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(CNN) Can You OD on Caffeine?

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Can you OD on caffeine?

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By Cody Lyon,
updated 7:06 AM EST, Tue December 3, 2013
The FDA says it's taking a fresh look at caffeinated food and plans to hone in on how energy drinks impact young people.
The FDA says it’s taking a fresh look at caffeinated food and plans to hone in on how energy drinks impact young people.

  • 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day — about two to four cups of coffee — is safe
  • Energy drinks usually contain around 80 milligrams of caffeine in an eight-ounce can
  • Caffeine acts as a stimulant in humans and can be found in seeds, leaves and fruit of plants

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(upwave) — The rumor: It’s possible to get caffeine poisoning

As he was driving down an Ohio freeway minutes after swallowing five Magnum 357 caffeine pills, Christian Brenner started to vibrate — and the cars in his rearview mirror did as well. Fortunately, Brenner pulled over and walked around in an effort to try and come down.

Today, he swears off caffeine, even coffee — the mental aftereffect of what he says was straight-up caffeine poisoning.

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The verdict: Yes, you can OD on caffeine. The trick is to know your body, pay attention to what else you’ve ingested and do your homework on energy drinks

Caffeine acts as a stimulant in humans. It can be found in the seeds, leaves and fruit of plants like coffee or kola nuts.

“Safe doses of caffeine are usually quoted at around 200 to 300 milligrams, or two to four cups of coffee per day,” says Dr. David Seres, associate professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University.



A Grand Experiment

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GeneralKiosksView-copyThe kiosks at the Graybar Passage in New York’s Grand Central station have one strong advantage: high traffic. These high-end retailers offer a slice of New York to locals and tourists alike.

Jones Lang LaSalle assistant manager Laura Blaustein oversees retail operations at Grand Central Station’s Graybar Passage. She took Specialty Retail Report on a tour of retail kiosks in the busy commuter saturated corridor. Located on the northeastern section of the 100-year-old train station, the path tunnels from the main terminal over to Lexington Ave. Blaustein calls this section of the terminal’s retail stock an incubator for local small, independent businesses. Merchants rotate at the kiosks, usually for three or four-month intervals. Blaustein said the Grand Central retail realtors can use their expertise to help nurture the merchants for the time they are here. “A lot of these merchants would like to stay here for longer periods, but, we like to mix it up for the commuting customers,” she said. The kiosks have been operating in the corridor for seven years now. Each of the merchants offers a sampling of distinctly New York crafts, colors and flavors.



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November 28, 2013 at 2:04 am

(Huffington Post)-(Upwave- Health and Wellness Pieces)

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Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost’s signature lineup of contributors
Cody Lyon

What Stories Do Those Subway Benches Hold?

There’s a special place in Hell that’s the spitting image of New York City subway platforms on hot and humid summer nights. After hours, when MTA’s capital construction efforts translate into fewer trains, the wet air, acrid stench are relieved only by napkins or towels, used to wipe sweat. In New York City, anything can happen and the misery of heat has been known to contribute to all manner of misbehavior-or not.

Complete strangers on a wooden bench waiting for uptown trains. One, a graying thin gentleman with porcelain skin, beige khakis, a blue button down, a reusable shopping bag filled with books in his lap. His right hand holds a cane; The other, a lady with short salt & pepper hair, solid black pants, V-neck T shirt, a firm and full body, she’s wearing black modern glasses and sensible flats.’


Early One Night in Harlem

On the last Sunday in February at around 8 p.m., Jon Jensen, who teaches English at Kingborough College in Brooklyn, was walking north on Frederick Douglas Boulevard near 135th Street in Harlem.

In one hand, he held a leash, to which was attached his fluffy white Pomeranian dog, Bumpy. In the other hand, he had out his iPhone 5. As he was checking a text, a woman bumped into him, and he dropped the phone onto the sidewalk. The woman made a grab for the phone, took it and then began to calmly walk away up the avenue.

