[Singapore][Event] Echelon 2011


Echelon , Southeast Asia’s biggest conference for technology startups, is back for its 2011 edition and looks to be even more exciting than before. and Phlook from 2008, startups from 2009 such as SocialWok , those from 2010 such as Foound , FlutterScape , pepperconn and Insync – or died horrible, ignoble deaths… Echelon 2011 – A Galaxy of New Stars. Young Upstarts is a media partner of e27 and Echelon 2011.

Philadelphia University Commencement Speech – May 15th 2011

Steve Blank

I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation from Philadelphia University. While I teach at Stanford and Berkeley, to be honest… this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. I realize that my 15 minutes up here is all that’s between you and the rest or your life, so if I can keep you awake, I’m going to share 4 short stories from my life. My first story is about finding your passion.

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[Event] [Singapore] Techventure 2011 To Introduce Techventure Asiasons Innovation Awards


Techventure 2011 – one of Asia’s topmost events for the venture capital community to engage with the latest technology entrepreneurs organized by Asiasons WFG and presented by National Research Foundation (NRF) and Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA) – will celebrate its 15th year on October 13 and 14. Accelerate@Techventure 2011.

11 IT Innovations for 2011

deal architect

Pete Swabey at Information Age interviewed me and others for a list of 11 ideas to inspire IT strategy: 1. Use the Internet as your WAN 2. Allow staff to use their own laptops 3. Hire educators in the IT


Startup Lessons Learned

I'm excited for 2011, and I want to share some of my plans for the coming year. Much more is needed, and 2011 will see the first few buds of that research project flower. In 2011, we will do sllconf again, probably in mid-May. If you are interested in speaking or mentoring at sllconf 2011, we will accept suggestions and nominations. And if you are a meetup organizer, and have had a great speaker who you'd like to see at sllconf 2011, please let me know.

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[Singapore][Competition] SiTF Announces 2011 Award Winners


With proper guidance and investment, I believe some have good potential to grow and become commercially successful,” says Mr. Bill Liu, an industry veteran and one of the judges of the SiTF Awards 2011. Wilson Nger of mobile marketplace startup Znapshop , a SiTF Awards 2011 finalist in the mobile applications category, says that being part of the awards is “a form of recognition for the company and has helped us get buy-in from users more easily&#.

What Were The Largest Trends In 2011, And What Does The Future Look Like?


2011 was the year where global economy shaped the life for companies everywhere. Based on 2011 I think it’s possible to make a range of predictions for 2012 that basically is an acceleration of the trends we have seen in 2011: 1. Thinking Aloud 2011 2012 consumer trends technology trend Tradeshift trendsby Christian Lanng, CEO of Tradeshift.

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[Event] [Singapore] Techventure 2011: A Sign of Increasing Asian Technology Innovation


But those same words could easily be applied to the Singapore-based technology entrepreneurs present at Techventure 2011. Events & Happenings entrepreneurs event government funding National Research Foundation Singapore technology entrepreneurs technology incentives technology incubators Techventure 2011

11 New Year’s Resolutions to Work Happy in 2011

Startup Professionals Musings

Welcome to the New Year 2011! Make your resolution today to keep the long road ahead in 2011 a satisfying one. You’ve probably already made your resolutions, but if not, I suggest a renewed commitment to finding happiness and satisfaction in your work. After all, most of us spend more hours in this role than any other, and life is too short to spend most of your life unhappy.

[Competition] Startup Open 2011 Starts… Opens… Launches!


Startup Open , has launched its search for the 50 most promising new companies with high growth potential around the world. A featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – founded by the Kauffman Foundation to spur new ideas, ingenuity and firm creation through through local, national and global activities in more than 100 countries – Startup Open invites any and every entrepreneur who have a “startup moment” to enter and compete to become one of the “GEW 50”.

[U.S.] [Event] Magic Johnson and Biz Stone To Star At EO Alchemy 2011


Basketball legend and entrepreneur Magic Johnson and Twitter founder Biz Stone are set to be keynote speakers at this year’s EO Alchemy 2011 , a three-day global conference for entrepreneurs to learn new strategies, share success stories and experiences and network with financers and other industrialists. “EO is all about building the most influential community of entrepreneurs,&# said Reza Bavar, president, EO ‘s Los Angeles chapter, and chairman for EO Alchemy 2011.

