Here we present links to information that we frequently share with founders and investors in an attempt to improve their odds of survival. Where the passion to serve is more powerful than the natural desire to defend the first solution, we have found that a profitable business can usually be established. Unicorns are a totally different model with much higher risks and typically massive dilution of equity. The Do-It-Yourself Accelerator Study Materials, toward the bottom, may be most important resources for founders.
Fuel Cell / Hydrogen Infrastructure Codes & Standards
This site is dedicated to assist the worldwide community working to develop and interpret fuel cell codes and standards.
A monthly electronic publication of the National Hydrogen Association, with information on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Safety, Codes and Standards.
The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council.
ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact, there are over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001.
US Department of Energy
Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies Program
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) focuses on research, development, and demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across multiple sectors enabling innovation, a strong domestic economy, and a clean, equitable energy future.
Hydrogen and fuel cells have the potential to solve several major challenges facing America today: dependence on petroleum imports, poor air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions. The Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies Program is working with partners to accelerate the development and successful market introduction of these technologies.
Natural Resources Canada
The RETScreen International Clean Energy Project Analysis Software is a unique decision support tool developed with the contribution of numerous experts from government, industry, and academia. The software, provided free-of-charge, can be used worldwide to evaluate the energy production and savings, life-cycle costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies (RETs).
American Hydrogen Association (National)
The American Hydrogen Association (AHA) is a non-profit association of individuals and institutions, technical and non-technical, who are dedicated to the advancement of inexpensive, clean and safe hydrogen energy systems. The goal of AHA is to stimulate interest and help establish the renewable hydrogen energy economy by the year 2010.
To achieve this goal, the American Hydrogen Association is working in cooperation with organizations such as the IAHE, NHA, NASA, environmental groups and industry, community, and schools to promote understanding of hydrogen technology and to help create a marketplace for pollution-free hydrogen energy.
California Fuel Cell Partnership
The California Fuel Cell Partnership is a collaboration of 31 member companies who are working together to promote the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Members include automobile manufacturers, energy providers, government agencies, fuel cell technology companies and transit authorities.
Professional & Technical Consultants Association
PATCA is Silicon Valley’s longest operating non-profit professional association dedicated to serving independent consultants and the client companies that use them. We set the quality standard for the consulting industry by requiring that all members pass a rigorous qualification process and adhere to a strict code of ethics. PATCA offers a free Post-a-Project referral service giving clients direct access to a network of the highest caliber management and technical consultants.
Silicon Valley Engineering Council
Silicon Valley Engineering Council is an umbrella organization of engineering societies in the Silicon Valley area of California. Founded in 1989, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council is a non-profit educational 501 (c)(3) organization. Its purpose is to serve its member engineering and technical organizations in Silicon Valley and provide outreach to education and the community.
SRI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute conducting client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, foundations, and other organizations.
SRI is bringing multiple disciplines together to work on the complex problem of developing new energy sources and exploiting existing sources with greater cleanliness and efficiency.
PARC, Palo Alto Reserch Center, a Xerox Company
PARC research enables breakthrough innovation and drives future technology. AI, novel printing, HMI, digital workplace, IoT, and more.
PARC’s scientific expertise is realized in their Focus Areas, Competencies, and Licensing & Commercialization Opportunities. Together, these are where their experts and scientists are organized, and where their capabilities come together in a unique way for each project or partnership. Visit PARCs website to find out more about how PARC works and how you can work with them.
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The 13 Top Reasons Why Startups Fail
December 14th, 2017 | By: Emma McGowan
Failure is an essential part of the startup ecosystem - but no one wants to fail. To help you avoid that fate, here are the top reasons why startups fail.
Before they were famous. 15 startup pivot to fame
By: Alexander Jarvis
The most common thing I have picked up from all the case studies is that ‘at the beginning, there was no grand plan.’ No one had it all figured out. They wanted to solve for something and started. Over time they either learnt more about their customer and how they would bend products to meet their needs, or they really put in the time to figure out their business model fundamentals so that the business actually was logical and would work.
"The Goal: A Business Graphic Model" by Eliyahu M. Goldratt & Jeff Cox
Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. The story of Alex's fight to save his plant is more than compulsive reading. It contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas, which underline the Theory of Constraints, as developed by Eli Goldratt.
"Toward Entrepreneurship" by Milton Chang, Founder of Uniphase, now part of JDS Uniphase.
Milton Chang shares with us his journey in founding a very successful startup, Uniphase. From concept to exit strategy, Milton slow walks us through how critical information is gathered and then how decisions are made. This book focuses on what works.
TED Talk by Bill Gross "The single biggest reason why start-ups succeed" .
Bill Gross wants to inspire people to bring value to society through startup innovation. After both successes and failures as a founder and investor, Bill decided to study and talk about why some succeeded, when so many fail.
"Type Talk at Work" by Otto Kroeger, Janet M. Thuesen, and Hile Rutledge.
Different types of people communicate and make decisions in very different ways. It is critical to leaders to understand these differences.
Bestselling authors Otto Kroeger and Janet Thuesen make it easy to recognize your own type and those of your co-workers in Type Talk at Work, a revolutionary guide to understanding your workplace and thriving in it. Fully revised and updated for its 10th anniversary, this popular classic now features a new chapter on leadership, showing you how to be more effective on the job. Get the most out of your employees—and employers—using the authors’ renowned expertise on typology. With Type Talk at Work, you’ll never look at the office the same way again!
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