ExtremeTechChallenge Offers Grand Prize Time with Richard Branson

 
While there are all kinds of Startup contests out there, few can offer a prize as compelling as time with Billionaire Richard Branson. That’s the tempting prize being offered by the ExtremeTechChallenge.

The ExtremeTechChallenge aims to bring out the best entrepreneurs and provide them with cash, infrastructure and world-class mentorship to launch groundbreaking ideas. Whether you’re just starting to put your ideas to paper, or have customers already using your product, participating in this contest may end up changing your life.


 
Who should apply? “We are seeking applications from relatively young start-ups who have raised less than $1 million. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, and we do encourage all start-ups to apply.”

Submissions are due by August 31, 2014.

Video: Technology So Advanced, it’s just Gibberish!

Here is an early April Fool’s video. Tech Startups sometimes get enamored in their own jargon. In this parody video, Sun Microsystems employees talk shop. The company had its own technology dialect, and those who couldn’t understand it were expected to issue a Purchase Order anyway. Maybe that’s why the company failed. Produced by Rich Brueckner of insideHPC.

Note that this script is a parody of a parody. Check out the Turbo Encabulator from 1946.

Map Your Trips with Go Pro Travelling

map-280x165While inside-Startups is my hobby, my day job at insideHPC keeps me busy traveling the globe. At the moment, I’m on a bit of a March Madness Road Trip for nearly a month straight covering the very latest in High Performance Computing. And now with help from the Startup folks at Go Pro Traveling, you can follow along.

Go pro travelling allows you to plan your travels whether you have dates or not and automatically make an animated map of your journey for you to keep. With Go Pro Travelling you can plan day by day, determine walking distances to nearby places of interest or vehicle routes to your next destination and search among 250.000 hotels worldwide.

Do you have an HPC Event coming up? Be sure to fill up the seats by listing your conference in our self-service insideHPC Events Calendar.

Why It’s Smart to Work at a No-shot Startup

Randall Bennet over at the Startup Foundry writes that your best bet may be to go to work for the Startups that aren’t getting the money and attention from VCs:

While some companies do fit the Valley pipe-dream, we think there are many more startups who don’t have a shot at VCs, the top engineers in the world, or an ice cube’s chance in Hell at realizing those paper stock options. And guess what: We think it’s still a smart idea to work with them. We call them the no-shot startup, and it can be an invaluable experience, just as long as you know what to expect and when to quit.

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The Day After You Get Funded

StartTawheed Kader (TK) writes that your day job really doesn’t change that much the day after you get funded:

The point is that the day after you get funded is like any other day that you are running your business. Getting funded is not some magical event where all your worries go away. It is not some big party to pop the champagne over. Its the time where you buckle down even more so that you can make it rain.

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What You Get For Nothing Is Priceless

John Williams writes that you shouldn’t let a little thing like money get in the way of launching your Startup:

From the initial budget to managing overhead, creating a business from slim funds is a hands-on sink-or-swim crash course in keeping a business afloat. When it’s your money, your whole livelihood is depending on every choice you make so choices are made carefully and thoughtfully. You’ll quickly dismiss fancy office space with high rent and fashionable interiors and think about working from home for the time being. You may even have to keep your day job to pay your bills at first. You’ll want to work hard because you won’t be able to pay anyone else to help you. You’ll want to start with an idea that costs more in sweat equity and time than expensive materials or manufacturing. You’ll want to bend over backwards to provide superior customer service because it costs you nothing and it just may separate you from your more established competitors.

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