Business 2.0 has a nice article on a "touchy-feely" B-School class at Stanford. Our favorite point: "Give away secrets. It pays to tell a newcomer some of your faults." Kinda like that good 'ol "without wax" metaphor Boyd and Ron are always talking and writing about.
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"I then beheld a most agreeable spectacle ... a perfectly circular shape ... [where] the limbs of the Sun and Venus precisely coincided."—Jeremiah Horrocks
He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, at age 13 as a poor scholar, taught himself astronomy, corrected Kepler's calculations (how cool is that), measured the moon's size and found its elliptical orbit, and turned in the best-to-date estimate of the earth's distance from the sun, all before dying at age 22.
Tom wrote a bit about President Ronald Reagan in his newspaper column (which ran from 1985 to 1993). We think the following quote is fitting as a tribute:
Look, Reagan's specific economic policies in the '80s are debatable as hell. But it's not debatable—and I'm a Democrat—that Reagan uplifted our collective ... sodden spirits—and got us back to believing in our entrepreneurial, optimistic, feisty selves.
Harold Craighead, an engineering professor at Tom's alma mater, Cornell, is working on virus-sized things. Nanoelectomechanical systems (gadgets the width of three silicon atoms) measure masses on the virus scale of 10 attograms, which is a billionth of a billionth of a gram (if my math is right). Big ideas about very tiny, very powerful things.
Brits continue to weigh in on Re-imagine! From a book review in EN Magazine (The Magazine for Entrepreneurs):
Indeed, Peters is the Billy Connolly of business. If your head doesn't spin round, become engulfed in flames and blow off your neck at high speed then you may well become the most motivated person in British history.
Welcome to our new home page. We got tired of the old home page and, in the spirit of creative destruction, we blew it up. We've also become enamored of various blogs and blogging software, so we said, "Let's bloggify Tom." Instead of waiting around to transform the whole site, we've gone with a fast prototype here on the main page. With the help of Coudal Partners, we're using Movable Type to manage our site. Well, the home page for now. Let's see if it works. If it does, in time we'll convert the rest of our pages. It may be a bit messy for a while, but email us what you think. In time, we'll get comments turned on, so you'll be able to let us know what you think right here.
It had its supporters and detractors, but it was a bold design crafted during the birth of the space age. Now, the last of the Concordes perches flightless at the National Museum of Scotland. Will we ever see a passenger aircraft with such verve again?
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