A friend of mine just showed me the list of proposals that the Legacy Fort Wayne task force scored highest among the public submissions.  He was pointing out one proposal that he thought tied to one of my initiatives.

As I scanned the summary, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my own proposal had made the cut!  It hadn’t received many votes on the Feedback Fort Wayne public forum, so I expected it wasn’t going anywhere.  But it ranked 13th among the 441 submissions – according the the criteria the task force applied.

So, using the Fort Wayne Community Trust and City Light Lease Settlement funds to establish a seed investment fund for Technology and Art ventures will get some consideration.  Excellent!

Moreover, when you look over the list, this proposal could easily fit together with one of the others in a collaboration.

  1. Seed Fund for Technology and Arts Ventures
  2. Downtown Live/Work Space for Artists (this was the 4th highest scoring idea)

A downtown space for artists, some of whom are supported by seed fund investments.  This would be exactly what I am already working to establish.  I wrote about it a while ago here.

Not coincidentally, that other entry was the one my friend wanted to point out to me.  Good eye, Jack!

From One Steve to Another

Steve Jobs resigned from the CEO role at Apple yesterday.  I didn’t know him, but his work intersected with my life multiple times.

  1. My first computer was a red book Apple II.  No monitor, no disk drive.  TV and cassette.  It was how I first learned to program.
  2. I made my living for a bit selling Apple (and other) computers.  My largest dollar sale was an Apple II sale to a school system.
  3. During the Macintosh launch I was one of the retail salespeople who had the opportunity to buy one for 1/3 retail.  Yes, I bought one.  That was also the same time when I met one of the original Apple haters, a professor who loved Wordstar (look it up) and said, “Harrumph, if its software doesn’t use control codes, it’s not a real computer.”
  4. Some years later, Apple contracted the innovation consultancy I would later join to do a pre-launch 3rd party verification of the original Powerbook’s competitive advantage.  As you would guess, the study confirmed that the Powerbook would hold its market price (that was in the days where laptops were released for $3,495 retail but after a few weeks were selling for $995 street price).   Yes, the Powerbook did indeed hold its price, while nearly all other laptop prices disintegrated (we know because we went back a year later and mapped the price data versus our prediction).  We used the results of that study to highlight the predictive power of our innovation model.  In fact, it is still used – you can read it here: http://pvmspec.com/success_stories.html.
  5. Today I am on my fourth Macbook and use an iPhone.  I have passed on one Macbook and two iPods to my best friend’s family.

Thank you Steve J – from Steve F


I had the opportunity at the end of last month to record my “Aha Moment” when the Mutual of Omaha people came to Fort Wayne recording these moments.

As you might guess, I talked about student entrepreneurs – but no spoilers – I’ll let you watch the short clip to hear what I said.

You can see the video here: http://ahamoment.com/moments/2169.

Most interesting to me was that I knew three other recorders from NIIC’s student entrepreneurship programs!

Thanks, Mutual of Omaha!