Podcast: Interview with Entrepreneurs on the Unreasonable at Sea Voyage

We’ve been following the maiden voyage of Unreasonable at Sea since before they set sail. The ship of entrepreneurs is now halfway through its 100-day journey, so I caught up with them via Skype at their Port of Call in Singapore to learn more about what its like on board.

Participants:

  • Daniel Epstein, Unreasonable at Sea and Unreasonable Group
  • Scott Frank, One Earth Designs
  • Catlin Powers, One Earth Designs
  • Rachel McCallister, Moderator, MPRM Communications

When we first heard about Unreasonable, we thought: “Whoa! This is such an amazing idea!” said Caitlin Powers of One Earth Designs. “We’re going to go to all these great countries where people have been already asking about our products and we’re going to be able to find multiple distributors. And all of those things have happened, but I would say that something even more amazing has happened, which is that we’ve all come together here on this ship. All these people with great ideas, and we’ve gone beyond our companies and started talking about what is the future world that we want to see and how can we really build towards that and collaborate actively towards that direction. That’s really changed my way of thinking. So I would say that I came onboard this ship thinking: “What can I do to help my company?” And already halfway through I’m starting to think: “What can I do to collaborate with other companies around the world to really do something that’s bigger than our company?”

Download the MP3 or read the Full Interview Transcript. The Unreasonable at Sea voyage wraps up in Barcelona on April 25, 2013. You can follow their journey through videos and more at their Voyage Blog.

CareerMob to Revolutionize How Veterans Transition to Civilian Careers

A new Startup called CareerMob is seeking to revolutionize the way veterans receive help to transition to civilian service. Launched by five entrepreneurs on a hackathon competition known as the StartupBus, CareerMob offers a novel solution to the daunting challenges of veteran unemployment in a time when thousands of vets are on their way home.

Veterans face unique challenges when returning from duty and – unfortunately – one of those challenges is unemployment,” said Josh Seefried, currently an Air Force officer and one of the cofounders spearheading CareerMob. “Our goal is to ensure that Americans that fight for us don’t have to fight for a job when they come home.”

CareerMob starts with a simple questionnaire about a veterans work experience and interests and aligns them with civilian job opportunities. Furthermore, a veteran is then offered a selection of mentors that can help them transition to the civilian workplace. The process is simplified and seeks to ease the anxiety servicemembers face when transitioning from the military workplace.

Americans want to thank America’s veterans in meaningful ways – but too often, we fail to turn our good intentions into meaningful actions,” said Doug Wilson, former assistant Secretary of Defense of Public Affairs. “Helping our men and women in uniform returning from the battlefield to the workplace not just to find a job but to succeed in that job is one of the most tangible, productive answers to the question: ‘How can I help?’”

Read the Full Story or follow CareerMob on Twitter.

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.

Read the Full Story.

PDX Challenge Looks to Help Startups with Free Office Space

Over at the Silicon Florist blog, Rick Turoczy writes that the Startup PDX Challenge will award free office space to some lucky startups in Portland.

The Startup PDX:Challenge is a new initiative designed to connect startups to all Portland has to offer; it’s 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.

Read the Full Story.

Portland’s Upstart Labs Helping Create Next-Gen Businesses

Over at Silicon Florist, Rick Turoczy writes that in a town of makers like Portland, Upstart Labs has taken a new approach to creating the next generation of PDX business.

And they’ve done it by eschewing the typical “spray and pray” shotgun approach investment strategy that drives many early stage investors. Choosing instead to focus on a startup or two at a time. Taking good raw ideas and technology and honing it—by providing funding and augmenting existing staff—to take companies to market in a way that’s more appealing to investors. They also feel they’re filling a much needed gap between existing accelerators like OTBC, PIE, and Portland Seed Fund and larger funding mechanisms like Oregon Angel Fund.

Read the Full Story.

Video: First Ever Startup Weekend in Cologne

In this video, the first Startup Weekend in Cologne kicks off. Worldwide, over 45,000 people have participated in Startup Weekend events.

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

London’s New School for Creative Startups

How can creative people form sustainable Startups? London’s new School for Creative Startups aims to answer that question for a whole new generation of young entrepreneurs.

I found that universities weren’t doing much in the way of teaching professional development to creatives and they were going out into the world without the training they needed to make a living from what they did,” said Medeia Cohan-Petrolino, Creative Director at the School for Creative Startups. “When Doug Richard convinced me to join the School for Creative Startups I was really excited to develop something that would fill that huge gap in the market.”

Read the Full Story.