Making your mark on the wall

I spend a quite a bit of my time with with innovators and entrepreneurs these days.  As CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association or AZBio as we say, I get to connect with teams that are researching and developing products for a better world… Sustainable Health (and health care) , more plentiful food, greener energy… pretty heady stuff.  My job’s not nearly as sexy.  Here at AZBio our job is ground support, providing opportunities for them to connect and engage with each other, pulling together educational and support resources and sharing their stories.  Our job is not to change the world.  Our job at AZBIO is to support them so that they can.

 

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Success Tip: Check out the BIG Game

Today is the big day, Super Bowl XLV.  Folks will be donning green and gold or gold and black.  Friends will gather around TV sets across the country gobbling up things they know that should not eat and for this one day of the year the DVR is set not to skip the commercials, but to catch them for instant replay.Continue reading

Leading by Example: Intel and us

On January 26, 2011, Intel Labs announced a $100 million cash investment in U.S. university research over the next 5 years, marking a new model of collaboration for the organization. The Funding will support a number of Intel Science and Technology Centers; the first such center will be led by Stanford University and focus on next-generation visual computing. According to the Intel Labs press release, this new model of university-lead research is expected to provide U.S. researchers with up to 5 times more funding from Intel Labs compared to the previous approach, and enable engagements across a broader set of universities.Continue reading

The Success Tip: Dream then Deliver

We all dream.  Without dreams there would be no innovation, no entrepreneurs, no purpose.  From our dreams come vision, inspiration and hope.  But dreams are not enough.  To move from the world of dreams to the reality of success, you need to deliver.  Otherwise you just keep dreaming and never get to see your dreams become real.Continue reading

When it’s too broken to fix, start over

 

As innovators, one of the most frustrating phrases we hear is “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”  Yet, equally dangerous is the ongoing cycle of Band-Aids and patches we often put on existing processes and procedures to “fix” them.  At some point there is always a diminishing level of benefit until it is so complicated and complex that you need to say “enough!” It is time to scrap the whole mess and start over.  Any software developer can tell you that this is the case when it comes to  writing code. Business leaders will tell you the key to business process optimization is simplification.  But when it comes to government we have yet to learn the lesson. Continue reading