The University of California Gets Into The VC Business

This is very interesting but also potentially problematic. It’s interesting and positive because the funding that allows ideas to be spun out of research labs at universities is in perilously short supply. The absence of seed stage capital is holding back a lot of great ideas. The potential problems are in how the university manages […]…

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Incredibly Important Report from Brookings

These guys in the Metropolitan Studies program at the Brookings Institute are soul mates of mine. In this report, they zero in on how the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) labs, which are enormous repositories of cutting-edge technologies, should be engaging more deeply with the regional economies around them. The report  argues that the frequently […]…

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GM and The Rest of The Industry Won’t Be Far Behind Toyota

GM Expects to Offer Hands-Free Driving by 2016 Automated Steering System, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Would Seek to Reduce Crashes By Jeff Bennett  and Joseph B White , The Wall Street Journal Sept. 7, 2014 5:15 p.m. ET GM plans to provide vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology in its 2017 Cadillac CTS sedans. General Motors Co. plans to launch by […]…

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Toyota Take Five–What Will Intelligent Driving Really Mean?

published by William J. Holstein on 7 September 2014 – 1:14pm I came away from Toyota’s Advanced Safety Seminar convinced that there will be dramatic changes in the automobile in coming years. As John Lee from the University of Wisconsin said, there will be more sweeping changes in the interaction between car and driver in […]…

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Chief Executive magazine–Top Five Play Cars for CEOs

Go here to see the complete list of what edmunds.com Editor Scott Oldham and I came up with: Five Best Fun Cars for CEOs You’ve worked long and hard and you deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Buying a fun, weekend car is one obvious way to do that. Never mind what they […]…

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