Thursday, April 30, 2009

Open Position - Multiple at OCLC

1717 Metadata Specialist II US-OH-Dublin 04-29-09
1716 Metadata Specialist II US-OH-Dublin 04-29-09
1715 Metadata Specialist I US-OH-Dublin 04-29-09
1714 Metadata Manager CA-Winnipeg, Manitoba 04-29-09
1712 CSD Manager of Content Products US-OH-Dublin 04-02-09
1711 Technical Intern US-OH-Dublin 03-27-09
1710 Technical Intern (Quality Assurance) US-OH-Dublin 03-27-09
1708 Production Analyst II US-OH-Dublin 03-24-09
1705 Sr. Software Engineer US-OH-Dublin 03-19-09
1704 Senior Training and Development Specialist US-OH-Dublin 03-18-09
1703 Field Marketing Manager US-OH-Dublin 03-19-09
1701 Senior Product Analyst, Acquisitions Workflow US-OH-Dublin 03-11-09
1700 Senior Product Analyst, Self Configuration US-OH-Dublin 03-11-09
1697 Partner Programs Manager US-OH-Dublin 04-09-09
1694 Electronic Resource Coordinator US-OH-Dublin 04-17-09
1693 Training and Support Coordinator US-DC-Washington 02-16-09
1692 Member Services Consultant--Other US-CA-Ontario 02-16-09
1691 Member Services Consultant -- North East US-CA-Ontario 02-09-09
1687 CSD Consultative Services and Support Analyst US-OH-Dublin 02-09-09
1686 CSD Consultative Services and Support Analyst US-OH-Dublin 02-09-09
1681 Account Manager France FR-Asnieres sur seine 01-26-09
1675 Manager, Consultative Services and Support US-OH-Dublin 01-16-09
1671 Systems Engineer NL-Leiden 01-20-09
1668 Metadata Specialist NL-Leiden 01-20-09
1655 Consulting Software Engineer (Java) US-OH-Dublin 11-14-08
1653 Software Developer US-OH-Dublin 11-14-08
1626 User Interface (Interaction) Designer US-OH-Dublin 03-19-09
1619 Technical Intern (Human Factors/User Interaction) US-OH-Dublin 01-27-09
1607 Account Manager UK-Birmingham 08-25-08
1578 Sr. Training and Support Coordinator US-CA-Ontario 02-09-09
1559 Sr. Training and Support Coord. - Member Services US-CA-Ontario 03-17-09

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cardinal, OSU join forces on radioactive drug research - Business First of Columbus:

2 Columbus companies up for high-tech cash - Business First of Columbus:

2 Columbus companies up for high-tech cash - Business First of Columbus:

Ohio companies working on fuel cells, stem cells, medical device technology and in the pharmacology sector have been targeted to receive approximately $39 million from a state research and development program.

The Ohio Department of Development announced Tuesday it is recommending nine Ohio technology companies receive money for research and development from the state’s Third Frontier program.

The lion’s share of the recommended award amounts are directed to medical research and development projects in northeast Ohio, but two Columbus technology firms are also in the mix.

Columbus-based Zyvex Performance Materials Inc. was awarded $4.9 million to lead a consortium that is developing carbon nanotubes that will be used in composite materials.

Hyper Tech Research Inc., also in Columbus, was awarded $5 million to construct a high-temperature superconductor wire for the medical field.........

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Profile: Deborah Cummings

Profile: Deborah Cummings

A life-long Buckeye, Deborah Cummings was tapped in April, 2008, to serve as the Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Development’s (ODOD) Technology and Innovation Division. Cummings’ suitability for her present position is honed from a decade of experience at Battelle as a technology-based economic development consultant in addition to her degrees in business and political science from Ohio University and an MBA from The Ohio State University.

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Battelle - The Business of Innovation

iB3 Networks Signs Data Center Contract With Celina Insurance Group

iB3 Networks Signs Data Center Contract With Celina Insurance Group

CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio, April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- iB3 Networks, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: IBNW) and its wholly owned subsidiary iBeam Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Cisco Certified Select Partner announced today it has signed an agreement to host systems for Celina Insurance Group. Celina Insurance Group has signed a three year contract for a secure data cage to house their systems in iBeam Solutions' new highly redundant, secure data center located in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

"We are very impressed and pleased with the quality, security and redundancy of iBeam Solutions' hosting facility," stated Rob Shoenfelt, CIO of Celina Insurance. "Celina's partnership with iBeam Solutions will ensure our agencies and policyholders have secure and reliable access to our systems."

