LifeFuels Moonshot

In 1962, a young, charismatic President Kennedy announced an ambitious plan. "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth." John F. Kennedy, September 12 1962 Seven years later, Kennedy was not with us to hear these famous words. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Niel Armstrong, July, 20 1969 It was an ambitious plan. In fact, to this day, ambitious plans are often called moon shots. By setting an ambitious goal, American scientists and engineers pushed the envelope of science. Kennedy's dream was realized. In 2014, a bombastic, charismatic, buffoonish "entrepreneur," Jonathon Perrelli announced his slightly less ambitious Moon Shot. "First, I beleive that this company should commit istelf to acheiving the goal, before this decade is out, of making a water bottle and avoid the hoots and howls of Mr. Cranky." Jonathon Perrelli, April Fools Day, 2014 More than Five years later, just nipping under the wire of the end of the decade, LifeFuels Announces, "We're kicking off our Pilot Program on June 12th." LifeFuels Yes according to an email from LifeFuels, Dear LifeFueler Subject: Pilot Program Details You will be provided with a Bottle,...

Apps Don’t Rock the World

When I read about startups and technology in the DC region is cursed with a poor excuse for a Tech Press, you know, Technically DC and DCInno. The "journalists" at these rags would have you believe that some of the silliest Apps are changing the world. I've got information for you lazy bit vomiters...

Plate Vision wins Best of Show

DCTech has a best of show award winner that actually means something. It's not one of those LifeFuels-like, pay-the-fee-receive-an-award award things. Plate Vision is a product developed by two University of Maryland Professors, Dr. Chris Davis, Dr. John Rzasa.  The company was formed in cooperation with the help of the University of Maryland, Office of Technology Commercialization OTC. OTC helped Davis and Rzasa find the resources to create a business plan, find a CEO and garner an investment from TEDCO, the State of Maryland's, early-stage investment arm. The match between entrepreneur and University of Maryland technology was made through a partnership between the University of Maryland's (UMD) Office of Technology Commercialization, headed by Julie Lenzor and Mindshare. Ms. Lenzor is the UMD's, Chief Innovation Officer. Mindshare is a local DCTech university for startup entrepreneurs.  Founded in the 1990s by local service providers, VCs, and entrepreneurs, Since it's founding Mindshare has trained over and counts an alumni organization of over 1,000 entrepreneurs. Plate Vision CEO, Todd Levitt graduated from Mindshare in the late 90s when he was the co-founder of Olympus Development Group, a software development firm from which he successfully exited in 2002. Since then Todd has been the owner of 20 guys...

Dynami Sweat-Equity Position Available in Battery Startup

Argentina is a major source of Lithium used in Lithium batteries. As a result, Argentina is rich in battery technologists and innovation. Dynami is a startup that is looking for an US-based executive with industry business expertise to join the team and help build the company. This is an effort for equity, non-salary position to start. The exact role and title are negotiable based on skill, ability, experience and ranges anywhere from toilet cleaner to CEO. I have no professional, personal, nor equity relationship with the company except to have talked to the founder and one of his advisors, a professor at the University of Maryland Dynami Executive Summary Thin and flexible medical devices, internet of things and wearables devices are now designed to accommodate off the shelf rigid batteries.  Dynami ultra-thin lithium battery technology enables batteries tailored to the product design instead of the product designed for the batteries.  Dynami leverages the regional availability of lithium, research, and engineering resources to create proprietary battery technology and production processes for our clients. Problem: In an exponentially growing market of thin and flexible medical devices, internet of things (IoT) and wearables, those devices need custom battery solutions. Prismatic, volumetric, rigid batteries do not physically fit. Solution: Dynami’s...

Facebook Cry Babies

Ohhhhhh no! Facebook has too much psychographic information on me! How did they do that? I mean how did they get everything I gave them? Are you trying to tell me they're monetizing my data? I thought Facebook was a tax-supported, NGO, like the public library. I had no idea they had a business to run. I never thought that when I liked a post bashing my useless Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock, on Facebook that Facebook would know I did that and track that I hate people who hide from their constituents, are owned by the NRA, and support corporate interests over human interests. I thought when I post about her, that was a secret between Babs and me! Now, I come to find out Facebook knew I am angry with Barbara? Even though I typed all that stuff in lowercase which everyone knows is the same as whispering. Are you saying that if I don't pay for it, I'm the product, not the customer? Shit! Does that mean I'm the product of air? Do I need to opt out of free oxygen? Not because it's getting more polluted each day but does air have data on my nostrils and my lungs? Stop friggin whining! Shame...