Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cool transport uncubed thinking Vindskip™ is a hybrid merchant vessel for sustainable sea transport, driven by the wind and LNG.

Project Vindskip™
The relative wind is a crucial factor in designing aircrafts, trains, propellers and sailing boats. But for the design of commercial vessels, this is a revolutionary brand new way of thinking. Inspired by the aerospace industry and the sailboat environment, the Vindskip is designed to utilize wind for propulsion. The unique is the shape of the hull, both above and below the water line.

Sustainable sea transport is dependent of the development of a new technology that can utilize the renewable resources on the sea. The wind has been made predictable thanks to modern meteorology. Through a computerized weighting of a steady flow of meteorological information, a computer program can calculate the best route taking advantage of the available wind energy. This makes it easy for the captain of Vindskip™ selecting the best course to propel the ship

To develop concept Vindskip™ hybrid merchant vessel for sustainable sea transport to an optimal form and function.

A vessel with a hull shaped like a symmetrical air foil going in the relative wind, will generate an aerodynamic lift giving a pull in the ships direction, within an angular sector of the course. This is Vindskip’s Wind Power System. The relative wind, measured on board a ship, is given by the ships course and speed and the direction and strength of the True Wind.

With an LNG-electric propulsion system as well, starting the ship from zero up to the desired speed, the aerodynamic lift now generated can be exploited to generate pull and thus saving fuel: Forming a dynamic system that maintains a constant speed of the ship. Ship types that are particularly relevant to the Vindskip design are the so-called dry cargo ships type such as RoRo, RoPax, PCTC, passenger and container ships.

Link to main site

Uncubed thought - I love it. It would be really cool to see this concept put into use... soon.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Global Business Accelerator For N.E WI - Effort Underway.

A Business Accelerator In Northeast W.I.?

After studying the successful business accelerators models worldwide we strongly feel that our region is ripe for one. I feel in the next 5 - 8 years many more communities across the U.S. (and world) are going to embrace the business dev. model so why not get in front of the crowd.

Why. Our Intention is to create a start-up ecosystem in our region by developing & funding a cool tech focused startup hybrid accelerator model, designed to seed about 20 start-ups over two classes (approx. 2 years) leveraging the ‘network effort’ for success.

Why not here? It gets old hearing that the midwest is a fly over area between coasts where ’all’ the tech / good ideas come from. If a person is going to do this it needs to be done right. Digital resources and money can and does flow to and from anywhere so why not here? 

Progress - After discussions with business and community leaders who have pledged support We are deep into the process to bring one to life in N.E. the near future. We are in negotiations on a couple of multiple use sites with the intentions of having one under contract by March 1, 2015

What is a Business Accelerator? A 21ST Century version of a business incubator where funds (seed money) is directed to a group of technology focused startups. This in return for equity or warrants on equity on each one. In most cases the start-ups are chosen after making it through a filtering process then brought together under one roof where the ‘network
effect’ and mentor-ship can be of great value leading to a demo day. A ‘demo day’ is a scheduled day of the conclusion of the ‘startup class’ as they are referred to where they present their progress and show future potential during the pitch to the original and possible new investors and others for consideration of additional investment at higher valuations.

Why Focus On Start-Ups? “New businesses account for nearly all net new job creation and almost 20 percent of gross job creation, whereas small businesses do not have a significant impact on job growth when age is accounted for.” Taken from Forbes article about Kauffman Foundation info. Link

More news in coming soon.
Interested? 1. Be contacted when we open up the app process | 2. Interested in being a mentor to the class of start-ups | 3. Interested in being an investor?
When we are ready to move forward and you want to be involved or know someone that might please contact us today..

To Quote Walt Disney. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." And we are doing!

Thanks for your time.
Best regards,
Perry Andropolis The Efforts Team Leader


Toyota Opens the Door and Invites the Industry to the Hydrogen Future... Open sources it's patents...Like Tesla

Toyota Opens the Door and Invites the Industry to the Hydrogen Future.

More than 5,600 fuel cell and related patents available for royalty-free use
Patents include industry leading fuel cell technology used in new Toyota Mirai  Link to full story

'With a long term particular interest in clean energy distribution/availability this was exciting to read. I feel that Elon Musk and J.B. Straubel and team who in addition building a amazing cleaner transportation solution are inspiring others to accelerate solutions and there acceptance into reality.' Perry

Here is a link to a interesting profile story of Tesla's co-founder and CTO J.B. Straubel looking into his inspiration that moved him to get involved in electrical transport. Door County Social Magazine (Go to pg. 44)

Today’s announcement covers only fuel cell-related patents wholly owned by Toyota. Patents related to fuel cell vehicles will be available for royalty-free licenses until the end of 2020. Patents for hydrogen production and supply will remain open for an unlimited duration. As part of licensing agreements, Toyota will request, but will not require, that other companies share their fuel cell-related patents with Toyota for similar royalty-free use.
Companies interested in Toyota’s fuel cell-related patents will negotiate individual contracts with Toyota. Additional details, including licensing terms and application process, are available upon request.