Jensen described the woman as mid-30s, wearing jeans, a gray jacket and tennis shoes. Jensen said he was dressed similarly, wearing jeans, a green jacket and tennis shoes.


Only in NYC: How Four Old Friends Opened a Gay Bar

Posted: 09/08/2013 5:57 pm


2013-09-08-Pablo Raimondi painting the sign for he and his friend's Atlas Social Club-pABLOPAINTING.jpgCo-owner Pablo Raimondi paints the sign at the new bar that he and three old friends are opening
Late one warm August afternoon, the food, drink and people carnival that is the stretch of Ninth Avenue running down the center of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen is up and running. Clinking plates and glasses join random chatter up and down the main drag.

One storefront space sits quiet, or so it appears. Behind a brown fabric curtain in the window, drills drill, hammers hit nails and four old friends, now business partners, put finishing touches on a new gay bar they’re saying is more downtown than up.

Atlas Social Club is set to open in mid-September. It’s gotten plenty of headlines due in part to co-owner Benjamin Maisani’s relationship with the CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. There’s also another unique New York story, rooted in a four way friendship, inspired by a city’s innate ability to drive and fulfill entrepreneurial spirits.

Some might say New York is the only city in the world where four friends, all from different points on earth, (Maisani is from France, Pablo Raimondi, Argentina, Asi Mazar, Israel and Josh Wood is from Illinois) might randomly meet, become close friends, and well over a decade later, form an ambitious business partnership based in a tough as nails business — nightlife.


Does It Really Take A Village To Raise A Child?
Does it really take a village to raise a healthy child, instead of one or two loving caregivers? If so, why? And, more importantly, what are parents supposed to do with that information?

Does Absence Make The Heart Grow Fonder?
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Or does distance drive a wedge between us and our loved ones? Experts say the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Am I More Productive When I Multitask?
Am I more Productive When I Multitask?
Phones are ringing off the hook, your desk looks like a fire hazard and your computer screen just let you know you’ve got new mail. Out of nowhere comes your boss to ask you about that Excel document he’d wanted you to compile. Suddenly you’re gripped by fear as you recall the question from that sweet-talking human-resources person in the days before you landed this new job: “How are your multitasking skills?”

Family Dinner: How Do I Get My Kids To Enjoy The Ritual?
Family Dinner: How Do I Get My Kids To Enjoy The Ritual?
Child-development experts say that although TV, playtime and tight work or after-school schedules sometimes get in the way, sticking to a regular sit-down dinner routine holds more value for families than just nutrition. The time that a family spends together at the table has been shown to reduce all sorts of problems for kids in school — and even later in life. But how to get the kids to actually sit down at the table for an hour — let alone enjoy it?

Does Vegging Out On TV Recharge Me?
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It’s been a busy week, and now you’re curled up on the couch alone — just you and your big bowl of reduced-fat kettle corn — watching your seventh episode of The Golden Girls in a row. Four hours later, do you say to yourself, “I feel great!”, or “I wish I’d gone out with my friends instead”? Did the magic of television recharge your batteries, or did it enervate you? The answer might depend on your personality type.


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Ray Benson and Friends Open Rattle Inn

Rattle Inn, one of the newest bar and music venues in Austin, is open and the owners are planning a big kickoff Jan. 23 headlined by venture co-partner Ray Benson’s band Asleep at the Wheel.The 7,500-square-foot space at 610 Nueces St. will be three bars in one. Rattle Inn is the love child of Benson, Ranch 616 owner Kevin Williamson and Matt Luckie, who owns Lavaca Street Bar & Grill and Gibson. Williamson and Luckie also co-own Star Bar.Benson, Luckie and Williamson said they’ve invested more than $500,000 in the new space but wouldn’t disclose details.

Joel Mozersky of One Eleven Design worked with the three to design a mid-century modern, Palm Desert-style space with large snakeskin booths and taxidermy on the walls. Rattle Inn consists of a main bar, “Ray’s Backstage” and a rooftop lounge


ABJ-  How the Bastrop Blaze Could Impact Real Estate Values

The wildfires that destroyed most of Bastrop County could drop property values by as much as 60 percent, one firm estimates. Land is already starting to trade hands and more transactions are expected as the smoke clears.

