The Best of 2013

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I have been running a series on New Florence of best of 2013 and things to look forward to in 2014.from a scan of over 50 magazine issues Here are the 2013 entries: Popular Mechanics – Breakthrough products Fortune –. Industry Commentary

[Singapore][Event] Echelon 2013


Echelon is back for its 2013 edition – it takes place on 17 and 18 June this year – and it’s currently on the hunt for more of Asia’s most promising startups. Around 100 startups will be featured at the Echelon’s Startup Marketplace, while 10 will be selected to pitch at Startup Pitches where one will emerge as the Echelon 2013 champion. Registration ends 31 Jan 2013.


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Hit Reset, It’s 2013

Feld Thoughts

My long-time friends Fred Wilson and Joanne Wilson each had powerful posts about saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming in 2013 yesterday. 2013 is going to be a year for moving forward. I am hoping 2013 brings me back.” Welcome 2013. Life 2012 2013 Apple II fred wilson joanne wilson life stan feldFred’s is titled Putting 2012 To Bed. I know many people who don’t know Fred other than via his online presence, public actions, and reputations.

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2013 Innotribe Startup Challenge


The Asia Showcase, the Asian component of the Challenge, is supported by NUS Enterprise and will take place in Singapore on 16 May 2013 as part of NUS Enterprise ’s flagship event InnovFest 2013. and Europe Showcases for a grand prize of US$50,000 in September 2013 at the Dubai Grand Finale@SIBOS. The closing date for applications of the Asia Showcase is 10 March 2013.

Defrag 2013 – Year 7

Feld Thoughts

The full Defrag 2013 agenda is here (and it will continue to evolve) but topics will include the following: The History and Future of Calm Technology (Amber Case). The post Defrag 2013 – Year 7 appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Defrag is entering its seventh year of existence. That’s kind of amazing to me.

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Cubelets at CES 2013

Feld Thoughts

A bunch of the companies we’ve invested in were at CES 2013. MAKE at CES 2013: Hands on with Cubelets. Modular Robotics , the makers of Cubelets , were at the Eureka Village (where Startup America was). The first thing I had to do when I got to CES was a panel for Startup America so the Modular Robotics booth was literally one of the first places I stopped after getting to Las Vegas. It was mobbed. I came back around a few other times and it continued to be mobbed.

[Singapore] Cybercrime Incidents Down In 2013, But Losses Up: Norton


According to the latest 2013 Norton Report by Symantec, the number of online adults who have experienced cybercrime has decreased from 48 percent in 2012 to 37 percent this year, but the average loss per victim has skyrocketed by 75% at S$1,448 from S$826 in 2012. In the News 2013 Norton Report cybercrime Norton online crime Singapore Symantec

University of Minnesota Commencement speech – May 10th 2013

Steve Blank

I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation. This school has a distinguished roster of graduates… Earl Bakken, the founder of Medtronic , was an Electrical Engineering grad, and Bob Gore of Gortex , and your current president are both alums of your Chemical Engineering program. In fact, I feel very connected to another one your grads. I’m sure you’ve heard of Seymour Cray , he built a supercomputer company in Chippewa Falls that made the fastest computers in the world.

The 2013 Boston Marathon

Feld Thoughts

The post The 2013 Boston Marathon appeared first on Feld Thoughts. At 3:55pm yesterday I cried. I was getting ready for a Google Hangout back to my office with my partners and I noticed something about an explosion at the Boston Marathon on twitter. I did a quick scan of Twitter, clicked through to a few links, and realized a bomb had gone off near the finish line. I went blank – just stared at my computer screen – and then started crying.

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Caffeine, Office Chairs Top Office Supplies in 2013: OfficeZilla


According to OfficeZilla , caffeine and executive chairs are some of the top office supplies purchased last year, and the online office supply discount retailer predicts that these essentials are likely to be the most popular items ordered by office purchasing managers and company bosses in 2013. Everybody is always talking about the best movies and books of the year, so we’re sending a shout-out to the top office supplies of 2012 and predicting the top picks for 2013.”

13 New Year’s Resolutions to Work Happy in 2013

Startup Professionals Musings

Welcome to the New Year 2013! Make your resolution today to keep the long road ahead in 2013 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.

