Friday, October 28, 2011

The Laundress Launches Retail Outpost In Europe

Congratulations to The Laundress New York on their recent expansion into Europe. eClips had the fortunate experience of interviewing them. Watch Laundress partners Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Wieber as they tell their story.

Here's the full press release.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Katie Brown Interview

Katie Brown is an American home and gardening television show host, author, actress, and trained art historian.

Brown opened her first store called "Goat", which was located in Los Angeles and Mackinac Island, Michigan. It was a popular antique store and cafe. Katie has been serving up dime-store domesticity on Lifetime Television's Next Door with Katie Brown since October 1997. She has opened her own workshops in Los Angeles, New York, and Bridgehampton.

Previously, Brown had a catering business in Los Angeles and raced on the U.S. Ski Team.

Katie Brown received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Cornell University.

Here are her clips.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Interview With Bob Langer

Robert S. Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (there are 14 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). Dr. Langer has written over 1,100 articles. He also has approximately 760 issued and pending patents worldwide. Dr. Langer's patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 220 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies. He is the most cited engineer in history.

He served as a member of the United States Food and Drug Administration's SCIENCE Board, the FDA's highest advisory board, from 1995 -- 2002 and as its Chairman from 1999-2002.

Dr. Langer has received over 180 major awards including the 2006 United States National Medal of Science; the Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers and the 2008 Millennium Prize, the world's largest technology prize. He is the also the only engineer to receive the Gairdner Foundation International Award; 72 recipients of this award have subsequently received a Nobel Prize. Among numerous other awards Langer has received are the Dickson Prize for Science (2002), Heinz Award for Technology, Economy and Employment (2003), the Harvey Prize (2003), the John Fritz Award (2003) (given previously to inventors such as Thomas Edison and Orville Wright), the General Motors Kettering Prize for Cancer Research (2004), the Dan David Prize in Materials Science (2005), the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (2005), the largest prize in the U.S. for medical research, induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2006), the Max Planck Research Award (2008) and the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research (2008). In 1998, he received the Lemelson-MIT prize, the world's largest prize for invention for being "one of history's most prolific inventors in medicine." In 1989 Dr. Langer was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 1992 he was elected to both the National Academy of Engineering and to the National Academy of Sciences. He is one of very few people ever elected to all three United States National Academies and the youngest in history (at age 43) to ever receive this distinction.

Dr. Langer received his Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University in 1970 and his Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, both in Chemical Engineering.

Bob Langer clips.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Joe Bourdow Interview

Joseph H. Bourdow is the prior President of Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. Bourdow's career began as a broadcaster and radio station owner, joined Valpak Direct Marketing Systems in 1978 as a sales representative, then became a successful franchisee before joining the franchisor in 1991 and becoming president in 1996. Bourdow has been responsible for the sales development of the franchise network, encompassing more than 200 offices in the United States and Canada. He also serves as executive vice president of Cox Target Media, which acquired Valpak in 1991. He stepped down as president of ValPak at the end of 2009 and will serve as a senior advisor to the company.

Clips here.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Leland Pillsbury Lecture

Leland Pillsbury is a venture capitalist with a special focus on the hospitality industry. He is the Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO of Thayer Lodging Group, a privately held hotel real estate investment firm which ranks among the top 5% of top performers among all private real estate firms. He is also the cofounder and chairman of TIG Global, an internet marketing company serving over 1,500 hotels around the world, cofounder and chairman of EMC Venues, the largest resort and conference center marketing representation firm in the country, cofounder and chairman of Thayer Insurance Group, providing specialized insurance coverages to hotel and hospitality firms, cofounder of HUBS1, providing the only Global Distribution System and central reservations systems to the domestic Chinese hotel and airline industries, and cofounder of HQuant, a financial and analytical firm serving the hospitality industry and publisher of the HQuant Lodging Real Estate Index. He is a principal and director in several other companies both inside and outside the hospitality industry.

Pillsbury launched Grande Heritage Hotels in 1989 and sold the company in 1991, after serving 20 years at Marriott International, where he was Marriott's youngest Executive Vice President and corporate officer. Mr. Pillsbury served as the head of Strategic Planning for the lodging business, participated in the acquisition of a time sharing business, led the venture team that developed and launched Fairfield Inns, acquired the Residence Inns Company, and introduced several brand extensions. During this period, Marriott experienced a four fold increase in sales, a five fold increase in profits, and an eight fold increase in its market capitalization. At the time of his departure, he was responsible for $1 billion in annual capital development projects and over 18,000 employees. After his departure, he participated in the acquisition of the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company by Marriott International. In 1991 he founded Thayer Lodging Group.

Leland Pillsbury received his BS degree from Cornell's School of Hotel Administration and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University's J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Lecture videos.

Robert Frank Interview

Robert Frank is a Professor of Economics at Cornell University's Johnson School. In addition, Frank is a monthly contributor to the "Economic Scene" column in The New York Times.

Until 2001, he was the Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy in Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nepal, chief economist for the Civil Aeronautics Board, fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and was Professor of American Civilization at l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Frank's books include Choosing the Right Pond, Passions within Reason, Microeconomics and Behavior, Luxury Fever, and What Price the Moral High Ground? The Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was included in Business Week's list of the ten best books for 1995.

Frank holds a BS in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MA in statistics from UC Berkeley and a PhD in economics, also from UC Berkeley.

Here are his videos.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Bruce Failing

Bruce Failing has been an entrepreneur, private equity and venture investor and turnaround specialist with successes in the areas of technology, media and consumer packaged goods. Over his 35-year career, Bruce has acted as CEO, founder, investor and board member of numerous growth companies, resulting in an IRR of 60%. Prior to co-founding Alerion in 2004, Bruce led investments in Productivity Solutions, Actmedia, Lamaze Publishing, Newborn Channel, Tone Brothers Spice Company and ERS International.

Bruce sits on the Board of Directors of ScentAir, EnviroScent, True Citrus, InStadium, HydroMassage and Convergence Marketing.

Bruce received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.

Bruce Failing interview.