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The University of California Gets Into The VC Business

This is very interesting but also potentially problematic. It's interesting and positive because the funding that allows ideas to be spun out of research labs at universities is in perilously short supply. The absence of seed stage capital is holding back a lot of great ideas. The potential problems are in how the university manages this $250 million fund. The article says the fund will be managed by an independent team of experienced investors. That formula sounds right. But the temptation for the university to influence the management team to support certain professors will be great.

Incredibly Important Report from Brookings

These guys in the Metropolitan Studies program at the Brookings Institute are soul mates of mine. In this report, they zero in on how the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) labs, which are enormous repositories of cutting-edge technologies, should be engaging more deeply with the regional economies around them. 

Here’s the report: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2014/09/10-national-labs-andes-muro-stepp

GM and The Rest of The Industry Won't Be Far Behind Toyota

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GM Expects to Offer Hands-Free Driving by 2016

Automated Steering System, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Would Seek to Reduce Crashes

Toyota Take Five--What Will Intelligent Driving Really Mean?

I came away from Toyota's Advanced Safety Seminar convinced that there will be dramatic changes in the automobile in coming years. As John Lee from the University of Wisconsin said, there will be more sweeping changes in the interaction between car and driver in the next five years than there have been in the past 50 years.

Chief Executive magazine--Top Five Play Cars for CEOs

Go here to see what edmunds.com Editor Scott Oldham and I came up with:

http://chiefexecutive.net/five-best-fun-cars-for-ceos

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