Last night, on Friday, February 23rd, guitarist DJ Williams of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe took his side project, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired, to Denver with a performance at Cervantes’ Other Side. To round out his band, Williams tapped keys player Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live), drummer Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation), bassist Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars), and saxophonist Nicholas Gerlach (Turbo Suit). During their set ahead of The Nth Power and following Boogie Mammoth, Shots Fired offered up a number of choice covers, including a standout rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.One major highlight of the evening was DJ Williams’ Shots Fired take on The Doors’ breakout hit, “Light My Fire”, from the iconic rock band’s debut self-titled album released in 1967. For the number, the band welcomed powerhouse vocalist Kim Dawson to join them, marking the first of two numbers sung by the Pimps Of Joytime singer. You can check out video of this all-star collaboration below.DJ Williams’ Shots Fired with Kim Dawson – “Light My Fire” – Cervantes’ Other Side – 2/23/2018
Henry (Hank) B. Reiling, Harvard Business School’s Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, and an authority in law, taxation, and finance whose extraordinary teaching abilities and course development had a profound impact on thousands of M.B.A. students and business leaders, died on Jan. 21 in Belmont, Mass. He was 80 years old.Reiling joined the Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty in 1976 and was appointed the first Goldston Professor in 1978. He retired in 2005 but remained active as a Baker Foundation Professor until 2012.Reiling taught finance in the School’s M.B.A. required curriculum and a number of elective M.B.A. courses, including the popular Tax Factors in Business Decisions. He co-designed and taught Leadership and Corporate Accountability (LCA), the School’s first required course to examine the ethical, legal, and economic responsibilities of corporate leaders. It embodied a management philosophy shared deeply by Reiling, who encouraged his students to achieve success “with good judgment and the right way.”Reiling believed “that great leaders are motivated by their concern for other people, or by causes greater than themselves, and that our nation’s social problems will not get solved unless innovative businessmen, who sense a changing world and feel challenged, react in a fashion likely to produce profit, as well as imaginative response to social need.”“Hank Reiling was a gifted colleague who left an indelible mark on the School over four decades,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “Working closely with him on the development of LCA, I saw firsthand how he leveraged his expertise and experience to help students understand not just the legal issues business executives face, but also the ethical responsibilities and qualities of business leadership required in a constantly changing world. Hank was a beloved professor who guided and mentored generations of students. He also was a true gentleman scholar, who touched all who had the privilege of knowing and learning from him.”In addition to teaching M.B.A. students, Reiling was actively involved in the School’s executive offerings. For years he taught and chaired Finance for Senior Executives, and co-chaired Strategic Finance for Smaller Businesses. He also taught in the School’s program for international senior managers, held in Boston and Vevey, Switzerland.Reiling brought a unique set of interests to the School that reflected his multidisciplinary training in law and business. He had a wide and deep knowledge of the legal process and how it evolves and changes, and a keen understanding of tax issues and matters of corporate finance.His research focused on the intersection of law, accounting, and finance. He most recently studied the complex issues confronted by family businesses as their leadership transfers between generations.He is the co-author of “Business Law: Text and Cases” (1982) and articles in Harvard Business Review, Michigan Law Review, the Journal of Accountancy, and other leading journals. A prolific case writer, he produced dozens of HBS case studies, notes, and other teaching materials.Henry B. Reiling was born Feb. 5, 1938 in Richmond, Ky. He spent his college years on Chicago’s North Shore at Northwestern University, where he received a degree in history. He went on to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1962. He received a J.D. from Columbia in 1965.Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Reiling was a professor at Columbia Business School, where he won several distinguished teaching awards, and was a visiting professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business.A dapper man known for his immaculate dress and Southern charm, Reiling was widely admired and respected by students and faculty alike.With his aphoristic wit, he leavened even the most complex course material. “Hank communicated dense and at times dry subject matter clearly, simply, and with homespun charm,” recalls former student Sam Mencoff, M.B.A. ’81. “But what I remember most was not finance and tax theory, but Hank’s consistent emphasis on the importance of maintaining one’s ethical compass in business and in life,” adds Mencoff, who carried Reiling’s legacy of influence into his career. To honor Reiling, Mencoff and Greg Wendt, M.B.A. ’87, established the Professor Henry B. Reiling Fellowship Fund at the School in 2011. The fund held special meaning for Reiling, whose father died when he was 4 years old, and mother worked countless over time to pay for his and his sister’s higher education. “I’m sure there are many prospective HBS students today