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The Creative Capital Advantage 20.1.2012 Inc
For the entrepreneur, creative capital can be the catalyst to compel investors to sign on earlier in the start-up process. In 2006, after designing products and brands for other companies for 12 years under ASTRO Studios (my design firm), I teamed up with some outstanding business partners and spun-off a separate, product producing, direct-to-consumer brand of premium video gaming products called ASTRO Gaming. The creative capital for this new venture was a collection of perspectives and knowledge about gamers and the video gaming industry that aided us in building an authentic brand led by a range of unique, consumer enticing products, prototypes and collateral; all of which were wrapped in a creative vision and compelling business plan. These creative assets brought our start-up venture to life and made it easier to evaluate and compel investors, partners and vendors to believe in our start-up and want to work with us earlier in the process. This same creative capital was also useful in ...
Catching Up With Kiva 20.1.2012 Inc
Kiva's director of social performance illuminates how the nonprofit has confronted naysayers as it expands its microlending to the U.S. "We're no longer the new thing," jokes JD Bergeron, senior director of social performance at Kiva, a crowdfunding platform for microlending. "I wonder how Kiva would do, if it were starting out today. There’s a lot more noise that you have to compete with." When Kiva was founded in 2005, the start-up didn't have a formal marketing team. Bergeron explains how, despite that, it gained traction: "We didn't have the budget for [marketing]. But it caught the imagination of former president Bill Clinton, [talk-show host] Oprah Winfrey, and [New York Times columnist] Nicholas Kristof. We just had some great people come forward and want to support us. We got lucky." Lucky or not, Kiva has been able to provide loans worth more than $277 million to individual entrepreneurs around the world in the past six years. The San Francisco-based non-profit popularized ...
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Blog - How Zynga Re-Engineered Scrabble 20.1.2012 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

The social gaming company has added "explosive moments" to make its version of the venerable board more unpredictable, and exciting.

Jan. 20 Readers' letters 20.1.2012 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers.
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First-time financing down for life sciences 20.1.2012 Star Tribune: Business
A report says U.S. venture funding for medical device and biotech start-ups hit 15-year low.
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Pipa weakened as Senate majority leader retreats from pushing vote 20.1.2012 The Guardian -- World Latest
Harry Reid will not whip Senate Democrats for votes in favour of anti-piracy bill, reports say, after unprecedented online protest The political retreat from controversial anti-piracy legislation appears to have gained even more momentum a day after an unprecedented online protest. Senate majority leader Harry Reid reportedly won't lean on Senate Democrats for votes in favor of an online anti-piracy bill, sources have told Politico . Reid had been one of Pipa's biggest supporters and is expected to bring the bill to the Senate on January 24 for a procedural test vote. The news deals another severe blow to movie, music and television producers, who until recently had enjoyed broad support for two anti-piracy bills now before Congress, the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect IP Act (Pipa). Reid's decision follows a day of action from Google, Reddit, Wikipedia and thousands of other websites as the tech community argued the bills would stifle free speech and innovation online. ...
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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Are Media Sites Fundable? 20.1.2012 ReadWriteWeb
Today's roundtable brought some core issues up for debate regarding media startups that are focusing largely on Content and Community features and expecting to get funded. So, I would like to take some time to offer a broad overview on the topic and some pointers to entrepreneurs who are making the assumption that you can raise $500,000 for such a venture. Be careful! Empower Lounge Misty Gibbs from Austin, Texas, presented Empower Lounge , a concept for a website that focuses on offering inspirational content along four major vectors: work, health, play and giving. In addition, the site will offer some level of professional networking. Misty is folding in a national site, Inspiration Lounge, and a local site, AustinWomen, to bring together her current 10,000-strong subscriber base under the Empower Lounge umbrella. Sponsor I probed quite hard about the specific positioning for the site and brainstormed with her on examples of other sites/organizations with related agendas: Women 2.0, ...
Congress’s top 5 tech questions for 2012 (more than just SOPA) 20.1.2012 GigaOM
The impending SOPA and PIPA bills have the Internet in a tizzy, but Congress has a lot more to think about than just intellectual property. The issues at play in the SOPA debate have broad effects that span everything from the digital divide to international commerce.
Keen On…Inside Apple: How Apple Is Organized Like A Terrorist Cell (TCTV) 20.1.2012 TechCrunch
Screen Shot 2012-01-17 at 10.41.43 PMThe more we know about Apple, it seems, the less we really know. According to the journalist and writer Adam Lashinsky, America's most admired company is also America's least understandable company. And that's why he wrote Inside Apple - to reveal to the world how, as the subtitle of his book says, the Company Really Works.
Cassidy: Silicon Valley woman's plan for out of this world vacation not so crazy after all 20.1.2012 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News