Five Career Predictions For 2013


We at the Apollo Research Institute see job growth ahead in 2013 – and in some surprising places. Based on extensive environmental scanning and two years of research for our forthcoming book, “ Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders “, here are my five career predictions for 2013 that identifies workplace trends and job opportunities. by Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Vice President and Managing Director of Apollo Research Institute.

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[Singapore][Event] AppHACK Singapore 2013 by AngelHack


The Singapore chapter of AngelHack – the largest global startup competition and series of hackathons in the world – will be organizing AppHack Singapore 2013 , which looks to gather over 150 Singapore-based software developers and entrepreneurs together where they will create great mobile applications over the span of just 24 hours.

[Portugal][Event] Explorers Festival 2013


Startup accelerator programs can be very tough, but none of them is quite as tough as being in a military bootcamp where you’re pushed to your physical, emotional and mental limits. Until now. The Explorers Festival is an upcoming event in Lisbon, Portugal focused around the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation.

More than 160 Israeli Companies Exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2013

VC Cafe

his week, 70,000 attendees will descend on Barcelona for the annual mobile techie Fiesta known as the Mobile World Congress. Among the 1500 exhibitors, more than 10% are from Israel, the third largest contingent of any country at the show. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Defrag 2013 In One Month

Feld Thoughts

The post Defrag 2013 In One Month appeared first on Feld Thoughts. We’re just under one month until Defrag , and if you’re a startup founder, a VC, and IT exec, or anyone that wants to have their brain stretched, I hope you’ll join me in being there. The agenda is now about 90% complete (check the google doc for real-time updates) and Eric tells me that he’ll be finalizing everything in the next week or so.

2013 Top 10 Storage Trends: Hitachi Data Systems


This is one of the questions that was pondered over by Hubert Yoshida, vice president and chief technology officer of Hitachi Data System s, as he shared his top ten predictions on data storage trends for 2013 in a media briefing recently. He predicts the following IT industry trends in 2013: 1. CAPEX will trend upwards in 2013 and become a greater share of total cost of ownership because of the increase of functionality in hardware and the demand for storage capacity.

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Business 2013 - Optimism, But Check Your Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though it has been a long haul, it’s nice to see some optimism surfacing in 2013. Earlier this year, a new study “ 2013 Business Outlook Survey: A New Reality Of Cautious Optimism ” was published by EKS&H. A majority of small business leaders intend to be more aggressive in 2013 by implementing a range of actions to advance their businesses.

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[Singapore] Startup Asia Singapore Back For 2013 Edition


Events & Happenings 2013 Asia Singapore Startup Arena Startup Asia Singapore startup competition startups TechinAsiaAfter a series of successful startup events in Singapore, and Jakarta and Bandung in Indonesia last year, Asia-based online technology news site TechinAsia will be kicking off Startup Asia Singapore ‘s second edition later in April this year.

2013 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey

For Entrepreneurs

We worked together with Pacific Crest, an investment banking firm with a specific focus on SaaS, to survey 155 SaaS companies on a variety of topics such as growth rates, CAC (cost to acquire a customer), gross margins, churn rates, etc. The goal of the survey is to provide useful operational and financial benchmarking data. […]. Business Model SaaS CAC churn

The NVCA 2013 Annual Meeting

Feld Thoughts

The post The NVCA 2013 Annual Meeting appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I’m going to the NVCA annual meeting May 14 and 15 and if you are a VC, you should also. I haven’t been to one in many years, but this year is different. First, my partner Jason is running it. That being said, if the meeting was going to suck I still wouldn’t go. I’m excited about the agenda.

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet 2013 is still projected by The Fiscal Times as a difficult IPO opportunity for startups, due to choppy markets, continuing fiscal uncertainty, and the Facebook fiasco. Based on the final report for 2012 from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), it may appear that IPOs are back as a viable startup exit strategy. For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5

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[Singapore] Nanyang Polytechnic Teams To Represent Singapore In Imagine Cup 2013


This entire package runs on Windows 8 and makes use of advanced macro programming in Microsoft Office Excel 2013 to generate visual analytics of an individual soldier’s performance. Petersburg, Russia, from 8 – 11 July, 2013. In the News 2013 competition Imagine Cup innovation Microsoft Nanyang Polytechnic

JFDI.Asia Announces 2013 Startup Lineup


Singapore-based technology startup incubator Joyful Frog Digital Incubator – better known locally as JFDI.Asia – today unveiled a lineup of eight technology startups set to participate in its 100-day accelerator program this year.

