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.
Mercadona is a Spanish family owned supermarket chain... (Wikipedia in English)
Bill Campbell '62 captained Columbia's Ivy League football champions and coached the Lions for six seasons before beginning a successful career in high-tech industry.
Throughout his journey, he has never forgotten his roots — or his alma mater...
Ya puedes descargar el Informe GEM España 2013. http://t.co/qv9pFFFOrF. Un exhaustivo repaso al emprendimiento en nuestro país.— GEM España (@GEM_es) April 7, 2014
The Skoll World Forum is a programme of the Skoll Foundation and is co-produced with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University. The Forum is an invitation only event and new delegates are identified by our extensive referral network.
Estudio de @madridnetwork "Modelos de negocio en contenidos digitales" http://126.96.36.199/imgArticulos/Documentos/635315104927835991.pdf— Emilio Martínez (@aemiliusmg) April 2, 2014
David Meyer, April 1, 2014 Gigaom.com/2014/04/01/telefonica-buys-cloud-desktop-startup-eyeos/
I love the concept of "far analogies." How far afield do you look for inspiration? https://t.co/uICf0VOJZz— Bill Gurley (@bgurley) March 14, 2014
Location: The Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. (www.rollins.edu/business)
Three years ago, Rick Goings, CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation, and Elinor Steele, the company’s vice president of global communications and women’s initiatives, visited Iraq, where they learned that Iraq’s entrepreneurial sector was nonexistent. While attending a forum at the University of Baghdad, Goings and Steele felt the students’ sense of hopelessness—with no development, the country offered them no careers and no future. Women in particular lacked entrepreneurial spirit...
Off to Moscow today for #GEC2014. Debated whether to do this, but realized entrepreneurship is above politics. 4000 entrepreneurs there— Vivek Wadhwa (@wadhwa) March 15, 2014
Giving opening keynote at #GEC2014 and participating in several panels. Expect an amazing event--largest entrepreneurship gathering in world— Vivek Wadhwa (@wadhwa) March 15, 2014
2013 Colorado Startup Report: Over $1B Generated through Exits [infographic] | Built In Colorado http://t.co/zxzFz9jKVW— David Cohen (@davidcohen) March 9, 2014
Worldwide Lean Startup Challenge — FounderSensei http://t.co/IfUqOM5RiW— David Cohen (@davidcohen) March 14, 2014
One of the foremost experts on accelerators on this planet, Jon Bradford has worked with both tiny private and huge corporation-backed startup accelerators. This op-ed is about the latter ones.
Editor’s note: this is the first editorial contribution from Jon Bradford, one of the co-founders of Tech.eu but also managing director of Techstars London and a world-renowned expert on startup accelerators.
Rather fittingly, it was published from the first ever Accelerator Assembly being held in Madrid today and organised by the European Commission in partnership with a number of stakeholders from all over the continent.
Like moths to a flame and with cyclical predictability, corporates are drawn to venture capital with very mixed results. And with equal predictability, most will subsequently retreat in order to focus on their core business...
The aim of this paper is to explore the rejection of Schumpeter’s ideas by the founders of development economics.
The role of innovation and entrepreneurship is increasingly getting policy attention in emerging countries. A growing body of literature is deriving its inspiration from the work of Joseph Schumpeter. His seminal 1911 book, The Theory of Economic Development, outlined a general framework for understanding the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in economic transformation. Despite Schumpeter's influence on economic policies in industrialized countries, there has been little application of his work in emerging countries. On surface, the failure to apply Schumpeter's ideas to emerging countries appears to be an intellectual oversight. To the contrary, this paper argues that the application of Schumpeter's ideas to emerging countries was debated through the 1950s, but early architects of development studies deemed it to be irrelevant. The core of the rejection was an epistemological clash between Schumpeter's systems approach to economic transformation and that of his critics who adhered to a more static, linear, and incremental view of economic change. Thus, Schumpeter's central themes of innovation and entrepreneurship focused on endogenous transformation and evolution of economies, while his critics, who focused on the importance of central planning, relied on equilibrium models reflected in the role of bureaucracies as economic sources of stability.
Full text of this publication is available at:
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Elon Musk interview at Stanford Business School, article of March 6, 2014
...However, highlighting how injustice can be redressed through purchases enhances fair-trade support under conditions of high need. The effects are moderated by justice sensitivity factors, such as just-world beliefs and whether the product type (indulgence vs. necessity) makes the injustice of consumer privilege salient. The results suggest that communicating high need when requesting consumer prosocial actions can sometimes backfire. Marketers employing high need appeals should heighten perceptions of justice restoration potential and activate fairness-related thoughts through product positioning to encourage fair-trade purchases....
17 March 2014, 19.00
Munich City Hilton
These Masterclasess are your opportunity to experience the sort of teaching our students enjoy on our MSc programmes taught in London.
— Rhiannon MacDonnell (@Rhiannon) February 14, 2014
Forbes (2/25/2014): Each March marks the start of the annual pilgrimage of 30,000+ of the best and brightest minds in technology and digital creativity to Austin, Texas, for the high octane, idea-incubating fest that is South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) – the largest conference of its kind...
Make Yourself BIG: How the Body Shapes the Mind (Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business School)
What Drives Word of Mouth? (Jonah Berger, The Wharton School, Univ of Penn)
(UPDATE - it was the Enterprise and Big Data category (sorry, busy day))
hardthings.bhorowitz.com. HarperBusiness (March 4, 2014)
Bill Aulet, Managing Director of Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Author, Disciplined Entrepreneurship
Cambridge, Massachusetts · disciplinedentrepreneurship.com
Entrepreneur & Investor. Chamberi Valley. Founder at IMASTE (acq. by ON24 Inc) & Multivent. Mentor @ Wayra,IE biz school,Seedrocket. Proud dad. IVLP alumni
BA - Business Angel
SEIS - www.hmrc.gov.uk/seedeis/
+100 y copien SEIS plis RT @diegomarino: Menos craudfondin y más marco para que los BAs puedan crear syndicates...— Miguel Arias (@mike_arias) March 1, 2014
Chamberi Valley supports the EU Startup Manifesto http://t.co/T2CpBRcnkx— chamberi valley (@chamberivalley) October 9, 2013
4yfn.com/programme/25 (3 days)
Prince speaks from 1:00 min
Key Factors to Become a Global Startup, The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) curates this panel on Internationalization. Four internationally successful Spanish entrepreneurs will be the participants. Some of them are living outside, and from there to grow their businesses in Spain. These entrepreneurs will explain the difficulties they found when setting up their businesses.
Berlin, 13th January, 2014 - Delivery Hero, the largest global provider of online and mobile food ordering technology for restaurants and consumers, today announced a Series E financing of $88 million led by Insight Venture Partners. The company will primarily use the funds to fuel growth in its existing markets and expanding its position as an innovation leader.
Techcrunch, January , Chalk up another play for scale in the world of online takeout services: Delivery Hero, the German-based startup with operations across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, is today announcing a $88 million round of investment. The Series E funding, led by new investor Insight Venture Partners, will take the total funding for Delivery Hero close to $200 million raised since first opening for business in 2010.
Delivery Hero now offers delivery for 55,000 restaurants across 14 countries (Germany, Sweden, UK, Korea, China and India being the biggest markets), and it says that has delivered food to some 6 million consumers, generating over ($0.5B ) $500 million in annual sales for its restaurant partners...
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