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Angus King at Envision Maine Summit: Ten Elements of Entrepreneurial Leadership

As you may know I am a board member of  Envision Maine, a group that works to promote entrepreneurship, and change attitudes about doing business in Maine.  Basically, we’re the opposite pole of the battery – the positive to everyone else’s negative, and it’s creating a lot of good energy.

Although the organization is only one year old, we pulled together, with a lot of good volunteer time that I can’t take any credit for, a really good summit that sold out with 260+ people.  Angus King was our keynote speaker, and you might think he gave just another speech, but he really put a lot of thought and effort into it.  (Angus is an entrepreneur too, although you may not know it, and that’s really how he got his start.)  So he’s got some perspective.

So you get a little intro from Envision Maine board chair Sam Fratoni, who is ex-Hewlett Packard and has some great perspectives himself, and then we go right into Angus.

Subscribe in iTunes or sign up for the email list because next week I have another great guest, Dan Kerluke of Double Blue Sports Analytics.

The top ten list, Angus’ list, I didn’t write that down, if you happen to have done so and would post it on the comments below, it would be much appreciated!


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Startups in Maine – The MTI Tech Walk in Bangor

At the Maine Technology Institute Tech Walk:  Victor Hwang of T2 Venture Capital and author of The Rainforest was the keynoter.

It was definitely a day of biotech, genetics research and, laboratory management software.  Quite remarkable, really.  First I spoke to Janet Yancey-Wrona of Bar Harbor Biotechnologies.  Janet was the founding director and president of MTI from 1999-2005, during the time I was founding CorrectDeck.  So it was good to see her.

Then I tech-walked over to see Kat Taylor of Genotyping Center of America.  A year ago when I met GTCA in Top Gun, these guys were all working their day jobs and getting this startup off the ground.   A year late, they’ve made remarkable progress.

I also ran into Jeff Marks of E2 Tech, which stands for Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, e2tech.org.  I plan to attend their recycling forum Oct. 16.

Then I rock stepped over to re-record Abigail Ames, Director of Technology at Rock Step Solutions, maker of lab management software that works across multiple devices.



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