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  • The Green Knight: Austin
    minutes to present a compelling vision of our company why what we re doing is worthwhile and how investors will realize major returns both economic and green returns Therefore I needed to be dead on about making each and every point holding it just long enough for emphasis and then moving on to ensure I stayed within time limits Thursday morning began early I arrived at the UT McCombs School of Business AT T Conference Center at 6 AM to run through my pitch It may have been a bit overkill but I really wanted to ensure that they had the right version of my powerpoint and that everything showed up transitioned well on the large projection screen My pre run went flawlessly so I felt kind of sheepish being there so early but I would much rather that than the sheepish feeling of beginning my pitch only to realize that the powerpoint is the wrong version as happened to one of the other presenters later in the day The morning was great and the company pitches were quite compelling It felt wonderful to be surrounded by so many passionate knowledgeable people who had similar goals of creating great businesses that do a lot of good for the world I had an opportunity throughout the day to meet most of the presenters too and my impression is that they are all top notch individuals Lunch came and went but I didn t have much appetite as I grew a little nervous before my afternoon pitch This always happens I know the presentation backward and forward but I get butterflies in advance The butterflies build to a crescendo right before I start and I can literally feel my heart in my throat Then all of a sudden BAM I m in the zone and it usually comes off really well The same pattern has emerged before every performance I ve ever given including performances on the football field and I absolutely revel in it I love the feeling of nervous anticipation beforehand the zen in the moment and the feeling of triumph afterward Long story short the pitch went really well There were 400 attendees out there and it felt great to share with them the grand vision for Enistic After the pitch we had 10 minutes of Q A from the VC panel and I was excited that the VCs had many questions for me and that their questions indicated significant interest After the pitch several people took me aside to compliment me on the pitch which felt great In the end we didn t win the pitch competition which I consider a failure It was definitely one of my goals However we did receive a great deal of follow up from potential investors business partners and employees so I still think it was a strong net positive With the Summit over I celebrated by meeting several friends from Rice at Chuy s a tex mex institution The Texas Martini

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  • The Green Knight: Domestic Hippies
    1 000 better Nothing against Swiss gyms I certainly enjoyed my time there but it is really nice to be back in a place where they take this seriously After the gym it was time for more domestic activities Whole Foods Central Market the farmer s market the recycling cente r Katie and I are such hippies We picked up lots of delicious natural food at least enough to last us the weekend I was pleased that my little Smart Car got us around fine I think it s going to serve its purpose very well Saturday afternoon we went to the Rice football game This started off very well with a Rice Engineering Alumni tailgate but quickly went downhill with a 63 14 loss to the US Naval Academy After such a great 2008 season this year s slow start is tough to handle Sunday I reveled in two things 1 more football all day and 2 stores that are open on Sundays I haven t had the possibility to go to the store on Sunday for two years and boy did I miss it After brunch at Mango s where I had jalapeno cheese stuffed french toast we filled Sunday with more domestic hippie activities and some relaxation at home This will be another big week for enistic as I am pitching at the Austin Clean Energy Venture Summit Wish me luck as I m hoping for a big win Pics are in my facebook album Posted by Bryan Hassin at 07 53 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels football gym Houston 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

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  • The Green Knight: Smart Start
    work every day and sometimes transporting another person to lunch The ideal car would have been a plug in electric but it seems that they won t be commercially ready for another 1 2 years So I settled on a car that is ubiquitous in Europe but only just gaining traction here in the US the Smart ForTwo It meets all of my criteria and leaves so much additional space in the garage that it may have preemptively solved any space sharing issues Katie and I might have Is it as fun to drive as my SLK s Certainly not But I only miss the fun for a few minutes worth of commute each day and I feel great about the 40 mpg This is a good first step for me in a policy of just buying what I need Although I am already working hard on enistic I am also spending a great deal of time getting settled back into my house My friends from all over the world are welcome to come visit me here in Houston It s hot and it s humid but it s home and I love it Pics are in my facebook album Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 08 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Houston Smart 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

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  • The Green Knight: Amsterdam Day 3/Europe Day 639
    with another classmate Frank as well as with many older alumni I came here with the intention of getting to know Amsterdam but the highlight of this trip by far was catching up with friends classmates After a full day of IMD activities we repaired back to the apartment and had another great meal fajitas in celebration of my return to Texas There were more philosophical discussions this time regarding blogging and online identity Now I am about to board my flight to Houston This was a great weekend in Amsterdam and the last two years in Europe have been wonderful A part of me will always reside here and I definitely hope to return often Posted by Bryan Hassin at 03 16 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Amsterdam imd 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 35 December 2 November 1 October 4 September 3 August 6 July 4 June 3 May 4 March 3 February 1 January 4 2011 47 December 5 November 4 October 3 August 5 July 2 June 4 May 8 April 2