Toyota Advanced Technology Communications
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Monday, June 16, 2014

WSJ Has all the important stuff been invented?

Has all the important stuff been invented? Economists Debate Whether Technology Will Save the World. From the WSJ

This guys would be a grin to see live debating their divergent views of the future. Interesting read.. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chris Olsen says when he looks around the Midwest, he sees the raw ingredients "for what could potentially be a great economic driver for tech."


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chris Olsen believes the next great tech firm could emerge right here from the heartland.

Sure, Silicon Valley is home to most huge tech household names (Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay and so many more), with New York (Tumblr) and Boston (Trip Advisor) creeping up, but as he sees it, why not Ohio or Michigan?

Hundreds of brilliant engineers are churned out yearly from top Midwestern schools like Ohio State University and University of Michigan. Graduates shouldn't have to leave for California to get funding for their dreams, he says.

So Olsen is literally putting investors' money where his mouth is, with a $250 million fund to bankroll tech start-ups from the Midwest.

"Silicon Valley is great," he says. "But everyone forgets that 40 years ago it was just apple fields and orchards. When we look around the Midwest, we see a lot of the raw ingredients for what could potentially be a great economic driver for tech, which over time will create great industries."

I like to note my example of an Midwest investment opportunity right here on the 'Midwestern Riviera'. Door County Global Interactive is building two interwoven lifestyles brands for the DC enthusiast..
Thanks, Perry

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Want money? Investor legend John Doerr names his top 3 verticals.. Check out the last sentence...

Want money? Investor legend John Doerr names his top 3 verticals

Want money? Investor legend John Doerr names his top 3 verticals 

From Venture Beat September 11, 2013 10:29 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the biggest names in venture capital says, “The largest new opportunities in technologies are in … ,” you listen.
John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins fame took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt to talk about his top three picks for verticals ripe for innovation.
They are, in order, healthcare, education, and revolutionary hardware....

In response to that trend, KPCB has created an initiative called Low-Power Everywhere. This includes research and investment in companies that promote battery efficiency, display energy efficiency, and all kinds of initiatives for greener devices and better use of energy resources.
“The game changer would be to … triple the energy density in batteries. We’ve got a venture working on that.” With lighter, more powerful batteries, Doerr said, “My dream is that we could make electric vehicles as cheap or cheaper than internal combustion.”

Please link to full article here


How David Beats Goliath When underdogs break the rules. Great story from 09 about Uncubed thought and the guy that just bought the Kings.

How David Beats Goliath

When underdogs break the rules

by May 11, 2009 

A non-stop full-court press gives weak basketball teams a chance against far stronger teams. Why have so few adopted it?
A non-stop full-court press gives weak basketball teams a chance against far stronger teams. Why have so few adopted it?

 When Vivek Ranadivé decided to coach his daughter Anjali’s basketball team, he settled on two principles. The first was that he would never raise his voice. This was National Junior Basketball—the Little League of basketball. The team was made up mostly of twelve-year-olds, and twelve-year-olds, he knew from experience, did not respond well to shouting. He would conduct business on the basketball court, he decided, the same way he conducted business at his software firm. He would speak calmly and softly, and convince the girls of the wisdom of his approach with appeals to reason and common sense.

The second principle was more important. Ranadivé was puzzled by the way Americans played basketball. He is from Mumbai. He grew up with cricket and soccer. He would never forget the first time he saw a basketball game. He thought it was mindless. Team A would score and then immediately retreat to its own end of the court. Team B would inbound the ball and dribble it into Team A’s end, where Team A was patiently waiting. Then the process would reverse itself. A basketball court was ninety-four feet long. But most of the time a team defended only about twenty-four feet of that, conceding the other seventy feet. Occasionally, teams would play a full-court press—that is, they would contest their opponent’s attempt to advance the ball up the court. But they would do it for only a few minutes at a time. It was as if there were a kind of conspiracy in the basketball world about the way the game ought to be played, and Ranadivé thought that that conspiracy had the effect of widening the gap between good teams and weak teams. Good teams, after all, had players who were tall and could dribble and shoot well; they could crisply execute their carefully prepared plays in their opponent’s end. Why, then, did weak teams play in a way that made it easy for good teams to do the very things that made them so good?
Ranadivé looked at his girls. Morgan and Julia were serious basketball players. But Nicky, Angela, Dani, Holly, Annika, and his own daughter, Anjali, had never played the game before. They weren’t all that tall. They couldn’t shoot. They weren’t particularly adept at dribbling. They were not the sort who played pickup games at the playground every evening. Most of them were, as Ranadivé says, “little blond girls” from Menlo Park and Redwood City, the heart of Silicon Valley. These were the daughters of computer programmers and people with graduate degrees. They worked on science projects, and read books, and went on ski vacations with their parents, and dreamed about growing up to be marine biologists. Ranadivé knew that if they played the conventional way—if they let their opponents dribble the ball up the court without opposition—they would almost certainly lose to the girls for whom basketball was a passion.
Link to full article in the New Yorker

Interesting article from Gladwell about what I like to call Uncubed Thought. (Outside the box - well that needed reinvention too.)
Thanks, Perry