who will appreciate this fellowship as much as I did the financial support I received,” he said.Reiling’s lessons on life and leadership were published in the 2004 book “Remember Who Are: Life Stories that Inspire the Heart and Mind,” by Daisy Wademan, M.B.A. 2002, a collection of essays on personal leadership by 15 HBS faculty members.Reiling made many important contributions outside the classroom. He chaired a variety of University and professional committees, including Harvard’s Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibilities, and a Task Force of the American Bar Association, which effected a change in the federal taxation of stock purchase warrants.He co-founded a successful financial services company, and served as a director or advisory board member of more than a dozen for-profit (publicly traded and privately owned) companies and nonprofit organizations, including Northwestern University, where he was a trustee.After retiring from HBS, Reiling continued conducting research on family business succession while serving on several business, foundation, and educational institution boards, including the Board of Visitors of Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. For years, he was Northwestern’s Boston-area Regent.A long-time resident of Lexington, Mass., Reiling is survived by his wife Carol and by children Christina R. Breiter, M.B.A. ’93, and her husband Hans C.R. Breiter; Maria H. Reiling, M.B.A. ’96, and her husband Reza Jamei; and Alexis Reiling Lessans and her husband Gregory P. Lessans; and nine grandchildren.Visiting hours will be Friday (Jan. 25) from 4 to 7 p.m. at Douglas Funeral Home, Lexington, Mass. The service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. Hancock Church in Lexington, with a reception to follow at the family house 28 Meriam St., Lexington. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be sent to the Professor Henry B. Reiling Fellowship Fund, by mailing to HBS Development Operations, Soldiers Field, Boston, MA 02163. Checks made payable to: Harvard Business School.For more information, visit the HBS website.
Containers have been a hot topic in 2016—and while they’re garnering interest and momentum, we’re very early on in terms of market maturity.This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be excited! Over the past year, containers as a technology have gained a lot of traction, with the three main players—Docker, Mesosphere and Kubernetes—finding themselves on equal footing as far as adoption and offerings. This is very different from the last couple of years, when these platforms were on uneven footing as far as equivalent offerings, and it’s a great evolution because it means freedom of choice, flexibility and the opportunity to experiment for enterprise users.However, this is a single point in time in the market, and I predict the landscape will look very different a year from now. By this time next year, we’ll find that one container technology has risen to the top either by way of innovation, functionality, funding, adoption or some combination thereof.We’ve already seen some very interesting market moves this year, with Mesosphere taking funding and announcing partnerships with HPE and Microsoft, and the Apprenda acquisition of Kismatic, the company behind Kubernetes. Docker also took on a Series D round of funding last spring at $1Billion+ valuation. All of these investments signal competition in the space, and we’ll see this heat up exponentially in the coming months—but with the current state of VC, it’s a crapshoot as to whether revenue will come out of these investments and what that means for container evolution.So why is that, if container technology is so desirable?It’s the fact that software is hard to manage, and there’s currently not one single complete product or solution in a platform. Software is only as good as the user’s ability to consume it, and if users are cobbling together software to make a single solution, odds are good that they’re spending human and monetary assets in a way that compromises efficiency rather than promotes it. With so many facets to enterprise IT, the majority of companies currently don’t have the ability to consume software-only products.And this is the hole in the container market. A hole, yes, but also an opportunity to build a cohesive solution that addresses the barriers to adoption: persistence, support for apps, ease of use and lock-in for existing proprietary hardware.For developers, containers make deployments and the packaging of apps and software easier because they make applications and associated dependencies more portable—the deployment process is absolutely critical. Containers also give developers granularity and control over what gets deployed and, on the development side, offer the ability to build more simplistic infrastructure to support these apps—and a simpler infrastructure is more scalable and efficient to operate.But the toolsets are still in early stages of development, and users have to be good at operationalizing infrastructures in general. They have to catch problems, respond quickly, understand that software will break and generally be on their toes. The next technical step is to operationalize the software and environment, and that’s a whole set of technical challenges that people aren’t ready for–yet.Together, the open source community will build solutions to make containers easily consumable, and skills and tools will also make that shift so that the evolution of IT teams is more empowered to successfully run software-only approaches to tech workloads.EMC took a swing at this today—more here—but there’s more work to be done by the community at large.By this time next year, the container market will be a whole new ballgame, with one clear leader and higher adoption as the technology evolves. We’re in for an interesting ride!