Bastrop County land values could be cut in half as the real estate market faces dramatic ups and downs resulting from the wildfires that scorched almost 35,000 acres.

Dramatic value dips would be problematic for many landowners, but they could yield opportunities for investors looking to employ a patient buy-hold strategy while this patch of Texas recovers.

“We’re confident there will be some devaluation in the acreage charred by the fires,” said Cameron Boone, director of research at Lewis Realty Advisors Inc. Lewis Realty estimates the value of land directly impacted by wildfires could drop by up to 60 percent.

This might open the door for what some call vulture investors, who swoop in and offer pennies on the dollar for damaged properties, Boone said.

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Gotham Gazette

How Data Is Helping Riders To Make Sense Of Their Transit System

NEW YORK — New Yorkers love to complain about their subway system: It’s too slow, too expensive, too dirty. And, worst of all, it’s too difficult to understand why.

That part — the why — is gradually being answered as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority embraces and promotes the public dissemination of the massive amounts of data that the agency generates on everything from train delays to its budget.

A group that works to keep the MTA accountable is set to release findings on Tuesday from a long-term study titled “The MTA in the Age of Big Data,” which looks at  the state of the agency’s efforts to make data accessible to the public.


Gotham Gazette

Butt Of Jokes G Train Gets Some Serious Attention

by Cody Lyon, Mar 04, 2013

NEW YORK — It was once known as the venerable train to the 1939 New York World’s Fair and was a critical transit artery for workers at industrial plants churning out materials for World War II.

Today the G train is the object of jokes and rants each day, both for its small number of cars and its spotty service.

“It’s a wild card as far as when I’ll get to work or back home,” said freelance theater director and Greenpoint resident Josh Hecht, who takes the G train daily and says he leaves home an extra twenty minutes or so early to get to work appointments.

A number of factors are coming together to bring change to the long-neglected G train, which has seen ridership grow because of the popularity of neighborhoods served by the subway line, including fashionable Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Fort Green, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.

The Metropolitan Transportation Agency, in response to calls from state lawmakers and a new transit advocacy organization for improvements like increased frequency of trains and communication with riders on the line, has announced that it will do a so-called “full line review” of the line by June. That review could result in major upgrades to one of the city’s most neglected lines.


NYC Bike Share Delay Investigation (GOTHAM GAZETTE)

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NEW YORK — The latest delay of the city’s bike share program is being blamed on damage caused to equipment by the floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy.

The bike share will now launch in May 2013, with 5,500 bikes instead of 10,000 as initially planned, the city’s Department of Transportation said in a news release Friday. The bikes will now roll out first “in the densest and most geographically contiguous parts of the service area” of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Citi Bike Share, as it is known, failed to launch this past summer as expected because of software glitches.


The real story behind NYC’s bike share delay (GOTHAM GAZETTE)

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The Drama Behind the Bike Share Delay

PostDateIconWednesday, August 22, 2012 12:00 AM | PostAuthorIconby Cody Lyon | Print | E-mail


NEW YORK — The firm picked by the city to run what is meant to be the nation’s largest bicycle share program has been dogged by questions about how it got a contract to run a similar system in Chicago, while its partner is being sued by a key software developer.

City officials announced last week that the much-anticipated bike share program would be delayed from its expected roll-out this summer to March 2013. Mayor Michael Bloomberg blamed the system’s software. “The software doesn’t work. Duh,” Bloomberg said on his radio show. “We’re not going to put it out until it does work.”

There may be a good reason why the software doesn’t work: It’s unfinished. According to the city official in charge of the recently launched bike share program in Chattanooga, Tenn., which uses the same platform, the software is undergoing “ongoing development.”

“There’s still work to be done — features to be added — and that’s where we are at the current time,” said Philip Pugliese, of Bike Chattanooga.


