For those not familiar with this award (formerly known as the Presidential Citation), the Great Dome Award is the highest honor the MIT Alumni Association bestows upon any of its organizations, given to groups in recognition of distinguished service to the Institute or the Association.
This year, MITCNC Energy & Environment Team has been recognized for “the Club’s impressive level of success on its mission Continue reading
There has been a flood of books on this topic in the last year or two, so I decided to compile a list. I have read roughly a third of the books listed below (and hope to get through some of the others in due course.)
From what I have read (in these books and the general technogy/business media coverage over the last two years or so), the main arguments seem to broadly fall into one of three categories:
 We are all doomed, because there will be no work left for any of us in a few decades.
 There is nothing to worry about. New kinds of jobs (that we cannot even imagine today) will be created, and we will all be fine.
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Dan Ahn, Managing Partner at Envision Ventures
Recently, MITCNC hosted a forum entitled Multiple Ways to Fund Your Clean Energy Startup. Numerous experts provided CleanTech entrepreneurs with new ideas to fund their companies. Some of the alternative funding sources included: angels, private equity, corporate venture funds, federal or state grants, international venture investors, and prizes.
We’re pleased to invite Dan Ahn, Partner of Envision Ventures and a panel speaker, to share additional thoughts on the panel discussion, as well as the partnership he seeks and builds with his portfolio companies.
Anna: Welcome, Dan! Why did many CleanTech startups fail over the past years?
Dan: Good question. Let me start with a “historical” perspective: “CleanTech,” from an institutional investor perspective, has been a dirty word. Continue reading
The officers and cadets at West Point US Military Academy came to listen to a talk by former CTO of Central Intelligence Agency, Bob Flores, and Cloud Security Alliance co-chair/Vidder founder, Junaid Islam, about how to avoid catastrophic cyber failures. Such a failure occurs when a cyber attacker is able to exploit a single vulnerability to breach an entire organization’s cyber defenses.
A strategic framework for effective cyber security proposed by Bob (left) and Junaid (center) has the following essential components:
- Establish a comprehensive view of threats and capabilities
- Develop a security strategy that mitigates an organization’s biggest vulnerabilities
- Link security controls to ensure a single failure will not result in a breach
Key takeaways: Continue reading