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  • The Green Knight: 2013/10 - 2013/11
    of wealth and income Over time wealth and income distribution is becoming more unequal Most Americans aren t aware of how unequal and increasingly unequal wealth and income are in the US and they would prefer them to be more equitably distributed This has made for some good and spirited discussion among my friends Many of my socialist leaning European friends believe that it s a great travesty and that Americans are either ignorant about it happening or wrong in willfully letting it happen Many of my libertarian leaning American friends believe that it s a right and natural outcome of a meritocratic free market Regardless of the video and the data sources and the definitions it uses I m glad it has stimulated this discussion because it s not something I ve really thought much about before It leaves me with several questions Is US wealth and income distribution as inequitable as the video makes it seem How does the US compare with other countries The US looks OK in this World Bank data What should the US wealth and income distribution look like and why Is this even the right question I ve seen it argued that wealth and income mobility the ability for someone in one group to move up to another group is more important than a snaptshot or trend of distribution This resonates with me as it seems to align with the American dream that anyone no matter where he comes from or what he has today can make it big tomorrow If mobility is the right metric to focus on how does the US stack up there Not too well it would seem from this Wikipedia article Or are there other metrics we should look at for an ideal future state and work backward from there If indeed the US is out of whack with regard to the metrics we claim to hold dear why is that so And what can or should be done about it What other approaches exist and what would be their tradeoffs What do you think about these issues I don t have any conclusions of my own yet as I m just starting to consider them Posted by Bryan Hassin at 14 40 7 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Economics IPE USA Gravity Last week Katie and I saw the movie everyone has been raving about Gravity Although it wasn t the best sci fi movie ever as we had heard from some people and in fact I wouldn t classify it as a sci fi movie at all it was quite enjoyable We saw the movie in IMAX 3D and I m glad we did It is visually quite stunning with amazing panoramic shots of the earth during both night and day The 3D is really well done and actually heightens the flinch worthiness of the tenser scenes I would expect nothing less from Alfonso Cuarón who directed

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  • The Green Knight: 2013/09 - 2013/10
    eating drinking and making merry with dear friends we hadn t seen in awhile some not since graduation Sunday there was a soccer match between our class and the current MBAs which we won of course followed by a closing lunch at our favorite class hangout Le Pinocchio The weather which had been gorgeous all weekend continued to impress so I took a slow jog along the lake to the park where soccer was being played and then another jog back to Lutry after lunch Sometimes I wonder if my memory of living in Switzerland perfect weather beautiful views of lakes and mountains is somewhat idealized but days like Sunday remind me that it really is a fantastic place And there you have it after a three day sprint our reunion is over The reunion itself actually seemed like a microcosm of the IMD experience late nights intense days and much joy in being together Even as much time as we spent together though there are some people with whom I regret not catching up more Much has changed since we underwent the MBA journey together five years ago Jobs have changed families have grown and both accomplishments and disappointments have been realized That which has remained constant throughout the five years however is the bond that we all formed first by choosing to undergo and being selected for such a unique program and then by traveling that unique journey together In fact that bond is so strong that even though the reunion is over those of us still in Lausanne are meeting up every chance that we get Five years out is a good time to reflect on the IMD experience I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to attend IMD but as this reunion really drove home the most tremendous blessing that IMD provided is the addition of all these great people in my life Posted by Bryan Hassin at 08 54 3 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels imd Lausanne Switzerland 2013 09 02 Life in Chapel Hill Having moved into our Chapel Hill home nearly a month ago I now have some reasonably concrete thoughts about life here The biggest impression made on me so far is the area s dichotomy between being a large metropolitan area of two million people but having a really small town feel Durham may feel a little more like a bustling city and Raleigh surely does but Chapel Hill feels like a sleepy college town out in the country There is low enough light pollution that the stars are dazzling at night even when we just step out on our deck The area is densely forested so much so that our home feels like a tree house and everywhere you look is green green green When we take Max for a walk it isn t uncommon for us to encounter deer roaming around the neighborhood Max really really wants to