TechStars Seattle 2013 Applications Are Now Open

Feld Thoughts

The post TechStars Seattle 2013 Applications Are Now Open appeared first on Feld Thoughts. TechStars Seattle applications for year four of the program are now open ! The startup community in Seattle is expanding rapidly and TechStars Seattle is right in the middle of it all, located in South Lake Union surrounded by Amazon, Microsoft and tons of other amazing startups.

The Ultimate Startup Intelligence Tools List 2013

VC Cafe

VC Cafe collated the top startup intelligence tools for 2013. VC Cafe collated the top startup intelligence tools for 2013. It used to be hard to find information about early stage startups. Team members (and their background), funding to date, metrics (not just the vanity metrics shared by management). These include startup research, market size for startups, competitive analysis, startup maps. [[ This is a content summary only.

University of Minnesota Commencement speech – May 10th 2013

Steve Blank

I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation. This school has a distinguished roster of graduates… Earl Bakken, the founder of Medtronic , was an Electrical Engineering grad, and Bob Gore of Gortex , and your current president are both alums of your Chemical Engineering program. In fact, I feel very connected to another one your grads. I’m sure you’ve heard of Seymour Cray , he built a supercomputer company in Chippewa Falls that made the fastest computers in the world.

[Asia][Event] Echelon 2013 Agenda, Speaker Lineup And Pitching Startups Revealed


Last week its organizers, tech media and events platform e27 , finally announced its full speaker lineup, agenda and the participating startups pitching for the title of Echelon 2013′s Most Promising Startup. Held on 4 – 5 June 2013 at Singapore Expo MAX Atria, the event will see the likes of top investor Dave McClure, the founding partner at 500 Startups, as well as Sahil Lavingia, founder at Gumroad , speaking at the event.”We’ve

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Reflections on CPSI 2013

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

CPSI 2013 returned to a college campus, and to Buffalo, after many years of bouncing around the country. Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Creativity and Self-Expression Innovation Leadership author Buffalo CEF consultants CPS CPSI CPSI 2013 CPSI 2014 Creative Education Foundation Creative Problem Solving Institute Creativity Dimis Michaelides futurists innnovation frameworks intuition inventors Kiln new product development Osborn-Parnes model Springboard SUNY Buffalo

[Asia][Event] Startup Asia Jakarta 2013


After last year’s successful Startup Asia Jakarta held in Bandung Jakarta, organizer and one of Asia’s most influential startup and technology blogs has announced that its signature conference Startup Asia will be returning to Jakarta on November 21 and 22, 2013 at Plaza Bapindo.

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[Competition] Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013


With the company expected to ship a total of 320 million smartphones in 2013 with a quarter of them being Galaxy S4 units, that’s almost 80 million of just that one smartphone model in the hands of consumers. “With Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013, Samsung is going to boost (the) mobile ecosystem,” said Won-Pyo Hong, President and Head of Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center.

Startup Summer 2013

David Cohen

Sure, it’s cold right now, but it’s time to start thinking ahead to summer if you want a chance to participate in Startup Summer 2013. A Startup Colorado program, Startup Summer is a great way for aspiring entrepreneurs to gain some real life experience and get plugged into the Boulder-Denver startup community. Startup Summer combines a ten-week paid internship with educational seminars, social events and mentorship opportunities.

Less Than Three Weeks To Gluecon 2013

Feld Thoughts

The post Less Than Three Weeks To Gluecon 2013 appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Enterprise development is once again white hot. More evidence is this year’s Gluecon. Not only does Gluecon have the usual raft of amazing startup/early stage sponsors, but this year, the “big guys” are showing up (SAP, Intel, HP, Google, IBM, General Motors, Rackspace).

