Friday, May 16, 2014

Marketing Genius of Berkshire Hathaway

Anyone notice how Berkshire Hathaway has been marketing their new residential real estate brokerage as if they've been doing it all along? Using their established brand image to market their new division? They bought out Prudential just recently but the image they portray is as if they've been doing it for decades if not generations! Quite effectively too in my opinion.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Startup Calendar from CrunchBase

 
News for May 6, 2014
CrunchBase API v2.0 Beta Period Begins
This weekend we launched the CrunchBase API v2.0 providing real-time access to the CrunchBase Dataset. Although the API is in a mostly-final form, we are releasing it as a Beta to provide the opportunity for developers and partners to share feedback and comments. Continue reading...
 
After Years, Michigan's Startup Scene Blossoms
Five years ago, Michigan had seven early-stage companies raise money from venture capital investors in the first quarter. This year that number climbed to 31. The story behind this growth was more than a decade in the making, as state and local leaders crafted a policy to make investments more robust and lay the foundation for a startup ecosystem that is finally coming to fruition. Continue reading...
 
Cleantech Leads Khosla Ventures' Investments
Despite the lean times and bad press that the cleantech industry has faced, Khosla Ventures has remained consistent in its investment thesis around the promise of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies. It is by far the sector that has raised the most money in the Khosla portfolio, according to data from CrunchBase. Continue reading...
 
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Startup Calendar for May 6, 2014
Startup Grind
May 06, 2014 — Multiple Cities
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. They host monthly events in more than 70 cities and 25 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Check out this month's speakers hosted in San Francisco on May 6th, DubaiManilaHong Kong, and Warsaw on May 7th, Bangkok on May 8thMiami on May 13thPhiladelphia on May 14thVancouver on May 15thSilicon Valley on May 19thBaltimore on May 20thWashington DC and New York on May 21stLondon onMay 27thSeattle and Sacramento on May 28th, and many more!
Tumml Urban Accelerator Exhibition Day
May 06, 2014 — San Francisco, CA
On May 6th Tumml will host its Exhibition Day! There will be a fireside chat with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and investor Jason Calacanis on the future of urban impact entrepreneurship, presentations by Tumml's Winter 2014 Cohort of urban impact entrepreneurs, mingling and drinks. Register now!
SVForum
May 08, 2014 — Palo Alto, CA
Join SVForum on May 8 at the "Crowdfunding of Startup" Quarterly Venture Breakfast and hear practical advice on crowdfunding for founders and investors. Founders and investors will learn about the requirements and pros and cons each option. The JOBS Act's effect on crowdfunding will be discussed, and a panel of experts will share their recommendations for founders and investors considering crowdfunding.
Seattle Tech Meetup
May 13, 2014 — Seattle, WA
Seattle Tech Meetup, Seattle's largest ongoing monthly event, happens on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. This event is for the community, by the community, done in partnership with local community resources Startup WeekendGeekWireWTIAStartupSeattleHouse of Genius and more.
TechStartupJobs Fair Berlin
May 14, 2014 — Berlin, Germany
TechStartupJobs runs a successful job board for startups within Techmeetups' global tech communities crossing 17000+ active members. TechStartupJobs Fair has been set up to help Startups find the talent they are looking for and for talent to find their way to the hottest startups around.
ProtoHack
May 17, 2014 — San Francisco, CA
Protohack is the only hackathon for designers and business people in which no coding is required. We empower folks who don't know how to code to use the industry leading mockup, design and prototyping tools to present their ideas visually. Use code "crunchbaselove" for 20% off tickets.
SwitchPitch LA
May 22, 2014 — Los Angeles, CA
SwitchPitch is a role-reversal pitching event that invites startups to hear proposals from large, established companies for projects they need completed and are looking for outside help. The lineup for this year's LA event include heavy hitters; Boeing, Disney, Experian, HP, IMAX Labs and Warner Brothers among others, all looking to actively work with startups and make deals. Use promo code *CRUNCHBASE* for 50% off startup registration!
SF Startup Job Fair
May 28, 2014 — San Francisco, CA
SF Startup Job Fair aims to connect talented job seekers with the best SF/SV-based startups. Past attendees include TwilioStumbleUponPivotal LabsCoffee Meets BagelLiveRamp and many more. Sign up now!
MongoDB World
June 23, 2014 — New York, NY
Hear how leaders in the MongoDB ecosystem are building the next generation of applications with MongoDB with over 80 talks from MongoDB engineers and users including AmazonCiscoStripe and more! MongoDB World is the largest gathering of technology leaders in the MongoDB community.
 
Accelerator News for May 6, 2014
Healthbox
Boston, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Nashville, Chicago, and London
The Healthbox accelerator offers serious entrepreneurs the candid, unparalleled healthcare industry access and insight they need to succeed in a complex marketplace. Healthbox has opened applications for its four-month programs in Boston, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Nashville, Chicago, and London, launching in Summer and Fall 2014. Admissions are rolling until deadlines are finalized. Apply now!
TURN8 Seed Accelerator
Dubai — Applications close May 31, 2014
TURN8 seed accelerator program is designed to encourage innovative entrepreneurship worldwide, starting with Dubai. TURN8 holds two rounds a year, selecting start-up teams with marketable ideas and supporting them with funding of $30,000, mentoring and training in exchange for a stake in any resulting business. For those who graduate, follow-on support is offered to help them find additional investors. Apply now before the end of the month!

