OutServe Founder Hops on the Startup Bus

Over at the HuffPost Blog, Josh Seefried from OutServe-SLDN writes about why he joined up with the Startup Bus on its journey to SXSW in Austin this year.

We will have 72 hours to conceive, build and launch a startup as we travel by bus from various cities across the U.S. on the way to the South by Southwest conference in Austin next month. I have no idea who the others on the bus are, and we have no idea who’s going to end up wanting to work together. It’s a crazy competition where a select group of hackers, hustlers and designers come up with up with an idea and turn it into a real product.

Seefried, who serves as a lieutenant in Air Force, co-founded OutServe in 2010 to give a voice to the thousands directly affected by discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation. Since founding, the organization has grown to over 6,000 members and 55 chapters worldwide, including Afghanistan.

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Huffington’s Top Ten Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Over at the HuffPost, Ariana Huffington shares her Top Ten lessons for entrepreneurs:

Find hope in the world by focusing on abundance. “I think the world is like watching a split screen. Depending on which side you are looking at you can be hopeful or despairing,” Arianna said. “I focus on what gives me hope. It’s key that we focus on abundance and surpluses rather than just our shortages. To that effect, I think, we in the media have not done a good job at spotlighting what is working. So, I think beginning to put a spotlight on what is working not just on what is not working is what gives me hope and we’re doing a lot of that. On HuffPost we have a section dedicated to good news. We have a section called Impact, which is all about giving and what people are doing to transform the world.”

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Podcast: Excelegrade Digital Testing Platform Wins Startup Riot

In this podcast, Sanjay Parekh from the Startup Riot discusses how the annual event brings entrepreneurs together with VCs and Angel investors. We also get a chance to talk to the most recent winner of the Riot competition, Lauren Miller from Excelegrade.

Excelegrade is a platform that allows teachers to focus on the art of teaching while we do the science. Teachers currently spend hours on administrative tasks, like test creation, grading, etc., leaving them with less time to focus on instruction. We aim to give teachers their time back without compromising the rigor of instruction and we do this with 21st century technology. Much like textbooks are going digital, Excelegrade makes K-12 classroom assessments digital by replacing paper-based tests with assessments on tablets, smart phones, and laptops.”

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Slidecast: MicroPod HPC – Your Personal Parallel Computer

In this slidecast, Josh Judd from Warp Mechanics describes MicroPod HPC initiative. Currently a Kickstarter project, MicroPod HPC will enable users to “stand up” a parallel computer using inexpensive commodity hardware, or even use the images as VMs to run a completely virtual development environment.

The MicroPod HPC is a parallel computer that you can afford to use at home. You can “stand up” a parallel computer using inexpensive commodity hardware, or even use the images as VMs to run a completely virtual development environment. The intent is to provide a turn-key framework for R&D of parallel software, and to use as a learning tool.”

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Ten Reasons to Why You Might Want to be an Entrepreneur

Over at Inc. Magazine, Ilya Pozin writes about the 10 Best Reasons to Be an Entrepreneur.

Susan Strayer Lamotte, a leader in talent acquisition and HR, says she’s motivated simply by “doing great work. That’s the difference,” she explains. “All the other stuff is gravy, but as an entrepreneur, I can decide what the work is like. What I get to do. And that’s the mecca for me.”

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