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August 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

ZIMRIDE Expands EAST (from UPSTART- bizjournals)/ How a N.D. candidate is using the web to Campaign ( The Coffee Robot (ABJ)

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San Francisco-based Zimride is expanding its service from California to the East Coast. Zimride
by Cody LyonAugust 3, 2012  |  2:13pm EDT
For East Coast travelers that prefer ground over air travel, online company Zimride is bringing its new public ride sharing service to New York City and Washington, D.C. this week.The San Francisco-based company offers travelers a chance to “pick up” a ride with a driver going their way online at Drivers can make anywhere from $20 to about $40 per passenger, split the cost of gas and maybe find a new friend in the process. The service has already been a hit on the west coast—in the past year, it’s helped its members share 200 million miles, which is double the shared miles built up over the previous five years—especially on the most popular jaunt between San Francisco and Los Angeles.Link to full story at UPSTART****************


BY Cody Lyon | Friday, August 3 2012

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Joshua Boschee is an openly gay candidate for public office in a socially conservative state, but observers say he’s got a real shot at becoming one of Fargo, North Dakota’s next representatives in the state legislature.

Boschee’s home state of North Dakota has, according to one study, the lowest proportion of same-sex couples in the United States. It’s a conservative state, although “conservative” means something different in the only state in the Union with a state-owned bank and a state-owned grain mill and elevator.



Good to the last robotic drop

Startup automates coffee-making kiosk

From left, Kevin Nater, Charles Studor, Patrick Pierce and John Craparo are behind Briggo LLC.

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From left, Kevin Nater, Charles Studor, Patrick Pierce and John Craparo are behind Briggo LLC.

Staff writer-Austin Business Journal

Inside a laboratory at Deaton Engineering Inc.’s workspace in Georgetown sits the world’s first intelligent, robotic coffee kiosk.

At 8 feet tall by 16 feet wide, the prototype’s screens flash customer orders and marketing messages across the top amid the hum of a tiny factory behind them. In a few minutes, behind a tiny door, sits a cup of Austin-roasted, Peruvian bean coffee topped with foamed milk.

The coffee robot is the invention of Briggo LLC, a new company formed by three Austin technology and business veterans and a nationally recognized coffee barista.

They plan to open their first robot-based kiosk at the University of Texas Flawn Academic Center in November. After that, their plans envision a worldwide network of automated kiosks, primarily in universities, airports, hospitals, office buildings and other locations.

They also plan to develop a smaller kiosk that can be mass produced. Briggo plans to own, manage and service the initial units, and later hopes to grow the market through franchising after establishing the brand.

Coffee consumption in the United States remains the eighth-highest in the world, with the average American drinking 3.1 cups of coffee each day and fueling an $18 billion U.S. market, according to the National Coffee Association.

Briggo’s founders hope their robot will tap that thirsty crowd by enabling coffee drinkers to order from a kiosk through mobile phones and online, as well as using the kiosk’s touch screen. Besides the type and quantity of coffee, consumers can specify type of milk, syrup or sweetener. They can also establish and personalize their accounts — including individual payment option — with the network of kiosks, which can send a text message when an order is placed by phone.


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Social Media Responsibility; The Social Time Suck; also- MOVEMBER (from UPSTART- Biz Journals) Austin Profile pieces

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SXSWi and the Social Time Suck

by Cody Lyon  Mar 14 2012
Consider the 15-minute time suck of being tagged on Facebook or pulled into another social-media site: Should social entrepreneurs be more responsible to the human race, an SXSW panel asks?
web addiction

Should social-media startups be responsible for their time-sucking tendencies?

By 6 p.m. Tuesday, it was time for the final click, tweet, or text from South By Southwest Interactive in Austin.

One tiny group of participants headed to Whole Foods world headquarters, where Christophe Chateau, director of Cotes de Bordeaux wine, led arrivals over to tables of wine and cheese on an outdoor terrace. It was a world away from the information and challenges issued to throngs during a weekend of technological wonder and commerce, mostly because it was, well, the real world.