[Singapore][Event] Social Media World Forum Asia 2011 & Apps World Asia 2011


Apps World Asia 2011. Also new for this year is the accompanying Apps World Asia 2011 , where you’ll find specific tracks applicable to developers and programmers working in the web and mobile application spaces. The exhibitions at both Social Media World Forum (SMWF) Asia 2011 and Apps World Asia 2011 are free to attend, but conferences and workshops are for paying delegates only. Social Media World Forum (SMWF) Asia is back for its third edition!

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My 2011 By The Numbers

Feld Thoughts

When I reflect on 2011, I had a great year on many fronts, both personal and professional. I’ve been obsessively tracking data about myself since 2009. The most visible data I track is on Daytum which includes Miles Run (by location), Books Read (by type), Airplane Flights (by carrier), and Nights In Town (by city). I also track all of my running data (most recently on RunKeeper and SmashRun ) and all of my health data (including what I eat) on Fitbit.

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The Startup Visa Act of 2011

Feld Thoughts

Today Senators Kerry (D-MA), Lugar (R-IN) and Udall (D-CO) unveiled the Startup Visa Act of 2011. The Startup Visa Act of 2011 has several significant improvements over last years bill. This is an updated version of the Startup Visa bill from last year that is aimed at making it much easier for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a company in the US to get a visa.

Business 2011 - Optimism, But Heed the Lessons

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though it has been a long haul, it’s nice to see some optimism surfacing in 2011. A majority of small business leaders intend to be more aggressive in 2011 by implementing a range of actions to advance their businesses. Respondents cited a greater focus on operating efficiencies as the number one step to achieving growth in 2011. Just yesterday, a new study “ The PNC Economic Outlook: Survey of Small & Middle-Market Business Owners ” was published.

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Defrag 2011 Scholarships

Feld Thoughts

One of my favorite conferences of the year is Defrag happening in Boulder on November 9th and 10th. Eric Norlin is gearing up for it and just announced several scholarships for Defrag , underwritten by the Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman scholarships are for students and entrepreneurs who can’t afford to attend Defrag, but would receive significant benefit from doing so. Eric is making a concerted effort to get more women to Defrag so he’s allocating 50% of the scholarships to women.

TechStars 2011 Startup Madness Tournament

Feld Thoughts

So, I’m psyched that I get to play TechStars 2011 Startup Madness this march. Who said March Madness was only for college basketball fans? I’m a proud nerd, am pretty good at basketball, but my college team (MIT) never ahem did much in March so I missed out on the whole March Madness thing in college. We are picking 64 companies to participate. To qualify, you must enter by March 9th and meet the following requirements.

[Competition] SingTel “The Tablet Enterprise” i.Challenge 2011


Leading regional telecommunications provider SingTel today kickstarted i.Challenge 2011 , an annual competition for app developers. Visit i.Challenge 2011 to find out more. The theme this year is “The Tablet Enterprise&# , and will focus on applications that are tablet-friendly – iPads, Blackberry Playbooks, or Android-based devices – and helps address issues for enterprise customers. There are six different categories that app developers can compete in.

[Singapore] [Event] GovCamp 2011: “Connecting People, Data and Ideas”


Date: Friday, 18th November 2011. On November 18, leading thinkers from government, academia, industry, citizen organizations in Singapore – will converge together for GovCampSG.

My 2011 Marathon Schedule

Feld Thoughts

So I’m optimistic about 2011. I’ve now put together eight great weeks of running in a row. On Sunday, I finally had a long run to town (from Eldorado Springs to Boulder). This has been a long tradition of mine and Amy’s – I run to town early in the morning and she drives in later, we have brunch with friends, and then get massages in the afternoons.

[Singapore][Competition] SiTF Awards 2011 Sees Strong Finalists


Organized by the Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) , the SiTF Awards 2011 – which seeks to recognize innovative infocomm technology applications or solutions developed in Singapore – has announced its finalists for the awards competition. The winners of SiTF Awards 2011 will be announced on August 2, 2011.

