MARKET RESEARCH Roundtable – plus – a new feature: Mayhem Ten™ “entrepreneur group therapy” at Feb. 12 JeffCo Innovators’ Workshop

GOLDEN, CO, JANUARY 27, 2014 — Market research – what is it, how to do it, why it’s needed – will be the topic of a roundtable of area experts at the next monthly public meeting of the entrepreneur and innovator group JeffCo Innovators’ Workshop on Wednesday, February 12, 2013. The event will be led this month by veteran product developer Brian Conaway and will include a presentation by Chris Pusateri, Adult Outreach Librarian for Jeffco Public Libraries.Background with gears

The meeting will also feature the first session of what organizers have tagged “Mayhem Ten,” a sort of group therapy session where one entrepreneurial team from the group will present their innovation and business case to the group at large for free help, advice, and commentary. The first victim, (ah hem, volunteer), will be from the Colorado School of Mines. The meeting, fast getting a reputation for being as entertaining as it is informative, will begin with a half-hour social time beginning at 6:30 pm. The program will run from 7:00 p.m. to about 9:00 p.m., and will be held at the American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado.

Brian Conaway will moderate this month. He is the Colorado-based inventor of the RideTight adaptive seat belt positioners and CEO of RideTight, LLC. RideTight is a small product that can fit in the palm of one’s hand, but provides a big leap in seat belt security. It has outperformed traditional “booster” seats in booster-seat crash tests. Brian also has many years of new product innovation, development and sales under his belt for Fortune 500 companies. Some of the companies he has innovated with and provided products for include Home Depot, Target, K-Mart, Sears, WalMart, QVC, Costco and Ace Hardware.

A new business resource targeted particularly to assist inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs, the JeffCo Innovators Workshop is hosted by the City of Golden with support from the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation. The Workshop offers advice, inspiration, and support to new business start-ups and entrepreneurs and seeks to assist those companies that wish to introduce a new product to the market. The monthly public meetings typically include an educational presentation on some aspect of starting a new business or bringing a new invention to market, a networking session, an advice and sharing period, and announcements of opportunities for business help and support within Jefferson County. A not-for-profit currently coordinated with volunteers from IX Power Foundation, the organization welcomes local business sponsorships of its meetings and activities.


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Happy “Milestone” Birthday IX POWER Founder and CEO John R. “Grizz” Deal

We don’t often make a big deal out of birthdays here at IX Power, but there wouldn’t be a IX Power and we wouldn’t all be working together if it weren’t for John R. (Grizz) Deal.

Grizz’s  birthday is January 23, and he’s turning a big corner.  We won’t bring up exactly how old the Texas A & M grad is, but let’s just say that he is the same age as First Lady Michelle Obama and he now qualifies for his AARP card … wink, wink.

Grizz Deal loves dog sledding and any sport in the snow!

Grizz loves dog sledding and any sport in the snow! Here he is in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Grizz’s eternal “can do” spirit – which was evident well before his Boy Scout days (he is a 2nd generation Eagle Scout) – plus his energy, and unquenchable natural curiosity have been the keys to his success, whether while roughing it in the wilds of Philmont, New Mexico, or starting and building innovative companies.

The most notable of these were spin-outs from Los Alamos National Laboratory: LizardTech (data compression software), Hyperion Power Generation (small nuclear power reactors), and now IX Power (solutions for produced water from oil & gas). But the backbone of the success of his unique life has been that he truly cares about the humanitarian mission behind each endeavor. He really, truly, cares that there are people, mainly outside the U.S., that do not have clean water to drink, nor power for their homes and hospitals. This concern has been what has driven him on in his quest to create products that will have a positive impact on people’s daily living conditions, even when up against incorporate challenges to provide those game-changing products and services.  

So happy birthday John R. Grizz Deal – climber of mountains, chaser of dreams, builder of businesses … keep on keeping on, there’s another XX years ahead …

For a bio on Grizz, Click Here.

The dogs are fun, but his first love is his jeep!





