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Somewhat Frank

Dec 5, 2019

Frank Gruber catches up with John Guidos and the two discuss Frank’s recent trip to Chicago where he was the keynote speaker at the NASA iTech event and his reconnecting with Jonathan Ozeran at Tempus. There’s a lot to celebrate this time around, so they discuss some of those latest happenings. The discussion was loosely based on the latest newsletter which is shared below. 

I was in sweet home Chicago last week to speak at the NASA iTech event. It was great to be back in my hometown to share and debunk “Startup Myths” with this keynote talk. While in town I also caught up with Jonathan Ozeran at Tempus. We reconnected over my last email update and he invited me over to show me around. Tempus is a technology company that has built the world’s largest library of clinical and molecular data and an operating system to make that information accessible and useful for patients, physicians, and researchers. I got a tour of the Tempus office which is in the old Montgomery Wards building which is also home to Groupon and others. It’s pretty impressive to see the labs and medical work being done by a startup in a corporate environment. While the facilities were impressive, it was a simple sign in the men’s restroom that explained the importance of “daily gratitude” that left the most lasting impression of this company in my mind. Gratitude can change everything. What are you thankful for?  

Lots of exciting news and articles this time so get ready… here. we. go!!! 

Celebrating (People in My Network)
—Gavin Purcell is taking over as showrunner at ‘Tonight’ show for John Bell who is leaving NBC. 
—Meredith Fineman on the pre-order of her new book titled, Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion coming out in May 2020. Learn how to talk about your accomplishments and champion yourself – because no one is going to tell your story for you.
—Aubrie Pagano the co-founder of Bow & Drape on her company being acquired by Win Brands Group
—Max Crowley on cofounding the new beverage bar and app called Bandit which is currently serving customers in midtown Manhattan. 
—Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital also has a book coming out in May 2020 titled, It’s About Damn Time: How To Turn Being Underestimated Into Your Greatest Advantage.
—Emily Slade and her co-founders Kobie Fuller and Lamer Walker on the launch of Valence, a new tech platform and community focused on connecting Black professionals globally with mentorship, job opportunities, and capital. 
—Leslie Jump on her company Different Funds with support from Schmidt Futures announces a new effort to increase capital for scientific entrepreneurs.
—Erik Hersman launches BRCK, free Wi-Fi, in South Africa.
—Maya Baratz is helping to bring Founders Factory to the US with NYC version
—Steve Jang and Kanyi Maqubela launch a new firm, Kindred Ventures, to form and fund startups
—Eric Lunt is joining VSCO the photography app and community as Director of Engineering in Chicago. 
—Jamie Amaral on the launch of the children’s clothing brand, The Simple Folk, offering organic and high quality play clothes for the wild-hearted minimalist. 

My personal podcast, Somewhat Frank, is back! Special thanks to my old friend and colleague Johnny “Goodtimes” Guidos for his help in the refreshed new podcast format and co-hosting the show with me. If you haven’t heard it before take a listen on Apple or Google or wherever you listen to Podcasts. We’ll be talking more depth about some of the things I’m highlighting in these updates.

Has time changed?
The 2010s Have Broken Our Sense Of Time

Another way to fast.
‘Dopamine fasting’ is a new Silicon Valley trend, but some people are already taking it too far

Alone time is important.
Why You Should Find Time to Be Alone With Yourself

Grabbing drinks may be a thing of the past.
Alcohol consumption will soon follow smoking and meat-eating in becoming a social evil

Great insights on how Dick’s Sporting Goods turned from mom and pop shop to larger retailer.
Why Ed Stack of Dick’s Sporting Goods stood up to the gun lobby

Automated home systems are not uncompromisable.
Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa can be hijacked with a $14 laser pointer to open garage doors, start cars, and shop online

Katie Couric talks with Dr. Hyman who equated Impossible Burgers to Twinkies.
Are Impossible Burgers healthy?

This is not to be ignored.
More than 11,000 scientists declare a “climate emergency”

4 Day work week anyone?
Microsoft experimented with a 4-day workweek, and productivity jumped by 40%

Unlimited means unlimited!!!
AT&T Fined $60M for Throttling Unlimited Data Plans

Congrats to our 2019 Startup of the Year!
This Military Captain Is Changing The World With 3D Printing Technology

Robot delivery is invading college campuses.
Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don’t Trap

Don’t drink the water on airplanes!
Water on most US airlines is unsafe says study

And so it begins.
Japan approved experiments that would allow for animal-human hybrids to be born for the first time ever

Breast cancer drug could be on it way
How A Trial Vaccine Helped Wipe Out A Woman’s Breast Cancer In 7 Months

Scary stuff.
China is exporting killer drone robots to Mideast

This is motivating for anyone who’s younger than 82 years old and hasn’t gotten their plunkers going to pedal one million miles yet – there is still time!
He’s done it! 82-year-old cyclist ‘overwhelmed’ as he hits one million miles

Blind Man Sees Birthday Candles Again Thanks To Bionic Eye

With the launch of Disney+ this past week coupled with a bunch of travel without Wi-Fi, I had a chance to catch up on Mandalorian, the new original Star Wars series. It is well done and I highly recommend it. I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll leave it at that. And of course, we’re going to see Frozen 2 today with our little one because it has been a long-awaited return to the big screen for this epic Disney tale of mystery and adventure. 

In the last three weeks, I’ve been in DC, Chicago, Shreveport, Atlanta, and Philly. The next couple of weeks I’ll be in warmer weather in southwest Florida, before retreating to southern Maine to take in the annual Christmas Prelude – so if you’re going to be in the area too, please let me know.

Thank you for listening and remember, as Frank always says, “Sharing is caring. Positive vibes only. Bring happiness to life. I’m thankful for you.”

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