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  • The Green Knight: 2013/08 - 2013/09
    that the home you remember will no longer exist If you judge by buildings and neighborhoods and landscapes then that is true However I found that it absolutely still existed due to the people we saw while we were there We stayed with good family friends who used to keep me when my parents were out of town We had lunch with several other family friends and even caught up with the parents of some of my elementary school friends and classmates My mom has a plaque that says A house is made of brick and stone A home is made of love alone I think that applies to towns in addition to houses it s the people who make it a home town more than anything physical While Huntsville is now missing many of the people one above all whom I associate with fond childhood memories there are still plenty of great people there smart fun good natured accomplished people After all it takes great people to accomplish the great feats for which Huntsville is known This brief stroll down memory lane reminded me not only of that put a man on the moon spirit but also of how blessed Katie and I are to have such wonderful people in our lives Posted by Bryan Hassin at 16 20 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Huntsville Newer Posts Older Posts Home Subscribe to Posts 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

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  • The Green Knight: 2013/07 - 2013/08
    cultivated We are looking forward to being back in a place with four seasons as well can t wait for the leaves to change color this autumn Of course this move creates both challenges and opportunities for me professionally My startup Smart Office Energy Solutions is headquartered in Houston and I teach entrepreneurship at Rice University so I will be commuting back to Houston for much of the next six months At the same time however the Research Triangle has a great deal of cleantech smart grid research going on a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem and major corporate support for innovation Accordingly I will be opening a new Smart OES office in the Triangle to cultivate opportunities there The East Coast represents a major client market for us so it will be advantageous for us to begin developing a foothold in the mid Atlantic Katie and I will both miss Houston a lot we have called it home for more than 1 3 of our lives It has been a great place to start our professional careers a burgeoning land of economic growth excellent arts and low cost of living It is the people though whom we will miss most Houston s great people smart fun and friendly kept us in Houston after we graduated from Rice attracted me back after my Swiss experience and may well attract us back again The week leading up to our departure was filled with warm send offs and validation that we truly are blessed to have such people in our lives Now we are embarking a new adventure There will be new people and new challenges in our lives and new opportunities We have no idea what the future will hold but as we vowed to each other two years ago we will face

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  • The Green Knight: 2013/06 - 2013/07
    yoga Friday afternoon then we all headed to the beach for the groom s dinner Under cloudless skies we grilled out played on the sand and engaged in freezing water sports The best part though came when the bride and sister of the groom busted out a guitar and began to serenade the groom The guitar stayed out all night and it turned into hours and hours of sing a long what fun The day of the wedding couldn t have been more perfect We were blessed with our third straight day of awesome weather The bride started the day by leading us in the full Ashtanga Yoga primary series I then joined the groom for a trail run along the Lake Tahoe Rim Trail All this led up to the main event the wedding itself The ceremony was short and sweet and I was privileged to have a front row seat After the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife we spent a glorious afternoon sipping on champagne playing yard games and dining outside This of course was followed by hours and hours of dancing until the wee hours of the morning I couldn t have imagined anything better for the happy couple Sunday we lazily breakfasted and said sad fond goodbyes It had been a wonderful joyous celebration in an amazing location but eventually it was time to return to reality For Katie and me however reality was delayed by another day Our flight back to Houston wasn t until Monday so we had to spend the night at a hotel casino in Reno Let me tell you that was one classy place After an evening of smoky gaming tables poolside dancers and comped all you can eat buffets we finally returned to Houston What a weekend We are so so happy for Kelly and Mike and we were thrilled to be party of their new union We were especially thrilled that the way they wanted to celebrate happened to be a LOT of fun Posted by Bryan Hassin at 22 46 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels family Lake Tahoe wedding 2013 06 10 Rice Named Top University Incubator Rice University has selected as having the top university business incubator in the world according to a just released study by UBI I have been working for more than a year now to support enhance catalyze entrepreneurship at Rice by teaching mentoring and helping to launch the OwlSpark Accelerator which received special mention in the announcement It feels great when hard work is recognized and my hearty congratulations go out to all the others who are helping to propel Rice into the future of being an entrepreneurial university http news rice edu 2013 06 10 rice alliance named top global university business incubator 2 Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 22 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels entrepreneurship OwlSpark

