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We’re excited to launch Female Founder Stories, a collection of interviews with 40 of Y Combinator’s female alumnae. We asked them about things like how they got started, their experience at Y Combinator, their experience as female founders, and what they wish they'd known when they were younger. As you'll see, their answers are fascinating, both individually and in their variety.
This is the biggest collection of interviews with female startup founders I've seen in one place, and as a result we have an unprecedented opportunity to notice patterns in their experiences (and just as interesting, where there aren't patterns).
One of the most consistent patterns is how many founders wished they'd learned to program when they were younger...
The percentage of startups we accepted with female founders was identical to the percentage who applied. (And this happened organically; we didn't check the numbers until after.) Which implies the percentage of female founders we fund will increase in proportion to the percentage of female applicants...
What We Learned From 40 Female YC Founders http://t.co/rPuzwh5yeE— Hacker News (@newsycombinator) November 24, 2014
This CEO is out for blood, Fortune, June 2014
Elizabeth Holmes founded her revolutionary blood diagnostics company, Theranos, when she was 19. It’s now worth more than $9 billion, and poised to change health care.
In the fall of 2003, Elizabeth Holmes, a 19-year-old sophomore at Stanford, plopped herself down in the office of her chemical engineering professor, Channing Robertson, and said, “Let’s start a company.”
Holmes was admitted by early decision to Stanford. As she headed off to college, her father gave her a copy of Meditations, by the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius. “I wanted it to reinforce the message of a purposeful life,” her father explained to me. “I think it really affected her.”
May 2014: In a rare move, a group of young public servants and diplomats based in the European Union's headquarters in Brussels has launched a passionate plea for a more constructive and far-reaching debate about the fate of Europe. Members of the group, called Euro2030, want to remain anonymous to avoid embarrassing the institutions its members work for. But with under two weeks to go before European elections, this new generation of officials at the very heart of the EU has become frustrated both by the tone of the current debate on Europe and by the failures of the EU itself...
Four livestreams: highway.slush.org
Dr. Lauri Järvilehto Author and researcher, Philosophy Academy, Helsinki, Finland, will be at www.Slush.org
This philosopher and author is going to tell about his research on fun learning and how he is building a fun learning research center in Finland.
IE Venture Day (last week) judges (two of them) will be at Slush
The first, of course, is assets under management. Partech has already announced the intention to raise a large fund for 2015 – what hasn’t been announced is that the fund size will be at least €300 Million. Next to Index Ventures’ €400 Million fund, this begins to look pretty good. Add on Partech’s current €130M fund and the other fund that they are raising – Partech Entrepreneur II, a follow-up to the 30 Million seed fund they raised last year, and you’ve got the right amount of ammo. Given that the aforementioned Tier One European VCs all now have boots on the ground in Paris, this looks like the right place to be.
Partech Ventures : reconnu 7ème meilleur fonds de capital-risque au monde, premier non-américain #congrats— Marc Simoncini (@marcsimoncini) September 30, 2014
"Mary Robinson: Why Europe needs to set the pace on climate change", Irish Times, October 20, 2014
Opinion: The importance of acting now cannot be overstated: every euro spent on fossil fuels today condemns parts of the world to hurricanes, drought and infectious diseases
The meeting of the European Council – the gathering of the EU member states – in Brussels on Thursday and Friday will lead to a decision that will have far-reaching consequences. The summit is expected to see the adoption of a new framework for Europe’s climate and energy policy, including a set of targets for 2030 to cut our greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewable energy use and reduce overall energy use. These pledges matter, for Europe and the international community.
Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, is the United Nations secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change and a member of the European Climate Foundation’s advisory board
"The future is green for business schools", FT Soapbox, October 5, 2014
Business education needs to be more integrated, more interdisciplinary and more oriented towards thinking about the bigger “system-level” picture. A second order level of thinking is required. Moving beyond the direct relationship between action and value, business schools must offer education that addresses the complex systemic challenges we are all facing.