"We are excited to be working with Celina Insurance Group, and that we are able provide 100% up time for these critical systems for them," stated Eric Schmidt, CEO of iB3 Networks Inc. "The need for Celina Insurance Group, and many other companies, for highly reliable and redundant hosting facilities is growing rapidly."

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People on the move - Ray Taylor

Heard on twitter from Ray Taylor - Started new gig today as VP of marketing for Ecommerce! Great first day!

Open Position - Software Quality Assurance Manager

Growing web-based software company with need for a first-time quality assurance manager. Create and execute process and assume testing responsibility from internal staff. Experience creating performance and functional tests at both the business level and data level are required. This is a hands-on job, with an opportunity to grow responsibility over time. Good benefits and compensation commensurate with experience and the position.
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Open Positions - Sales Representative (2)

Job Title: Sales Representative

Summary: e-Cycle Incorporated, based in Dublin, Ohio, is an entrepreneurial company who is the industry leader in Cell Phone Recycling.

We currently have an immediate career opportunity for a entry level Sales Representative. This position is responsible for developing new small to medium size corporate accounts and maximizing e-Cycle’s services, while ensuring the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Success will be evaluated by the effectiveness in hitting new account targets and satisfaction of our customers.

Ideal candidates will be motivated, assertive, and customer service focused. They will have demonstrated sales experience, excellent phone communication and problem solving skills. Candidates must also have demonstrated their ability to motivate and influence others, manage their time effectively, and work both independently and within teams. The ability to maintain confidentiality and work with integrity is required.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM with approximately 10% travel

Position Requirements:

  • Customer Service or cell phone experience with Verizon Wireless, Cingular/AT&T, Sprint/Nextel, or T-Mobile is preferred.
  • A college degree is preferred.
  • Excellent time management, communication and organizational skills.
  • Must have basic computer skills including competence with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience with Sales Force.Com is preferred.
  • Must be highly reliable and pay high attention to detail.
  • The ability to resolve problems and insure quality with a minimum amount of supervision is essential.
  • Understand basic terminologies for wireless products.


Compensation for this position is $25,000 base salary with quarterly bonuses.

To learn more about e-Cycle visit

Open positions - Cell phone technician (3-5)

Job Title: Cell Phone Technician


e-Cycle Incorporated, based in Dublin, Ohio, is an entrepreneurial company who is the industry leader in Cell Phone Recycling. We currently have an immediate career opportunity for a Cell Phone Technician.

The primary responsibility of this position is to test cell phones and smartphones from multiple manufacturers while ensuring that corporate quality standards are achieved. Working technical knowledge of cell phones and smart phones is a necessity.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Key Responsibilities:

  • Troubleshoot and test used cell phones and smartphones (i.e. Blackberry’s, Treo’s).
  • Functional and cosmetic evaluation of cell phones and smartphones.
  • Receive, Sort, Recycle, Test and Ship used cell phones and smartphones.
  • Maintain high-quality performance and testing levels.
  • Maintain a clean and organized work environment.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Customer Service or cell phone experience with Verizon Wireless, Cingular/AT&T, Sprint/Nextel, or T-Mobile is preferred.
  • Some college or college degree preferred.
  • Excellent time management, communication and organizational skills.
  • Must have basic computer skills including competence with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Must be highly reliable and pay high attention to detail.
  • The ability to resolve problems and insure quality with a minimum amount of supervision is essential.
  • Understand basic terminologies for wireless products.
  • Light to heavy lifting required in a warehouse environment.


          Compensation for this position is $11-15 an hour and is dependent on level of experience.

Please email your resume to or call 614-210-1120.

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NPI Develops New Veterinary Dental Tool with Midmark - 21-Apr-09 press release or news release

NPI Develops New Veterinary Dental Tool with Midmark - 21-Apr-09 press release or news release

Columbus, Ohio - April 20, 2009 - New Product Innovations has completed design and engineering development of the VetPro 5000 for Midmark Corporation. The VetPro 5000 is the first dental tool system for veterinarians that is focused on the needs of the end-user, the patient, the marketplace, and the working environment.
Typical veterinary dental tool systems are seat-height and placed to the side, with no repositioning options. The portability of the VetPro 5000 and the flexible arm that supports the tool head allows the technicians to comfortably use the product sitting or standing as well as affording them the ability to move the entire unit around and to position it in whatever way suits them, the patient, and the situation. The VetPro 5000 is also self-contained which supports the ideal in-use situation which is to deliver the compressed air and water to the tools and take the tools the patient. The controls are located on a recessed surface beneath the tools for easy adjustment. This also keeps the controls clean, protected from overspray and debris, and maintains a safe, clean, efficient work zone.
The new product reduces the number of foot pedals to one, minimizes the number of hoses, and features a cable management system that auto-retracts placing each tool in its proper resting place on the tool head. This improves efficiency and safety allowing the technicians to work quickly and keep their eyes on the patient at all times while making tool changes and adjustments. This also eliminates the chance of tools/hoses dragging on the floor which would be unsanitary, hazardous, and cause damage to the tools—a problem with other products.
Another excellent feature of the VetPro 5000 is it’s very low-noise when in use. Animals are frightened by noises and even though the animal who is receiving dental treatment is asleep, other animals in the clinic, may be having procedures while awake. We dampened the noise of the oil-less compressor so that other animals don’t flinch when they hear the dental tools in use.
Today’s vet clinics are becoming more progressive to cater to the desires of people whose pets are beloved members of the family deserving good health care. The VetPro 5000 features a clean design aesthetic that is in line with today’s progressive veterinary clinics and offices. Considering consumer trends in pet care and the fact that good dental care is the single most important thing one can do for their pet’s health, this product is making a real difference.
In summary, the VetPro 5000 is an excellent design solution because of the following features:
  • Intuitive, ergonomically-sound, user/procedure-based design
  • Streamlined pieces and parts
  • Flexible positioning options
  • Maintains proper tool placement
  • Portable and self-contained
  • Upscale aesthetic
  • Quiet operation in providing compressed air and water
  • Improves efficiency and safety in the work environment
  • Differentiator for the manufacturer
  • Supports a high-margin revenue stream for veterinarians.

About NPI
NPI provides custom product development and manufacturing services for clients spanning the industrial, commercial, and consumer products industries. The company takes new product ideas through the research, design, engineering, and manufacturing stages to ensure that a commercially successful product is the end result. With offices in the U.S., Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong, NPI provides expert design and engineering services in addition to managing quality offshore manufacturing operations. NPI has helped clients such as Midmark, Georgia-Pacific, Procter & Gamble, JohnsonDiversey, Ashland Chemical, Motorola, Owens Corning, TimberTech, and Jarden Consumer Products bring commercially successful products to market in the most economical way. For more information visit:

About Midmark
Midmark Corporation is committed to developing quality products, services and technologies that allow healthcare providers to increase effectiveness in their practices. With a full line of high-quality products for the medical, dental, digital diagnostic, and veterinary markets, Midmark’s trusted equipment helps providers deliver more efficient patient care. Headquartered in Versailles, Ohio, Midmark also has subsidiaries in Torrance, California; Orchard Park, New York; Glasgow, Kentucky; Tampa, Florida and Ernée, France. Today, Midmark employs nearly 1200 teammates worldwide. For more information visit:

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Largest Community College in Ohio Turns to TeamDynamixHE to Improve IT Project Reporting, Tracking and Accountability - 23-Apr-09 press release or news release

Largest Community College in Ohio Turns to TeamDynamixHE to Improve IT Project Reporting, Tracking and Accountability - 23-Apr-09 press release or news release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – April 21, 2009 – TeamDynamixHE, the leading provider of Web-based project and portfolio management solutions for the higher education market, today announced that Columbus State Community College (CSCC) has deployed TeamDynamixHE to manage IT projects campus-wide. CSCC serves more than 24,000 students in Columbus, Ohio, recently becoming the third largest institution of higher learning in the state. The college, which has broken school attendance records for the past three quarters, is spread across an 85-acre downtown campus, 10 suburban centers and a virtual campus that enrolls more online students than any college in Ohio.

TeamDynamixHE provides CSCC’s staff with a centrally located solution that gives the school’s IT staff and contractors access to current projects and project information from any Web-enabled computer. With TeamDynamixHE’ planning utilities, CSCC’s IT team can manage project requests, prioritize and score all potential projects, and streamline the project startup and staffing process by managing resources and launching projects directly through the Web. Team members can access TeamDynamixHE’s customizable personal dashboards for a graphical display of daily responsibilities and current issues. TeamDynamixHE also serves as a communication tool for the IT team by automatically notifying members of timelines, deadlines, tasks and information added or changes in a project.

“In today’s environment, return on investment is more important than ever when considering project prioritization and trying to meet the increasing needs of our growing student population,” said Bart L. Prickett, director of I.T. Support Services at Columbus State Community College. “TeamDynamixHE provides an excellent way to organize projects and initiatives for the institution. From an efficiency standpoint, we are able to combine or eliminate closely related projects saving time, money and effort. In addition, the ability to track resources and provide reporting allows managers and officers the ability to plan, budget and justify current and future initiatives during fiscally challenging times.”

TeamDynamixHE replaces the college’s combination of QuickBase and a homegrown IT request system. Currently, nearly 175 people representing the college’s I.T. Data Center, I.T. Network and P.C. services, Educational Resource Center, Enrollment Services, Public Safety and the Center for Educational Workforce Development are using TeamDynamixHE’ PPM to manage projects. A few of these departments are also using the TeamDynamixHE TDTicketing module to track help-desk incidents and associated efforts for their departments.

“We consistently hear from customers about a common misunderstanding when it comes to IT,” said Andrew Graf, lead analyst for TeamDynamixHE. “Higher education IT teams are notorious for never saying no, which has created the perception that IT always has the time and resources to take on any project. To be able to better plan, prioritize and justify the demand for more people and money to respond to the project requests, the IT department needs to be able to provide a clear picture to administrators of current projects and available resources. More and more, community colleges and universities are turning to TeamDynamixHE as a result of its focus on meeting the unique needs of the higher education market. We appreciate the trust CSCC has in our solution and look forward to growing with the school.”

About TeamDynamixHE

TeamDynamixHE is the leading provider of Web-based project and portfolio management (PPM) solutions for the higher education market. The company’s suite of project tracking, reporting and portfolio management software provides the work tools and environment necessary for successful project management and delivery, in addition to project portfolio management and planning, IT governance, resource management, help desk ticketing, time and expense tracking and knowledge management. TeamDynamixHE is currently used by a number of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, including Syracuse University, Carnegie Mellon University, The Ohio State University and Franklin University. The company is based in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, visit


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Ohio professor invents new e-paper technology

Conductor Raises $10 Million For SEO Management And Optimization Technology

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

OSU, state to announce Third Frontier partnership - Business First of Columbus:

OSU, state to announce Third Frontier partnership - Business First of Columbus:

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State and Ohio State University officials plan to announce new funding and business partners Wednesday for a center trying to develop the world’s most powerful MRI.

The public-private collaboration as part of the state’s Third Frontier program would include several million dollars of new investment and a partnership with Dublin health-care products distributor Cardinal Health Inc. at the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging.

Wright Centers are a Third Frontier program for collaborations between academics and industry. The imaging center, in an outpatient facility near OSU Medical Center, is one of four in the biological sciences that have attracted $87 million in grants. It was founded with a $17 million grant in 2003 that was set to expire this year.

The imaging center has an MRI powered by a 7-Tesla magnet, which exerts a pull about 140,000 times that of Earth’s gravity. That allows for rapid, clear scans that show internal organs and reduce the need for exploratory surgery. Researchers hope to develop the first-ever 8-Tesla MRI.

Collaborators in the original grant included Case Western Reserve University, Philips Medical Systems of Highland Heights, and the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

The partnership with Cardinal includes its network of nuclear pharmacies, which distribute radioactive pharmaceuticals such as the tracing agents used to determine if a patient has blockage in blood vessels surrounding the heart. Some Cardinal Health employees will move to the center as it looks for ways to take its discoveries to the marketplace.

The Science of ReTweets

Good read - put's some science into the tweet world

The Science of ReTweets -

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Nanospheres available

After many years of R+D, NanoGIANT LLC is pleased to announce the availability of very uniform silicon dioxide nanospheres. These nanospheres are used in almost everything we touch today - depending on the size and uniformity.

Our unique factors are greatly reduced cost and the ability to deliver quantity amounts in a matter of weeks, not months.

We are looking to open the doors to research and development of new and existing technologies that were previously constrained by an absence of these factors.

Samples can be ordered on our website -

Please feel free to distribute this information to your colleagues and business associates.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly - 614 270 2644.

Kind regards,

Tony Whelan

Tech Bits Weekly Round-up (April 18-24)

Tech Bits Weekly Round-up (April 18-24)

State Support Builds New Industries. Advance Northeast Ohio weighs in on the Third Frontier Project. [Advance Northeast Ohio]

TechLife profile of Brian Jones, managing director of JonesInsight. [TechLife Columbus]

Local professionals to speak at PEP Talks Event. The April 30 event will feature five speakers to talk about their passions, work experiences and lessons learned. [TechLife Columbus]

Report: Third Frontier creating new technologies, jobs. [Ohio Tech Bits Blog]

Update: Ohio House Bill 4. IT Martini gets behind HB4. [IT Martini]

Stimulus funds available for smart grid technology grants. [NorTech]

New to social networking? Learn or share the lingo of Facebook and Twitter with the TOT social networking e-glossary. [Ohio Tech Bits Blog]

Twittering in Baghdad. [LA Times: Baghdad & Beyond Blog]

Obama Picks Technology And Performance Officers. President Obama named Virginia Technology Secretary Aneesh P. Chopra to be the nation’s first chief technology officer. [Washington Post]

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Event Spotlight - The PEP Talks - Thursday 4/30/09

Speakers, 10 minutes each, 100+ students, Free Pizza for Students

Register at:

Featured Speakers:

- Jim Hendrickson, Sterling Commerce
- Ray Shealy, Entrepreneur
- Heidi Schmenk, Glass Axis
- Luke Tuttle, ClearSaleing
- Jonathan Franz, Writer/Producer/Law Student

The PEP Talks (PEP stands for Passion, Experience, People) are recurring speaking engagements that showcase local professionals who are passionate about what they do and are eager to share their wisdom to students.

After the brief talks, the audience is then given a chance to network with the speakers and other professionals who attend. Each Event is professionally video taped and immediately tagged, categorized and posted on

This Event will be hosted at TechColumbus (1275 Kinnear Road). Doors open at 6pm.

Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

Interested in learning what was discussed at this weeks NTEN (Non profit Technology Network) conference in San Francisco? Free, inexpensive nonprofit technology resources

Check out:
2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

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Distance Learning Pilot Project (HB 4) update

Dear Technology Consumer,

Your emails are working! Last week, the Ohio House Finance and
Leadership Committee released the state operating budget bill, which
includes funding for the Distance Learning Pilot Project (HB 4). We are
one-step closer to passing this groundbreaking technology legislation!

Tell Ohio legislators that ALL Ohio students deserve access to innovative
classroom technologies. Click here now to ask your legislator to
modernize Ohio classrooms for the 21st century.

We encourage you to forward this email to friends, family and neighbors.
Together, we can advance academic and technological opportunities for Ohio's

Click here to support HB 4 today!


Sarah Briggs

AlertFox Launches Powerful Web Application Monitoring Tool (Freebies Here)

Twitter Eats World: Global Visitors Shoot Up To 19 Million

Nominations For Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards 2009 - O'Reilly Radar

Know anyone who should be nominated in Columbus?

The 5th annual Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards will be hosted at OSCON 2009 in San Jose, CA. The awards recognize individual contributors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, and collaboration in the development of Open Source Software. Past recipients for 2005-2008 include Angela Byron, Karl Fogel, Pamela Jones, Gerv Markham, Chris Messina, David Recordon, Doc Searls, and Andrew Tridgell.

The nomination process is open to the entire open source community, closing May 22, 2009. Send your nominations to Nominations should include the name of the recipient, any associated project/org, suggested title for the award ("Best Hacker", "Best Community Builder", etc.), and a description of why you are nominating the individual. Google and O'Reilly employees cannot be nominated.

Nominations For Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards 2009 - O'Reilly Radar

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The New Social Engagement: A Visit to Zappos

The New Social Engagement: A Visit to Zappos

Most Mashable readers have probably heard of the online retail company, Zappos. You may have learned of them via Twitter (Twitter reviews) and count yourself among the 400,000+ people that follow the CEO, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay but who people refer to as Tony), or from a friend after she had one of the best customer experiences in her life.

No matter how you heard of them, we wager to guess that you did so through word-of-mouth. And word about Zappos has been spreading. . . . They did $3 million dollars in gross sales the day before our recent visit, and surpassed $1 billion last year. They are one of the companies forging a new era of business that emphasizes, in their words, “making personal and emotional connections.”

We visited Zappos recently, initially planning to have an hour with Tony and ended up spending the entire afternoon there interviewing not only Tony, but the in-house coach, the help desk coordinator, and many others. Once in the Zappos universe, we wanted to know, “What are they doing that is working? Why do they have a brand that is so well respected?” And, “Why does it feel so damn good to hang out with these people?”