Deborah Deal-Blackwell to present “Getting Started on Your P.R. & Marketing” at Denver Innovators Workshop on June 12


Deborah Deal-Blackwell

Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR

     People involved in new business startups, inventors and innovators, even those that have been in business for some time – all can benefit by attending the free Denver Innovators Workshop session “Getting Started on Your P.R. & Marketing” on Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Cluster Studios. Presented by veteran marketer Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR, the two-hour event will cover how to start marketing your product or service and what business owners should do first, explore what business owners can do on their own, and when and how to hire a public relations, marketing or advertising firm. In addition, the Workshop will also present the latest available information about business exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities at the upcoming Denver Startup Street Faire in conjunction with Denver Startup Week. To ensure a seat, attendees should RSVP for the event at:

     Deborah Deal-Blackwell is an Accredited Public Relations practitioner (APR) with 30+ years creating and handling public relations and marketing campaigns for a diverse group of clients from the Caribbean to Moscow, Russia and all across the United States.  Her early career in television was followed by leadership positions at two of Florida’s top advertising and PR firms. She also owned an operated her own successful public relations firm and was the CEO of Angel Flight Southeast, a regional non-profit. From her home base outside Washington, D.C., she has represented clients, including the Hyperion Power Generation small modular reactor company, before the U.S. Congress, Department of Energy, and many other federal agencies. Currently, she is the CEO of the non-profit IX Power Foundation and consults with a handful of clients offering innovative new products. She is a member of the National Press Club and the Public Relations Society of America, both in Washington, D.C., the Friends of the Gum Spring Library, and other organizations.

The Denver Innovators Workshop is a not-for-profit group of innovators and inventors, scientists and geeks, business professionals and students, who came together in 2012 for the purpose of helping each other succeed. In this process, the Workshop participants aspire to actually raise the number of new products, services and companies in the Greater Denver area, while boosting the area’s reputation for innovation.

In addition to its monthly meetings at Cluster Studios, the Denver Innovators Workshop is hosting the Denver Startup Street Faire.  Billed as a “Public Science, Technology, & Manufacturing Faire for Adults & Kids of All Ages,” the Denver Startup Street Faire is being held in conjunction with Denver Startup Week, and with support from the Denver Office of Economic Development and the nonprofit IX Power Foundation. The event will provide inventors, innovators and new businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services to the public downtown at the Wellington Webb Building on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

 Press Contact: Claire Paulette        Claire at IXPowerFoundation dot org or (505) 661-1000, ext. 902.

IX Power Master Class: the Energy Business & Bribery Legislation

From time to time, informative and educational papers written by executives at IX Power are added to the IX Power Blog under the heading of IX Power Master Class.  Recently Edward (Ned) Swan, JD, PhD, added an interesting piece on bribery legislation that’s a “must read” for everyone in the energy industry.

Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan is an expert in energy policy, law and regulation. He is chairing two conferences for the Oil & Gas industry in London in November.

To read the entire piece, visit our “Resources” page or click here.

Dr. Swan is U.K. Managing Director and International General Counsel at IX Power Ltd, and a leading international expert and advisor on energy policy, law and regulation. He will be chairing and speaking at two conferences in London in November: “Understanding, Negotiating and Drafting Oil and Gas Industry Contracts.” and Joint Ventures & Other Collaboration Agreements for the Oil & Gas Industry.

IX Power’s CEO, John R. Grizz Deal to Brief World Nuclear Power Conference on Small Modular Reactor Industry

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, 12 November 2012 – John R. Grizz Deal, CEO of IX Power LLC will be the featured speaker on the small modular reactors (SMR) industry at Europe’s World Nuclear Power Briefingin Warsaw, Poland. Deal will present “Applications for the use of Small Modular Reactors – What is in the Cards for the Future” at the two day event December 10 and 11. 

