last bumped into at the Jimmy Buffett concert in Paris Small world After our hot drinks it was time to take advantage of our proximity to Ireland so we migrated to an Irish pub for some Guinness We also tried Guinness Red but quickly returned to our pure roots Finally the pub closed up so we wound down with cocktails back at our hotel Sunday we walked around seeing London s historic sites during the day and then caught up with my IMD classmates Randy and Ijeoma for Indian food in the evening It was great to see those two with whom I shared so much last year and although they are both facing their own challenges now it was gratifying to see that they are doing so well Katie caught an early Monday morning flight back to the US while I journeyed out to Oxford where I spent Monday and Tuesday Our principal supplier is headquartered there and it gave me a great chance to spend time with their CEO By the end of the trip it was clear that personal relationships matter so much more than spreadsheets contracts or technology We ve been working on a deal with this company for months and the in person time to solidify it was well worth the expense of the trip Also in Oxford I found something that pairs very well with Guinness steak mushroom and Guinness pie Wednesday I departed Oxford early for Cambridge where I had never been before One of the world s largest consumer electronics manufacturers was conducting a day long meeting to determine how best to enter the home energy management market and they asked me to help craft their strategy I was honored to be invited and excited to participate After a full day of reviewing data from focus groups evaluating the existing competitive landscape and positing possible entry paths I left feeling extremely energized by the process and excited about their direction If they can succeed in this market it will do a lot of good for them for their consumers and for the world at large so I wish them the best with it Wednesday evening I returned to London to meet with a new VC headed by a Rice alum It was a great meeting and I m excited about his firm for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs This was followed by dinner with Cox and Scotch back at the hotel where we were joined by another Rice alum living in the area At the end of five days I was exhausted and very satisfied

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  • The Green Knight: Poken One-Year Anniversary
    the top public school in the nation for the third year in a row Once again I am humbled by the company I am in and can only strive to live up to such a standard I feel very very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend TJ and I must make the most of it Posted by Bryan Hassin at 03 00 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Poken TJHSST 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 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012

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  • The Green Knight: Arizona
    Roll Tide so I d call the day a success In the evening Katie s sister orchestrated a wonderful vegan dinner for us all and we exchanged gifts Sunday morning began with stockings Santa somehow managed to find us three weeks early in Arizona Then we drove up to the Grand Canyon which none of us had visited before Wow was it ever impressive It was very cold and windy though so most of our peeks at the Canyon consisted of parking the car as close as possible sprinting to the overlook taking pictures and then sprinting back to the car One of the overlooks was significantly below the parking area so we had do sprint down to it then sprint back up afterward I was excited about the sprint back up as it was a clear Rocky opportunity However I found myself completely unable to yell Adrian at the top since the 7 000 feet above sea level rendered me totally breathless Monday we returned to the airport but stopped in Phoenix first so I could meet with an IMD alum who is commercializing a really cool wind energy technology for the developing world Although networking was not a driving factor in my decision to attend IMD it has been great to see that it really is a significant benefit It was a short weekend but a very good one Getting to know Arizona was interesting seeing the Grand Canyon was inspiring but most of all it was just wonderful to celebrate Christmas in such a warm family environment Happy Early Holidays to all Posted by Bryan Hassin at 03 43 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels alternative energy Arizona Christmas Grand Canyon imd No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older

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