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  • The Green Knight: 2013/05 - 2013/06
    BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Guido Hassin USA 2013 05 20 A Spark of Entrepreneurship at Rice Although I haven t posted much about it on this blog many of you know that I have spent the last year and a half helping to foster more better entrepreneurship at my alma mater Rice University Six months ago I officially accepted the role of Entrepreneur in Residence at the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership an organization funded by legendary venture capitalist and Rice alum John Doerr Since almost the moment I started in 2012 it became evident that Rice was underserved in entrepreneurship The MBAs had some coursework available to them and a big business plan competition but the undergrads had nothing academic grad students even less and faculty were frustrated with the process of IP commercialization Around that time I connected with four students who wanted to do something about it Over the last 18 months we spent a lot of time figuring out the highest impact initiative we could take selling it within the university administration gathering resources for it and making it happen Last Thursday this vision became a reality with the official launch of OwlSpark the Rice University startup accelerator Eight teams of Rice undergrads grad students MBAs and alumni are spending the summer working side by side in the Rice BRC to launch their startups The program provides funding mentorship learning and networking opportunities for the 37 members of these eight teams Thursday night s launch event attracted more than 100 attendees and was a really fantastic way to kick off the program This is such an exciting initiative for Rice but what really makes me proud is that OwlSpark was created entrepreneurially by students not by a top down

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  • The Green Knight: 2013/04 - 2013/05
    workouts and great food Once we felt that Nick had been sent off from bachelorhood in appropriate style we changed and got ready for the big event The wedding itself was Hawaiian themed and very informal With the sun beating down on us we all appreciated the informality It was also very meaningful from the written vows to the sentimental rings to the participation of the flower dog As we transitioned to the reception we also added a Top Gun theme We groomsmen donned aviators as we entered the reception to the Top Gun theme song and later on there was a You ve Lost That Lovin Feeling homage The Hawaiian theme continued as well as we were treated to a show by dancers from the Pacific Islands It was an interactive show so attendees were treated to more than they could ever want of me hula dancing We danced into the night and then continued the party in downtown St P It was a lot of fun sweaty sweaty fun The next day Katie Mom and I spent the morning in the Salvador Dali Museum what a trip And then we wrapped up with tapas at Ceviche before heading home All in all it was a fun weekend and a great way to send Nick and Jess off on their new adventure I won t try to recount my toasts here as they are private intended just for the bride groom and other wedding attendees I did quote one poem by Rumi though in honor of Nick s and Jess s strong attachment to the sea The religion of Love is a sea without a shore where the Lovers drown without a sigh without a cry To Nick and Jess bon voyage on your new life together Posted by

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  • The Green Knight: 2013/03 - 2013/04
    just went out for dinner at Roost and rested up for a big day Saturday Saturday began with the Houston Area Women s Center Race Against Violence 5k Sunny and cool we each did pretty well and then enjoyed recovery food with a brunch of almond flour pancakes Next we met up with the other IMD MBA 2008 Houstonian Hernan a recent transplant from Buenos Aires What do three IMD MBAs do when they meet in a city that isn t native for any of them Play ping pong of course We convened at the Rice Rec Center and held an epic international tournament for the ages Saturday afternoon we were pleased to introduce our IMD friends guests families to a unique cultural experience the Houston Rodeo From bull riding events to the livestock show to lots of Texas BBQ I think it s safe to say that we all enjoyed the experience and that our guests will always remember it Saturday night we went to dinner at Beaver s for some more locavore fare and Sunday our guests had to leave too early The weather was gorgeous Sunday so it s too bad they couldn t stick around we played beach volleyball all afternoon Actually as both of our guests were really really tall maybe it s a good thing they couldn t stay and play against us The weather here is still absolutely beautiful so now is the right time for us to be cultural ambassadors of Houston If anyone else would like to visit COME ON DOOOOOOOOOWN Posted by Bryan Hassin at 11 15 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Houston imd rodeo Newer Posts Older Posts Home Subscribe to Posts Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur

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