Good morning, All,
Ok, so it’s official: The New York Observer reported that Techstars NY is more selective than the Ivy League (579 applications mean 1.7% will be accepted) http://bit.ly/higFLV, so time to shift your focus – and we mean startups everywhere – to SXSW Accelerator, which returns for its third edition to showcase some of the web’s most exciting innovations, which can include companies like yours! The application deadline is December 10, 2010. SXSW Accelerator provides an outlet for companies to present their new online Entertainment products, Social networking applications, News-related technologies, Music-related technologies, Health technologies, or Innovative web-based technology services to a panel of industry experts, early adapters, and representatives from the Venture Capitalist community. Past judges have included Guy Kawasaki, Paul Graham (Y Combinator), Tim Chang (Norwest Venture Partners), Robert Scoble, Jeff Pulver (140 Conference), Chris Shipley (Demo) and Tom Conrad (Pandora). We invite your company to join us for this incredible event, as we highlight the technology market’s most impressive new innovations. The application deadline is December 10, 2010. Happening March 14-16, 2011 in Austin, Texas. Apply at http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator or if you’re a music technology company: http://sxsw.com/music/accelerator
Speaking of deadlines coming up – Founder Labs: Mobile Edition (Menlo Park) is this January and deadline to enter is December 1, 2010. Click here to apply, and it’s open to men and women, despite the fact that it’s a Woman 2.0 event: http://bit.ly/cctiqX.
How is Founder Labs different:
– We are focused on rapid prototyping.
– You work hands-on with potential team members.
– You don’t have to quit your day job or drop out of school. Come with enough energy to burn the midnight oil after work/school hours.
– There is no formal curriculum.
More information here: http://bit.ly/bmf2X0
The deadline for vatorsplashNY is December 2 – and it’s free to enter. Vator is looking for the most promising startups to present onstage at Webster Hall in New York City on December 15. We know that New York, and the East Coast in general, is becoming a hotbed for emerging companies — and venture capitalists are seriously taking notice. RRE Ventures is backing Vator Splash NY to ensure that the event is one that rocks the house: open bar from 4 pm to 11 pm to ensure it’ll be a great event, onstage and off. If you’re a startup that’s under three years old, or looking for a stage to launch, be sure to apply: http://bit.ly/cJAXnC (information and registration info there as well). Ten finalists will make the stage and get in front of venture capitalists from RRE Ventures, Polaris Ventures, Greenhill SAVP, Venrock, TechStars, DBJ Capital, and NY Seed.
Two of New York’s sharpest entrepreneurs will also be there to share their nuggets of wisdom about entrepreneurship. Fresh off the Boxee launch, Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee will talk about launching in the highly competitive set-top box space against Apple, Google, Roku etc. and Blip.tv co-founder and CEO, Mike Hudack, will talk about how his efforts to build knowledge management software resulted in Blip.tv.
There’s also still time to sign up for Business Insider IGNITION: Welcome To The Future of Media. It’s Thurday and Friday of this week and we have a 20% off SOS discount (code: Startup2010) For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/bmf2X0
The first @BrandsConf will also be taking place in on December 2, at the 92nd Street Y: exploring the ‘Humanizing of Brands.’ Jeff Pulver introduces BrandsConf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4SFGym02fY and register here for your 30% off SOS discount: http://140.vg/StartupOneStop is the link to share for the 30% discount.
Next week, December 7-8: In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” we are excited to announce TEDxTribecaWomen: a live webcast and series of events built around the TEDWomen conference in DC. Our event is one of over 70 local, self-organized events that will take place across the globe to spark discussion and connection in a small group around TedWomen. We’ll be streaming all 5 sessions of the conference – 25+ live speakers, performers, tech demos and more, over the span of 2 days. So everyone can attend! Hosted by Tipping Point Partners an Perks Consulting.
Next up: We’ve been getting a lot of mail from you lately, and two themes in particular:
1. Can you post anonymously and how does that work. Answer: yes, you can. There is a field you check off if you wish to post anonymously. Responses come to us, and we happily forward them along to the poster. Yes, you still have to fill in the line for email address so that we know where to send them.
2. We’ve been posting more articles of (potential) interest to entrepreneurs, and it seems to be a hit, so yes, we will continue to do so, and if any of you come across an interesting piece you want to share with the list, please feel free to do so or send the link to email@example.com, and we’ll happily include it in the newsletter.
Pieces we like this week:
28 Entrepreneurs give the advice they wish they had starting off: http://bit.ly/arpIlW. The question was: If you were only allowed to offer an entrepreneur one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
How much are startup options worth? Which includes a few tools you can use to take a swag at that value. More importantly, it gives you a checklist of key questions to pummel your potential new employers with that will simultaneously put you in a position of much greater knowledge, and make them think you’re a badass negotiator/know what you’re talking about. http://bit.ly/foocSW
Investor Pitches Do’s and Don’ts. Always helpful. http://www.startupcfo.ca/2010/11/investor-pitches-dos-and-donts/ Speaking of which, Union Square Ventures has posted office hours, so go test what you’ve learned. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/f7leMb
How To Pitch Your Startup To The Press. Pay attention to who writes interesting things in your industry. If someone is regularly writing about your competitors, that person is presumably interested in what you do. Pitch a story, not your company. http://read.bi/f1f417
Speaking of press ops: if you’ve been bootstrapping a startup and have an interesting/unusual story to tell, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) quickly. We have a request from the press.
Ok, in the ‘things that make you go hmmm’ category, two pieces to get you thinking. Questions about the future of the browser: interesting piece on, Rockmelt the new social media connected browser (“With RockMelt we’ve re-thought the user experience because a browser can and should be about more than just navigating Web pages. Today, the browser connects you to your world. Why not build your world right into your browser?” http://bit.ly/hZnHxK) and a piece by Tim Berners-Lee (oft-credited creator of the web) who claims that social network sites like Facebook and Linkedin represent one of the several threats to the future of the world wide web (Facebook Is A Trap: http://bit.ly/dSGePY), citing that “social networking sites that do not allow users to extract the information they put into them is a ‘problem’ that could mean the web is ‘broken into fragmented islands.’ The more you enter, the more you become locked in… Your social networking site becomes a central platform – a closed silo of content, and one that does not give you full control over your information in it.” Not editorializing. Just giving the he said/she said.
But we will leave you with a chuckle: Yes, it’s time for the Winners of the Ig® Nobel Prize, for achievements that first make people LAUGH, then make them THINK. http://improbable.com/ig/winners/ Ok, last year’s winner for Public Health Prize – a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks. Worldwide shipping available. And, as always, help is on the way…