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.”
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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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.
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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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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Today the Global Startup Youth (GSY) event announced that 540 youth (18-25) from at least 90 countries will work over 3 days to ideate and launch new projects that will hopefully evolve into ventures that are globally sustainable.
This event harnesses the power of youth, their cultural diversity, their domain expertise and their deep conversations about today’s world problems to accelerate them into ventures, ready to be taken to market and scaled,” said Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, entrepreneur and Founder of StartupMalaysia.org. “The teams will get to interact with entrepreneurs and leaders from all over the world as well as hear President Obama’s keynote address. This is an amazing opportunity for all of the chosen participants.”
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Are you ready to take off with your Startup? There are still two days left to enjoy early-bird rates for the NEXT training program in Portland, Oregon.
NEXT, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, is a comprehensive, five week program for entrepreneurs who want to learn more about how to launch a business. Rooted in Steve Blank’s “customer development” methodology and built around in-person interactions, participants meet weekly to present their customer discovery insights. Google for Entrepreneurs is excited to power NEXT technologically and help it expand globally.
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In this video, Kansas City entrepreneurs discuss why this town is the place to be for Startups.
In this video, Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich describes the new SC13 Emerging Technologies Track.
The SC13 Emerging Technologies Track is a new element of the Technical Program at SC13. It is aimed at providing a showcase on the SC13 show floor for novel projects at a national or international scale. It is different from other aspects of the technical program, such as contributed presentations and posters, in that it will provide a forum for discussing large-scale, long-term efforts in high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, rather than a recent research result that such a project might have achieved. Emerging Technologies will provide space in a booth at an attractive central location of the SC13 show floor. The booth will facilitate displays, presentations, and spontaneous discussions among participants and visitors.
If you have ground-breaking technologies in the works, the SC13 conference would love to provide you an opportunity to showcase it to the world leaders in supercomputing. Read the Full Story and get your submissions in today!
In this video, Colleen Taylor from TechCrunch talks with the Founder of Unreasonable at Sea, Daniel Epstein. The 100 day voyage continues through April 25, 2013.
Unreasonable at Sea is a radical experiment in global entrepreneurship to combat the greatest challenges of our time. 20 Mentors. 100 days. 1 ship. 13 countries. 11 ventures. 1 belief that entrepreneurship will change the world.
In related news, check out our RichReport podcast interview with Unreasonable at Sea entrepreneurs.
Do you need help getting your Startup off the ground? Here in Portland, Produce Row is hosting Startup PDX:Challenge, a new initiative designed to connect startups to all our community has to offer. Located in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District, Produce Row is a growing network of businesses thriving on entrepreneurial spirit. Produce Row seeks to support and promote entrepreneurial and creative businesses through a common identity, collaboration, and with collective resources.
The Startup PDX:Challenge is Portland’s next step in the creation of community and value for startups. The Challenge will offer access to accelerator programs and other organizations in unique ways. The Challenge winners will co-locate in Portland’s Produce Row, a neighborhood where the entrepreneurial and DIY spirit thrives. The startups who win the Challenge will get the nuts and bolts of what they need in a package valued at $40,000 per company
Applications are due April 4, 2013.