John R. Grizz Deal, CEO, IX Power LLC

IX Power is an energy and water technology innovation firm based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Before starting IX Power, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for five years. He co-founded Hyperion, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept, with Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. Robert Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. The objective of Hyperion Power was to introduce a mass produced, self-contained 25MWe power reactor safe and compact enough to be shipped on the back of a truck after complete factory assembly. Now known as a design in the generation IV (Gen IV) class of reactors, the Hyperion reactor was created to bring safe, emission-free clean nuclear power to remote communities outside the U.S. and industrial and mining operations.

At Europe’s World Nuclear Power Briefing, Deal will present the current global inventory of frontrunner SMR designs and technology. He will discuss the application of SMRs, along with the implementation, licensing, safety, security, financial and the policy issues impacting their development.

Before starting Hyperion, Deal served as the chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, and was the founder and CEO of LizardTech, one of the more successful company spinouts from a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) technology transfer effort. Additionally, Deal served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Technology Ventures Corporation, and as Visiting Entrepreneur at LANL. Grizz founded seven firms based on U.S. DOE technologies and holds graduate and undergraduate science degrees in geography from Texas A&M University. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, product development, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures.

IX Power is working with an international team of scientists and strategists to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies including the IX Power OrganiClear system that removes dangerous organic hydrocarbons from water produced by oil & gas, mining, and industrial processes without creating a hydrocarbon waste stream. The company’s main offices are in Los Alamos, Washington, D.C., and London, England.


A Good Read and a Great Gift for Business or Personal Occasions

I must admit I have always had an interest in business and personal advice books.  They are so tempting with their promises of “become a millionaire in five years.”  or “… turn your life around in 30 days” though I know that none of these things are going to happen to me – at least in the time-frame the title promises – I still figure I can glean a few worthwhile pointers.

Katie Couric's "The Best Advice I Ever Got - Lessons from Extraordinary People" provides advice from celebrated successful people that's applicable to business and life in general.

Katie Couric’s “The Best Advice I Ever Got – Lessons from Extraordinary People” provides advice from celebrated successful people that’s applicable to business and life in general.

I just finished a book, however, that doesn’t make grandiose promises yet offers some advice worth remembering for both business and personal life.

Even if she was not your favorite TV news celebrity (actually I like her myself) Katie Couric has a written an advice book worth recommending.  “The Best Advice I Ever Got – lessons from extraordinary lives” is chock full of juicy tidbits of advice and life lessons from celebrated people you want to hear from – people we all know that are respected in their field, from business to psychology to sports to chefs to show biz.  I’d also like to point out here that most of the advice, while it may seem like personal “life” advice is perfectly adaptable and adoptable to one’s business life.  In fact, most successful people don’t draw a line between the attributes they aspire to in their personal life and the attributes of their business life.

Some of the most memorable entries for me were:

President William J. Clinton, Be a Good Citizen

General David H. Petraeus, Be Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Jay Leno, Marry Your Conscience

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Say Yes

Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, Opportunity Will Find You

Morgan Freeman, Actor, You Quit, You Fail

The trouble with many advice books is I’m not likely to read the whole tome.  It’s just not entertaining enough, or even interesting.  I find myself jumping around looking for the key points, then getting bored and putting the book down.  Not this one. It’s a quick and easy read that gets its points across without boring or preaching. Often the advice entries from celebrities and luminaries are dished out in one or two pages.  I give Katie Couric‘s “The Best Advice I Ever Got – lessons from extraordinary lives” TWO THUMBS up!

Gift worthy?  Yes – Christmas, birthdays, business occasions, anytime

– Deborah Deal-Blackwell

IX Power Announces Members of Company Advisory Board


LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, 25 July 2012 – IX Power LLC, the technology transfer company specializing in commercializing safe power and clean water technologies from U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, has announced the composition of its company Advisory Board. CEO John R. Grizz Deal said that the following industry experts had been appointed: Mr. Alun Cole, Esq., Dr. Carol Bell, Dr. Robert Bednarz, Mr. Michael Crawford, and Mr. David Suratgar. The members will assist the management team in a variety of ways, including assessment of technology options, development of new technologies, and utilization of breakthrough innovations.

