April 7th, 2016 by editor

Venture Lab -Winner of People Choice Award- at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Saudi Arts & Crafts day workshop with BAREA Program by SCTA at KAUST Thuwal. Intel MENA Region Challenge – Top 10th finalist- at Kingdom of Bahrain. AstroLabs “Scaling Online Startups” (SOS) acceleration workshop participant 2015 at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce. JCC -Saudi Productive Families Bazaar; Ramadan 2015 at Jeddah Hilton Hotel.


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April 5th, 2016 by editor

ThinkB1G came to UMSI with several tech startup companies to recruit students for internships, part-time jobs, and full-time positions. The program, sponsored by the Career Development Office at UMSI, is one of the many ways in which UMSI students are promoted to employers.


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April 3rd, 2016 by editor

October 22, 2014

Technology entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Peter Thiel has a simple message for startups who don’t have a durable long-term business plan: “It’s not enough for your company to take over the world,” he said. “It has to last.”

The San Francisco-based co-founder of PayPal Inc. was in Austin to promote his new book, “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future,” and spoke to an audience of about 160 people at the Capital Factory downtown.

In 2002, eBay Inc. bought PayPal for $1.5 billion. Thiel, who is estimated by Forbes to be worth about $2.2 billion, is now an outspoken advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation. He has caused a measure of controversy along the way by encouraging young people to forgo college to launch their own ventures.

About Capital Factory

Capital Factory is the entrepreneurial center of gravity in Austin, Texas. Located in the middle of downtown, Capital Factory has 50,000 square feet full of startups and entrepreneurs. Take classes to learn the skills that startups need, attend meet ups to find a co-founder, rent a desk for your startup or apply for funding and mentorship in the Incubator.


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April 1st, 2016 by editor

Erlend Bakke Author of the 1# International Amazon bestseller ‘Never Work Again http://youwillneverworkagain.com/ http://www.amazon.com/Never-Work-Again-Less-Freedom-ebook/dp/B00F0OOE7Q

This week’s Hardcore MBA guest is a great inspiration to all those of us who need a bit of motivation, whether it be to put our business ideas to the test or simply to get off the couch. Brad Feld is a founder of the Foundry Group, author of multiple books, runs the Techstars business accelerator, and, in case that wasn’t enough, aims to run a marathon in all 50 US states! Somehow, he found a little time in his busy schedule to talk to me, and you’ll be glad he did when you listen to this week’s podcast.

In this week’s Hardcore MBA, Brad and I discuss:

The great advantages that come from getting involved in a mentor-driven accelerator program like Techstars.
The difference between people who are intrinsically or extrinsically motivated.
And what Brad believes will be the most important theme of the coming years in the technology industry.

Talking about Techstars, David told me “the types of companies we’ve had apply in recent years has varied widely, so whatever you’re interested in could potentially be suitable. And the stages of development have varied a lot as well – some people come to us with only the germ of an idea, others come with something more fully developed. What’s maybe most important is sending something in near the beginning of the application window, which gives you time to work on the project between applying and actually starting the program. That can provide a big boost.”

Techstars is the kind of excellent program that I wish I could have got on to when I was starting out, and I highly recommend anyone who can apply to do so. For more information about Brad, check out his page at the Foundry Group or some of his excellent books on Amazon.

Download the episode here: http://hardcoremba.com/podcast/045-techstars-founder-brad-feld-on-startups-business-and-entrepreneurship/

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April 1st, 2016 by editor

European Startups Documentary: http://bit.ly/1jybQHx

Ympact aims to report, enable and inspire entrepreneurial action among young generations.

More info at: http://www.ympact.me

Peter Kelly, Ph.D completed his doctorate in entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also holds an MBA (University of Notre Dame, USA), and MA in International Affairs (Carleton University, Canada) and a BA in Political Science (Wilfrid Laurier, Canada). Since arriving in Finland in 1998, Kelly has been the driving force behind entrepreneurship education at Aalto University. He has been Executive Director of the Helsinki School of Creative Entrepreneurship (HSCE). Among many other initiatives, HSCE seed funded the creation of the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society.

