A Shark Tank Observation

From NBC Universal

I’m a fan of Shark Tank. Having made likely over 200 pitches for a startup, it’s always interesting to see how entrepreneurs pitch their deals and how investors react.

There are times, however, I’m skeptical about the motivations of the investors. Sometimes, their motivations ooze out.

Two weeks ago, there was a product that was presented for capturing hair on the side of baths. This didn’t seem to be a good idea. The problem was fairly small, the solution wasn’t a clear time saver, and the market seemed to be small. …

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Ever since taking my control systems courses a total of five times among the two of them and then having the material finally click for me, I’ve been looking for analogous situations that happen in life. I am no stranger to mentioning my love of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl. It is a fantastic piece of art both visually and in its story telling.

One of the lines that’s repeated over and over again regarding the main reason for the Chernobyl disaster was an issue with the design of the RBMK reactor called the positive void coefficient. …

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Everyday during my commute, I pass through a construction zone. It’s a place where I’m very scared for the workers. They seem to have a different culture towards safety that involves walking precariously close to traffic. There is some machismo on display when they run across the highway to collect something from the other side.

Paving is not easy work. You have to deal with hot weather, hot asphalt, dirt and dust being blown at you, traffic flying by, and debris. It’s also a slog. You’re pretty much doing the same thing everyday for long stretches. …

Screen shot from scene from Breaking Bad episode “ABQ”.

In 2012, I was on a flight out of Albuquerque to Toronto via LAX. A few things noticeable happened on that flight. First, some hand cream had set of an explosive detector and I was sent for secondary screen (aka turn left and cough). In that screening, despite having a thorough pat down, the can of soda I forgot in my carry on was not detected and was only found again when I went through another screening at LAX.

Second, I was starting to get into Breaking Bad and was binge-watching the episodes and it so happened on that flight…

My second daughter started to fall in love with the story of The Three Little Pigs. Of course, I wanted to encourage any love of reading and would try to read it to her whenever she wanted and whenever I could muster the energy.

Finally, I had the chance to get close to my Google Mini while my child was near and brought the book and I was SO EXCITED to use the read along feature that was a game changer with my older daughter several years ago. It was magical. …

The Coolest Cooler was a phenomenon. From a Kickstarter maker perspective, it was aggravating to see such a “simple” product take off. Where was the innovation? Where was the tech, the world-shattering idea?

It seemed cruel like it could get all the attention when it was mechanical and simple in nature and we were struggling to create something of complex that changed the relationship with a computer.

One of my co-founders told me once something that has stuck with me. Even if you see a successfully campaign in terms of funding, you have no idea if the project is actually…

I remember altering the system registry on my Windows PC to try to reduce startup boot times. It used to take forever to get the PC up and running. Of course, you’d have put your PC to sleep before turning it off by using shutdown.exe. On startup, especially when there wasn’t a login screen, you could go off and make yourself a tea before your computer was up and running.

Nowadays, boot times are fairly quick, mostly thanks to SSDs. These allow for super fast loading of files needed to startup. …

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Screen grab from Total Recall

I’m not sure if it’s a result of some camera artifact, but the images coming back from Mars show that the sky kind of looks blue. Immediately, I was brought back to the movie Total Recall. I was obsessed with that movie. It was one of the few feature length movies that we had for our beta VCR in the early 90s. My brother had worked at a video rental store and was able to get a copy and I watched that movie dozens of times.

The irony is that I can recall most of Total Recall. In our home…

Leor Grebler

Independent daily thoughts on all things future, voice technologies and AI. More at http://linkedin.com/in/grebler

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