Category Archives: Materials Science

Industrial Business Models – Customer ROI

Your technology is great.  It makes the world a better place.  Benchtop results were good – but yields actually went up as you’ve scaled results.  You’ve also made your first big decision and you’re going to sell the technology to … Continue reading

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Industrial Business Models – Choice #1

Hardware is dead. Hardware is booming. Hardware is hard and no one should do it. Hardware is different. Hardware is the same. IoT, IIoT and additive manufacturing attract attention to heavy industry – where a thing is being produced and … Continue reading

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“What does it take to be (a good) CEO?” Answer: People

All of the successes were from bringing in good people, helping them frame problems and getting them the tools they needed to be successful. The failures? They were mine – mostly due to not properly resourcing a problem with the … Continue reading

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Project Planning: Stay out of the (San Francisco) Mud

San Francisco’s $350 MM Millennium Tower is sinking into the mud beneath it.  Finished in 2009, some now believe that it could sink as much as 3 feet – greater than initial estimates of ‘possibly an inch in the event … Continue reading

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Fraud in Industrial Technologies

GigaOm’s article on green energy snake oil highlights the challenges faced by investors in any industrial technology.  We’re not investors, but over the past six years of applying our process and equipment in this industrial technology space, we have certainly seen many unusual … Continue reading

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Seven Red Lines (aka “The Expert”): The Transcript

Cast: CUSTOMER C1 (“Customer 1st speaker”) – The customer lead, Justine’s boss Justine – Design specialist at the customer VENDOR V1 (“Vendor 1st speaker”) – The vendor lead, Walter and Anderson the Expert’s boss. Walter – Reports to V1, serves … Continue reading

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Define the Mission, then the Vehicle

Pat Duggins’ book Final Countdown, which documents NASA’s move to shutdown the Space Shuttle Program repeats an important aviation and aerospace maxim: The mission should define the vehicle, not the vehicle define the mission. Apollo’s mission was to put a … Continue reading

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