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Good People Month 1 Progress Report

One of Good People’s core values is being genuine, which means honesty, transparency, and being true to ourselves.  That middle one, transparency, is one of the reasons I am spending our very limited resources on writing a blog.  If potential customers, suppliers, partners, investors, or other stakeholders want to know what we are up to, [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|, |0 Comments

A Mission Making Energy Saving Technology Easy (Good People)

Making energy saving technology easy, that’s what Good People is all about.  It is, in fact, our mission statement.  I don’t know anyone who actually likes wasting energy or the money it costs.  Some folks are willing to do crazy stuff to be more responsible with resources.  Don’t get me started about shower timers.  Whether [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|, |0 Comments

From Innovation TED Talk to Walking the Walk (Good People)

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, I gave a TED Talk called “Innovation Everywhere” at TEDxUtica in Utica, NY.  I will post my innovation TED talk video as soon as it’s available.  [Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpT5gKWCKb0 added 10/10/16 dsm]  But the big idea is that innovation isn’t about technology or money or being in the [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|, , |0 Comments

Starting a NY Benefit Corporation (Good People)

As mentioned last week, we formed Good People as a New York Benefit Corporation or B Corp.  It’s a relatively new corporate form championed by B Labs that specifically provides for companies committed to a general public benefit in addition to creating value for shareholders.  The big idea is that all stakeholders matter and shareholders’ [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|, |1 Comment

Good People Is Our New New Thing

I’ve dedicated my life to innovation, helping people start, protect, and build businesses around new ideas and products.  But in my intellectual property practice, consulting, and teaching, I’ve always sidelined myself, choosing the role of service provider, mentor, or coach.  I’ve half-joked about being a “meta-entrepreneur” and flitted from one supporting role to the next.  [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|, , |0 Comments

Otsego Now Board Chair Because Economic Development Matters

On March 3, 2016 I was named Chairman of the Board of Otsego Now, which really means jointly chairing the boards of the County of Otsego Industrial Development Agency (COIDA) and Otsego County Capital Resource Corporation (OCCRC).  Otsego Now is probably the most effective economic development resource in Otsego County, based on the tax incentive [...]

By | March 28th, 2016|, |0 Comments

C.R.E.A.M. and the Mad Science of Craft Beer Innovation

If you’ve followed Eat Drink Law for the past few years, then you know that I am a fan of Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn.  To put it simply, I love craft beer.  I love innovation.  So a company that has built its brand around craft beer innovation is near and dear to my heart.  Now, [...]

Video-Food Geeks on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail

In the summer of 2015, Ethan and I headed out for a day on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail with Jim Donley of Doubleday Drivers and my niece, Anna, a SUNY Geneseo student studying video production.  For Ethan and I, it was an act of food geekery to really experience the Cooperstown Beverage Trail in a [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|, , |0 Comments

Should You Start a Business Book Club?

What’s the biggest limiting factor in any small business? What causes the most failure? Is it access to capital? Small markets or lack of customers? Inability to find the right employees, suppliers, or other resources? These all suck and can certainly be business ending. But they aren’t the root cause of business failure. And this [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|, , |0 Comments

Are You Reaching Your Goals?

Do you make resolutions or set annual goals for your business and personal life? With the holidays past and a bit of New Year reflection, it’s the time of year when we think about how to make the coming year great. Or at least try to shed some pounds, yell less, or be more diligent [...]

By | January 26th, 2016|, |0 Comments