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Sam Spear
Sam Spear is the founder and CEO of a website that lists and honors breakthrough technology and innovative thinking. Everyday, the site is updated and each day the site hands out its award for the "Technology of the Day" (with the exception of weekends). The site spans 24 different categories, from aerospace to sports technology, information technology to biotechnology with more than 100 different innovations in between representing one of those categories. Though every technology and innovation on the site is selected by a committee of people (academics, professionals, technologists, doctors, engineers, savants and misfits, to name a few) who know the respective spaces, the goal is to make what appears to be subjective choices for items on the site objective. And though we select the Technology of the Day, our visitors can vote for those breakthroughs they feel deserve their endorsement. The technology or innovation that receives the most votes each week wins our "Voter's Choice" or "Technology of the Week" award.

The primary criteria for something residing on the site is its ability to be game changing, disruptive along with its inherent ability to make a difference in the world. Though there are a multitude of products and products that are forthcoming on the site, there are also just incredibly great ideas, companies representing products or ideas one can invest in, causes one can join and more. The site launched on April 15, 2008 and has been the culmination, in many ways, of a life and career swirling around innovation, solutions and insight.

To begin:

I've always been good at chemistry. Not so much the kind I studied in 11th grade, but the kind that happened when I got involved with other people. I just came into the world with the ability to listen, and used it to help me obtain a graduate degree in clinical psychology along with an undergrad degree in journalism. It was there I honed my skills of inquisition, and found myself employed as a reporter for a bit. Then I cast all that education and training aside. Sort of.

Recognizing how much resourcefulness permeated what I liked best about journalism and psychology, I found a way to combine my interests, working at a number of large and boutique advertising agencies as a copywriter, and later, a creative director, accumulating 17 years worth of know-how. I gained experience learning the ins and outs of what made these companies unique, based both on what was spoken or written and what was unspoken and unwritten. More importantly, I learned how to convert attention-deserving uniqueness into attention-getting work. It was nice to find myself doing things that satisfied my clients – along with a few awards committees along the way. But something happened when I started getting involved with products, companies and innovative thinkers that were, by any measure, breakthrough. The more this went on, the more I thought: why not use my ability to discern what's important from what's unimportant – and what others respond to – to effectively help bring more attention, on a larger scale, to those products, services, companies and individuals doing those things that make our world better?

So I did.

With the help of some very committed advertising, marketing, branding, academics and IT people, was unveiled. Thanks to the proliferation of bloggers and social media networks, coupled with access both by and to these technologies like never before, the timing couldn't be better. To say this work is satisfying is an understatement. To call it inspirational is a beginning. Every day we find someone somewhere doing something that's going making things better for all of us. It's impressive when you look at the specific breakthrough. It's awesome when you look at the bigger picture. We not only get to find out about these great stories, we help these people tell them.

Blog Entries by Sam Spear

In Honor of National Fist Bump Day... It's As Easy as 1..2..3..Bump

Posted June 3, 2009 | 14:14:00 (EST)

In honor of National Fist Bump Day, what better way to celebrate then with a little iPhone Bump?

The other day, I went to a friend's BBQ and met some new people. As we were making plans to meet up later, they started typing my contact information into...

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Better Energy For A Better Planet

Posted May 21, 2009 | 16:27:57 (EST)

Why It's Breakthrough: OriginOil has effectively "cracked the code" to the first step in creating oil from algae.

The Story: OriginOil has developed a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum.

Other oil-producing feedstock such as corn, soy,...

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Using Technology to Treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted March 31, 2009 | 04:17:21 (EST)

Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is one the biggest challenges facing American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. With doctors constantly looking for ways to treat this often debilitating condition, it should come as no surprise that a breakthrough technology is playing a key role in a new...

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In Search of a Higher Power

Posted March 24, 2009 | 00:39:38 (EST)

In the ongoing search for clean energy, people often forget that there's power being generated all around us. Construction sites, outdoor festivals, and farms are all frequent users of small diesel generators. As these generators chug away, they spew out fumes, noise, and heat- unpleasant reminders that mobile electricity sources...

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A Burning Sensation for the Air Force

Posted March 16, 2009 | 01:44:05 (EST)

When American soldiers are faced with hostile crowds, they often have to choose between two courses of action: shooting or shouting. Non-lethal weapons are the bridge between the two options, allowing soldiers to maintain control of a situation without putting innocent bystanders at risk.

Enter the Active Denial System,...

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The Power of the Panorama

Posted March 11, 2009 | 20:27:41 (EST)

For amateur photographers, the panoramic shot is something of a Holy Grail. Traditionally, a good panoramic image required professional equipment and know-how that casual photo buffs simply didn't have. But with new breakthrough technology, GigaPan has come up with a way for anyone to produce these amazing...

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The Better to See You -- and HD Video You -- With

Posted February 25, 2009 | 19:13:53 (EST)

With high definition video seemingly everywhere, it's about time someone came out with an HD webcam. And Samsung's new S5K4AW is just that: a real-time HD video capture webcam that looks like a surefire breakthrough technology.

The camera is a high-definition 1/4-inch, 1.2 Megapixel (Mp) system-on-chip (SoC)...

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Giving Conventional Computer Security The Finger

Posted February 23, 2009 | 03:32:21 (EST)

It's a security device that reads the veins inside the finger. Enough said, right? That's why we've chosen this as breakthrough technology.

Sony Corp is taking security to a whole new level. They recently announced the development of a finger vein authentication technology called "mofiria." The user-friendly...

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Creating art out of genes

Posted February 11, 2009 | 16:41:56 (EST)

I'm a big art fan, but I'm a bigger fan of genes, so as soon as I saw this work that is the art and technology equivalent of marrying peanut butter and chocolate, I ate it up.

The company, called MyGeneImage, creates artwork out of your DNA. What they...

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