Slidecast: Unreasonable at Sea – An Experiment in Transnational Entrepreneurship

In this podcast, Luke Jones from Semester at Sea presents: Unreasonable at Sea – An Experiment in Transnational Entrepreneurship.

Unreasonable at Sea is a radical experiment in global entrepreneurship, design-thinking, and education, designed to scale-up effective technological solutions to the greatest challenges of our time. We do this by hedging our bets on the most thrifty, resourceful, creative, and disruptive class amongst us: entrepreneurs. We are a mentor-driven accelerator for tech-entrepreneurs who desire to take their ventures into new international markets, and we choose to work exclusively with companies working on “intractable” social and environmental challenges. We could think of no better way to accelerate our portfolio companies’ ability to scale across borders than to put them all on one ship, align them with some of the world’s greatest mentors, and set sail more than 25,000 nautical miles while visiting 13 countries over the course of 100 days.”

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Startup Cities to Watch in 2014

Over at Upstart Business Journal, Laura Baverman writes that many nations are championing entrepreneurship as a way to solve economic woes and reduce poverty. She lists five cities where big moves could come in 2014.

Chile has been aggressively targeting startups inside and outside of its borders since it launched Startup Chile in 2010, and in 2013 was South America’s most innovative country on the Global Innovation Index. More than 600 entrepreneurs from around the world have been through the six-month accelerator, about 40 percent staying in the nation, and they’ve raised more than $20 million. But that’s peanuts compared to Silicon Valley, and according to a May 2013 Huffington Post story, some have argued not enough for the government to continue running it. In the mix in 2014 too, is a reinstated president (Michelle Bachelet, who served 2006-2010), who hasn’t yet weighed in on the program. In either case, leaders say innovation, R&D, and entrepreneurship are important for a country torn by poverty and economic inequality as well as the after-effects of a massive 2010 earthquake and conservative policies that benefitted the rich most. We’re anxious to see the next generation of Chilean innovation in 2014.

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Bringing the Power of InfiniBand to Cloud Startups

Over at the Mellanox Blog, Eli Karpilovski writes that the company is working through incubators and accelerators to bring new evolving startup companies together with cloud vendors that are based on the company’s interconnect cloud solutions. These new companies can enjoy best performance with the added benefit of reduced cost, as they advance application development.

Performance

RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) is a critical element in building the most scalable and cost-effective cloud environments and to achieve the highest return-on-investment. For example, Microsoft Azure’s InfiniBand based cloud, as listed on the world’s top performance capable systems (TOP500), demonstrated 33% lower application cost compared to other clouds on the same list.

Don’t waste resources worried about bringing up dedicated cloud infrastructure. Instead keep your developers totally focused on developing applications that are strategic to your business. By choosing an InfiniBand based cloud from one of our partners, you can rest assured that you will have the most efficient, scalable, and cost effective cloud platform available.

Mellanox’s InfiniBand and RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) cloud solutions deliver world-leading Ethernet based interconnect density, compute and storage. Mellanox’s Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) technology incorporates both InfiniBand and Ethernet into the same solution to provide interconnect flexibility for cloud providers.

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Google Launches Hub Network to Boost Startups


 
Over at CNET, Richard Nieva writes that Google will be partnering with co-working spaces and startup hubs at various locations, starting in London and Tel Aviv. Sponsored by the Google for Entrepreneurs arm of the company, the hub network will provide young companies with access to office space, mentors, and other resources to help them grow.

Google will back these hubs “financially and technologically,” said John Lyman, head of partnerships at Google for Entrepreneurs (though he wouldn’t elaborate on the “financially” part, other than that it won’t take any equity from the tech hubs or the startups). Technologically, companies at these hubs will have more access to Google products, including cloud storage, a credit on Google App Engine, and increased access to the Google Maps API.

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