The Renewable Energy Sector is Fundable in 2011

Startup Professionals Musings

Nevertheless, if you are looking for a hot sector to help you recover from tough economic times, get you tagged as a world leader, and increase your probabilities for funding support, put some energy into this one in 2011. My picks for favorite startup sectors to improve your fundability in the new year include green, biotech, and renewable energy (also called alternative energy or sustainable energy).

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[Singapore][Event] Junior World Entreneurship Forum 2011


Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum 2011 aims to gather entrepreneurs and youths together to share their vision, finding, ideas and recommendation on current global issues. The Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum is back!

Four Takeaways from WATEC 2011 Cleanvest Summit

VC Cafe

I was fortunate to attend the party over at WATEC Israel 2011’s Cleanvest Summit. WATEC 2011 cleantech cleanvest corporate investments corporate sponsorships energy spectrum Entrepreneurs event government of israel investors startups Technology WATEC waterThis is a pre-WATEC summit where startups got a chance to present their ideas to investors and hopefully have someone catch their bait.

[Event][Singapore] Winner of Martell VSOP The Ultimate Start-up Space 2011 – Preparazzi


The Ultimate Start-up Space ’ 2011 competition. The Ultimate Start-up Space ’ 2011,&# says Nguee. After months of intense competition, Preparazzi has emerged as the winner of ‘ Martell V.S.O.P

Top 50 Startup Blogs of 2011! We’re In!


Internet entrepreneur Evan Carmichael has put together a list of the top 50 Startup Blogs for 2011 and we’re in again this year under the category of “Niche Startups&# ! We’re totally chuffed to be mentioned alongside luminaries such as Mashable , TechCrunch and GigaOM , and is only one of three Asia-based blogs in that 50 (India-based PluGGd.in is one, and Jordan-based ArabCrunch being the other).

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[Event][Hong Kong] 2nd Cloud Computing World Forum Asia 2011


Taking place on November 30 to December 1, 2011 at The Mira, Hong Kong, the 2nd Cloud Computing World Forum Asia will feature all of the key players within the cloud computing and SaaS market providing an introduction, discussion and look into the future for the ICT industry.

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[Event] Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 To Hit Record 123 Countries


14 – 20, 2011. The entrepreneurship movement around the world is growing from strength to strength, and much of that momentum can be attributed to the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week. Held every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Week sees many organizations in different countries around the world host and participate in various events that foster originality, imagination and ingenuity.

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[Singapore][Conference] 2nd Annual Strategic Online PR & Media Relations Forum 2011


The 2nd Annual Strategic Online PR & Media Relations Forum 2011 , organized by T.U.N. International , is scheduled to take place in Singapore September 13-16, 2011, after its successful debut the previous year. To find out more, visit the 2nd Annual Strategic Online PR & Media Relations Forum 2011 page. Young Upstarts is a 2nd Annual Strategic Online PR & Media Relations Forum 2011 media partner.

Business trends in 2011

Start Up Blog

A great piece from the Cannes Advertising Festival which is a great summary of key trends in business, more than advertising or marketing. Enjoy! entrepreneurship Advertising big brands business collaboration crowd sourcing digital media entrepreneurs marketing share spaces social media startups trends

Sayahh’s Financial Statements For August 2011

Feld Thoughts

Now that Dick and Jane have added a CTO to SayAhh’s founding team, they’ve turned their full attention to working on their product. Today, we’ll look at the impact of the expenses to date on the P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement. Since SayAhh is in the pre-launch development stage, the company doesn’t have any revenue yet. They also haven’t launched a product, so there is no corresponding “cost of goods sold” – the direct cost of delivering their product.

Innovation In Technicolor At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2011


GE was a sponsor of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2011 last week, and Chief Marketing Officer Beth Comstock spoke and served as a judge of the impressive field of tech start-ups vying for top honors, which included a US$50,000 prize. Check out the stunning panels GE created as real-time illustrations of several of the inspiring talks given at Disrupt: These images were first published on GE Reports and are republished here with permission.

