Author Archive | Erik Limpaecher

Entrepreneurship Lessons from Steve Jobs

I have been reading many eulogies of Steve Jobs over the past few days. Even though Apple is the highest-valued technology company in the world, Steve Jobs’ story and style re-emphasized for me many entrepreneurship lessons that I’ve learned…and perhaps forgotten…over the years. Here are my favorites: 1. Customers don’t usually know what they want […]

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Clean Tech: Wishing We Were China for a Day

In his book “ Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” Tom Friedman wishes that America could be “China for a day…but only one day.” Friedman writes: If only…If only America could be China for a day — just one day. As far as I’m concerned, China’s system of government is inferior to ours in every respect — […]

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R&D 100 Award Winner

On Wednesday, R&D Magazine announced the winners of the 2011 R&D 100 Awards. These awards are known as the “Oscars of Innovation.” The annual R&D 100 Awards identify the 100 most significant, newly introduced research and development advances in multiple disciplines. Winning one of the R&D 100 Awards provides a mark of excellence known to industry, […]

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An Idea is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Steve Bland recently wrote this interesting post on why he thinks traditional board meetings are a waste of time. He proposed an novel hypothesis of “The Boardroom as Bits,” whereby founders/CEOs spend 1 hour per week providing updated information to their board members and advisors via a blog.  He argued that this communication method would: […]

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Silicon Carbide: Promising Technology on the Precipice

This post is in a series on the technology Valley of Death. Find the other posts here. You will eventually find silicon carbide in every single electric vehicle, computer power supply, solar inverter, and battery charger. These devices will be everywhere. These are multi billion-dollar markets. The question is…which companies will survive that long? As Clayton Christensen wrote […]

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The Intel of Renewable Energy

I ran into one of my EE classmates at Princeton University reunions (supposedly the largest single order for Budweiser in the country, ahead of the Indy 500). He works in Germany for a power electronics company and is the only other EE classmate of mine who ended up working in a power-related field. We chatted […]

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Mechanical Engineers should be Renewable Engineers

This is an updated post from my ongoing series on The Great Clean Tech Talent Gap, which I painfully experienced while trying to staff my growing renewable energy startup. It has shocked me over the years how deep the shortage is of mechanical engineering skills in the renewable energy industry. When I say this, the first […]

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The Grid Needs You

This is a post from my ongoing series on The Great Clean Tech Talent Gap, which I painfully experienced while trying to staff my growing renewable energy startup. Our generation has already built the Web. We’re overhauling the power system as our next great technical challenge. – me Shortly after I started Princeton Power Systems, […]

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