What Inspires Computer Revolutionary Steve Wozniak

I do miss writing and sharing things here on my blog.  One thing I’d like to test out here is the code I get from TubeMogul, which allowed me to upload to several video sites my video interview with Steve Wozniak (note: the embed code from TubeMogul didn’t work in my WordPress.com blog).

Boz meets Woz is what we called it at the Intel Developer Forum.  Larry Bozman is my mentor, the guy who hired me from KRON-TV to join Intel back in 2000.  Boz keeps me tied to my broadcast roots.  Here he askes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak what Inspires him.  I shot this just about an our after Steve spoke with NPR “Tech Nation” host Moira Gunn did a live stage chate with Woz in front of thousands of top engineers attending IDF on August 21, 2008.  Steve shared so many stories and so much enthusiasm — wow!  I was alsways a fan, but now I really have a great appreciation for the person known as Woz — he’s lovable, especially when he answers every curious question with his own angle, infused with his own force of enthusiasm and experience.  I’m a sucker a great storyteller!

I shot this video for Intel’s Inspired By Education site, where you can join a great collection of peopel sharing their stories about what inspires them.

I will share more video I shot with Woz and Gunn in later posts, but for now, here are the links followed by an YouTube embed.




Yahoo! Video


Google Video

Priceless Advice from an Financial Analyst

When I worked at KRON-TV in San Francisco in the 1990s, I was a publicist and got to see young financial print journalists Herb Greenberg cut his teeth in TV.  His column in the business section of the San Francisco Chronicle  was always a good read, even for a non-business or financial industry savvy person like me. 

I remember his column speaking to me not just from a business perspective, but from a philosophical perspective.  He may have offered sound financial advice, but what rang true for me were his observations described so simply, succinctly and honestly.  Observations keenly attuned to the stories that brought meaning to numbers and businesses decisions impacting the market.  His great writing spun analogies in my mind.  Analogies to human behavior, to “gives and gets” and cause and effect.

After reading his April 26-27, 2008 story in The Wall Street Journal,  “A Columinst’s Parting Advice,” I tore it from page B3 and kept it on my desk for a few weeks.  I read it several times. I especially like Lesson No. 1 = the numbers don’t lie.  For me, the numbers may be true but I believe people.  And I see even great financial wizards see the sway power of people, even on absolute numbers.  Here are some lines from his article I like most:
Herb Greenberg

Like most journalists, much of what I know about business, investing and economics has been picked up through osmosis. It is the closest you can get to a backdoor MBA. — getting paid, in the process. Of course, just when you think you have figured it out, something comes out of left field to remind you that the lessons never really stop.
Lesson No. 1: The numbers don’t lie… avoid the spin or the face-to-face meeting that can create a psychological connection that may skew what otherwise would be black-and-white analysis. Don’t ever underestimate the power and influence of the human factor.

Lesson No. 2: Quality, not quantity….The more complex and convoluted the financial statements get, especially for businesses that aren’t overly complicated, the more reason to worry.

Lesson No. 5: Risk isn’t a four-letter word. A good rule of thumb is that before you buy, instead of asking how much you can make, first ask how much you can lose. That is what the smart guys do.
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Brilliant Welcome, Good Eats in the Omni Hotel Atlanta

A crazy week in Atlanta for my first trip to work at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

We shared stories on blogs, social networks, Twitter, Utterz and video sharing sites to help participating science students and parents follow the excitement and amazing projects from the event.

This was truly one of the most inspiring events I’ve attended in a long time. To see so may young people with the spark in their eye, intelligence in their words and caring in their gestures. The science was out of the world but the students and teachers at the event lifted hope in me that our future is in good hands.

Robot RoVAAR at Intel ISEF 2008

This solar powered robot vehicle was one of the many cool things I saw today roaming the floor at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The RoVAAR, Robotic Vehicle for Automation Application Research is a project by high school senior Brian Michael Cherbak.

The Action of Atlanta — Young Scientists Compete at ISEF

I packed my bags on Mother’s Day arrived in Atlanta the next evening to meet up with the Intel International Science and Engineering team.

I’ll be meeting some of the 1,500 high school science students who arrived from over 50 countries to compete for big $ and scholarships.  Here are a few stories so far:

Video — Road to Intel ISEF:  Wizkids Worldwide Gather

What They’re Saying on the Road to ISEF

My Gear for ISEF

Let the games begin

Video — First Look at the Action at ISEF

Wired’s GeekDad Coming to ISEF

It’s Tuesday, Day Two…and I’m off to the show.  If you have a favorite science project story — past or present — please share it here.

Know Where You Are, Been, Going?

I found this inside Ning‘s Education Group.  Amazing!!  There are a few other cool videos in Ning’s Education group, including tutorials on Twitter and this one with Sir Ken Robinson, a mind expanding author who I first heard of from his presentation at the annual event Ted.

“There is an enormous amount of creativity.”

“It’s an extraordinary time, when we really don’t know what’s going to happen next.”

“Everyone has an interest in education.”

Brian Solis — Social Media is Transforming Marketing and Public Relations

PodTech’s Jennifer Jones talks with Brian Solis, who I got to finally meet in in June at the Social Media Workshop hosted by Shel Israel.  He’s someone we can all learn a lot from.

Brian dinged Intel’s Second Life briefing, referring to a blogger who wrote a post tearing into the Second Life event as an example of terrible PR. At the time, Brian was right and timely. A few days later, I learned that the Intel Software Network team reached out to the blogger and now things are cool. In fact, there was a healthy exchange that resulted in new friendships. Maybe in the old days, a bad review would resulted in some frustration and a little bad reputation. But today, we have the tools to connect and face our challenges directly, resulting in more changes to make improvements and better friends.

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High School Scientists Worldwide Compete — Their Stories from ISEF

This year at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, top high school students from around the world competed in New Mexico to big scholarships and honors.  Intel Chairman Craig Barrett puts his heart and will behind education, particularly math and science.  This year he talked about young scientist from pockets of the world who stand to speed progress in their homeland.

PodTech’s Jason Lopez spoke with Dr. Barrett prior to ISEF and hopped on a plane to talk with students at the competition.  Lopez has a way to pouring his passion and intrigue into an interview that ignites great, engaging interviews.  Here’s his collection of stories he collected at ISEF.

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