I ran into Joost on Thursday of last week at Bosworth’s Cafe in Lobby 7 at MIT. As usual, ended talking about one of our favorite subjects, emerging technologies and the developing countries. Joost is a good friend with whom I have shared many beers at the Muddy Charles pub. He is one of those people that makes MIT such a great place to be. Joost is interested in everything dealing with global startups, social enterprises, sustainability, innovation, and technology. He runs the blog Maximizing Progress, in which he shares stories about people, ideas, technology, and just plain cool stuff that happens around MIT and the world.
I love spending time with Joost as we usually end up kicking back some tasty brews, discussing and sometimes pushing to the limit ideas dealing with the plight of humanity and how science, technology, and engineering can provide answers to some of the issues facing the developing world. Just a little of what he does around MIT and Cambridge: HighTech Fever on Cambridge Community TV; teaches various seminars and classes at MIT; The Muddy Charles Pub; Techlink; MIT Enterprise Forum; HowToons. If you see him around campus, definitely stop him and introduce yourself.