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[Singapore] [Event] 20 Hottest Startups of 2013 Panel Luncheon


In fact, Singapore Business Review will be holding a luncheon panelist meeting “ 20 Hottest Startups of 2013 Panel Luncheon ” on April 17, 2013, 12:00 – 02:00 pm at Intercontinental Singapore that will feature the founders of some exciting startups such as Luxola , All Deals Asia (which we featured here ) and ( featured here ), where you can learn about their business models, their growth opportunities, and challenges ahead.

Startup Accelerator The Brandery Opens Applications For 2013


Cincinnati, Ohio-based startup accelerator the Brandery is currently accepting applications for its 2013 edition of its four-month acceleration program for brand-driven consumer Internet startups. The 2013 class of 10 companies will be announced on June 1. A founding member of the Global Accelerator Network, the Brandery has been ranked as one of the top accelerators in the United States by the Kellogg School of Management/Kauffman Fellows/Tech Cocktail rankings.

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SXSW Eco 2013 Award Winners


On Tuesday night, SXSW Eco gave awards to two videos that highlight ways people can make a difference in helping our planet in […] The post SXSW Eco 2013 Award Winners appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Award Winners Startup Showcase SXSW SXSW Eco 2013 Texas South by Southwest Eco this week put the spotlight on the enormous problems facing our planet. It also showcased innovative entrepreneurs and individuals working to solve those problems and conserve natural resources.

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Forbes Reveals the 2013 Venture Capital Midas List

VC Cafe

Forbes released the 2013 Midas List for Venture Capital today, proving that to be successful in VC, all you need is one big hit. Five of the top ten names on the list invested in Facebook, the largest tech IPO of 2012. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Accel Forbes John Doerr Kleiner Perkins Michael Moritz Midas List Facebook Jim Bryer kleiner perkins caufield & byers linkedin sequoia VC Midas List venture capital

The state of the London Tech Scene – London Web Summit 2013

VC Cafe

Last Friday I had the privilege to participate in a Panel at the 2013 London Web Summit. London Startups London Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave TCIO Tech City Campus London London Web Summit 2013Moderated by Martin Bryant, editor of The Next Web UK, the panel included Eileen Burbidge (Passion Capital), Arnaud Betrand (HouseTrip), Pete Smith (Songkick), Greg Marsh (OneFineStay) and yours truly, representing Campus London. [[ This is a content summary only.

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Forbes Announces 2013 List Of Best Small Companies In America


American business magazine Forbes has announced its list of “ The Best Small Companies in America “ for 2013, with Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc topping the rankings of 100 small businesses based on earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity in the past 12 months and over five years.

CES 2013 Preview: What Happens in Vegas, STAYS in Vegas

VC Cafe

3D printing CES 2013 Makerbot 3D Printing 3DTV 4K air conditioner Android apple Apps automotive CES Preview Dan Yachin emerging technologies GE HD3D IDC IHS Innovation iOS LG M&A marketing metal particles Mitsubishi Nielsen Nissan open api PowerMat PR R&D Samsung software Sony STAYS in Vegas supply side Toyota Ultrabook vertical integration What Happens in VegasThis week marks the annual orgy of PR excess known as the Consumer Electronics Show.

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70 Israeli Companies and 35 Made-In-Israel Mobile Apps Exhibiting at MWC 2013 in Barcelona

VC Cafe

MWC 2013 AMPhealth AMPinsure Anywhere Software CallApp MWCMost of the mobile industry players (hardware, software, networks, etc) converges to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona once a year to show off their latest innovations, sign deals and set the new horizon in mobile. The Israeli Pavilion has long been one of the top attractions of MWC, drawing [.]. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Applications for Our 2013 Summer Fellowship Program Now Open

Lightspeed Venture Partners

The application deadline is March 22, 2013 so get them in! 2013 startup startups Summer Program Venture Capital Fellowships starups Summer ProrgramLightspeed is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Summer Fellowship Program. The program is designed to be a unique opportunity for student led teams to spend the summer experiencing what it is like to build a company with resources, mentorship and guidance from our team.

Soundbites from the Future – 2013

Start Up Blog

So I thought I might pull all these thoughts together in a new edition of Soundbites from the Future – The 2013 edition. Recently I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few events which have been centered around what’s next socially and commercially. You’ll find it is full of contradictions and juxtapositions. A bit like our emerging and likely to be permanent business environment. Enjoy!