During 2010, he held an appointment as Professor of Practice at the Aalto School of Art & Design where he developed a rapid opportunity prototyping course to explore the intersection between the disciplines of design and entrepreneurship. He has also been involved with the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship since its founding.

Over the past 15 years, he has worked with entrepreneurs in Finland, Sweden, UK, Portugal, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Switzerland, and Canada.


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March 29th, 2016 by editor

Genesis Legal recently conducted an educating session for the Entrepreneurial Cell (E-cell) of Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B). It was an interactive session and we could address to all the queries posed by the participants.

Genesis Legal is a boutique law firm engaged in rendering legal services to startups and entrepreneurs.Based out of Mumbai, and having presence in Pune as well, we are growing to more cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi which are a host to many startups and entrepreneurs.

Ajinkya Kurdukar and Parth Jain are the Founding partners of Genesis Legal.
For further information or assistance please drop an email to info@genesis.legal


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March 11th, 2016 by editor

Vernon Hill II. is the Founder and Chairman of Metro Bank. He is often credited with reinventing American banking. He was also the founder, former Chairman and president of Commerce Bank which was acquired for $8.5 billion.

In July 2010 he started Metrobank, the first high street bank to open in the UK in more than 100 years. He will share with us his business insights and basics of his effective marketing strategy: Turning Customers into Fans.

Vernon started his first bank by the age of 26. He applied retail principles from car dealerships and used his insights from developing sites for the very man, who built McDonald’s into world’s most successful fast food operation, Ray Croc. Here he learned the importance of standardised presentation and scale economies in retailing.

Vernon believes that the value of a bank is in its deposits. He says that customers will be willing to give more of their deposits in exchange for a better banking experience, and that great companies are built by creating Fans not Customers. By applying this philosophy, Vernon built Commerce Bank into one of the largest banks in America with 15,000 team members, 500 branches and $50 billion of assets. It was purchased in July 2007 by TD Financial for $8.5 billion. Commerce Bank was voted the best bank in America in 2006, 2007 and 2008 by JD Power and Associates for its absolute commitment to Customers. It also produced exceptional shareholder returns.

Vernon is Chairman of Pet Plan North America, Hill -Townsend, co-chairman of Bankstocks.com and principal of Saladworks. He is a graduate of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

We will talk to Vernon about his incredibly effective marketing tactics, how excellent customer service creates value and long term customer satisfaction and how to disruptive an entire industry.


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March 10th, 2016 by editor

Marco Zappacosta is a co-founder and CEO of Thumbtack. Marco started Thumbtack after graduating from Columbia University. Thumbtack is a consumer service that helps millions of people accomplish the personal projects that are central to their lives. To date, the company has raised a total of $150 million from Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Venture Partners, and Google Capital.


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March 5th, 2016 by editor

Startup Grind Local features incredible talks with entrepreneurs from Startup Grind’s world wide network. StartupGrind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.

We host monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned
on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the
people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.

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Apostolos is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor in the internet/technology sector.

He started in 1998 when along with 2 friends cofounded e-shop.gr the first and largest computer e-tailer in Greece. In 2009 he cofounded Openfund the first seed investing fund in South Europe that helped many startups including Taxibeat where Apostolos also became an angel investor and currently serves on the board.

In 2011 he cofounded e-food.gr the largest online food delivery aggregator in Greece and in 2012 he cofounded doctoranytime.gr the first web service helping patients look for, identify a doctor and book an appointment online.

In 2014 he got involved with 3 new promising and helpful services. Nannuka.gr is a service that assists parents in finding help with their children: nannies /teachers etc. E-table.gr helps the user discover restaurants and make an online reservation while enjoying exclusive benefits (discounts etc). Finally one can use Funkmartini to identify and book appointments at beauty services such as hair and nail salons and massage parlors.


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March 3rd, 2016 by editor

When you’re screening applicants who want to join your startup, how can you assess who will be the best choice? Read the full blog post ► http://blog.close.io/my-startup-hiring-interview-hack-why-why-why?utm_campaign=yt_description&utm_medium=video&utm_source=youtube


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