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Innovator by David Troy

Be original, tell a story, keep it short: How to give a great TED talk

Public speaking can be a big part of success in business, and we have hosted many entrepreneurs on stage over the years as well. Here are a few quick tips on how to make a great TED-worthy presentation, based on our experience in curating (and in some cases co-creating) great talks.
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Making Baltimore great again: Priorities for our city leaders in 2017

This year marks the first year of the Trump administration. Whether you consider that to be a good development or a bad one, we here in Baltimore are faced with several important tasks that require our urgent attention at the local level.
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The promise of transformation: How can Port Covington unite Baltimore?

The real question in my mind is, how do we make it great? We know Kevin Plank aspires to do world-class work. The litmus test that I use is this: In 30 years, will this project still be cited internationally as truly transformational for Baltimore?
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Privacy isn’t dead: Why it’s time to take encryption seriously

All businesses should evaluate more carefully how they handle data. As the Apple vs. FBI case has shown, companies need to adopt clear policies that convey to their customers exactly how they manage the data they generate and store.
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Breaking down the 2016 elections in Baltimore

Baltimore is ramping up for a contentious election — one that may be the most important in a generation. I think it’s important, as Baltimore-based businesses, that we get involved in shaping its future positively.
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Baltimore’s rough year, in context

Baltimore has its pains, but we're not as far adrift as many think. We just need to begin to think much more clearly about what it will take to jumpstart investment, both from the private sector and from the state and federal government.
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How a return to first principles helps Elon Musk innovate

One of the fun things about serial entrepreneur Elon Musk is his seeming ability to transform industry after industry. Some have said he’s the next Steve Jobs, though arguably Musk’s scope is wider. In a way, he’s more like the next Isaac Newton.
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How networks can help innovative ideas have sex in our minds

Every time you use a networked computer, you can thank Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet — the predecessor to WiFi and the foundation of the modern internet. Metcalfe knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship, innovation and investing as well. He is the founder of 3Com, one of the most successful technology companies of the last 30 years.
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How greater civic engagement can get us the Maryland we want

There’s a lot of talk in business circles about whether our state promotes a “business-friendly climate,” or whether tax policy is favorable to keeping wealthy people in the state. Within the business community, how you feel about this issue has boiled down to a loosely partisan issue: Republicans generally feel we are taxing people too heavily and Democrats generally feel that our tax program is
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The new GBTC and what it means for the Baltimore tech community

For the last 15 years, the Greater Baltimore Technology Council (GBTC, or in its latest incarnation, gb.tc) has done much to amplify Baltimore’s technology industry. From 1999 to 2005, GBTC pioneered a variety of innovative programs that helped connect, amplify and celebrate the spirit of innovation embodied by the region’s technology companies under the leadership of executive director Penny Lewandowski.
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ABOUT DAVID TROY: David Troy is the CEO and co-founder of 410 Labs, maker of the popular email management tool Mailstrom, on the web at http://mailstrom.co. www.410labs.com.