Useful Links

Here we present links to sites of companies and organizations involved in the promotion and development of beneficial products and services.



      Multichip is a family of companies that manufacture specialized electronic components. One of the companies, MDI Simulation Instrumentation, designs and fabricates standard and custom flat panel simulation displays for full motion and fixed base flight simulators. Their displays are LCD-based direct replacements for conventional CRT-based displays, providing improved reliability, simplified maintenance, and reduced power requirements.

      Multichip has also done product development of fuel cells, solar arrays, and semi-custom electronic assembly.

      Modular Energy Solutions is a manufacturer’s representative for Multichip.  Contact Chuck Nolan at for information.

      From their website: "Having now founded over 25 online businesses and invested in well over 50 more, with over 100+ employees, I want to share what I have learned to help a few people avoid the thousands of pitfalls, roadblocks, and potholes I have been challenged with on the path to success.

      Like any relationship, the more you know about the other party, the more you successful that relationship can be. I wrote "Tips For a Better Agency Relationship" to help enhance the relationship with your current agency or outsourced vendor and to provide critical insights when thinking about making a change." You will find the link to this free book on their landing page.


Codes and Standards

    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.

    Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Safety

      A monthly electronic publication of the National Hydrogen Association, with information on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Safety, Codes and Standards.

    International Code Council

      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 Organization - ISO-9001

      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.


Government Agencies

    US Department of Energy
    Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies Program

      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
    RETScreen International

      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.

    Professioonal & 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.


Research Organizations

    SRI International

    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. 


Startup Failures

    Fallory on Startup Failures

      What is a startup and why is it prone to failure?

      Startup Failure Rates:

      Failure rates of all new businesses:

      Failure rates of scale-ups:

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      Failure rate implications for startup investors

      Failure rate implications for entrepreneurs?

      For idea-stage startups:

      For later-stage startups:


    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.


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