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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With the Googles of the world tracking our every move on the Internet, the wealth of information being gathered out there might seem out of reach for the rest of us. Enter Zettaset, a freshly funded Startup harnessing Hadoop for the rest of us. After raising $3 million from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and EPIC Ventures, Zettaset aims to help employees make business decisions on real data as opposed to intuition.
It’s not just about the technology anymore; it’s about the data and if you can produce more granular insights from your data,” said Brian Christian, co-founder and CEO of Zettaset.
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In this video, Ankit Agarwal from Micello and Nikhil Bhat from PRS Technologies discuss Sources of Funding for Startups: What Works and What Doesn’t.
How do you plan on getting your startup funded? When is the right time? And from whom? These questions vex all founders during their finance process and are a constant source of frustration and challenge. There are various models and ideas out there, but few get creative enough to stay lean and cash comfortable. For some industries, (Enterprise & B2B) making a viable product without any funding is nearly impossible, while for some consumer startups, their go to market strategy can be as simple as developing a mobile app.
A while back we wrote about the Shadow project on Kickstarter. Now fully funded with 30 hours to go, this amazing app will reportedly help you record and remember your dreams.
As a writer, I was so intrigued with the possibilities of Shadow that I decided to weave it into my latest Sci-Fi original story, The Observer Effect.
This video trailer is a teaser for The Observer Effect, which is featured in the PrintN’Fly Guide to SC13 Denver.
Tagline: A scientist uses Big Data to try and prove the existence of God.”
Sponsored by Mellanox, the PrintN’Fly Guide to SC13 Denver will feature interviews on Exascale, high performance networking, and the 25th anniversary of the conference as well as restaurant and bar reviews for downtown Denver. Look for it right here in early November!
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Carolynn Duncan said the new fund will make investments of up to $250,000 in social impact companies.
Over at Sustainable Business Oregon
, Lee van der Voo writes that a new $20 million social impact fund will focus on bringing engineers, entrepreneurs, and fund managers to bear on world problems.
Our focus is: How can we reduce suffering in the world through market-based solutions?” said Duncan, adding the fund will look for great technical and business talent on the West Coast. She added the fund will seek companies that really go after, tackle and solve a world problem, but don’t settle for lower returns in exchange.
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Paul Graham writes that investors tend to fund Startups with founders who have “formidable” qualities.
The foundation of convincing investors is to seem formidable, and since this isn’t a word most people use in conversation much, I should explain what it means. A formidable person is one who seems like they’ll get what they want, regardless of whatever obstacles are in the way. Formidable is close to confident, except that someone could be confident and mistaken. Formidable is roughly justifiably confident.
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In this podcast, Deepak Jeevan Kumar from VC firm General Catalyst Partners describes his efforts to help entrepreneurs with disruptive ideas in big data, cloud computing, data center infrastructure, cyber-security, and clean energy.
Deepak Jeevan Kumar has been with General Catalyst since 2010, first in Boston and later in the firm’s Palo Alto office. He specializes in incubating and launching big data and cloud computing startups. Deepak has been closely involved in General Catalyst’s investments in AltiScale, DataGravity, ParElastic, Push Computing, Sunglass.io and Virtual Instruments. Prior to joining GC, Deepak led Sun Microsystems’ high performance computing work in the Asia-Pacific region. He has the distinction of being a key architect of a few top 10 supercomputers in the world. He also had a short stint at the Yale Investments office. Deepak is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, earning a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering; the Singapore-MIT Alliance, earning a S.M. in Computer Science; and the Yale School of Management, earning an M.B.A.
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