ExtremeTechChallenge Offers Grand Prize Time with Richard Branson

 
While there are all kinds of Startup contests out there, few can offer a prize as compelling as time with Billionaire Richard Branson. That’s the tempting prize being offered by the ExtremeTechChallenge.

The ExtremeTechChallenge aims to bring out the best entrepreneurs and provide them with cash, infrastructure and world-class mentorship to launch groundbreaking ideas. Whether you’re just starting to put your ideas to paper, or have customers already using your product, participating in this contest may end up changing your life.


 
Who should apply? “We are seeking applications from relatively young start-ups who have raised less than $1 million. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, and we do encourage all start-ups to apply.”

Submissions are due by August 31, 2014.

Video: Technology So Advanced, it’s just Gibberish!

Here is an early April Fool’s video. Tech Startups sometimes get enamored in their own jargon. In this parody video, Sun Microsystems employees talk shop. The company had its own technology dialect, and those who couldn’t understand it were expected to issue a Purchase Order anyway. Maybe that’s why the company failed. Produced by Rich Brueckner of insideHPC.

Note that this script is a parody of a parody. Check out the Turbo Encabulator from 1946.

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.”

Download the MP3Subscribe on iTunes * If Dropbox is blocked, download audio from Google Drive.

One-Wheeled RYNO Bike is Straight out of Anime

Startups like RYNO Motors are stepping up to make science fiction into reality.

Based on a Japanese anime video game, the RYNO, is a multiple use, self-balancing, one wheel electric “microcycle” (similar to a scooter), designed for urban dwellers who want the ease of commuting by bike but with the style of a motorcycle. The RYNO can travel up to 10 miles before it needs to be recharged. Because the RYNO is small and compact, it is easy to park and store. The battery simply slides out and charges in approximately four to six hours.

So, how much and when? The company has starting taking deposits of $150 for a limited amount of handcrafted RYNOs, for delivery in the fall of 2014. They’re built right here in Portland, and a RYNO back will set you back $5295.

The Jeff Bezos Regret Minimization Framework for Building Your Startup

Over at Forbes, Jeff Tyler writes that budding Entrepreneurs should consider what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calls the Regret Minimization Framework.

Bezos weighed the pros and cons over and over again. And finally, he came to a realization that made the decision to pursue his startup idea “incredibly easy.” He called it the regret minimization framework, in which he imagined himself as an 80-year-old man looking back at his life. Foremost, as an elderly man, he knew that his life’s regrets, more so than anything, would keep him tossing and turning late into the night. At the same time, he strongly believed that the 80-year-old Jeff Bezos would not regret having tried building a startup that had a chance to make real impact — even if it most likely ended in failure. What would deeply haunt him would be the regret of having watched the opportunity pass him by.

In what may be their best ad ever, Harley Davidson applied the Regret Minimization Framework in their marketing for great effect.

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Video: Sources of Funding for Startups – What Works and What Doesn’t


 
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.

Kickstarter Shadow Project Finds its Way into Sci-Fi Original

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!

Download The Observer Effect (PDF).