“We are privileged to have a board with a unique breadth of experience and talent,” said Deal. “Each member is a leader in their respective industry and all have a dynamic understanding of the international opportunities for the development of the clean water and safe power products we are taking to market. The contributions of the team will play an important role in IX Power’s mission of becoming a leading provider of safe power and clean water solutions for use in community, industry, government, and military applications.”

Robert Bednarz, PhD, an esteemed professor at Texas A&M University, is a recognized global expert in economic geography; and Carol Bell, PhD, is the former Managing Director of Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Oil & Gas Group. Alun Cole, a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, is a highly-regarded attorney with extensive experience in international capital development. Michael Crawford, a partner at Denver-based Q Advisors, is continuing a notable career in investment banking that has allowed him to work in a diverse set of industries; and David Suratgar, Chairman of BMCE Bank International and has served as senior legal counsel at the World Bank and as special legal advisor to the Bank of England and the European Investment Bank. All have been widely published and have served on the boards of distinguished organizations around the globe. 

More detailed information about them can be obtained at

IX Power is working to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies that originated from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. An example of one of the technologies is the IX Power OrganiClear system that removes dangerous organic hydrocarbons from water produced by oil & gas, mining, and industrial processes without creating a hydrocarbon waste stream.

The founders of IX Power, comprised of John R. (Grizz) Deal, Randall Wilson, L. Robert Libutti, Otis “Pete” Peterson, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell, are renowned for their commercialization of the Hyperion Power SMR (small, modular nuclear power reactor) from LANL that is safe and small enough to be transported on the back of a truck. Today, under their new company IX Power, their interests have been expanded to include every type of clean energy technology — wind, solar, bio fuels, geothermal, and nuclear. The company and its non-profit foundation are based in Los Alamos, New Mexico and have offices in Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and London, England.


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U.S. DOE & TVC’s INNOVATION magazine – a GOOD read …!

Check out the U.S. DOE’s “INNOVATION MAGAZINE” April-May issue before June-July gets posted … good insight, good info!

Innovation straddles and reports on two sometimes disparate worlds: business and technology. The magazine brings the parties together and engages in a national dialogue.   The audience is scientists and administrators at national laboratories and research institutions, investors in technology companies, entrepreneurs and public officials involved in technology commercialization.

Click here to read it

Somebody Ought To Do Something About That: Medical Radioisotopes

When we first organized IX Power last summer, we agreed that too often people would say “somebody ought to do something about that” and that WE would be the company that WOULD do something.

As part of that initiative I am starting a new series here on the IX Power blog called, appropriately enough, Somebody Ought To Do Something About That.

The IX Power Staff isn’t capable of doing everything we find interesting, even in the safe power and clean water spaces on which we’re focused. So, my hope is one of our readers will pick up on things identified in this series and provide some perspective. Perhaps YOU can even “do something about it.” Continue reading

Things I Learned from Steve Jobs

Like many entrepreneurs, I continue to look to Steve Jobs as an example of how one person’s vision, passion, and tenacity can have a positive impact on the world.

I only met Steve once (for some reason everything “knows” him well enough to call him by his first name). Coincidentally it was a week after I met John Sculley—the “professional” brought in to assist Jobs by running Apple Computer so Steve could focus on his strength: designing insanely great products.

Scully fired Steve from Apple Computer, which allowed Jobs to go off and “grow up,” and along the way move Pixar into the mainstream, and force UNIX into personal computers (Mac OSX), before returning to Apple to revolutionize music, movies, books, telecom, and how people view a consumer electronics firm.

This is what I learned from Steve Jobs over the years:

1. Companies like Microsoft will never be great because they have no “taste.” And instead just copy other people’s innovations. Ahem…take note China, Inc.

2. Jobs didn’t fail when he was fired from Apple Computer right as Macintosh was being born…Steve said he was rejected; much different from failing.

3. Jobs said his initial brush with death made him value each and every day.

Steve Jobs continues to have a profound impact on the entire planet.