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On the Innovation blog The Walking Billboard The next generation of UI Essay Grading Software Home theater with small room and budget The Amazing logistics of the Afghanistan withdrawal The Long Data of the PGA Tour The “Glass Collective” A.

The monkey on our back

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently wrote in Foreign Policy magazine “As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point. Over the last 10

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Mobile Payments in Afghanistan Amazon’s continued logistical excellence Comic-Con: Nerd-Fest. on the innovation blog CNN’s Chief Innovation Correspondent 5 Geek Family Trips Citi at 200 Theme Parks – a global growth industry The Ultimate Repair Shop Serious? Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Hacking for Defense Goes National

Steve Blank

Our goal was to scale Hacking for Defense classes across the US – giving students the opportunity to perform national service by solving real defense/diplomacy problems using Lean Methods.

Hacking for Defense Goes National

Steve Blank

Our goal was to scale Hacking for Defense classes across the US – giving students the opportunity to perform national service by solving real defense/diplomacy problems using Lean Methods.

Building An Autonomous and Virtual World: Softbank Teams With Mapbox

Feld Thoughts

There was no AR or autonomous back when he was in Afghanistan, but there was a need for location data and a better mapping platform. The physical world will be the reference coordinates for the fleets of robot cars of our imagination. We’re living through the transformation from digital to virtual, and Softbank leading today’s investment of $164 million in Mapbox accelerates this even faster.

Free Webinar: Why Your Business (and Personal) Credit Matters

Up and Running

A former naval intelligence officer in the reserves, Tim was recalled to active duty and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009 where he served as the lead economic development officer in NATO’s Regional Command-South.

Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Iraq, Afghanistan and the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). In Afghanistan in 2002 U.S. Lead, follow or get the heck out of the way. In peacetime the U.S. military is an immovable and inflexible bureaucracy. In wartime it can adapt and adopt organizational change with startling speed.

6 Steps To Creating Communities That Enable People To Achieve The Unimaginable

YoungUpstarts

For example, we tell the story of Cedric King, who experienced major internal injuries, permanent loss to part of his right arm and hand, and the amputation of both legs in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device explosion tore through his body in 2012.

National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington

Steve Blank

In 2010 Joe was in Afghanistan as the Commander of the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team. We combined the Lean Startup methodology – used by the National Science Foundation to commercialize science – with the rapid problem sourcing and solution methodology Pete developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq when he ran the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. Two good things just happened in Washington – these days that should be enough of a headline.

Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

Steve Blank

During his military career he served in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arabian peninsula, Egypt, and the Horn of Africa. My guests this past week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Pete Newell , managing partner of BMNT Partners.

The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed. We just held our first Hacking for Defense Educators Class with 75 attendees.

The Innovation Insurgency Scales – Hacking For Defense (H4D)

Steve Blank

Hacking for Defense is a battle-tested problem-solving methodology that runs at Silicon Valley speed. We just held our first Hacking for Defense Educators Class with 75 attendees.

Introducing Umi Kitchen: A Platform for Culinary Entrepreneurs

Version One Ventures

Khalil Tawil is a graduate of West Point and a veteran of three deployments to Afghanistan. We’re excited to add another great marketplace to the V1 portfolio and announce an investment we made last November. Umi Kitchen is home cooking delivered. The platform connects talented home cooks with families and individuals who crave a home-cooked meal but don’t have the skills or time to spend in the kitchen.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and awe

Steve Blank

Army as a special operations light infantry squad leader in Iraq and Afghanistan. We just finished our 3rd annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. Six teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations.

The Innovation Insurgency Gets Educated: Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, …

Steve Blank

Why this is possible is that at its core the Hacking for X for pedagogy is built around the same Lean methodology that’s been proven on the battlefield of Iraq and Afghanistan, Silicon Valley and the 1000+ teams from the National Science Foundation.