Startup Calendar from CrunchBase

 
News for May 6, 2014
CrunchBase API v2.0 Beta Period Begins
This weekend we launched the CrunchBase API v2.0 providing real-time access to the CrunchBase Dataset. Although the API is in a mostly-final form, we are releasing it as a Beta to provide the opportunity for developers and partners to share feedback and comments. Continue reading...
 
After Years, Michigan's Startup Scene Blossoms
Five years ago, Michigan had seven early-stage companies raise money from venture capital investors in the first quarter. This year that number climbed to 31. The story behind this growth was more than a decade in the making, as state and local leaders crafted a policy to make investments more robust and lay the foundation for a startup ecosystem that is finally coming to fruition. Continue reading...
 
Cleantech Leads Khosla Ventures' Investments
Despite the lean times and bad press that the cleantech industry has faced, Khosla Ventures has remained consistent in its investment thesis around the promise of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies. It is by far the sector that has raised the most money in the Khosla portfolio, according to data from CrunchBase. Continue reading...
 
SHARE WITH:
 
Startup Calendar for May 6, 2014
Startup Grind
May 06, 2014 — Multiple Cities
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. They host monthly events in more than 70 cities and 25 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Check out this month's speakers hosted in San Francisco on May 6th, DubaiManilaHong Kong, and Warsaw on May 7th, Bangkok on May 8thMiami on May 13thPhiladelphia on May 14thVancouver on May 15thSilicon Valley on May 19thBaltimore on May 20thWashington DC and New York on May 21stLondon onMay 27thSeattle and Sacramento on May 28th, and many more!
Tumml Urban Accelerator Exhibition Day
May 06, 2014 — San Francisco, CA
On May 6th Tumml will host its Exhibition Day! There will be a fireside chat with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and investor Jason Calacanis on the future of urban impact entrepreneurship, presentations by Tumml's Winter 2014 Cohort of urban impact entrepreneurs, mingling and drinks. Register now!
SVForum
May 08, 2014 — Palo Alto, CA
Join SVForum on May 8 at the "Crowdfunding of Startup" Quarterly Venture Breakfast and hear practical advice on crowdfunding for founders and investors. Founders and investors will learn about the requirements and pros and cons each option. The JOBS Act's effect on crowdfunding will be discussed, and a panel of experts will share their recommendations for founders and investors considering crowdfunding.
Seattle Tech Meetup
May 13, 2014 — Seattle, WA
Seattle Tech Meetup, Seattle's largest ongoing monthly event, happens on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. This event is for the community, by the community, done in partnership with local community resources Startup WeekendGeekWireWTIAStartupSeattleHouse of Genius and more.
TechStartupJobs Fair Berlin
May 14, 2014 — Berlin, Germany
TechStartupJobs runs a successful job board for startups within Techmeetups' global tech communities crossing 17000+ active members. TechStartupJobs Fair has been set up to help Startups find the talent they are looking for and for talent to find their way to the hottest startups around.
ProtoHack
May 17, 2014 — San Francisco, CA
Protohack is the only hackathon for designers and business people in which no coding is required. We empower folks who don't know how to code to use the industry leading mockup, design and prototyping tools to present their ideas visually. Use code "crunchbaselove" for 20% off tickets.
SwitchPitch LA
May 22, 2014 — Los Angeles, CA
SwitchPitch is a role-reversal pitching event that invites startups to hear proposals from large, established companies for projects they need completed and are looking for outside help. The lineup for this year's LA event include heavy hitters; Boeing, Disney, Experian, HP, IMAX Labs and Warner Brothers among others, all looking to actively work with startups and make deals. Use promo code *CRUNCHBASE* for 50% off startup registration!
SF Startup Job Fair
May 28, 2014 — San Francisco, CA
SF Startup Job Fair aims to connect talented job seekers with the best SF/SV-based startups. Past attendees include TwilioStumbleUponPivotal LabsCoffee Meets BagelLiveRamp and many more. Sign up now!
MongoDB World
June 23, 2014 — New York, NY
Hear how leaders in the MongoDB ecosystem are building the next generation of applications with MongoDB with over 80 talks from MongoDB engineers and users including AmazonCiscoStripe and more! MongoDB World is the largest gathering of technology leaders in the MongoDB community.
 
Accelerator News for May 6, 2014
Healthbox
Boston, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Nashville, Chicago, and London
The Healthbox accelerator offers serious entrepreneurs the candid, unparalleled healthcare industry access and insight they need to succeed in a complex marketplace. Healthbox has opened applications for its four-month programs in Boston, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Nashville, Chicago, and London, launching in Summer and Fall 2014. Admissions are rolling until deadlines are finalized. Apply now!
TURN8 Seed Accelerator
Dubai — Applications close May 31, 2014
TURN8 seed accelerator program is designed to encourage innovative entrepreneurship worldwide, starting with Dubai. TURN8 holds two rounds a year, selecting start-up teams with marketable ideas and supporting them with funding of $30,000, mentoring and training in exchange for a stake in any resulting business. For those who graduate, follow-on support is offered to help them find additional investors. Apply now before the end of the month!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Startups shouldn’t waste time creating a market need

Startups shouldn’t waste time creating a market need (via StartUp Beat)

When entrepreneurs are generating ideas, they often are in such a creative frame of mind that they feel the need to create not only a brand new product or service, but a new need within the market. They want to create something uniquely theirs, and…