New organisational forms have evolved in Europe. My own organisation, Climate-KIC, is Europe’s largest public-private partnership with more than 230 partners drawn from prestigious universities, research institutions, blue-chips and SMEs. The EU created the KICs to address the innovation challenge of Europe and make existing models obsolete. These organisations are creating new knowledge and will be a stimulus for business schools to evolve and change.
...La relación con un socio cofundador es mucho más estrecha de lo que se podría pensar a primera vista. Muchos lo comparan con un matrimonio (soy testigo de esto, tengo socios desde hace 18 años), ya que el número de horas que los cofundadores pasan juntos en el trabajo, sumado a la trascendencia de las decisiones tomadas en su vida personal, hace pensar que llevar a cabo un emprendimiento con otra persona requiere un verdadero compromiso y una estrecha relación personal...
October 1, 2014, HBR blog network.
More new businesses are better for society, right?
That’s a common assumption. For instance, take this recent Washington Post piece, headlined, “More businesses are closing than starting. Can Congress help turn that around?” Sounds ominous at first. But wait a minute – is starting more new businesses always a good thing?
OUI Innov se celebrará el jueves 25 en el Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid
Es lo que pretende OUI Innov, un evento impulsado por la Embajada de Francia en España para reunir a emprendedores españoles y franceses de base tecnológica en un espacio de intercambio de ideas, información y contactos que propicie el desarrollo de proyectos concretos.
En el encuentro, que se celebrará el jueves 25 de septiembre en la sede del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid,
Con ese objetivo, la Embajada, AFFI y la comunidad francesa de start-ups La French Tech han puesto en marcha OUI Innov, evento que promueve el emprendimiento e incentiva la innovación como motor de cambio y que reunirá el próximo jueves 25 a más de 400 inversores, emprendedores y expertos en innovación bajo el lema “Es hora de innovar”...
Los interesados en asistir al evento tienen plazo hasta el mismo jueves 25 para registrarse en la web de OUI Innov. La inscripción cuesta 30 euros y da acceso a todas las conferencias, sesiones de networking y actividades artísticas. El foro de inversores, en cambio, estará abierto solo a los 100 primeros en registrarse.
Filippi destacó que esta es la primera vez que el Gobierno francés organiza un encuentro de esta naturaleza en el exterior, si bien tiene previsto replicar la experiencia en otros países.
Los diplomáticos galos evitaron entrar en comparaciones sobre la política de innovación en España y Francia y se limitaron a comentar que “las estrategias son muy parecidas”. “Ambos países están enfocados en promover la internacionalización de sus empresas y tienen el mismo interés en cooperar y trabajar juntos”, zanjó Bouchet.
Welcome to Novobrief http://t.co/4ADZk7Jrl7— novobrief (@novobrief) September 16, 2014
Wharton are one of the "product sponsors".
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:40pm – 2:00pm
In Conversation with Bill Hambrecht (WR Hambrecht + Co) and Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School) Moderated by Jon Shieber
The Capitalist’s Dilemma http://t.co/SVwWJ4ZLaI— Clayton Christensen (@claychristensen) May 21, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
11:25am – 11:45am In Conversation with Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation) Moderated by: Alexia Tsotsis
3:45pm – 4:45pm Startup Battlefield Session Five – Transform Judges: Robert Brunner (Ammunition), Jessica Livingston (Y Combinator), Matthew Prince (Cloudflare), Steven Sinofsky (Harvard Business School) (Crunchbase profile)
August 28, 2014, www.entrepreneur.com/article/236912
But a new list from PitchBook shows that a college education isn’t always a hindrance to launching a high-growth company, especially if you attend Stanford University. The California-based private college has once again topped PitchBook’s Top Universities for VC-backed Entrepreneurs. The research firm reviewed its venture-capital database of more than 13,000 founders and ranked each school by the number of graduates who went on to launch venture-backed companies over five years ending August 2014. It also calculated the total number of startups founded by a college’s alumni and total capital raised from each institution.