The same distinction came up at a Sunday-afternoon session called “The Attention Drug Wars,” where panelists said it’s time that developers and designers start to recognize the power the Internet has todominate people’s time and lives.

“I have an ambition of creating some kind of movement, sort of a Hippocratic oath for social designers, because these are the people with a lot of responsibility. They are shaping our world, and we want to encourage them to do better,” said Joe Edelman, founder and chief executive officer of Citizens Logistics.

Edelman—who scaled his last company, Couch Surfing, from 10,000 to over 1 million users—said that he wanted to create a consumer movement, similar to the certified-organic food movement, that would require social designers to be certified as respectful of the human condition itself.

But, noting how empty the room was compared to full-to-bursting weekend panels, including one on how to get people addicted to the Web, Edelman said it might be time to really hammer home the danger of Web addiction instead.

“If you are in social media or you have friends who are in social media or friends who are website designers, I think it’s time to…make sure they understand the long-term benefit of the people they are affecting,” said Edelman. He told those that were there to challenge the others.

“At South By, we are the minority,” he said.

Edelman wagered that everyone in the room had gotten an email saying they had just been tagged in a photo on Facebook or some other site.

But then Edelman and copanelist Fred Muench, a Columbia University clinical psychologist, asked the crowd how they’d react if that email told the truth: “You’ve just been tagged—do you want to spend the next 15 minutes on Facebook?”

That would be the polite thing for Facebook to do, but Muench, who specializes in intervention development for addictive disorders using mobile technologies, was pessimistic that social networks would change.

Instead, he advised personal responsibility and posed a bigger question: How does the online development community focus on consciously changing and, more importantly, understanding our own patterns and determining what’s working for us and not?

Muench asked the audience if they really know what they are getting from online socializing. Were they connecting with old friends? Staying in touch with people from their past after a move to a new city? Are they part of a political campaign?

He acknowledge such benefits of online socializing, but wondered where is it failing?

Muench said studies with placebos reveal that what people think they are getting isn’t always what they actually get, and that doesn’t necessarily change the outcome. He said that understanding and thinking about the conscious relationship between computers and one’s own motivations should become the SXSWi community’s new focus.

But does social media make us socially lazy?

These days, we are spoiled. No longer do we have to go out and take real-life social risks. After all, hiding out at home in pajamas with photos and text as an identity is so much easier.

“There was a recent study about Facebook from the University of Missouri that found people perceived themselves as both more connected to others and, at the same time, disconnected from others,” said Muench in a later conversation.

“It’s easy to run when you have a place to hide,” he said, explaining that when people get a little social reinforcement from an online social network, they don’t actually go out as often, but warned that such socialization isn’t as rewarding in the long term.

Back at Whole Foods, conference attendees were winding down SXSWi by practicing what Muench preached. Christophe said that, much like the hundreds of apps at the SXSWi event, there are lots of good international wines competing with his beloved French wine, but that many people still turned to his region for what he called really fine wine.

So are Bordeaux fans sacrificing sips of the French red in the company of others for a jaunt in the Internet/e-commerce/social-networking cloud?

“Not so much,” said Christophe, noting that wine is about tasting, smelling, and human experience.

Cody Lyon is a freelance journalist based in Austin, Texas. He previously was a reporter for the Austin Business Journal.

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SXSW’s Mustachioed Warriors

by Cody Lyon  Mar 13 2012
Movember’s founder aims to maximize the “man brand” in the name of a good cause, and he headed to SXSW to raise a couple of eyebrows—and some mustaches.
A sampling of some of the men sporting facial hair at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.
Image: Cody Lyon

Each November, thousands of men around the world sprout facial hair where it once didn’t exist.

But these men aren’t just living a ’70s flashback, instead they’re participants in a men’s health fundraising movement called Movember. In full mustachioed glory, they raise donations and awareness for many male health issues, though primarily prostate cancer.

