Have a Happy 4th of July in 2015

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in tshafer

4th of July Rockets

I for one love fireworks and look forward to them every year. I love watching them exploding overhead after a picnic in the park. Happy 4th of July.

History of fireworks on the 4th of July

is his article “The Rockets’ Red, White, and Blue Glare” explains that fireworks were used in Philadelphia independence celebration on July 4, 1777. The Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote that in Philadelphia, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.”

Fireworks chemistry

Bring on the fireworks and don’t forget the streamers, confetti, and balloons!

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All we have of freedom, all we use or know –
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

 

Client News: Bring on the Leads

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in Clients in the News, Lead Generation, Rules of Thumb, tshafer

Intl Contact LogoPress Release Leads to Local Coverage

International Contact, Inc., a leader in media translation and localization, announced the appointment of Ron Fredericks to the role of chief technology officer in a recent press release. It was picked up by San Francisco Business Journal and resulted in print coverage in their “People on the Move” section. While International Contact is a global company with large multi-national clients, they believe that the local touch is important to maintain their outstanding personalized services.

Quotes From Whispers Under Ground, Broken Homes, and Foxglove Summer

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Books, skmurphy

Some quotes from “Whispers Under Ground“, “Broken Homes“, and “Foxglove Summer.” They are the third, fourth, and fifth novels in Ben Aaronovitch’s “Rivers of London” series of novels about Peter Grant, a London Police Constable and apprentice magician.

I bought these three on the strength of his first book  I had the feeling that Aaronovitch succumbed to “Game of Thrones” disease–not greyscale but “literary elephantiasis”–where he is afraid to bring anything to a conclusion because his series has become so popular–and profitable.

Nature, Technology and Magic

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in 1 Idea Stage, 2 Open for Business Stage, Design of Experiments, skmurphy, Startups

What seems natural, artificial, or supernatural is a function of familiarity. Nature is the background or context for innovation. The challenge is that we live in a world and culture formed by millennia of innovation so that some incredibly advanced technologies seem natural. The difference between technology and magic is not that one works more reliably than the other but that technology is part of the adjacent possible–seemingly impossible but comprehensible. Magic breaks our existing paradigm and is initially incomprehensible. As entrepreneurs we need to present our innovations as technology not magic.

3d Printing IP Issues

Written by Max Murphy. Posted in 3D Model, Legal Issues, Rules of Thumb

One good way to make predictions about the future of a new technology is to examine the paths that similar technologies have taken historically and use them to draw likely trajectories. As Mark Twain observed, “History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme.” New technologies solve existing problems in in new ways, obsoleting existing solutions for the same needs. Despite some of the sensationalism a closer examination of intellectual property challenges faced by earlier technologies shows that they rhyme with 3D printing IP issues. These challenges offer a roadmap for the likely evolution of 3D printing–and related technologies like 3D scanning and 3D modeling.

Your First Dozen Enterprise Customers

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in 3 Early Customer Stage, 4 Finding your Niche, Customer Development, Demos, Lead Generation, Rules of Thumb, Sales, skmurphy

traction-bookMy interview with Gabriel Weinberg was originally published Sep-8-2010. He was doing research for what became his fantastic book Traction. We talked for the better part of an hour and a half and I can remember he kept returning in different ways to what was needed to close your first dozen enterprise customers.

Jen Berkley Jackson on Win Loss Interviews

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Sales, skmurphy

I have known Jennifer Berkley Jackson of The Insight Advantage for the better part of  a decade. I met her at a Breakfast for Management Consultants and have stayed in touch ever since. She wrote a great blog post last year on “Win/Loss Analysis, Your Secret Weapon for Success” and we recently sat down to discuss win loss interviews in more detail. What follows is an edited transcript of the conversation.

Men Who Built America

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Founder Story, skmurphy

The History Channel’s “Men Who Built America” documentary recaps the history of the creation of key American industries: railroad, steel, petroleum, automobile, and finance. Covering a period from roughly 1850 to World War 2 it offers reenactments of key events in the evolution of American business. It’s worth an entrepreneur’s time to reflect on the lives on Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and J. P. Morgan.

Walt Maclay Featured as a Thought Leader in Medical Design Technology

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in Clients in the News, tshafer

Walt Maclay, President of Voler Systems was featured as a thought leader on wearable and IoT devices in the latest issue of Medical Design Technology.  He explains how wearable devices are now driving the definition of low-power and provides techniques for overcoming battery limitations.

MDT features Walt Maclay

 

The biggest challenge in wireless medical device is battery life: how to maximize the length of time between charges given the anticipated level of use. One big factor is the power need to transmit the required data volume over the desired distance. To maximize battery life given a target form factor we conserve power by limiting transmission power, shortening transmission and receive time, using low power sensors, and shutting down unneeded electronics. This takes a combination of system design, circuit design, and software to achieve the optimum solution.

Past MDT features and interviews by Walt Maclay:

Founder Story: Edith Harbaugh of LaunchDarkly

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Customer Development, Design of Experiments, Founder Story, skmurphy

I got to know Edith Harbaugh (@edith_h) when she was moderating the Lean Startup Circle Group and published two guest blog posts by her: “It’s Your Execution, Not Your Idea” and “Managing Email Conversations With Customers.” I also invited her to take part in a webinar on Innovator’s DNA: Experimenting Skill. During the roundtable conversation she mentioned some lessons learned from a bicycle trip across the United States–I thought to myself, anyone willing to bike across the country is ready to become a technology entrepreneur. So when she emailed me that she had co-founded LaunchDarkly I reached out to interview her. What follows is an edited transcript.

3D printer combinations

Written by Max Murphy. Posted in 3D Model

3D printing’s first impact was in the prototype sector of the manufacturing process. 3D printing will not replace traditional (“subtractive”) manufacturing methods, but rather 3D printing technology will be combined with pre-existing machines.  There are currently five machines that are most likely going to be the future of 3D printer combinations.

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