Stanford campus photo from above

6/25/2009

Initiatives ‎(Entrepreneurship at Duke)‎

Great to see so many new e-ship initiatives at Duke. None of these existed when I was there from 1998-2002 except for the Duke Start-up Challenge.

Initiatives ‎(Entrepreneurship at Duke)‎: "There are a number of initiatives related to entrepreneurship at Duke University. These initiatives cover the many areas need to help create a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem that fosters the entrepreneurial spirit.

* Duke Start-Up Challenge
* Duke Entrepreneurship Education Series
* Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN)
* DUhatch Student Business Incubator
* Duke Student Ventures
* Entrepreneurship Week at Duke University
* Program for Entrepreneurs"



6/21/2009

Came across a pair of interesting articles recently on work/life balance

Feld on Life Balance: “Accomplish What You Want, Not What You Think You Have to” | On the Radar...

Feld professed a belief throughout the interview that work-life balance is an important issue to everyone, yet he acknowledged that each person’s approach will be different. In fact, Feld expressed equal skepticism towards those who say “here’s how you achieve work life balance” in a one-size fits all approach as towards those who claim “work-life balance is bullshit” and life is only about working hard. But the venture capitalist did draw a line in the sand by saying that balance is an important issue to consider at all ages, as many make the mistake in believing they will “get the balance on the back half of life” an find it shorter than they hoped (“you don’t know when the lights are going to go out”). With this frame of reference, Feld spent most of the hour discussing his personal journey towards better work-life balance over the past eight years.

Doctor and Patient - Taking Time for the Self on the Path to Becoming a Doctor - NYTimes.com

According to a study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, I am far from the only doctor who has behaved this way. The researchers interviewed residents, or doctors in training, from seven different specialties and found that they set themselves up for burnout by accepting, even embracing, what they believed would be a temporary imbalance between the personal and professional aspects of their lives. While the young doctors interviewed defined well-being as a balance between all those parts, many felt that their medical training was so central to their ultimate sense of fulfillment that they were willing to live with whatever personal sacrifice was required, even if it meant a temporary loss of a sense of self.

6/14/2009

Wine tasting


House nestled in Vineyard, originally uploaded by Batikart.

A couple months back, the graduate dorm that I live in "Sidney Pacific" sponsored a wine tasting. It was my first wine tasting so I took some notes on the handout that the nuclear engineering professor at MIT who led the wine tasting handed out.

Here are the wines that we tried and their prices (which were only given to us at the end):

Alfred Gratien Brut 1989 - $90
Savennieres 2002 Clos du Papillon (Baumard) - $28
Cloudy Bay Marlborough Savignon Blac 2007 - $31
Riesling Spatlese 2005 - $34
Alsace Grand Cru Gewurztraminer 2002 Mambourg (Pierre Sparr) - $26
Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006 - $53
Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru 2005 (Bouchard) $40
Lucius Chianti Classico Riserva 2000 (Viticcio) - $36
Burgess Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 - $80
Cote-Rotie 1998 Les Grandes Places (Jean-Michel Gerin) - $90
Ridge California Zinfandel 2006 Lytton Springs - $37
Peter Lehmann Barossa Valley Botrytis Semillon 2005 - $12 half bottle

He also recommended the book: The World Atlas of Wine (Mitchell Beazley, 2007) by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson