Most awards are created by those on top and handed down. This award comes from the bottom-up. It's one entrepreneurs attempt to thank all the wonderful people I met this past year and recognize their dedication to make a contribution to the world. So often innovation recognition goes to CEO's and lead investors - forgetting those who contribute to the ecosystem by being welcoming, curious and collaborative.
Criteria for the DNA Guide "2011 Innovation Catalyst Awards" is being BRILLIANT, KIND and FUN to interact with. Here are the true instigators of innovation who inspired me this past year: If you don't know these folks... be sure to look for them next time you're at Ted or the Computer Museum in Mountain View. They're wonderful.
MD NASA Ames Research Center @holleyabrams
Beijing Genomics Institute, GigaScience
Vijay Chandru UNESCO
Women 2.0 @thisgirlangie
Alex de Winter, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Jack Dangermond, ESRI
Jovianna DiCarlo, International mHealth Standards Consortium @imhsc
Health 2.0 @drytownlizzie
Scott Edmunds, Beijing Genomics Institute, GigaScience @ SCEdmunds
RBG Kew Enterprises Ltd @jondrori
Peter Francis, Casey Eye Institute
Richard Gallagher, Hopeful Monster
Social Marketing Diva ley@socialMktgDiva
steven gullans Excel Venture Management @sgullans
FitGenes Consulting @rhemenway
Pink Army Cooperative @andrewhessel
Kevin Horgan, Soligenix
Salim Ismail, Singularity U
Steven Johnson, Ctuit Software
Hugh Keegan, ESRI
Stanford Medical School, Futuremed SU @daniel_kraft
Frederick Lee, MD, MPH , P4 Medicine Institute @fleeMD
Deborah Marshall, Sidley LLP
Kauffman Foundation @lesamitchell
Kevin Noble, Genentech
John Pfeffer, Pfeffer Capital
Eric Schadt, Institute of Genomics
Abdul R Shaikh, National Cancer Institute
Singularity U, EFF
Vivek Wadhwa, UC Berkeley
Yes... this is an arbitrary award, but if you're on this list you can ask me for a favor down the road if by chance I end up wildly successful. Or, just print out this graphic and put it on your wall (we're still a lean startup).
For those who were kind to me last year "DNA Catalyst Awards 2010" http://dnatimes.blogspot.com/2011/01/year-in-life-of-entrepreneur-2010.html thanks again.
Founder, DNA Guide
Reminds me of the article from NEJM that came out last year of DTC profiling. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1011893
Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.
Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.
This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders - http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf
See also: http://americancensorship.org/ and http://engineadvocacy.org/
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously
Be freaky n' free...
It's a journey through the funk phenomena
Challenge yourself and those around you
Stay curious, learn, ask questions, be committed
Dance the dream
Follow your passion and share that love
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We dropped by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York, for a conversation with Peter Davies, director of the Lit