Stanford alumni led the pack with 378 founders. PitchBook counts a total of 309 companies originating from Stanford grads, all raising a total of $3.5 billion in venture capital.
For U.S. readers as the video is from Hulu.
Sir Michael Jonathan Moritz KBE was born in Cardiff, Wales. He was educated at Howardian High School in Cardiff before moving on to Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history. In 1978, he received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a Thouron Scholar...
Off-site Entrepreneurship & Strategy Pre-Conference Workshop
The IE campus in Madrid
"The Intersection between Entrepreneurship and the Base of the Pyramid: What’s the Evolving Role of Strategy in Social Entrepreneurship?"
Saturday, 20 September 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Lunch to follow.
Generously sponsored by:
IE (Instituto de Empresa Business School, Madrid)
This pre-conference workshop gathers together an impressive panel of Base of the Pyramid and social entrepreneurship scholars and practitioners. Using their professional and personal life experiences as points of departure, they will discuss how scholarship and real-world initiatives have evolved in recent years, and whether/how these two worlds have informed and continue to inform firm-level strategy formulation and implementation.
Chuka Umunna is UK Shadow Business Secretary and Member of Parliament for Streatham.
Just some of
THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS
Antonio Andreoni is a researcher in industrial economics and policy at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University and coordinator of the Babbage Industrial Policy Network.
Ha Joon Chang teaches economics at Cambridge University.
Dr David Cleevely CBE is founding chairman of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge (CSaP) and co-founder and chairman of Cambridge Angels
Sherry Coutu CBE is an angel investor, entrepreneur and tech-investor, recently appointed to the board of the London Stock Exchange.
Mariana Mazzucato is RM Phillips professor in the economics of innovation at Sussex University.
Lord David Sainsbury is a former UK minister of science and innovation and chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
Carlotta Perez is professor of technology and development, Department of International Development, London School of Economics (LSE).
For the last two months, German startup accelerator Rocket Internet has been working toward an initial public offering, holding meetings with potential investors before making any formal announcements of its intentions. Going public was to be a sign of validation for Rocket and the three Samwer brothers, who cofounded the Berlin company in 2007 with the original intent of mimicking established U.S. technology companies in overseas markets.
In spite of its IPO plans, Rocket surprised everyone on Thursday by announcing a $445 million investment from the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company PHI +6.07% (PLDT ) for a 10% stake. That investment values Rocket at $4.45 billion
Video with English subtitles:
Safeguarding this critical zone was the focus of a recent meeting in Beijing, where the National Science Foundation of China met with their counterparts in the US, UK, France and Germany. The aim was to develop an Apollo-scale programme to tackle the resource constraints that threaten to undermine global economic development...
We have 10 years because many solutions will take at least a decade to take effect, and because we have only 20 years before the perfect storm of food, water and energy shortages (Above document) makes landfall.
The first step must be to create a theory. This would literally be a map of all of the processes and interactions that matter for sustaining life, including the flow of energy, nutrients and water in the landscape; competition between animals, plant and humans for these resources; losses in the form of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere; the role of soil in recycling nutrients; and the feedbacks between life and the physical environment including climate regulation and environmental engineering.
With such a map, scientists, businesses and decision-makers from all backgrounds can navigate and talk together. Each can see how their contributions and needs fit with those of others as the picture evolves.
The Sun. Spain. 350 people, 40 startups,15% investors. 2 BIG AfterParties & YOU! This is the European Startup Event not to be missed.June 26&27.Follow 4 updates
Investors Panel this morning
350 people, 40 startups,15% investors. 2 BIG AfterParties & YOU!
350 people, 40 startups, 15% investors, 2 BIG open-air after-parties and YOU!