The Innovation Insurgency Gets Educated: Hacking for Defense, Diplomacy, Development, …

Steve Blank

Why this is possible is that at its core the Hacking for X for pedagogy is built around the same Lean methodology that’s been proven on the battlefield of Iraq and Afghanistan, Silicon Valley and the 1000+ teams from the National Science Foundation.

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

Army’s Rapid Equipping Force on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan finding and deploying technology solutions against agile insurgents. But what’s unique is, that unlike a large company that doesn’t know how to move rapidly, on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan our combatant commands and national security community were more agile, creative and Lean than any startup. “…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. ”. The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland.

Welcome to the culture of Extremistan

Start Up Blog

Now hardcore globe trotters visit Afghanistan and Honduras to ensure their story gathers more kudos. Famed author and modern day renaissance man Nassim Taleb talks about Extremistan.

How Mobile Phones Can Help Tackle The World’s Literacy Problems

YoungUpstarts

Some countries around the globe aren’t in such a fortunate position: Afghanistan, for example, has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, with only 28.1 by Louise Miller. Literacy is not an overwhelmingly big issue for Singaporeans. Instead, it’s taken as a fact; 96.6

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[Review] Loveworks

YoungUpstarts

The best examples of marketing are those that make emotional connections with its target audience.

Op-Ed Columnist - Who’s Sleeping Now? - NYTimes.com

This is going to be BIG.

We, by contrast, intend to fix Afghanistan. Being in China right now I am more convinced than ever that when historians look back at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, they will say that the most important thing to happen was not the Great Recession, but China’s Green Leap Forward. The Beijing leadership clearly understands that the E.T. Energy Technology — revolution is both a necessity and an opportunity, and they do not intend to miss it.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2017 – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

It combines the same Lean Startup Methodology used by the National Science Foundation to commercialize science, with the rapid problem sourcing and curation methodology developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq by Colonel Pete Newell and the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force.

Blue. In a Red State. Pete Buttigieg’s Outlook for America.

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most talked about Fireside Chat’s of the 2-day Upfront Summit was the talk between my friend Joe Green and Pete Buttigieg , the mayor of South Bend, Indiana aka “The Happy Warrior” currently in a bid to become the new head of the DNC ( you can learn more here ).

[Review] Content Rules

YoungUpstarts

Or that the US Army allows servicemen and women to blog freely (subject to security conditions) from the front lines of war zones like Iraq or Afghanistan? Content is king! Content rules! Yeah, we know that already.

Finance Fridays

Feld Thoughts

Kids from eight countries, including Cambodia, Eastern DR Congo, and Afghanistan, have participated in Dot-to-Dot projects. Last week I expressed my frustration with the current lack of financial literacy that I see all around me. In the spirit of Fred Wilson’s awesome blog series MBA Mondays , I’ve decided to write a series of posts about this and asked for suggestions.

Ahmad Khan Rahami's Grandmother

This is going to be BIG.

Whatever darkness Ahmad's family tried to escape in Afghanistan caught up with them. I shared a version of this in my weekly tech newsletter yesterday: Many of you are new to this newsletter--especially those who came out to our event last Thursday. It's mostly about tech, but sometimes it isn't. When it isn't, it's honest and hopefully thought provoking. You're welcome to stick around and I hope that you do. It is difficult to write on mornings like this.

Herding Cats – Using Lean to Work Together

Steve Blank

When Colonel Peter Newell headed up the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) he used lean methods on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to provide immediate technology solutions to urgent problems.

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Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 2 of 2)

Steve Blank

For targets over uncontested airspace (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, etc.) For example, missions into Afghanistan are 6-8 hours versus normal mission times of 2-3 hours.). The future is here it’s just distributed unevenly – Silicon Valley view of tech adoption.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 4

Steve Blank

This week we had one group of students volunteer to go to Iraq or Afghanistan to see the customer problem first-hand. We just held our fourth week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the teams turned the corner on understanding beneficiaries and finding product/market fit.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 4

Steve Blank

This week we had one group of students volunteer to go to Iraq or Afghanistan to see the customer problem first-hand. We just held our fourth week of the Hacking for Defense class. This week the teams turned the corner on understanding beneficiaries and finding product/market fit.

