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World Peace Through Entrepreneurship: Steven Koltai at TEDxDirigo

Steven R. Koltai is an executive with thirty years' experience in business, finance, entrepreneurship, and government. Until September 2011, Steven was Senior Advisor at the US Department of State where he created and ran the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). Through Steven's efforts, the GEP has fostered numerous seed investments, mentoring relationships, and the launch of new venture funds and angel investor networks. Steven is currently Managing Director of Koltai & Company LLC, which provides entrepreneurship ecosystem building services both domestically and around the world. Steven serves on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit Boards, including in Maine, having served on the Board of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED), as well as the PopTech Board. Prior to his role at the State Department, Koltai was an investment banker (international project finance at Salomon Bros), entrepreneur (Koltai founded Coronet, today known as SES-Astra, Europe's only private television satellite system, and Event411, an online event management company based in California), spent nine years at Warner Bros as SVP of Corporate Strategy and Development and founder of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Online, was a management consultant in the media practice at McKinsey & Company, and was a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Steven received both his BA and MA from Tufts University and a Fulbright from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles <b>...</b>
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The Second Copernican Revolution: Our Changing View of Our Place in the Universe

Abstract: Five hundred years ago, Copernicus advanced the theory that the Earth was not the center of the Solar System. That theory revolutionized our understanding of the Universe. It was initially met with great opposition because of what it meant about our own significance. Today there is a second Copernican revolution underway that will once again alter our significance. Advances in technologies and techniques are enabling the detection, observation and study of Earth-like planets around other stars. And several deep-space missions are currently exploring potentially-habitable worlds within our Solar System as possible abodes for life beyond the Earth. As one such mission, the two intrepid robotic explorers, Spirit and Opportunity, have been exploring the surface of Mars for evidence of past habitable environments that could have supported life. The rovers have traversed great plains, climbed mountains, descended into deep craters and survived rover-killing dust storms and frigid winters. Both rovers have found clues that Mars was once Earth-like with a potential for life. Soon they will be joined by another larger, more capable rover on the surface. Within the next few years, we may be poised to answering that central question, "Are we alone in the Universe?" Speaker Info: John L. Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been project manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project since March 2006. Previously, as science manager and then <b>...</b>
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