Startup The Fusion is a two-day event created by a startup, for the startups, which aims to bring together the right mix of thinkers, doers and facilitators. Startup The Fusion is created in very close collaboration with the wunderkinds of Slush – the most important startup event in the Nordics.
Nordics will be the dominating theme throughout the event, which means nothing will be average or just “good enough”. Everything is designed to make sense and to be practical, in order to serve the startups and the ecosystem, as a whole. That’s because the entrepreneurs are our heroes. They are our football stars, and they deserve the attention and admiration of the society...
Technology is changing lives — even saving lives — in Africa, the world’s second most populous continent. For entrepreneurs, this also presents an opportunity of epic proportions.
17 June 2014
Asos, Zoopla and Spotify among most valuable startups, with the UK particularly successful in creating technology millionaires
Europe has produced 30 technology companies worth more than $1bn (£590m) since the millennium, according to research that explodes the myth that the region's Internet entrepreneurs lack vision and sell up too early...
June 12 2014
Patent reform advocates have long argued that "patent trolls"—companies that do nothing but sue over patents—are harmful to innovation, not just a plague on big companies. A new study attempted to find out if there's any real data behind that accusation or if it's just a few sad anecdotes.
Turns out there is a very real, and very negative, correlation between patent troll lawsuits and the venture capital funding that startups rely on. A just-released study [PDF] (46 pages) by Catherine Tucker, a professor of marketing at MIT's Sloan School of Business, finds that over the last five years, VC investment "would have likely been $21.772 billion higher... but for litigation brought by frequent litigators."
The study defines "frequent litigators" as companies that file 20 or more patent lawsuits, which limits the definition to true-blue "patent trolls," or Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), the term used by the paper. The study covers the period from 1995 to 2012...
The figure reformers cited most often is the study by James Bessen and Michael Meurer, finding that trolls cost the US economy $29 billion in direct legal costs each year. That study is sometimes attacked by patent reform opponents because it's based in part on secret data provided by RPX, a defensive patent aggregator.
Tucker's study has the advantage of being based entirely on public information: the amount of patent litigation and the amount of VC funding are numbers that are known with certainty...
gyre (Oxford Dictionary) -> (Geography), a circular pattern of currents in an ocean basin: the central North Pacific gyre.
The world’s oceans contain millions of tons of trash, much of it collected into vast gyres of plastic and debris. Even if humanity stopped putting garbage in the water today, researchers project that these garbage patches would continue growing for hundreds of years. One such trash vortex, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Wikipedia), already spans hundreds of miles.
How do we get all that garbage out? Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old Dutch aeronautical engineering student, is raising $2 million to build an ocean cleanup contraption he designed to passively funnel garbage to specific collection points. Working with a team of over 100 people, he recently released a 528-page feasibility study (PDF) detailing how the complex technology works and grappling with questions of legality, costs, environmental impact, and potential pitfalls...
The sustainable entrepreneurship network of Spain http://t.co/fOw686Y2SA— Martin Varsavsky (@martinvars) 29 Mai 2014
bravo à @HenriVerdier pour être devenu aujourd'hui le premier Chief Data Officer de la nation France !— Gilles Babinet (@babgi) 21 Mai 2014
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Brigitte Zypries, Minsitry for Economic Affairs on stage at #NEXT14 in Berlin speaking of startups as the "dream" for the German economy— Rude Baguette (@RudeBaguette) May 5, 2014
In Stockholm after last Saturday's Stockholm Start-Up Day I met up with Miki Kuusi, main organizer of Helsinki's Slush conference, to talk about the day's conference and the perceived differences between Stockholm and Helsinki's startup scene. Kuusi knows a thing or two about how Helsinki's scene has developed in recent years; during his tenure as president of Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, CEO at Startup Sauna, and a short time at Supercell, he's been one of the lead characters in the story that is today's Helsinki startup scene. And now, for the Arctic15 one month away, we're getting him up on stage in a different role, to give a talk about his experience in Helsinki and how startup scenes come together.