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Startup Moments in Cinema: Inuyashiki

Few people know it but I spent about six years working in Japanese Animation. It was a fantastic time really, basically my first startup experience before I even knew what a “startup” was.  This was back in the mid 90’s.  I just got outa high school, was working in video production as salesman selling high end video production gear.  There’s a whole story there but basically I got in early […]

Startup Moments in Cinema: Ronin

I know it seems a bit like we’re on a samurai theme here… but Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master.  This is another great must see movie with several startup, entrepreneurial and software agency like lessons, reflections and moments. WHAT DO YOU USE SCENE There’s a special kinda language or verbal protocol amongst nerds… what do you use?  Everyone trades tools, frameworks and programming languages as […]

State of Entrepreneurial Play

Yesterday I was asked my thoughts on organizing, facilitating and overall what I would do differently on teeing up a Startup Weekend like event.  It pulled me back into the reaches of … ‘Oh yeah…” what would I do differently.  I haven’t organized or put on a Startup Weekend before but I’ve been a participant, a judge, a speaker, a mentor and an advocate of the scene for quite sometime. […]

Transformer – The Artificial Intelligence Writing Assistant

Product Hunt is a wonderful place. Its one of my go to places everyday to surface up some newness, and yesterday they served up a winner! Transformer is an AI assistive writer tool from Hugging Face. It basically reads what you’re writing and suggests things for you. I took it for a spin yesterday and wrote a short story, something I’ve been doing a lot lately, writing for fun. I had […]

Startup Moments in Cinema: The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai is one of my favorite movies of all time.  I love the story, lore and history of Japan.  The culture is calming to me, centers me in a way I can’t easily explain.  Its so alien to me yet welcomes me.  In the Last Samurai we have the classic tale of the fallen war hero dragged back into what he does best.. killing.  Along the way he […]

Staged Innovation Acqusition

Boom!  Did that get your attention? Trend spotting Innovation It’s time for a bit of a ramble.  A trend I keep noticing.  The fortune 1000 are up to some interesting tricks of as late- staged innovation acquisition is one of them thats becoming more and more prevalent.  What’s that mean exactly?  First I love the phrase, to me it conveys this pipeline like process to acquire innovation. It used to […]