The May Report: 12/16/2009: Gimme calcium, gimme omega 3, gimme pro-biotics; The brand Gimme owned by BrightSpot to sell Fri. for a half mil in structured deal; Executive’s Club gets 300 for panel on stimulus & gov. plans; peer to patent review; MIT-EF dr
December 16, 2009
The May Report: 12/16/2009: Gimme calcium, gimme omega 3, gimme pro-biotics;
The brand Gimme owned by BrightSpot to sell Fri. for a half mil in structured
deal; Executive’s Club gets 300 for panel on stimulus & gov. plans; peer to
patent review; MIT-EF draws 80+ to zany Catalyst Ranch
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Scoop section:
— Briefly noted, by Ron May
— FCC hearing on broadband and small business on Monday, December 21st at
— Central Sleep Diagnostics has grown at an incredible rate
— Coop’s coming back to Chicago…
— Bob Krohn on Harvey Daniels
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The Scoop section:
Briefly noted, by Ron May
* Despite the cold, MIT-EF had about 80 people at its party last night. The
most notable thing about the party was the location, Catalyst Ranch, which is
similar to Gerald Haman’s old space. It is fun and zany. It is basically
meeting space for rent. Nancy Munro negotiated the space for free.
Much more on that party to come.
Most of the usual suspects were there but absent was Lepkowski, Fricke, Swibel,
Maus who has out of town friends in, and a few others like Avery Cohen and
Lanny Feder, and Praveen Gupta who were not there. Len Bland and Dave Carman
were absent, but Len attended the meeting Monday night headed by Tim O’Connor.
Whatever happened to Sam Fallenbaum, Robert Harney, Art Mertes, and Charles Wu?
Just off the top of my head, twenty or so regulars who were there included Art
Brown, Monica Metzler, Rachel Patterson, Collin Canright, Nancy Munro, Ted
Wallhaus, Bob Brill, Bill McDonald, Chris Rollyson, Preston Urka, Josh Kuretz,
Bruce Montgomery, Nik Rokop, Sheldon Rosenfield, Rachel Kaberon, Roy Klein,
Jessica Lybeck who is fairly new but you can’t miss her (OK, she is cute) and
she sponsored Tech The Halls, Peg Conway, Philippe Lavie, Linda Framingham,
Richard Cross, Dave Culver, and a new person, Deb Hawkins; plus the 23 year old
daughters of Bruce Montgomery and Nancy Munro; two MIT grads who have a texting
business; Terry Flanagan, and I could go on, but Anna has promised me the cards
Those two MIT grads Steven Yarger and Jeffrey Stern from
www.tripzipr.com/. New blood is always good to see. TripZipr texts you
travel deals fast. Free*!
Tripzipr travel deals save you money. We send top travel deals you request
direct to your phone so you can grab the savings immediately.
Steven Yarger is the Co-Founder of TripZipr, an innovative new travel
information provider. Prior to co-founding TripZipr, he led teams across a
variety of functions including marketing, technology, business development and
product management at several leading technology and travel organizations
including Goldman Sachs, Adobe Systems and Orbitz Worldwide. Steven holds an
undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Duke University and an MBA from
the University of Michigan.
Jeffrey Stern is the Co-Founder of TripZipr. Prior to founding TripZipr, he
worked at Morgan Stanley and E*Trade (Vice President of Financial Strategy) and
at Orbitz (Online Marketing and Business Development). He has more than a
decade of experience at internet companies working primarily in Strategy,
Finance, and Marketing roles. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
May again. Steven snd Jeffrey told me they have few sign-ups at this point and
have only been operating six weeks but they have some deals in the works.
* I attended the Technology Conference put on the Executive’s Club of Chicago
this morning. The room was full, my estimate is that they had about 300 people.
It was a good panel moderated by Bryan Gruley, Chicago Bureau Chief, Wall
Street Journal; and the four panelists were Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the
President and Chief Technology Officer, White House; Stephen F. Hamman, Vice
President, Network Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois; Gerard M.
Mooney, General Manager, Global Government and Education, IBM Corporation; and
Gregory Wass, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois.
As usual, there were some familiar faces: Layton Olson, Charles Benton, Bruce
Montgomery, Dan Lyne, Nik Rokop, David Baker, Adam Boris, Linda Darragh,
Russell Betts and Bob Carlson from IIT, Jim Hanekamp of www.myfitbrain.com who
tells me that he is shifting focus the Canadian government just gave $10MM to a
firm in his space; and I thought I saw Tom Kunkel from what used to be called
R3 Systems Group and is now called Nextend, I believe.
