When I was at the Yale School of Management, Bill Donaldson, the School's first Dean -- was the embodiment of the School's mission: To prepare leaders for public, private, and not-for-profit institutions. That theme has inspired me throughout my career -- which has over the years more often than not involved a start-up venture of one kind or another in all of these sectors. These have included four private sector and three government startups, half a dozen political campaigns (as a senior policy guy in three Presidential campaigns and three for myself), and another half dozen not-for-profit organizations -- in every case a start-up. Being an entrepreneur sometimes means leading change inside an existing organization, and I've done that too at the Federal Maritime Commission and everywhere. Over the course of this career, I've developed some expertise in Homeland security, maritime policy, food and product safety and logistics, government policy making, politics, national transportation policy, entrepreneurship and finance -- and have had a fantastic time along the way, more or less working for no one but myself or the public since I was 27. While I have a strong anchor in history and tradition, I love the "new," whether in technology, people, organizations, whatever -- as that's what distinguishes these United States from everyone else on the planet. When I'm not working on NTELX, our award-winning decision support technology company, I spend a fair amount of my time these days working with young entrepreneurs from various communities including Yale, Rice, and in the DC-Va region.

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