Since 2004, Movember has garnered over 870,000 participants and raised more than $175 million globally. Funds are directed to programs run directly by Movember and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

CEO and cofounder Adam Garone is at this year’s South By Southwest conference in Austin looking to raise some eyebrows and some mustaches. Leveraging the nonprofit’s rapid growth and newfound prominence, Garone, a mustachioed Australian, hopes his company can flex its fundraising-for-research muscle in the digital realm and ultimately impact the very way research institutions are run.

Garone said the prostrate cancer research community has a poor track record of collaboration, often resulting in redundant research and wasted money.

“The research community talks a lot about the successes, but they need to be talking more about the failures so that other people don’t get on the same unproductive path,” he said.

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Journal Profile: Bridget Dunlap, Lustre Pearl, Clive Bar, Bar 96

Bridget Dunlap
Lustre Pearl, Clive Bar, Bar 96


Bridget Dunlap Owner Lustre Pearl, Clive Bar, Bar 96

by Cody Lyon, ABJ Staff

Bridget Dunlap


Lustre Pearl, Clive Bar, Bar 96

Bridget Dunlap said that for a very long time, she lived life with no rules, not really thinking about tomorrow. But one day that changed. “When I had my child, I knew I had responsibilities. I decided to focus and I learned I can do anything.”

After saying hello to, then buying drinks for, a couple visiting from Chicago who had gotten wind of her bars in Austin’s historic Rainey Street district, she said, “sometimes you have to go through the shitter to understand life and realize how hard you’ve got to work to get what you want.” With life lessons under her belt, Dunlap cautions: “I’m sweet as hell, but if you push me, you better watch out.”

On a recent cool Austin night, she was reigning supreme over her mini empire — a collection of three nightspots in formerly dilapidated houses — sitting, drinking and talking to some friends on the front porch of her first venture here, Lustre Pearl. It’s been just two years since the Houston native who’d traveled the world sowing wild oats turned into an Austin pioneer after spotting an old dilapidated house in what was then a rundown neighborhood. Almost immediately, she raised some capital and transformed the old house built at the turn of the 20th century into one of the area’s most talked about nightspots.



Journal Profile: Dan Parrot

Dan Parrot, Co-owner, Old School Grill


Dan Parrot, Co-owner, Old School Grill

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Dan Parrot


Old School Grill

Late on a recent Sunday afternoon, the after-church crowd has come and gone at Old School Grill in North Austin.

Dan Parrot is settling down to a table full of food and a glass of red wine. He’s the type of guy who smiles when white bread is used “to sop up” buttermilk gravy on chicken fried steak. He commends the use of fingers to crack shells on jumbo barbecue shrimp. He smiles if patrons use a spoon to get all the sauce on the grilled pork tenderloin.

The Dallas native always had an eye, but perhaps more importantly, a nose for food. Many years ago, he was a pantry worker in a kitchen at a three-star Cincinnati restaurant.

“I got busted by an angry French chef who screamed ‘how dare you’ after I’d turned down the heat on some sauce,” he said. Parrot screamed back, explaining it was about to burn, and after an argument Parrot walked away correct


Journal Profile: James Knight

James Knight

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James Knight

Cody Lyon, ABJ Staff

James Knight

Chief development officer, Bury+Partners Inc.

One side of Jim Knight’s sixth-floor office offers a panoramic view of Austin’s west end. Everywhere else — on the floors, tables and other walls — is a rare glimpse at Austin’s future; buildings that are literally still on the drawing board.

Mixed among the architectural documents are large poster-sized notes from meetings, and evidence of strategic talk is peppered via bullet points Knight has written to himself.

“I call it brainstorm central,” said Knight, chief development officer at engineering firm Bury+Partners Inc. As he discussed the importance of using time appropriately on a recent Friday morning, he paused to offer a bit of advice.

“Don‘t look back at the end of your career at the regrets,” he said. Instead, “look back and be able to say, I did everything I could to be extraordinary