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Month: December 2010

12/28/10

12/28/10

Good morning, All,

That’s what the WSJ called the ‘thundersnow’ storm that hit Manhattan on Boxing Day, which was Monday, for those of us playing the home version. Thunder and lightning in the midst of a blizzard (http://on.wsj.com/ejiMcf). It was wild, and nothing like ending the year with a bit of sonne et lumiere, eh, courtesy of Mother Nature and thanks for the show! And lest we forget, it was our second blizzard of the year – and we had three tornados, too. Now, back to our regularly scheduled weather and program.

First, something for the creative on the list: The Adobe/Motorola Video Contest. Motorola and Adobe are seeking original, inventive ideas to convey the exciting possibilities made possible with full web browsing on new mobile devices like the DROID smartphones by Motorola with Adobe® Flash® Player. Read More...

12/21/10

12/21/10

Good morning, All, and we told you there’d be a holiday party!

Apologies for the late notice, but it’s been a bit hectic lately and actually, Hans Zaunere gets all of the credit for organizing the event and thank you, Hans! RSVP: http://www.bootup.io/holiday-party/rsvp and if you’re in NYC, hope you can find the time to stop by and raise a glass of cheer!

Last week we attended VatorSplash, and kudos to Henry Blodgett, CEO, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Business Insider for his 10 Commandments (for entrepreneurs). It’s as close as we plan to get to an end of the year Top Ten list, and there’s some very good advice here, beyond the obvious (1. Build something you care about). One that hits particularly close to home: Don’t “be an entrepreneur” — Build a great product and company. Lots of people can go to events like Vator Splash and come up with ideas and say “I am an entrepreneur,” but a brilliant entrepreneur will focus on nothing but building the business. Reduce other activities “to the exact amount of time that is helpful.” Right. For the complete list: http://bit.ly/eVDSCg. Also worth checking out: the pearls of wisdom from blip.tv founder Mike Hudack, who changed his original business model before it was even de rigueur to pivot, (http://vator.tv/n/14e3)and boxee founder Avner Ronen (http://vator.tv/n/14e6), who refused to take no for an answer. Read More...

12/14/10

12/14/10

Good morning, All,

In Boston: Over 40 VCs will gather for The New England Venture Summit,™ dedicated to showcasing early stage VCs, corporate investors, and angel investors committed to funding early stage and emerging companies. Good time and place to get on their radar! More than 50 top innovators will be presenting, and whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure or aninvestor seeking new deals, this is one event you won’t want to miss, and it’s happening tomorrow, December 15, in Boston, presented by youngStartup Ventures. Register online now and take advantage of the special $100 SOS discount. Click on http://www.youngstartup.com/newengland2010/overview.php and enter discount code “sos”. To register by phone or inquire about group rates, call Rivka at 718.447.0009 and mention “sos”.

Tomorrow in NYC: Vator Splash NY. Vator (short for ‘innovator), will spotlight 10 promising startups across New York City’s hotbed of emerging technology companies – and we have an SOS discount! Go to: http://vatorsplashny.eventbrite.com/, enter the discount code: “SOS25”. In addition to general admission tickets, 25% discounted demo tables (including 3 admission tickets) are available to startups who missed the competition deadline. Enter code “Vator25” when registering. Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee. will be there to talk about launching in the highly competitive set-top box space and Blip.tv co-founder and CEO, Mike Hudack, will talk about how his attempt at knowledge management software resulted in Blip.tv. Keynoting will be Henry Blodget, Founder and CEO of Business Insider, an up-and-coming business news site. Doors open at 5:00pm, Program begins at 6:00pm. Read More...

12/7/10

12/7/10

Not yet: this is a big month in the startup world!

Good morning, All,

First, application deadline for SXSW Accelerator is this week: December 10, and we all know that South By is one of the biggest showcases of the industry. And Accelerator provides an outlet for early stage 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. It all happens March 14-16, 2011 in Austin, Texas and we’d love to see some of you there. As finalists, we mean. Or, just there. Apply at http://sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator or if you’re a music technology company: http://sxsw.com/music/accelerator Read More...

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