Charles Benton of the Benton Foundation www.benton.org/ told me that a
must attend event is this coming Monday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm when the chairman
of the FCC is speaking on the subject of small business and broadband at the
I have included the notice for that hearing below in this report.
The deadline for the report to Congress is February 17, 2010.
The topics covered spanned the entire gamut:
Health care IT
Interoperability and efficiencies
Patents and an innovation called peer to patent review
Greg Wass, the state’s CIO, said that recently the state of Illinois has
started financing IT costs with long term debt. He mentioned 30 year bonds at
4.5% which he said was high but it is my understanding that Illinois has been
downgraded a few times in the last year and may be close to junk bond status.
There were many interesting things like that mentioned. Charles Benton told me
he is impressed by Greg Wass.
One person who seemed to get high marks from the panelists was Dave Kappos of
the USPTO. www.uspto.gov/main/homepagenews/2009jun19.htm
Aneesh Chopra mentioned an innovative method in processing patents called peer
to patent championed by Beth Noveck, Director, Community Patent Review project,
New York Law School. Aneesh feels that Beth Simone Noveck is a star. The idea
of peer to patent is that often the examiners for patents are besieged and
don’t have the expertise to evaluate patent applications so she has started
opening up the process to input on prior art from people in the industry who
often know more than the examiners.
And the administration has expanded the peer patent review process.
Here is an article which refers to collective intelligence.
Aneesh said that the method has dramatically reduced examination times.
Another big theme in general was interoperability.
And a big trend coming soon to your local hospital is bundling. I have heard
this mentioned at my dialysis clinic several times now.
The idea is this: the hospital gets the carrot or incentive of more money
up-front but it has strings attached. It ties the results from the first visit
to the hospital to subsequent future visits. So, if a patient is re-admitted
within 30 days after a visit, the hospital takes it on the chin for the second
and subsequent visits. The focus on the 90 days folowing a hospital admission.
What this comes down to is that hospitals can’t just be task oriented and
discharge a patient when it looks like they fixed the problem. What they need
to do is better post hospital stay follow-up and telemedicine was mentioned
several times which brings us to broadband and rural broadband. I suppose home
nursing visits would help too.
The Veteran’s Administration hospital system was used as a closed ecosystem to
illustrate and one panelist noted the statistic that readmissions dropped by
19% when they applied some of the bundling concepts.
Cyber security and privacy protection will be of paramount importance, one
panelist pointed out.
An example was given for how technology can be used to cut down on crime.
BTW, one hot woman I met who reads (and likes) TMR is Georgina Fine — or is it
Georgiana Fine? — who works at Qwest
Let me get this out.
A few so-called news items — or trivia.
1. Anna Belyaev is now married. I heard that from Nancy Munro at MIT-EF last
night. I did not find out about her marriage, but I did find this and it seems
2. A company whose brand name is “Gimme” is selling the brand this Friday in a
structured sale for about $500K to be paid out over four years. I heard this at
MIT-EF last night from David Culver, Vice President of Marketing, Forward
Momentum and he and Richard Cross were telling me about a group that meets at
an office in the 1600 block of North Wells Street. The guy who runs it is the
founder of BrightSpot which is a candy firm making candies with pro-biotics.
The company’s origins can be traced to the turn of the 20th century.
“Today, Tim and John O’Connor, Grandsons of the original Brightspots, have
created a new team and a new enterprise that will barnstorm the candy and snack
world with brash ideas, an evangelist’s zeal and an eye on the next big thing.”
It is a clever name and the brand may be worth more than the candies.
I met the guy from BrightSpot, Tim O’Connor, President & CEO, Brightspot
Brands, LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org at the BNC Capital Group. If my memory is
right, Tim told me they are doing about $50K in sales and are in 40 to 50
stores so far. That was three months ago.
Richard Cross has also presented to this group, I believe about a month ago.
3. Sachin Agarwal of Dawdle has moved to Boston, I think, and is Dawdle shut
down? I heard that at Tech The Halls last Friday night. www.dawdle.com/
4. Linda Darragh told me this morning at the Executive’s Club meeting that the
guys from both Bump Technologies and ReTel Technologies which both came out of
ChicagoBooth and the Polsky Center and the New Venture Challenge were not lured
to California where those firms now reside. She told me that they are from
California so it is just a matter of returning home, Linda said. BTW, Linda was
talking to a woman named Jill who would not give me her last name who works for
5. Digital penetration of cell phones is now 80-90% which is higher than the
penetration of dishwashers. I heard that today at the Executive’s Club. I heard
last week on C/NBC that 3% of smart phone users consume 40% of AT&T’s network
6. The ITA party last week was attended by some members of The Big Idea Forum.
The ITA provided TBIF members with a special registration code so that they
would not have to pay. I wonder if the TechNexus tenants got the same deal.
7. Small world story. A cabbie picked me up last week from Cafe Iberico near
Chicago and LaSalle. My waitress had been from Romania and the cabbie was too.
The cabbie knew her. The cabbie is from Transylvania, a small town called Zalau
I have never seen a Wikipedia entry with this admonition:
A personal appeal from
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales [Hide]
Here’s the most interesting part of the story.
The cabbie is 31 years old. There were 37 students in his high school class and
they stay together all four years.
Of the 37 students in Mehi’s high school class, 13 of them are now living in
The economy is so bad in Romania that there is mass emigration to America and
in particular to Chicago.
Chicago now has 200,000 Romanian and New York has 300,000 the cabbie told me.
Happy birthday, Ludwig van, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_van_Beethoven
FCC hearing on broadband and small business on Monday, December 21st at
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full
text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
December 14, 2009 Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253
FCC TO HOLD DEC. 21 FIELD HEARING AT UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ON
BROADBAND & SMALL BUSINESS
The Federal Communications Commission will hold a field hearing at the
Chicago’s Booth School of Business focusing on how broadband technology can
businesses spur growth and reach new markets. The public is encouraged to
participate. The agenda will be announced shortly.
WHAT: FCC Broadband Field Hearing on Small Business
WHEN: Monday December 21, 2009, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gleacher Center, University of Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
The Federal Communications Commission is convening a series of hearings to
promote an open
dialogue with the public on the development of a National Broadband Plan. The
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directed the FCC to submit a National
to Congress by February 17, 2010 that addresses broadband deployment, adoption,
and the use of broadband to advance solutions to national priorities, including
education, energy, public safety, job creation, investment, and others.
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Central Sleep Diagnostics has grown at an incredible rate
It’s been a year but Central Sleep Diagnostics has grown at an incredible
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“Sleep Science Comes Home”
Coop’s coming back to Chicago…
Apologies for the prolonged radio silence from my end…my diatribes have been
on my blog over the past few years, rather than via TMR. I’ll work to change
that in 2010.
Three quickies for you…
First, speaking of 2010, I’m leaving Silicon Valley to move back to Chicago in
Q1. After 16 years in the valley, I’m looking forward to putting lessons
learned to good use in the Chicago tech community. Most of my efforts these
days relate to smart grid and green energy–I chair the IEEE 1680.3 TV Energy
Conservation subgroup, and am active in UPnP Forum’s, NIST’s, U.S.-China Green
Energy Council’s, and IEEE’s smart grid efforts. UPnP is working diligently to
integrate their standards-based technology (which is also the basis of DLNA)
with automated metering, demand response, and other relevant infrastructure.
NIST’s Home-to-Grid and Cyber Security Coordination Task Group are also
aggressively working to make the smart grid a reality in a manner useful to
all. UCGEC is working to bridge the gap between the U.S. and China; and IEEE is
working on smart grid interoperability standards for worldwide use.
While I’m moving back to Chicago to be nearer my family, I’m definitely looking
forward to catching up with folks in Chicago tech whom I haven’t seen in ages,
in many cases since 1993. I’m keeping a place in San Jose, so I’ll still be in
the valley quite a bit.
Second, the first Chicago Tech Meetup Mixer
(www.meetup.com/Chicago-Tech-Meetup/calendar/11972445/ ) is this
Thursday night at Bar Deville. I’m stoked that I’ll be able to attend the
initial meetup in person. I was at the December Silicon Valley Tech Meetup on
12/1, where we had nearly 200 folks talking about new services and products.
The SV NewTech Meetup just finished its third year; they started with six
people at Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto, and now burst at the seams each month at a
Palo Alto law firm. With 4500 people on the SV NewTech Meetup mailing list, the
meetings are attended by some of the valley’s more innovative thinkers; I’m
hopeful that the Chicago Tech Meetup will achieve a fraction of this success.
Third, as always, I’ll be at the Consumer Electronics show for the duration,
heading to Vegas on 1/5, departing on 1/11. If anyone from the Chicago tech
community will be there and would like to catch up, feel free to drop me a note.
Get/stay healthy. You’ve been my (and many others’) link to Chicago tech for a
lot of years. Keep it going…
Bob Krohn on Harvey Daniels
I was appalled to see your derogatory comments about Harvey Daniels in your
12/14/09 May Report. Harvey is very professional, the world’s greatest
networker and all around great guy. I’m not sure if your comments were an
attempt at humor or not, but either way, I felt them to be very inappropriate.
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