Women in Tech Panel at DisplayWeek

I will be on a panel, “Women in Tech” at DisplayWeek in L.A. this coming May.  Will you be there?

(Addendum 5/27/17:  The panel was too short… but some of the conversations that occurred at the reception afterwards were enlightening.)

Thoughts on Leadership

I’ve been having interesting conversation with folks recently about management philosophy and the transition one makes from being an individual contributor to being a manager.  It’s not an easy one.

As I wrote in my essay on building creative teams, it starts with people.  Growing up, my father would always say, “Never be afraid to hire people smarter than you.  First rate managers hire first rate people.  Second rate managers hire third rate people.”  It can be troubling the first time as a manager when you realize that you don’t know as much about a particular bit of work a subordinate is doing as they do.  But that’s why you hired / recruited the best… to let them know what the organizations goals are… and then “Get out of their way!”

Ok, let’s be honest, “We can’t all be heros.”  Not all of your subordinates are going to be self-starting superstars.  That’s where you will have to understand what motivates each individual in your team and provide it.  Sometimes, it’s coaching and encouragement to help them overcome uncertainty.  Sometimes is personal recognition and an attentive listener.  Sometimes in technical coaching to learn a needed skill.  Sometimes (hopefully not often) someone with whom one can safely blow off steam.  Pay attention to what your team members asking of you.

What’s the Plan, Stan?

A team can only be as good as the plan.  One can’t succeed, or even know if they did or didn’t, if they don’t have a plan.  That’s the manager’s job, to help create the plan and goals for the larger organization, along with peers and one’s own upline management and communicate that plan effectively to one’s team.  It can be a lot of work… but that’s why we have full time managers and not just team leads.

Interesting links:

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/4033.html

https://www.managingamericans.com/BlogFeed/Leadership-Teambuilding/The-Difference-Between-an-Individual-Contributor-a-Leader.htm

http://billzipponbusiness.com/leadership-transition/

 

One Hundred!

Banner Day !!!

I have just learned that the United States Patent & Trade Office has issued another utility patent.  But this one is special; It is my one hundreth utility patent.  This is a personal milestone that I’m very proud of and have worked towards for all of my career.

OK, so it doesn’t come anywhere near the 1,093 that Thomas Edison earned… but not bad… not bad at all.

Here’s a link to the full list:

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=0&f=S&l=50&d=PTXT&RS=IN%2F”brown%3B+candice”+OR+IN%2F”elliott%3B+candice”&Refine=Refine+Search&Query=IN%2F”brown%3B+candice”+OR+IN%2F”elliott%3B+candice”+or+in%2F”elliot%3B+candice”

Sexual Politics

I earlier discussed my radical thoughts on how the lower house in both state and federal legislatures should be selected by gathering proxies at large, as being truly representative of the population in a modern, aviation and internet connected, world.  Now, thinking about the upper house, the U.S. Senate, I believe, strongly, that it is time for better represenation for all humans… and especially for the half of the citizenry that has been historically under, and at one time, completely un-represented, women.

Each State of our Union sends two Senators to represent that state.  That should continue.  But they now should send one of each sex.  I call for a Constitutional Amendment for this requirement.

Before I hear that this would be “undemocratic”… think.  Only 96 years ago, our Constitution failed to protect the rights of women to vote at all… and though there are at any one time fully 100 Senators serving, now that there are 50 states in the Union, in all of our nation’s history, less than half that number have been women, TOTAL !  This is NOT representative democracy.

Join me in calling for Constitional Amendments; one to require that the state elect one Senator of each sex; the other that Representatives to the House be selected by gathering proxies at large across the nation.

No Legislation without REAL Representation!

 

Advisor at Vital Vio

I have just accepted a position as an advisor at Vital Vio an exciting tech start-up.  Vital Vio designs and manufactures light-based technologies that kill germs and bacteria rapidly, while being safe for humans and animals. The Vital Vio system massively improves sanitation and safely disinfects commercial environments, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery and other healthcare sites, compounding pharmacies, cleanrooms, public bathrooms, food storage facilities, and gyms.

The young and energetic team really knows there stuff and their enthusiasm is infectious (sorry, just had to say it).

http://vitalvio.com/index.html

First Draft of Novel

All the Stars are Suns is now in first draft form.  It is shorter than is usually recommended for SciFi books at only 75K words.  Though from what I’ve read, it is better to be on the low end for a first novel.  I am looking for beta readers to give me feedback on it.  If interested, send a note?

I intend to self-publish this as an eBook, perhaps on Amazon Kindle.

USPTO Examiner Training

It’s nice to be appreciated… I just got this note from Michelle Lee, the Director of the USPTO,

March 22, 2016

Candice H. Brown Elliott
c/o Nouvoyance, Inc.
874 Gravenstien Hwy. South, Suite 14
Sebastopol, CA 54572

RE: TC 2600 Technology Fair, Patent Examiner Training Program

Dear Candice H. Brown Elliott,

Thank you for you presentation to our patent examiners about Image Reconstruction and Color Reproduction on Subpixelated Displays on March 14, 2016 for the USPTO’s Patent Examiner Technical Training Program.

One of my top priorities is to ensure that we have a scientifically well-trained examiner workforce.  The Patent Examiner Technical Training Program is designed to achieve that priority by giving examiners direct access to technical experts like you who are willing to share their knowledge about prior art and industry standards for both emerging and established technologies.  In turn, we are able to build a world-class patent system because the information that examiners learn through the program helps to streamline patent examination, result in quicker final dispositions, and produce even higher quality patents.

Thank you again for your participation in the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program.  I very much appreciate your efforts, time, and contributions.

Sincerely,

Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office