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October 2016 update: Helping entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and city officials…

We have made relatively good progress since the last time we provided an update. The community is growing and our services are now fully operational. Startupsinnovation is today a great community of people with the ability to help entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and city officials drive their innovation projects to success.

Below is a summary of how we now can help you and key facts for you to get a better idea of what has been accomplished to date…

In case you are interested to learn about any of the below and how we can potentially partner on a project with you please use the inquiry form at the bottom of this page.

How we help entrepreneurs? 

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9 out of 10 start-ups fail, we want to reduce the failure rate, speed up and simplify the process to launch and eliminate the notion that start-ups don’t generate revenue…

  • We provide the latest knowledge to help frame an idea, develop a product, fund it and sell it (We put a big accent on selling / generating revenue)
  • We have built a network of teams that have the capabilities to prototype a product, build it, manufacture it, 3D print it or develop it (software) and protect it (legal) etc.
  • Our marketing / design partners can help you create a brand with awesome logos, websites, designs, videos, presentations and more etc.

…In other words, we have built a one stop shop for entrepreneurs that we like to call the “innovation fast lane”…because we remove the lengthy process of finding talented teams…learning “how to” and skills to get there…

Key facts:

  • 5 Entrepreneurs are currently in the pilot accelerator program including 2 amazing female entrepreneurs!
  • 1 of them already received some seed funding and will be launching its product in a few weeks (This is a major accomplishment for us).
  • 4 Angel mentors, top innovation experts are lined up for the pitch presentations, including 1 celebrity lawyers to help create artist product endorsement deals.
  • 1 e-book of 30+ pages has been created and provides the end to end process to launch a product the Silicon Valley start-up way (download here)

How we help Corporate Leaders?

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Managing a big corporation is complex but with resources, people, internal and external networks they have all it takes to be the disruptors and not the disrupted…Unfortunately sometimes success can drive a little complicacy in the workforce…

  • We help change cultures bringing the more dynamic startup mindset and tools to corporation for them to excel again at innovation, go faster and deliver results.
  • We bring disruptors, thought leaders from the most innovative regions of the world and with the most impressive curriculums to make corporate town halls, and employee meetings pivot times for change and innovation acceleration.
  • We provide cross-functional trainings on new wave methods to drive end to end value chain innovation, not only focusing on product but also services, organization, brand, process and more…All our trainings are designed to build teams collaborating together to deliver change, innovation and results in its simplest way.

Key facts:

  • Routinely advising corporate leaders from fortune 100, 500 and other established companies
  • Several top level speakers in our network ready to disrupt the minds of employees
  • Provided custom training on how to drive project execution internally, exposed a team to the concept of “pitching” instead of presenting to speed up decision making

How we help city officials?

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“Entrepreneurship remains the engine of growth, that ability to turn an idea in a reality…that creates good paying jobs, it puts rising economy on the path of prosperity” Barack Obama

  • We advice city officials on how to best engage and empower their communities to drive a dynamic innovation ecosystem
  • Tailored trainings and presentations to government officials and their teams to help them implement impactful initiatives
  • Project supervision, support to help cities rapidly align the various city stakeholders and organize the innovation ecosystem for more rapid success

Key facts:

  • Met French city officials in Strasbourg to discuss the Boston-Strasbourg opportunities
  • Connecting everyday with officials to discuss the topic of innovation and start-ups

Learn more about how we can collaborate on a joint project – Contact us

Spotlight: Who we help

We have a great mix of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and skills, all driving their projects forward with some of our help. At the end, they succeed a lot because of them and a little bit because of us!

If you are interested in joining the fun and participating in the program contact us here

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Nora Gay (Harvard JD Law / Financial banking)

Start-up: Nutranx

Sector: Fintech

Idea: Secure Money transfer between US to Haiti. Blockchain, Bitcoin technology

Product type: Software

Stage: Launching. MVP delivered in October, Go to market strategy execution

Funding: Seed funding $15k, Finalization of round two of funding

Investors: n/a

Site: nutranx.com

Location: Boston area, MA, USA

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Carries Forbes (Marketing expert)

Start-up name: Gutsey

Sector: Healthy nutrition

Idea: The world’s first travel bars

Product type: Food

Stage: Growth. Product available via website and in various locations.

Funding: Bootstrapped

Investors: n/a

Site: Gutseybars

Location: Boston area, MA, USA

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Kannan Mani (MBA Babson University)

Start-up name: UGather

Sector: Social networks / Event management

Idea: An online event management platform making it easy to organize events

Product type: Software

Stage: Pre-launch. Framing idea, designing prototype

Funding: n/a

Investors: n/a

Site: Coming soon

Location: Boston area, MA, USA

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D. Mathieson (Business Excellence leader, MBA Duke University)

Start-up name: Strategy Rocks

Sector: Strategy services

Idea: Propose a range of capabilities to help identify and unlock hidden value

Product type: Consulting services

Stage: Pre-launch. Framing idea, designing services

Funding: n/a

Investors: n/a

Site: Coming soon

Location: Boston area, MA, USA

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Ronnie Vitalis (Sports expert)

Start-up: 365 Never give up

Sector: Fitness / Life Coaching

Idea: Driving more healthy habits through an online fitness blog & coaching

Product type: Online & services

Stage: Pre-launch. Framing idea, designing prototype and business plan

Funding: n/a

Investors: n/a

Site: Coming soon

Location: Strasbourg, France

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Eduardo Donawa (Entrepreneur )

Start-up: Digikuz

Sector: Clothing / Tech / Gaming

Idea: Several ideas

Product type: Software / Commerce

Stage: Idea framing, selection

Funding: n/a

Investors: n/a

Site: Coming soon

Location: Detroit, Michigan

 

 

 

The blog team is going global! Please welcome…

…Louise Teo (Melbourne Australia) and Patricio Julian (Buenos Aires, Argentina). A big thanks to them for taking part of this and for helping out spread the word about startupsinnovation across borders.

Each help influence towards developing exciting and dynamic ecosystems in their home towns and they will bring to you some more insightful and inspiring content from their regions and beyond.

This change should only enhance the content you have the opportunity to receive: We will continue to interview more amazing individuals, serial entrepreneurs, recognized innovators, book authors and artists on the topic on start-ups, innovation and new trends. We will review books, sometimes even cool new products and provide some spotlight to upcoming interesting individuals and start-up founders. An exciting journey for us, a hopefully insightful journey for you!

Make sure you subscribe to the newsletter (on the left). It’s going to be some more fun and you’ll grow your knowledge like no where else! The (r)evolution is on!

Your blog team!

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Alistair Schneider
 Startupsinnovation founder
Boston, MA USA, Silicon Valley, France
Author of e-book Innovation fast lane
Mentor, entrepreneur, Business engineer
Louise Teo
Blogger / contributor
Founder of the Medical startup
Lead for Melbourne, Australia
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Patricio Julian
Blogger / contributor
Lead for Buenos Aires, Argentina
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How to get funded or invest through regulation crowdfunding: Mike Norman, co-founder of leading platform Wefunder

What is regulation crowdfundingTopics covered during this interview

  • How it works, where to start
  • Can you make a fortune out of this
  • The Wefunder process
  • How Wefunder came to exist
  • The types of ideas to submit through regulation crowdfunding
  • Who is regulation crowdfunding for?
  • Difference between regulation crowdfunding and reward based crowdfunding

Enjoy! This is progress and the future! Below are you audio and video versions

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Here is the deal here:

  • We bringing you the how to get funded or invest in a start-up leveraging the new regulation crowdfunding concept…
  • An interview of Mike Norman, one of those who lobbied in the US congress to have the law passed in May of 2016!
  • One of the co-founders, president of the first and largest regulation crowdfunding platform!

We invite you to listen to the talk below and get familiar with the platform by visiting Wefunder.com

Why is this important:

  • Wefunder is predicated upon the idea that anyone, regardless of wealth, should be able to invest in a company
  • Prior to their action only accredited investors could invest in a start-up (Taking the risk but also having access to huge opportunities)
  • Think about this: Only accredited investors could invest in early stage google, Facebook or amazon and get the returns
    • Think about how much money they made and how much money you could have made!
    • Of course, these are some unique examples but you get the idea…

Wefunder: The 1st and leading regulation crowdfunding platform!

  • Founders: Mike Norman, Nick Tommarello, Greg Belote. Founded in 2011, in Cambridge MA USA,
  • it raised $1.4-2 Millions in funding to launch from hundreds of investors
  • To date they helped 35 companies get funded, with 3 of them able to raise $1M each!
  • The community includes 75,000 investors and 10,000 investments were made
  • Investments ranges for the most part from 100-500 dollars.
  • Investors (You, me) invest in primarily companies they love, product they believe in and want to see succeed.
  • They currently own 80% market share and are by far the most successful regulation crowdfunding platform right now!

 

Dragon Innovation: Take your idea from prototype to mass manufacturing, the fast and innovative way!

It is with immense pleasure that we are sharing with you today a new, amazingly insightful webinar that we hosted earlier this month on Wednesday July 20th with Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation and Bolt Partner.

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In this webinar with Scott, we cover the timeline that led to the creation of a unique startup: Dragon Innovation. It has received millions in funding, launched about 400 manufacturing lines for their clients which include many startups and corporations.

Scott also shares with us what it takes to launch a product from prototype to mass production and discusses key manufacturing trends and more. Learn directly from a manufacturing, engineering expert by watching this recorded presentation! