Category Archives: Business

Hi Everyone! I’m GEARS which stands for Grads, Engineering, Academia, Research, and Students. I’m a newly minted PhD student who has accepted a tenure track position at a small Tier 1 private university (dubbed SnowU) starting at the end of this semester. Rather than looking back retrospectively and getting caught with shoulda-coulda-wouldas, I thought I start blogging about my experience transitioning from a wide-eyed PhD student to a refined, distinguished assistant professor. (Well maybe I’m getting carried away here but you get the point.) Blogging helps me jot down thoughts and ideas which will (hopefully) help me mentor students more effectively and run a successful research group while actually reaching students in the classroom. Yesterday, I harped on how Knowledge Learned doesn’t show up anywhere on a company’s balance sheet. That makes it very difficult to explain and justify why you should do something yourself, as a researcher, in a…

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Yeah, I’m one of those guys. I’m the guy that reads a book and can’t stop thinking about it. OK and sometimes I can’t stop talking about it either. Yeah, I’m that guy. Here’s the book: Yeah, that’s a book from 1991. But still relevant, even with the hard drive company examples! So why have I been thinking about this? I’ve been thinking about what I’ve been doing at work lately. I still like it. I still enjoy the industry I’m in and–most importantly–the people I’m working with. And I’m still learning, so that’s another plus. But I’ve been thinking about my specific job function. I’m an analog electrical engineer most of the time. I dabble with the digital here and there (though today I realized how little coding I’ve done lately).  I do a few other small functions too (such as recruiting and long term investigations of technology). But…

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I’ve been reading more about entrepreneurship and starting businesses lately. Mostly in auxiliary reading about personal finance, but also in my reading about technology companies. One of my favorite sites, Get Rich Slowly, has lately been talking about a book called “The Millionaire Next Door”. In fact, just today, Robert Brokamp of the Motley Fool interviewed one of the co-authors, Thomas Stanley. In the book, they highlight a large percentage of millionaires are business owners. I’m not using this as a basis for the idea of starting a company (many many companies fail)…I’m just saying that it’s added motivation to take that leap. So why not start up a technology manufacturing business? Why not go out on my own and make something? Well, I’d still like to someday. In fact, I already have an incorporated business in the state of Ohio, Analog Life, LLC. However, this is more small time consulting…

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