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  • The Green Knight: Amsterdam Day 2
    had a fever and helped me treat the symptoms The 1 treatment method was shooting Borovička a Slovak dry gin Oh yeah that ll cure what ales you Lucia and Tomas are also great cooks We decided to stay in for the evening so they prepared a wonderful meal of fish potatoes and spinach with garlic Under normal circumstances I would have shown them how much I appreciated their culinary skills by devouring everything they put in front of me This night was different though and the smell of the garlic almost made me lose my stomach Yikes something was clearly wrong However I knew I had to eat so I joined them for dinner and had some cereal I managed to eat it all and immediately felt better My fever was gone by the end of dinner and I was beginning to feel like a new man We spent the rest of the evening just sitting around chatting and discussing deep philosophical questions At one point Lucia brought out some mango and berliners the doughnuts mentioned in my blog about Berlin and I ensured that there were none left Ah yes there s that appetite I know I m back baby Still I m heading to bed to ensure that I m rested and ready for my last day here Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 29 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Amsterdam 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

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  • The Green Knight: Amsterdam Day 1
    something touristy So I walked up the Anne Frank House stood in line for a while and then walked through the secret rooms where she and her family hid from Nazi persecutors I haven t read the Diary of Anne Frank since middle school but I remembered enough of it to be moved by the physical site where such a betrayal took place Not wanting to lighten the mood too much I then went to the Van Gogh Museum While waiting to purchase my ticket I bumped into Rice alum prof and Lovett College Associate George Hirasaki what a small world He happened to be in town for a conference This once again proves my assertion that the Rice network is small but high value and very global Inside the museum I met Sujin the partner of another of my IMD classmates Joonwon Sujin is a painter herself so she was a great tour guide After viewing the paintings and writings of Van Gogh we went downstairs to view an exhibition on Alfred Stevens I had never heard of Stevens before but I found his works to be quite remarkable Specifically his ability to capture the texture of fabrics and upholstery was unlike anything I had before seen On my way back to the apartment I saw a line of painted elephants part of a city wide elephant art show in support of save the elephants charities I stopped to take a picture and was immediately accosted by a man raving at me in several languages When he worked out that English was my best language certainly better than my Dutch he informed me that he had been in my picture of the elephants and that he did NOT want to be in any pictures I assured him that there was no problem and let him watch as I deleted the picture but now that I reflect on it I wish I had pressed him more to understand why he didn t want to be in any pictures Back at the apartment I relaxed a bit with Tomas Lucia and Albert Albert is very well behaved and has a very pleasant disposition Tomas and Lucia seem to have taken to parenthood very naturally and it is inspiring to see this young family doing so well In the evening I went out for dinner with some other friends from Amsterdam For the second time in as many weeks I went to a Jamie Oliver restaurant this one was Fifteen Amsterdam The food was once again delicious we each ordered the four course prix fixe menu I began with the antipasti sampler after which I was basically full Next was a sweet gorgonzola risotto mmmm The main course was certified sustainably caught salmon good thing we had plenty of wine to help me make room in my stomach Finally there was cinnamon panna cotta with a dark chocolate mousse How indulgent After all that I am stuffed and am heading to bed

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  • The Green Knight: The End of an Era
    this move include my old huge laptop nicknamed the aircraft carrier by some clients of my previous company my favorite shoes that are large and very worn and several bottles of wine but I know they will bring happiness to the Poken staff Eventually I managed to squeeze everything into my two suitcases and lug them down to the station Instead of heading directly to the US though I m taking a detour through Amsterdam where I have never been before Here I am staying with my IMD classmate Tomas his wife Lucia and their son Albert who was born during our school year Unfortunately the cost of checking my heavy luggage on EasyJet was three times the cost of the ticket but oh well these are the costs of moving When I stepped off the plane this evening the moon was bright and the air was crisp and cool It felt like the first step toward an uncertain exciting future It felt like the right step Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 51 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Amsterdam 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 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

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  • The Green Knight: Buffett in Paris--again!
    what made that painting so distinctive sometimes the painting technique sometimes the subject matter sometimes the sociopolitical context sometimes all of the above made it much more interesting After a morning full of Monet Manet Courbet Degas Renoir Cezanne and Van Gogh we decided that we were kind of saturated So we skipped the afternoon tour of the Louvre and spent the afternoon wandering around Ile de la Cite including Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle I had never even heard of Sainte Chapelle before but it was magnificent Floor to ceiling stained glass made for a very luminescent experience and it housed 32 relics of the passion of Christ including his crown of thorns the spear that pierced him on the cross and a piece of the cross itself Wow Saturday evening Mom and I were in for a cultural experience of a different variety a Jimmy Buffett concert When we lived in Alabama we used to listen to Jimmy Buffett when we would head down to the Gulf beaches he was part of the lifestyle there Mom took me to my first Buffett concert at Auburn University when I was 8 and I ve been to many since then Therefore it seemed appropriate that I take her to her birthday Buffett concert in Paris It was a great show as always basically one big sing along with the crowd This year s venue La Cigale was significantly larger than last year s but there were still easily fewer than 1 000 people there I ran into another Rice alum there whom I had bumped into at last year s show as well which was fun Great show great night great birthday weekend Now Mom is cruising along the Seine and visiting important impressionist sites with the TCU group I

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