"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

-Teddy Roosevelt
26th President of the United States
Nobel Laureate (Peace, 1906)
 


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PreScouter Inc. (Evanston, IL)

"PreScouter made us aware of 23 emerging technologies ... that we probably would not have become aware of [otherwise]"

- Dr. Richard Demke, Sunstar Americas 

PreScouter Inc. is an innovation discovery firm - we help Fortune 500 companies identify technologies and talent at universities and startups across the globe.  At the time of this writing, PreScouter serves over 70 innovation-minded corporations with clients ranging from speciality chemicals to agriculture, electric utilities to consumer products.  We employ approximately three-dozen people spanning three continents.

Along with Dino Ganesarajah (Managing Director), Ashish Basuray, PhD (Chief Scientist), and Doug Pollina (CFO), I helped co-found PreScouter as a PhD student at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering.   Currently, I serve as Chief Strategist for the firm.

Click here for more information on PreScouter and our thought leadership in open innovation.


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Proper Channel, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)

Proper Channel is an early-stage startup that aims to eliminate the pain of bureaucracy.  We often have to complete tasks that are frustrating, complex, and unclear (e.g. apply to college, obtain a passport, get car insurance, etc.).  These tasks are painful because we aren't clearly told what to do for our specific circumstance.  Proper Channel is building a collaborative flowcharting tool that helps individuals identify the specific steps in any complex task and complete them.  Additionally, for any task, we are making it dead simple to fill-out and mail all paperwork online.

Alongside William McCluskey (CEO) and Mike Bielagus (Lead Developer), I serve as an advisor to Proper Channel.


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Spasso (New York, New York)

Spasso is an Italian restaurant located in the West Village of New York City.  The idea of Spasso came to Bobby Werhane, founder of Experience Hospitality, after producing the famed West Village restaurants dell'anima and L'artusi. He began to envision an authentic rustic Italian restaurant in New York City as the centerpiece of West Village. Executive Chef Edward Carew has created a varied menu that includes rustic fare such as hand rolled pastas, house cured meats, and flawlessly baked breads.


Other projects on the backburner...

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Meruso Inc.

The finest from the world over.

 
Photo credit: About.com

Photo credit: About.com


TestChem Inc. 

Empowering people to know what's in the food they eat, the products they buy, and the air they breathe. 

Photo credit: Cosmic Convergence 

Photo credit: Cosmic Convergence 


Energy Arbitrage Inc.

Greening the $100 B market for hydrogen.

 

Disclaimer:   I own equity stakes in the aforementioned companies. Opinions shared should be interpreted with this bias in mind.  However, I may or may not have any operating responsibilities at these firms.