July, 2016: Need a seminar/webinar on Business Development & Sales for your company? Send an email to me regarding your requirements and let's chat.
June, 2016: CrowdElephant will be up and running soon. We'll be focusing on providing expertise (services and education) in a new program called 'Breaking & Entering'. Stay tuned!
February, 2016: If you are a company looking to ramp up sales — maybe you're a start-up or a company with below-par sales — then you have to look at your overall plan and level of sales and marketing activities. This year will mark the start of my training institute (more info to come) on all aspects of sales and business development including offline and online activities you have to master. Why am I setting up an institute? Because here's how the conversation goes with most over-50 year old CEOs and C-Level executives. They contact me because they need more sales... I tell them they need to use the internet more and create smarter sales activities, they ask me to send them a proposal... and then they balk. There is a belief factor gap between what I am telling them about using social media and what they think about social media. It is 2000 all over again, when companies argued the internet was not a place to do business. So, instead of spending lots of money on me doing the work (or most often not doing it at all!), why not spend a fraction of that cost learning how to do it? The other side is sales training... in our highly technical marketplace we are very good at technology specs and the training behind it, but we are terrible at training how to effectively work with our prospects and customers. Mentorship is almost zero. The way we interact with our market — electronically or face-to-face — will dictate what kind of sales we can expect.
My idea for a referral business called CrowdElephant is on hold; still trying to figure out how to create an offering that makes sense.
Currently working with a mass spectrometry software vendor and a biological CRO. Working on a book about my mother-in-law, and two more novels. Limiting my client time to set up my new institute... we'll see what happens! In the meantime... enjoy life!
February, 2015: Wow... I can't believe we're in a new year... again. On the personal side, my mother-in-law, Gladys, passed away on November 10th, 2014 at the age of 98. She was quite a lady and I know it was her time, I do miss her. That said, her leaving this planet has totally free'd me up for many more projects that have been on the back burner for many years, so I'm excited to present you, my marketplace, with some leading edge and innovative services. Stay tuned.
CrowdElephant is coming back to life with my first client; a company focused entirely on providing better tools for biomarker discovery and development. Their technology can provide 10x to 20x sensitivity increases with very little change to the assay. Pretty cool. If you're interested, send me an email and we can chat!
I am working with a cytokine reagent company going GMP, a magnetic particle measurement company with some very exciting technology and a biological contract manufacturer who is making quite a move on the market. If any of these are interesting let me know!
I wish everyone a fantastic 2015, and especially when it comes to health and happiness. Remember, no one ever places their bank balance on their tombstone. :)
November, 2014: 2014 was another interesting year. Took much of the year to take care of some family issues, including placing my mother-in-law in hospice; that is ongoing as of this writing. My novel, Late Whistle, was finally published on Amazon and have several new books, fiction and non-fiction in production for 2015.
My consulting practice included placing CrowdElephant back in development; it's amazing what you learn when you launch a service... sometimes you have to jump in bed with the market to really find out how it'll go! I have worked several projects with a biological CMO, a cytokine company, a magnetic particle company and several start-ups.
Last, I turned 60 this year! And while most of my peers are talking retirement, I am just getting started! Too much life to live before the bocci court, rocking chair and nursing home!
January, 2014: Just launched v1.0 of CrowdElephant, LLC for the life science marketplace. This is a disruptive information distribution company that will provide a new way for life science businesses to work with their marketplace. Using independent Referral Partners to provide new information for their very best customers, and gathering new information for CrowdElephant Clients, we provide a fast, economical, actionable and new way to help companies meet their market. For more information please visit the CrowdElephant site; if you are interested in becoming a Referral Partner, please visit the CrowdElephant Referral Partner site.
What is my #1 job? Increase your sales!
Why the net is your #1 competitive advantage!
December, 2013: Where did 2013 go? This has been a year of new projects; I built a website for Goodwin Biotechnology, worked with very imaginative microfluidics company Trianja Technologies, and founded a new marketing company launching January 1st, 2014.
December, 2012: Busy days ahead with multiple clients in materials science, contract manufacturing, microfluidics, cancer Dx, scaffold medical devices... if you're interested in a free consultation regarding your life science business challenges Click here :) Looking forward it
August, 2012: Live survey on 3D cell culture plates... tell us what you think! Click here :)
News Flash: In New Orleans week of March 12... working with a group of life science experts assessing the city's efforts in building a life science foundation... to learn more please visit www.beNOLAbound.com... thanks!
SciBiz Update (March, 2012): Headed to New Orleans (NOLA) March 13th - 18th for a unique life science project. I was selected along with 26 others to assess how NOLA is doing since Katrina in several market segments; my focus, of course, will be biotechnology and life sciences and how to improve their business foundation. To follow along, you can get updates on the beNOLAbound site; I'll be reporting soon!