Not Just Any Given Sunday #takeaknee

This is going to be BIG.

They see us mired in a war in Afghanistan that, in two years, will start recruiting kids who weren't even born on 9/11. Posted this in what used to be my tech newsletter, and what has lately been about more. Yesterday wasn't just any given Sunday, was it? I would imagine most of the NYC-based readers of this newsletter don't take the position that "these athletes should just stick to sports" nor do they feel that way about Jimmy Kimmel and his recent conversations around healthcare.

[Review] The Rise Of The New East

YoungUpstarts

By now, many would know that China is expanding aggressively to West Asian and North African countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Libya and Egypt. Are China and India still the “factory” and “outsourced service provider” of the world?

Countries’ social institutions take time to mature

The Equity Kicker

This line of thinking has important implications for policy in the middle east and Afghanistan, and even for Europe where the key institutions need time to develop legitimacy. And now, as Monty Python used to say, for something completely different. Today I’m going to try a bit of political science. Since I was an undergrad studying social and political science at Cambridge I have held the view that capitalist democracies are like fine wine –they get better with age.

Independent Truckers Put Their Careers In High Gear

YoungUpstarts

The big companies are especially eager to recruit veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts who have returned home to extremely tough competition for jobs. by Doug Matheson, thetruckersreport.com.

Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank

When Pete Newell retired to Silicon Valley he teamed up with Joe Felter, another retired colonel, who had a career as a Special Forces and foreign area officer (among other things, Joe led the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) in Afghanistan) and was now teaching at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo.

Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank

When Pete Newell retired to Silicon Valley he teamed up with Joe Felter, another retired colonel, who had a career as a Special Forces and foreign area officer (among other things, Joe led the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) in Afghanistan) and was now teaching at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo.

The 3 Things You Must Do on July 1st

Growthink Blog

In particular, the segment detailing the lives of most girls in Afghanistan left me crying. July 1 is a critical day in your business. Because it''s the day that officially starts the second half of 2013. That''s right, the year is already half-way over.

5 tips for startups and small business: creating a presentation

crowdSPRING Blog

When the commanding general of the Afghanistan campaign saw this slide he remarked, “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war.&#. There are few things you can do that are more important than delivering a good presentation.

BREAKING: iTablet product warnings leaked

This is going to be BIG.

The Apple iTablet has been shipped to our troops in Afghanistan and is being dropped by warplanes. I can’t tell you how I got this, but I hear that the iTablet user manual comes with a whole host of unexpected disclosures: Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to The Apple iTablet. Caution: The Apple iTablet may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.

17 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name

Hearpreneur

After returning from a deployment to Afghanistan with the Navy Reserves, I wanted to shift gears and build a meaningful organization deeply rooted in national service. What’s in a name? Would a rose called by any other name sell just as well?

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We Have Only Scratched the Surface of the True Value of Twitter. Here’s What You’re Missing

Both Sides of the Table

There are other factors you could use to figure out whether they are male or female, old or young, passionate about the war in Afghanistan or likely to vote based on Cuban-American issues. I have written extensively about Twitter in the past.

5 Takeaways from the 2012 Skoll World Forum | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Campus Entrepreneurship

Heidi Kuhn, Roots of Peace founder, and her daughter Kyleigh are the perfect inter-generational metaphor of the times: Both aim to impact the quality of life for Afghanistan’s poor, but in very different ways. Heidi founded a nonprofit to remove landmines and help Afghan farmers tap into the market by teaching new, higher-value agricultural practices; Kyleigh created a for-profit business called Twenty Four Suns to help local artisans in Afghanistan by creating a market for them in the US.