Click here for the rest of the story - The New Social Engagement: A Visit to Zappos

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Edison Welding Institute Awarded Nearly $1M to Launch Clean Energy Center

The federal government has awarded the Edison Welding Institute (EWI) close to $1 million to help launch an advanced energy manufacturing center in Columbus. The new center will be located within the existing EWI facility located on OSU’s west campus.

EWI recently conducted a survey of 300 Ohio companies and found that nearly two out of three are either selling components for advanced energy equipment and technology or want to enter this market. About 45 percent of companies surveyed said they lack the technology to engage in advanced energy manufacturing and would like help in doing so. EWI will coordinate with other Edison research institutes, universities and community colleges already involved in advanced energy development to avoid duplication of effort and to coordinate the state’s assets in product development, process engineering and manufacturing technologies.

EWI is requesting an additional $6 million per year over the next three years in state funding and will pursue additional federal funding. Eventually, the center could employ 50-100 people dedicated to advanced energy technology and manufacturing initiatives.

For more details, see the story in Business First:

Execs Gear Up for Innovation Summit

Industry Leaders emphasize that Now is the Time for Businesses to Invest in Innovation

TechColumbus publishes a monthly newsletter in Business First the fourth Friday of every month. April’s newsletter focuses on the upcoming TechColumbus Innovation Summit.

The Innovation Summit, the first of its kind hosted by TechColumbus, was designed by C-level executives for C-level executives across a full spectrum of industries and types and sizes of companies. The program committee of 14 Central Ohio executives came up with the theme, chose speakers and developed the format for the one-day event that will take place at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel on May 14. Designed to promote the sharing of best practices and inspire creative thinking, the summit will feature two keynote speakers well known in innovation circles: Terry Jones, founder of and Rita McGrath, a faculty member with Columbia Business School and nationally known expert on innovation, corporate venturing and discovery-driven growth. Also placed on the agenda are three different tracks of interaction and discussion with industry leaders as panelists. The tracks offer varying interactive formats: panel discussions, speakers and breakout sessions.

To read the April newsletter, download the pdf.

Investments in Central Ohio Tech Companies Hit Six-Year High

Region Significantly Outperforms Nation in 2008 Innovation Capital

Despite challenging economic times, investments last year in technology-based companies in the Central Ohio region hit an all-time high with 57 companies receiving $172.2 million.

“This level of growth during a time when venture capital investments across the nation are experiencing downturns confirms that Central Ohio is becoming known for its pipeline of investable ideas,” says Will Indest, TechColumbus vice president of capital access and formation.

In 2008, during a time when venture capital nationally was down year-to-year by 8 percent, Central Ohio experienced a 9.1 percent growth in innovation capital investments. Central Ohio also outperformed the nation in the number of companies funded. While the National Venture Capital Association reported a four percent decrease in deal volume, the number of Central Ohio companies funded grew 54.1 percent (57 companies funded in 2008 vs. 37 in 2007).

Results of the region’s venture investment activity were recently published in the 2008 Central Ohio Innovation Capital Report which highlights the progress and growth of investments in innovation over a six-year period from 2003-2008. During this timeframe Central Ohio innovation capital exceeded three-quarters of a billion dollars, reaching $760.7 million invested in 227 companies. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7 percent.

Investments in the information technology and healthcare sectors led the region in 2008, accounting for more than 95 percent of total investments. Over the six-year period there has been a tremendous shift in the allocation of investments per industry in the region. For the period 2003-2007, healthcare and IT accounted for 19.5 percent and 12.8 percent of total investments respectively. In 2008, IT represented 58.3 percent of total investments and healthcare 36.9 percent. In comparison, for the 2003-2007 timeframe, retail and consumer accounted for 63.5 percent of all innovation capital, while in 2008, this sector represented only 3.8 percent of total invested dollars.

“These numbers reflect the region’s deep rooted strengths in information processing and healthcare,” says Indest. “We expect to see these trends continue in years to come, especially as many exciting IT innovations and medical devices that are currently in the pipeline, begin to gain momentum.”

Investments in pre-seed and seed-stage companies were major contributors to the region’s 2008 performance. Investments in these early stage deals more than doubled, reaching $37.2 million as compared to $14.6 million in 2007.

