Since SparkLabs Global Ventures launched 20 months ago, we have made 50 investments across five continents. We have six partners, based in Silicon Valley, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Singapore, and London, which gives us a unique viewpoint on what is trending in terms of technology and innovation across the globe.
Last year, we began an annual analysis of the top global startup ecosystems in the world, and we’ve just completed our analysis for this year. Silicon Valley, New York City, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Beijing, Seoul, Los Angeles, and Boston won out.
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As the world prepares to create 600 million new jobs by a deadline of 2020, Dell entrepreneur in residence Elizabeth Gore is trying to put entrepreneur support on the UN's official agenda for the next 15 years.
She says almost all of those new jobs will be generated by entrepreneurs instead of existing corporations or government agencies. In fact, 70% of job creation in the U.S. comes from entrepreneurs and new businesses, and 90% of new jobs come from the same source globally, according to Gore, who also chairs the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.
Athletes today use increasingly complex technologies to enhance performance.
We have seen considerable leaps forward in sporting performance as a direct result of technology either used during competition or in training. The big question is which technology has had the biggest impact on its respective sport?
You are not able to stand still in this fast paced business environment, but most of the time innovation fails. Innovation process-expert Robert Cooper shows that of every seven new product/service projects, about four enter development, 1.5 are launched, and only one succeeds. Innovation is so difficult to master, indeed. I love to share with you five reasons why innovation goes wrong and give you ten ways to reduce your failure rate of innovation.
I sit on the Governor’s Science and Technology Council, which was reinstated by Gov. Mary Fallin, to help move the state forward in areas of science and technology. Many council members are successful entrepreneurs. We also have scientists, educators, investors and economic development leaders. Together, we pretty much cover every aspect of the innovation economy in Oklahoma.
In my experience mentoring new entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders, I see far too many who seem to be driven by all the wrong reasons. Everyone seems to espouse extrinsic motivations, such as getting rich, having power, and fulfilling parent dreams, when in fact a focus on satisfying internal interests and desires will likely lead to more success, as well as satisfaction.
Women are starting companies at a faster rate than men, as they have been for years. But you know who's really rocking it? Women of color.
At least that's what preliminary data from the U.S. Census Bureau, in its Survey of Business Owners, shows. In 2012, women owned about 9.9 million U.S. businesses, or about 36.2 percent of the total. That's a 27.5 percent rate of growth since 2007, the last time the Survey of Business Owners was released. Among employer firms--those that employ at least one other person besides the founder--the number of women-owned firms grew 19.5 percent, while the number of firms owned by men grew 11.5 percent.
My office manager recently told me that the tally of my visiting cards collection has touched a count of 9000. That means, in the span of 15 years of being a startup entrepreneur, I have met almost 600 people a year or about 3 new people a day (considering holidays)!
Amongst these 9000 people, many of them are blue-blooded "professionals" who have often tried to "start up" — only to fail and go back to their comfortable ivory towers (large companies). What are the common mistakes these wannabe entrepreneurs make when they try to startup, especially when they come from formal, established organisations?
(TNS) -- Always looking for big ideas that can revolutionize industries, venture capitalists are starting to look beyond the overcrowded field of software startups. Some say their latest target could be more meaningful — and lucrative — than any app: biotechnology.
Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capitalists continue to pump massive late-round investments into established apps like Uber and Airbnb, but smaller biotech startups are increasingly piquing their interest and opening their wallets.
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The modus operandi for the world's top venture capital funds is similar to that of a power hitter in baseball: lots of home run swings, some of which lead to strikeouts but occasionally they produce a towering home run.
In this breakdown of five of the top venture capital funds today, we'll first discuss the key differences between the elite funds and the rest and then highlight these five funds in terms of their size and notable investments.
German entrepreneur Christian Braun is scrolling through the pages of his collectibles web site, hobbyDB.com, with his team in a downtown Boulder office building. From the ceiling above him hang flags representing countries from all over the world. Whiteboards form a perimeter around his space with yellow and pink Post-It notes on all the walls and windows. The scent of Indian food is thick in the air, from a table filled with large amounts of takeout food.
Marketing is essential to any company’s bottom line. However, traditional advertising channels such as newspapers, radio and television can get expensive really quick. Furthermore, they may produce little or no ROI. Contrary to these earlier practices, your own marketing strategy does not need to break the bank. Here are several tactics for saving money on marketing while still ensuring that your message reaches your target audience.
The success of companies like Uber and Airbnb can be attributed to one factor: independent contractors. A business model built around the sharing economy, it’s brought about a boom of cash flow in niche markets. But with new territory comes new challenges, and already these industries are feeling the heat for their approach to labor management.
A pacemaker that doesn’t run out of battery power, autonomous circuits that can be implanted into the human body to monitor vital signs and supercharged nanobots that can be injected into the bloodstream to target cancer cells – when Dr Lutfi Al Basha, an assistant professor in electrical engineering at the American University of Sharjah, and his research team’s energy-harvesting circuitry come to fruition, medical technology and wireless sensors will be self-powered and independent of a battery backup.
Everybody talks about innovation these days, but the word is used so lightly. Every new app, gadget or product feature is now “innovation”. A few decades ago, “innovation” implied a life-changing advance in technology: the transistor, the computer, space flight. Does it mean anything that we speak of innovation more casually today than we did in the past century? Maybe.
Casinos know it. So do the retailers where you like to shop. There are hidden behaviors that all people have, but are not aware of. For instance, it is human nature to prefer to have pleasure now, than later. Also, people are overly optimistic and make decisions on feelings versus cognitive calculations. And the big whammy of them all, we would rather not lose something, than gain something better.
I recently made a couple of tweets/Facebook posts pointing out that market declines threaten California’s budget surplus. I referenced articles in the WSJ and Bloomberg, and I thought the observation was non-controversial—almost banal.
So I was surprised at the feedback. One person asked why. Another said it doesn’t mean anything until holders of declining assets cash out. Yet another pointed out that the wealthy were back to where they were eight months ago. Finally, one said we wouldn’t know of the impact until after the end of the next budget year.
Being physically active has a lot of health benefits, but the latest research questions whether it can help the brain
Exercise can help the heart, lower the risk of diabetes, keep blood pressure in check and help you maintain a healthy weight. But researchers say you shouldn’t expect it to keep your brain alert.
With the advent of social media and the pervasive move to smartphones, even customers who still prefer to purchase in brick-and-mortar stores have dramatically changed their shopping habits. Many people don’t post about their experiences, but still routinely check first to see what others are saying about the brand and the product online.