Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Green Power Report

I was interviewed recently on AM 590's Green Power Report and it was a pretty good show. Check out their back catalog of previous interviews; they have some good names on them. At any rate, the audio is attached. I speak about ocean power, California's energy policies, and Energy Cache.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Solve for X Talk

The conference was pretty interesting. Here's a link to the talk.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Solve for X in Washington DC

I've been invited by Google and USAID to speak at the Global Diaspora Forum in Washington next week. If you are going and would like to check it out, I'll see you there!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Aaron Fyke MIT talk part of Google X - Solve For X Series

I am privileged to be in some pretty impressive company.  My recent talk at MIT was picked up by Google and is hosted as part of their "Solve for X" series of moonshot thinkers.  Link is below.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Immigration Reform - "Back of the Line"

Obama said something interesting with his speech about comprehensive immigration reform the other day.  He said that illegal immigrants would need to go to the "back of the line".

For unskilled immigrants, there typically *IS* no line.  There is basically no way to legally come to the US, unless they are family members of existing US citizens. See the chart below.

So, I wonder what he was talking about?  I think immigration reform is a necessary step, but I'm really interested in how this is actually going to be implemented.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Politics and Entrepreneurship

"Obamacare" has been cast as a left vs right issue.  Democrats are in favor of it.  Republicans hate it.  However, the reason for this is that it is framed as a "lazy do nothing people being given healthcare paid for by good, hard-working citizens who already have healthcare".  This is silly, yes.  However, as far as entrepreneurship goes, there should be far more right-wing support for Obamacare than there is.

Why is this?  Because, here in the US, healthcare and employment are very tightly linked.  This is fine for those with a job.  However, it is not so fine if you want to quit your job and start a company.  I thought Obama's remarks yesterday summarized it perfectly:

    "They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great."

Government programs which allow people to walk away from their job and start something new are critical for new company development.  Entrepreneurship and free enterprise should be cornerstones of the Republican platform, and they should favor any policy which promotes new company development. It seems that this point is being lost in the noise.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The CEO's job

I don't often have the opportunity to post on my blog. Usually what I'm doing with Energy Cache is not something that I can talk about. However, recently I had a great experience that I thought was worth writing about.

The job of the CEO is to best manage the company on behalf of the board, who in turn, represent the shareholders. Therefore, it can be an easy assumption that the CEO reports to the board and attempts to meet their needs. While simplistic, and often generally correct, it is a false simplification. There can exist the possibility that different board members have conflicting needs/desires. Under the "serve the board members" model, this puts the CEO in a difficult role if he or she is trying to make everyone happy.  However, truly serving the board means doing what's best for the company, regardless of whether you make people happy. People are looking at you for the decision on what is right - not what everybody else thinks is right (and certainly, not what's right for them). 

Not making these decisions, even to attempt to address the wishes of those you report to, is a breach of duty.  This is a key distinction why the CEO's job differs greatly from many other jobs out there.  In pretty much every other job, your job is to support your customer, who is almost always the person you report to.  With the CEO, it may seem that the customer is the board, but it isn't.  It's the company.  I'll say that another way.  A CEO may serve at the pleasure of the board, but the CEO doesn't serve the board - he serves the company.

As CEO you aren't paid to be popular. You are sometimes paid to be unpopular - even if the people that you are unpopular with are the ones paying your salary.

I saw that recently, it is something I'm going to regularly have to force myself to remember, and thought it was worth talking about.