Sometimes I come across the most amazing people and projects in this job, ideas that I never would have anticipated. This summer at the OSCON conference, I ran into Ryan Singer, a fellow Sun-Alum who is currently project manager for PeaceMarkets.org.
As part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, Peace Markets is an attempt to bring together markets, big data and conflict boundary analysis to create a peace industry.
The war machine has been making money for centuries, but why not profit from peace? Open Source the model and trade it like pork bellies. Peace through capitalism? Sign me up!
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In this video, Michael Baum from Rembrandt Venture Partners discusses Big Data marketplace as an exciting space to be in for investors and Startups. Recorded at the Structure: Data conference in New York on March 21, 2012.
In this slidecast, Eric Alterman from Flow Corporation presents and overview of the company’s Real-Time Data Solutions.
Flow is a big data company that provides real-time information solutions for developers, enterprises and media companies at Flow.net and for consumers at iFlow.com. The Flow Platform is cloud-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) built on top of a real-time architecture that enables on-demand stream processing, data routing, and interoperability across the entire application landscape. Flow also provides customers with turn-key software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions such as iFlow, built entirely on the Flow platform.
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In this video, Will Dean and Guy Livingstone from Tough Mudder present: “How to Build a $70 Million Company in Two Years.” Recorded March 19 at WIX Lounge in New York.
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $2 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
As described in the video, Tough Mudder has a unique corporate culture that has contributed to their success. And they are hiring!
In this episode of Meet the Startup, Balki Kodarapu from Return Guru describes how the company makes it easy to track and return your purchases.
We covered Return Guru at the Portland Startup Weekend last fall and it is great to seem them gaining traction.
At Tip of the Hat goes to Silicon Florist for pointing us to this story.
Derek Singleton from Software Advice sent us pointer to this panel discussion video on Cloud computing for Startups.
Cloud is the de facto choice for many start-ups and small companies these days. Before moving business critical applications to the Cloud, however, it’s important to understand some of the challenges of moving to the Cloud–and how to overcome those challenges.
Ben Kepes, Principal Analyst at Diversity Limited
Matt Brace, Senior Engineer at Invodo and,
Don Fornes, CEO of Software Advice
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In this video, the Startup Genome research firm lists their Top 25 startup ecosystems in the world.
In this slidecast, Seth Elliott from Engagement Media Technologies presents: Crowd-sourced “Call to Action” Engagements.
Engage.Me technology enables clients to create engaging and actionable experiences for consumers to participate in that help build brand ambassadors. Brands can activate a vast user base to perform tasks that result in gained insight for the brand plus increased brand awareness. The tasks can be “gamified” to create a more enticing experience for the consumer. Additionally, Engage.Me Live! technology enables organizations to create rich community experiences around live events involving celebrities, musicians, sports, and more. By using the StringFly™ mobile application, tech-savvy entertainment enthusiasts can engage with their friends, by streaming and uploading text, photos, and videos to branded entertainment channels in real-time.”
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Do you lack the funds to hire an agency to make your company sparkle? A new Startup called Slogan Slingers pits professional writers against each other to create catchy slogans and taglines for small businesses.
Now businesses small and large can have a pool of exclusively crafted slogans and taglines at their fingertips, crafted by freelance writers from around the world. Business owners will have complete control of the process by hosting a contest on Slogan Slingers, and choosing the slogan themselves through a faster and cost-effective process.
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In this video, Julie Sandler from Madrona Venture Group introduces Startup Weekend’s Women’s Edition in Seattle.
The entrepreneurial talent we see from women in Seattle is inspiring, and we are excited about creating an event that will showcase it. A big goal for the event is also to provide the opportunity for the aspiring women entrepreneurs in our community to (1) get inspired by an idea/product/team… perhaps even enough to explore starting their own venture, or (2) become more connected with other brilliant entrepreneurially-minded individuals in Seattle and thus more engaged within our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.