Be a champion for creative, entrepreneurial opportunities in your community.

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LOCAL ECONOMICS

Want to achieve sustainable results? A community and its economy are like biscuits and gravy. Neglect one and the other will not thrive on its own. The catalytic energy of the communities collective ethos is a required action in change. In the same way you can not push a rope up a hill, local communities need to pull up economic development opportunities.

CULTURAL CONNECTIVITY

Makers, and Inventors. Crafts and Arts. Geeks and Coders. Investors and Business Developers. Designers and Thinkers. Connect them together and watch what happens. Every community is unique. Each community has a culture that is dependent upon its connections.


STARTUP COMMUNITY

Regardless of the actual rate of success or initial failure, "startups start up". Once you give someone just the taste of success, financial independence and free their entrepreneurial spirit - they never forget. It changes their lives forever.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Such a big bad phrase, its just a way of saying I am trained as a conceptual thinker that focuses on scalable mass consumption of the products and systems I design. Now its called: Design Thinking. Think like a designer. Think different.

 

I am a strategic thinker, and a tactical doer.

Some recent projects I liked working on...


2015 InnovateNC

2015 InnovateNC

Greensboro was selected by The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University to further build and sustain its innovation ecosystem. Greensboro will collaborate with 4 other cities over an intensive two year period working with global leaders such as Duke University, RTI International, and CED. A new model of inclusive innovation is emerging: one defined by core clusters of leading-edge anchor institutions and cutting-edge innovative firms surrounded by a wider innovation-sustaining ecosystem.

2014-15 US EDA SC2

2014-15 US EDA SC2

A competitive first place and second place finish validated our hypothesis that broadband internet can be a sustainable source of funding for entrepreneurship and advance economic development objectives for medium-sized cities. The United States Economic Development Administration (Commerce Department) held a competition to spark economic growth in cities that have long suffered from chronic economic depression. The judging criteria: Local, Feasible, Innovative.

SBA Accelerator Grant

SBA Accelerator Grant

Selected in both 2014 and 2015 as a finalist in the SBA Growth Accelerator Grant competition. The Triad Startup Lab has achieved both regional and national visibility and recognition for setting a precedence for excellence in startup acceleration. The competition received over 1800 submissions over the two year period. Check out the 2015 "pitch deck" and finalist video here.

2013-15 Triad Startup Lab

2013-15 Triad Startup Lab

25 years experience in design thinking, product development and marketing became the foundation of the Triad Startup Lab - the regions only business accelerator. Inspired by The Lean Startup and the support of The Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection and the City of Greensboro resulted in work with over 40 startups in business modeling, MVP test design, product validation/refinement and marketing.

I START BUSINESSES

A STARTUP COMMUNITY

Regardless of the actual rate of success or initial failure, “startups start up”. Once you give someone just the taste of success, financial independence and free their entrepreneurial spirit – they never forget. It changes their lives forever.

CULTURAL CENTRICITY

Makers, and Inventors. Crafts and Arts. Geeks and Coders. Investors and Business Developers. Designers and Thinkers. Connect them together and watch what happens. Every community is unique. Each community has a culture that is dependent upon its connections.

LOCAL ECONOMICS

Want to achieve sustainable results? A community and its economy are like biscuits and gravy. Neglect one and the other will not thrive on its own. The catalytic energy of the communities collective ethos is a required action in change. In the same way you can not push a rope up a hill, local communities need to pull up economic development opportunities.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

I am trained as a conceptual thinker that focuses on the scalable mass consumption of the products and systems I design. Academically its called Industrial Design and the focus is on a methodology called: Design Thinking. Think like a designer. Think different.

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