[ADV] Young Entrepreneurs Emerge From ideas.inc Business Challenge 2011


Their interest in innovating assistive equipment for Singapore’s ageing population has gained the team recognition and awards prior to joining ideas.inc Business Challenge 2011, and still hopes to share the benefits of using the Intelligent Walking Frame to more clinics and hospitals. TechArmory, the brain behind high-end, gaming oriented personal computers using mineral oil cooling system, shared with us their experience joining the ideas.inc Business Challenge 2011. “At

NYClothingDrive.org 2011

Eric Friedman

The idea behind NYClothingdrive.org is simple enough to be summarized by the lead sentence on its the homepage “Everyone has extra stuff to give away but no time to get it to charity. Let us do the hard work for you!” ” This is the second year in a row that I am a part of this great project, also in association with David Fraga , and two great organizations TechiesGiveBack and Wearable Collections.


[Singapore] Founder Institute Singapore’s Fall 2011 Intake Now Open


The Founder Institute program in Singapore has come a long way as well – opened its first-ever session in Singapore last February with a Spring 2010 intake, which received a great response , and its Spring 2011 intake graduated a total of 21 founders and 19 companies for a total of 46 founder graduates and 40 companies in Singapore since it started. Disclaimer: I am a Founder Institute mentor who shared on with the Spring 2011 intake. ].

[Singapore] LiveJournal Blogshops Record S$96 Million In Transactions For 2011


This will represent around six-percent of Singapore’s total e-commerce volume for 2011. “We You’d think that for a tiny country where almost everything is conveniently located nearby, Singaporeans wouldn’t quite take to online shopping as we have.

[Event] [Europe] Red Herring Top 100 Europe Awards 2011


Red Herring has announced the 200 finalists for its “Red Herring Top 100 Europe&# Awards 2011 , culling them from a pool of over 700 applicants after evaluating Europe’s most promising private technology ventures on quantitative and qualitative criteria such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy and integration.

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Global Innovation 2011

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

If you are interested in the big picture of global innovation, you might want to download this report from INSEAD — the 2011 Global Innovation Index. It ranks 125 countries by measuring various indicators, both inputs and outputs to the innovation process. INSEAD is essentially a global business school with points of presence all around [.].

[Competition][Singapore] Top 10 Finalists of ‘The Ultimate Start-up Space’ 2011


The Ultimate Start-up Space’ 2011 since it was launched on March 31 this year. 550 – that’s the number of entries from local aspiring entrepreneurs that were received for Martell V.S.O.P ‘The That number has now been cut down to ten, after intense judging from the competition’s panel of judges.

VC Activity In Q1 2011 Back To Pre-Recession Levels


The first quarter of 2011 saw these return to their pre-recession levels with financing for Internet companies up 83% from the last quarter of 2010. While about half of that was included in the fourth quarter of 2010, the rest was counted in this first quarter of 2011. The investment analysts at CB Insights have released their quarterly report on venture capital activity, and in terms of deal-flow and funding levels, the news is good.

Special: Top 50 Israeli Startups for 2011

VC Cafe

Top 50 Israeli startups for 2011. For the third consecutive year, Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist put together a list of the top 50 startups in Israel (in Hebrew). VC Cafe took note, and now we bring you the full list of top 50 Israeli startups in English. The list was put together with the help of both Israeli and foreign VC funds, taking into account the startups’ current estimated valuation as well as potential for exit.

Happy 2011!

Rembrandt Communications

Since this year has been crazy with new business, Websites and all kinds of creative work, I’m going take a break for the holidays. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my blog and being part of my business. I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday and [.]. Business


IBC 2011 Attracts 28 Israeli Media and Mobile Startups to Amsterdam

VC Cafe

The International Broadcast Convention (IBC) 2011 is the leading global tradeshow for broadcasting media and entertainment industry, covering the latest developments in broadcasting, mobile TV, IPTV, digital signage and forward looking R&D. This year, 28 Israeli startups in mobile, media and broadcasting technology are flocking in to IBC 2011.

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