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The Disposition of Equity: Incentive Stock Options Part 1

No advice seemed more reasonable, more universal and at the same time became so profoundly nettlesome as the creation of an employee option plan and its correct apportionment in the company. While equity options in the startup can be a powerful motivator and an invaluable tool for the distribution of value it can also sow … Continue reading

Focus

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. ― Steve Jobs Kurt Vonnegut’s classic short story “Harrison Bergeron” describes a future where equality of all individuals is enforced by the government. The above average in intelligence wear devices in their ears which blare a loud noise every minute or so to prevent focused … Continue reading

Speed

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”   ― Mario Andretti Speed is the second concept I’m emphasizing this year. Mr. Andretti, no stranger to excess velocity, expresses it well. Market windows close, partners lose interest, competitors catchup, employees lose faith and customers get impatient when progress takes too long. This is … Continue reading

Opportunity

“To every man there comes … that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing unique to him and fitted to his talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.” -Winston … Continue reading

Michele, The Rug Merchant and Me.

In September I attended an SPE-SIAM conference in Istanbul on the modeling of giant oil and gas reservoirs. Michele(Mik), a colleague from NVIDIA who recently moved to HUE, had invited me to contribute to one of the keynote talks. Mik spoke very generally about the exponential growth of GPU adoption in HPC especially in Oil and Gas and I added my … Continue reading

To VC or not to VC

     Almost every quarter I have the same conversation with my corporate attorney. We’ll call him Bob because that’s his name. I say something to the effect of “I think I may need to get outside funding to make product X successful”. Bob then shakes his head and says some variation of “Don’t do … Continue reading

The Skills Gap in Computational Science

I’ve become a fan of the show Mad Men. What I like most about the series is the faithful depiction of life in the 1960’s, in many ways simpler times especially with respect to technology. The fashions, the styles, the furniture all evoke distant latent memories from my childhood. Thank you Don Draper for teaching … Continue reading

Engineers and Physicists

I was seven when men landed on the moon. My parents woke me up to see it on TV. The Apollo 11 landing and the following moon missions made such an impression on my generation of young nerds that many of us resolved ourselves to careers in the space program. The only question for me … Continue reading

The Florentine Camerata

The Florentine Camerata were a group of artists and intellectuals of the late 16th century who gathered together to discuss and shape the latest developments in art, music and science. This blog is in the same spirit a commentary on contemporary developments in technology and science as well as my thoughts and experiences as both … Continue reading