Me? I’ve got plenty of places to see on this planet before I book a vacation into outer space. But after talking to Virgin Galactic customer Cathy Culver, I’m thinking the idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
What's Your "Minimum Viable Concept?" 19.1.2012 Inc
Can one investment fund use hard data to find better investments, and make start-ups more successful? CinciTech wants your "Minimum Viable Concept." Eric Ries's Lean Startup book famously promotes the "Minimum Viable Product" as a way for start-ups to think about how to spend limited resources to get a product out the door. But now the seed-stage venture capital company CinciTech is looking to help companies do even more, by asking them to do even less. At the same time, CinciTech is hoping this will lead to stronger start-ups--and better investments. Bob Gilbreath , entrepreneur-in-residence at the public-private partnership CinciTech, told me the fund started six years ago with a focus on helping start-ups get off the ground and to the first stage of venture capital support (Series A). "We typically provide grants for very early stage ideas (around $50k) and lead $250k to $500k investment rounds of pre-institutional capital. So far we have invested $110 million in 30 companies," he says. ...
Don't Call Us--We'll Facebook You 19.1.2012 Inc
Email, text messaging, social media and phone are all competing for attention. So what's the best way to communicate directly with a partner, client or customer? Perhaps this has happened to you: You meet someone at an event who encourages you to follow up. So you send an email, make a call or text them, and invite her to connect on LinkedIn. You also friend her on Facebook, add her on Google+, and follow her on Twitter. But even after all that, you're still not sure how to talk to her—and how to get a real response. Sound familiar? This is the quandary of communicating in a fragmented media age. How to Reach Your 'Audience ' Let me first start by saying that the notion of describing reach in terms of a collective group (say, your "audience") is, to me, becoming more and more preposterous. Audiences may share similar characteristics--but you'd be foolish to assume you can continue to reach people as a collective—primarily because members of an audience will vary widely in ...
What 10,000 Harvard MBAs Think 19.1.2012 Inc
It's not good news: The U.S. will become less competitive in the next three years, (no) thanks to a broken tax code and an inefficient political system. The U.S. is falling behind when it comes to competing in the global economy, say two-thirds of Harvard Business School alumni. Just eight percent of the nearly 10,000 alums polled for the school's first ever "Survey on U.S. Competitiveness" see the U.S. pulling ahead of emerging markets. The alums fingered a complicated tax code, an inefficient political system, a struggling K-12 education system, and persistent pressure from abroad as reasons why the U.S. will become less competitive over the next three years–something 71 percent think will happen. The broken tax code was tops on the alumni's list of criticisms, followed by the U.S. political system. “In the eyes of survey respondents, government officials in America are not doing their part to lay the groundwork for U.S. competitiveness,” the report said. It also ...
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Facebook, the club: social networking on the dancefloor in Brazilian Amazon 19.1.2012 The Guardian -- World Latest
Nightspot in remote region close to Bolivia pays homage to website whose popularity has exploded in South America First there was Facebook the internet phenomenon. Then came Facebook the movie, in the form of The Social Network. There's even been Facebook the musical. Now Mark Zuckerberg is about to get a more unusual homage: a nightclub in the remote Brazilian Amazon named after his social media site. The concept is the brainchild of Humbert Camacho, a 30-year-old businessman from Epitaciolândia, a small town on Brazil's border with Bolivia. "The Facebook concept is about sharing ideas, adventures, friendships, parties and photos with your friends," Camacho said during a visit to his club, which opened on Thursday. "So what we wanted to do was to build a nightclub with this concept, where people could come and share things with their friends, spend a cool night, sharing pictures, experiences and have fun." A graduate of the Universidad Católica Boliviana in Bolivia, Camacho had ...
Blog - Kodak's Missed Opportunities 19.1.2012 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories
The wheels of fate that led the photography company into Chapter 11 began spinning in 1975. No one is really surprised that Eastman Kodak has filed for bankruptcy protection . What might surprise some people, though, is that the digital camera, the device that led to the company's undoing, was invented at Kodak in 1975. Here is a 2005 piece that includes an interview with the engineer behind it. ...
Avoid the Wrath of Your Old Boss 19.1.2012 Inc
Before you strike out on your own, keep these three tips in mind to help ensure a smoother transition to entrepreneurship. Thinking of leaving your job to start your own company? It's a new year, and with it comes the inevitable "New Year's Resolutions," and the entrepreneurial aspirations of finally taking the leap to launch that new venture that is dominating your daydreams. Before you strike out on your own, keep these three tips in mind to help ensure a smooth transition. When you started at your current job, you more than likely signed a standard employment agreement with various restrictions. The most obvious obligations it holds you to involve proprietary information and ownership of company work product. What this means, essentially, is you cannot take your employer's confidential files with you. Also, the products, software code, or other materials that you created on behalf of the company while employed belong to the company—now and in the future. Taking these items with ...
Utah grants $400,000 to support technology commercialization 19.1.2012 Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jan 19, 2012 08:24AM MDT The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development [GOED] has approved grants totaling more than $400,000 to support the commercialization of new technologies developed at Utah universities or by their licensees. The grants were made under the GOED-managed Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program [TCIP]. They aim to reinforce Gov. Gary Herbert’s target of creating 100,000 jobs in Utah by 2014, according to GOED. Grants of up to $40,000 will support 14 technology development projects a... ...
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The algorithms alive and kicking all around us 19.1.2012 New Scientist: Opinion
The algorithms alive and kicking all around us
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Former trailblazer Kodak files for Chapter 11 19.1.2012 LA Times: Business
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Is Kodak's moment past?

Get a Life Outside Your Start-up: 22 Tips 19.1.2012 Inc
Work-life balance a little out of whack? We asked busy entrepreneurs to give us their best tricks for coping with the daily grind. Launching a start-up is demanding and takes huge amounts of time, energy, and attention. Is it possible to have a life outside of work? It’s not easy, say the founders I talked to, but they do have tips to help you launch and maintain some vestige of work-life balance. 1. Start dancing . It's physical, it's fun, it's social, and you can't check your phone or be working on your laptop while you're out dancing. Find the coolest place wherever you live, and go out dancing once a week. You'll feel completely renewed, energized and ready to tackle the world, or at least your start-up. – Vivian Rosenthal, founder and CEO of GoldRun , an augmented reality iOS application. 2. Call your mother . I make sure to call my mom every Sunday and tell her I love her, even if she doesn't have the slightest idea of what ShareSquare does. – Mattias Galica, ...
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