Thursday, June 26, 2008


A hilarious 40-second video from Ithaca startup Predict Systems. Just watch. I don't want to ruin it:

You can get the software for free at Getting the girl is up to you.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Big Red Don

Yesterday we had the Mezmeriz board meeting. Our outside board member is Don Greenberg, who has been a Cornellian for almost his entire life. Don is exactly the kind of guy you want on a high-tech startup board. He's knowledgeable in both the science and business of our company, and has a wealth of experience that just can't be measured.

Tennis Anyone?

Don is a model for leading a well rounded life. He is an avid tennis player and regularly beats guys 40 years his junior. I ran into Don one morning at the grocery. He was all sweaty and was buying a large Gatorade. I asked what he had been up to. "A full set of tennis". And it was only 9:30am.

To celebrate his long commitment to Cornell, the university put together a retrospective about Don that includes great stories about him training with with the US Olympic Soccer Team, building his famous "Flying Diaper", and much more. I encourage you to watch it by clicking here.


Addendum: Phil and Maddy Handler at Fly on the Wall Productions volunteered to make this video as a labor of love for Cornell. See and support them at

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

You are invited to eat burgers with Ithaca startups

Langmuir Labs is full of small companies and startups. Many of Ithaca's larger locally-grown companies started here. We all have separate labs and locking doors (and lasers!), so it's amazing how little we socialize.

To remedy that, the building managers are throwing a barbecue cook-out. Nothing fancy or fussy – just a gathering of friends and colleagues for refreshments and some good old fashioned Summer food and perhaps a game of volleyball or two.

Please drop in. It’s good to take a break and meet some of the companies here, learn about the cool "incubator-like" environment, and meet the responsive building managers.

Who knows, maybe you'll want to move in too!