Presentations

2017


A Tale of 2 Companies a presentation to 1 Million Cups about A.I.‘s purchase of my company GroundWarp Technologies.

Introduction to Non-Relational Databases using CouchDB is a 20 minute lightning talk to the Oklahoma City Big Data group.  The slides I used in the video are available here.

Presented at the June monthly meeting of the Oklahoma City Professional Sales Association (PSA) Innovating in a Brick and Mortar Business discusses how to use technology to bring innovation into your existing market space.  Members of  OKPSA have access to the full video.

CouchDB is Awesome is another CouchDB presentation only this time to the Open Source Database group in Oklahoma City.  Like most StarSpace46 presentations it is available on Twitch.

Key Components in Getting IT Projects Approved was a panel discussion with Greg Starling (former CTO of WeGoLook & current CTO of Victory Church) at the 2017 Innotech Conference.  The panel was moderated by Kevin Chambers (Director of Technology at Great Plains Technology Center.)

2016


The Last Class was my commencement address to the Winter 2016 graduating class of ITT Tech in Oklahoma City, the last class that will ever graduate from ITT Tech.  Because of the Federal shutdown of the program these students were originally not going to have a ceremony but a number of their faculty & staff got together to give them one.  Below are my notes:

# Fall 2016 Graduating Class

The last ITT Tech graduates ever:

* 70 million in bank
* 130 campus
* 40,000 students
* Fully accredited
* 10s of thousands of graduates

There are 2 things I hope you have developed at ITT, and will pusuit the rest of your life.

* Something demonstrated, a habit learned
* Something found, a direction for your values

## Persistance

> You never fail a race you never stop running,
and you never loose a fight if never stop swinging
― Me

Only you remember:

* Late nights
* Homework
* Sick Days
* Time away from your family
* The frustration, the fears, and fight you had in yourself to succeed

> Don’t ever give up.
Don’t ever give in.
Don’t ever stop trying.
Don’t ever sell out.
And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,
pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off.
But never, ever, ever give up.
― Richelle E. Goodrich

## Passion

Have you found your passion?

* To help and heal people
* To develop the future our children will live in
* To learn and enjoy your chosen career

Passion and success go hand in hand because:

> “Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it.” ― T. Scott McLeod

and

> Passion is the process of moving towards something you love, not away from something hate.
― Me

## Why?

“Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

2015


Student Engagement, September 1st, 2015 presentation to the faculty & staff of ITT Tech OKC on maintaining class enrollment.  The presentation was part of the in-service training for the Fall 2015 quarter

2013


The Lean Startup was presented at the 2013 AITP Region 3 Student Conference on why students are often better at starting new companies than established industry professionals.