Central Ohio venture capital and angel sources, led primarily by Ohio TechAngels, funded 28 percent of these investments in 2008.

These seed-stage investments are especially critical to the future of Central Ohio’s innovation economy according to Indest. It is during the seed-stage that ideas are validated, intellectual property is protected and market demand is determined.

“These early stage Investments fill a key funding gap and serve to help attract additional investments, particularly from venture sources outside the region,” says Indest.

As an example, in 2008, $9.6 million of Central Ohio-led investments in seed-stage deals resulted in total seed-stage investments of $35.2 million in 41 promising companies. The majority of this additional $25.6 million came predominantly from funders outside the region.

Imported capital is a major funding source for Central Ohio. In fact, over the last six years, 90 percent of the total dollars invested came from sources outside the region. The 2008 Central Ohio Innovation Capital Report indicates that 105 venture capital sources from regions across the nation have made investments in companies formed in Central Ohio over the last six years.

But imported capital alone will not be enough to sustain the region’s continued growth. According to Indest based on the tremendous growth in seed-stage deals in 2008, it is conservatively estimated that the companies represented by these deals will require more than $1 billion in next round funding over the next five years. Although imported capital will continue to provide a critical piece of these funding requirements, it is imperative that local funds provide leadership in funding local deals.

According to Indest, more Central Ohio funds will be needed to provide significant and immediate dollars to help seed-stage companies continue to develop so that they are poised to emerge post-recession as robust players in their markets and growing employers in the region.

“For the region to continue to thrive, such investment activity must carry on and commitment from stakeholders must not waver,” says Indest.

You can download a copy of the 2008 Central Ohio Innovation Capital Report:

Third Frontier Releases 2008 Annual Report

State-Invested Funds Generate More than $3.5B in Leveraged Investments for the Creation, Attraction and Capitalization of 514 Companies

Cited as a visionary and bipartisan commitment to Ohio’s future prosperity, The Ohio Third Frontier Project has in the last six years, assisted in the creation, attraction or capitalization of 514 companies and the creation/retention of 7,757 jobs across the state – this according to the program’s recently published 2008 Annual Report. In 2008, for every dollar invested by the Ohio Third Frontier suite of programs, nine new dollars were attracted to companies and projects within the state. This resulted in $3.5 billion new dollars invested in the state’s high tech future.

Since its inception in 2002, the Third Frontier has awarded over $892 billion in state funds across a number of high growth industry sectors with biomedical leading the way, receiving $328.4 million over the course of six years.

The Ohio Third Frontier is a ten-year, $1.6 billion bipartisan initiative committed to expanding Ohio’s technological strengths and promoting the commercialization of technologies that will lead to the creation of high-paying jobs across the state. The program focuses investments in key technology areas including: advanced and alternative energy, biomedical, advanced materials, instruments-controls-electronics and advanced propulsion.

The Third Frontier makes possible programs such as TechColumbus’ TechStart, which is the Entrepreneurial Signature Program dedicated to the Central Ohio region.

Visit to download a copy of the 2008 Annual Report.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Update: Ohio House Bill 4 - paving the way for Ohio high school students to better leverage broadband technology for their education.

From our friends at ITMartini

Update: Ohio House Bill 4

Have you heard of the Distance Learning Pilot Project? It’s also known as Ohio House Bill (HB) 4 - and it’s paving the way for Ohio high school students to better leverage broadband technology for their education.

Twenty-eight percent of schools in Ohio have the broadband capacity of a T-1 line, i.e., 1.5 Mbps or less. HB-4 would provide those schools with more broadband, to enable students to take classes via live, interactive video.

This technology would bring Advanced Placement (AP) and foreign language classes to many students that wouldn’t have that opportunity otherwise - such as students in rural areas.

Sponsoring State Representative Debbie Phillips explains, “the Distance Learning Initiative is a step towards making sure that every Ohio child has access to advanced courses and at no additional cost to local school districts.”

Want to get involved? Tell your legislator that Ohio needs this kind of innovative, high-tech approach to solving problems in order to remain competitive in today’s difficult economy.


John & Aladin
IT Martini Co-Founders

Nanotechnology day recap at COSI - Chez Sez

Original post on COSI Chez Sez blog 4/23/09

Have you ever heard of nanotechnology? What about material engineers?

Maybe neither, but yesterday we were getting a very good response from the students and the public who were here who had a chance to interact with real engineers and their demonstrations and engagement with the world of very small.