The issue of fair play in athletics is set to go in front of Congress again Wednesday, as a House and Energy subcommittee has called a hearing on the “deeply flawed” Bowl Championship Series of college football.No, I’m not going to focus this entire column on whether this action is necessary or what should be changed … but I knew you’d want my opinion, so I’ll give it to you quickly.To me, this seems like just another way for our legislators to pass another Wednesday afternoon. If co-workers can debate this topic for 10 minutes by the water cooler at their leisure, why not let Congress spend a whole day on it?My guess is that it will just turn out to be the equivalent of a conversation between you and your argumentative roommate. One guy is going to say that a playoff system is the only way to go, while one will say that there is too much tradition and money behind the bowls to just get rid of them. It’ll be a fun argument, but not a whole lot is going to change.Personally, I’m fine with the way things are. There’s going to be arguing no matter what system is used, so just pick something and go with it and stop giving me a headache.On the other hand, not too long ago, Congress stepped in to control steroid testing and consequences in baseball.All of this has led me to wonder, what’s next? Which sport and which topic will find its way to Washington down the road?I figure I’ll offer them a few suggestions — my Congress Christmas list, so to speak — since they seem to have nothing better to do than debate and study sports.Let’s start with the NHL and the biggest question of when it is coming back.What? … It’s already back? Oh, yeah, that’s right, I forgot about that Blackhawks game I caught a few weeks ago.Seriously, new shootouts, goalie rules and whatever the hell else they changed, I haven’t even noticed. In fact, I’ve watched more Champions League soccer matches than NHL games this season and I don’t feel bad about it.But I do like to watch hockey, so if Congress could please figure out a way to get me to even realize that the NHL is actually in action, that would be great.Oh, and while we’re on the subject of hockey, lets talk NCAA, and more specifically its postseason tournament — and even more explicitly, the PairWise Rankings. Something has to be done with that system.You think the BCS is flawed? Try dealing with a system that can sometimes penalize a team when it wins a game. Sure, you think Oregon got snubbed in this year’s Bowl run, but they’re ranking in the BCS system did not decrease as they won contests.And why not throw the NBA into the fray?I’d like to hold a hearing to challenge the league to make traveling against the rules again, to force teams to play defense and to raise the rims about two-and-a-half feet. Oh, and can they get rid of that stupid semi-circular no-charging zone while they’re at it?If all the other professional sports get to take a trip to the nation’s capital, we cannot forget the NFL.First and foremost, Congress should hold a study of Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Johnson’s antics and find a way to make it illegal for the league to fine him for as long as he continues to be hilarious — and I don’t see it ending anytime soon.If you could call together a search party for the Eagles and Packers, that would be nice, too.Oh, and perhaps more importantly, find Jim Mora and make sure he gets a job. The NFL is diddly-poo without our favorite head coach. I think he’d be a perfect fit for the Lions, or Packers, or Titans or Texans. After all, they all play poorly enough that we could enjoy a handful of the classic Mora blowups and tirades before the season is over.Last but not least, how about college hoops? Oh wait, college basketball is perfect, especially now that the kids almost have to come to school to showcase their talents for at least one year before going to the Association.I realize that my list is long, but figured since Congress has some time on its hands, why not bring the real issues to the forefront?Steroids? BCS? Yeah, they’re pretty important, I suppose, but let’s get down to the greater things at stake here, like finding Mora a job before the “Playoffs”!