When I started running science museums with collections I really honed my understanding of how powerful people found it to be having a “real” experience or interacting with a ”real” scientist or engineer. So we’re looking for more opportunities and partnerships which allow our guests, in addition to interacting with our great team (paid and volunteer team members), have a chance to meet and interact with people who are professionals engaged entirely in scientific/engineering explorations and studies.

It’s not that we expect everyone to take to becoming a scientist or engineer, although we hope we make a contribution to a small, but increasing number of kids thinking that way. But people young and older just think it’s cool to see real scientific equipment and talk to “real” engineers, like you’ll see in this video from our Nanotechnology day yesterday.

Who would you like to meet in addition to our great and energetic floor team? What areas of science and engineering would you find fun to interact with here?

Are you interested in nanotechnology—here’s a good web link that provides some more information—it’s interesting stuff!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

COSI Innovation Showcase Grand opening images

PBS full length shows are now on line

I've gotta admit I'm a fan of PBS. Today I got pleasantly surprised to hear that they've introduced a new portal chock full of full length PBS videos.

At last and alternative to youtube ;-)

Check it out:

RSA Conference 2009

Columbus has long enjoyed a strong information security community, where some of our locals are asked to share their work within the global community of information security.  The annual RSA conference is an opportunity for people to share ideas and experience that will help to improve the state of the profession of information security.  One of the fun things about my job is that I get to be surrounded by lots of smart people thinking about these things and that I get to talk about some of what I have been doing lately.

Dan Houser of Cardinal Health co-presented a tutorial session on Monday entitled, “Building an Enterprise-Strength Identity & Access Management Architecture.”  Dan has long been helping organizations to build ways to identify their employees and how those employees can be given the access that they need to do their jobs properly.  This is a surprisingly complex topic, and I am sure that attendees now have some ideas that they will take back to their own places of employment around the world.

I have the pleasure of presenting two sessions this year.  In the first, I co-presented on Tuesday with Keith Fricke of the Cleveland Clinic.  Our topic was “Hands-On Incident Response Testing.”  We all understand that football teams win on game day because they have spent the whole week preparing for the game, and time before the first game preparing for the whole season.  Keith and I discussed a program that we have been running at the Cleveland Clinic that applies this lesson.  We construct a scenario and give an incident response team the ability to work through the scenario from discovery through resolution.  The program is an innovative way to train people who deal with high-risk situations and to keep their skills sharp.  My thanks to everyone who came to see us speak and who participated in the Q&A session afterward.  Steve Gruetter and company also deserve a shout-out here: thanks to the flexible and cost-effective option of renting space and equipment by the day or week at Platform Lab, organizations like Keith’s can run these drills off-site, separate from their production environments.

My second session is on later today.  I will be presenting research on how and where personal information is compromised.  Lee Ayres and I undertook this work to help information security practitioners focus their efforts not on the sorts of “movie plots” that we can dream up but on protecting against what is actually happening.  Dan Houser’s Security MBA program was the birthplace of this work—props to Dan for bringing people together to argue about things in a constructive way, confronting real problems that we have and giving us the motivation to collaborate to rise to the challenges.  The work is also being published formally in an academic journal, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.  A public version of the paper is available for download from my firm’s site: Using Science to Battle Data Loss: Analyzing Breaches by Type and Industry.

The time out here has been great.  San Francisco is a great city.  RSA 2009 is being held at the Moscone Center—which is to say takes over the Moscone Center.  I am staying about a mile away, at the University Club, at which I have privileges thanks to a reciprocal agreement with my own Athletic Club of Columbus.  Great opportunity to meet other folks from here and visiting from other clubs around the world.  And of course, finding a hotel with a squash court is pretty unlikely.  I have no trouble getting between my room and the conference; I got a week-long Muni pass ($24, good for unlimited rides on cable cars and buses throughout San Francisco) and ride the cable car that stops right in front of the Club down Powell, past Union Square, and down to Market Street.  From there it's a short walk down a few blocks to the conference location.  I need no car and I am not spending a fortune on cab fares.  Would that I could do the same between OSU campus and my office downtown.

While out here I have been able to speak with a bunch of other folks from Columbus who are out for the conference, as well as quite a few who have lived in Columbus.  Every single one has told me how great the time in Columbus was, and how readily he would move back.  This speaks well for our ability to bring people to town, but also shows that we need to create the opportunities here that will draw and hold on to the talent that otherwise might get away.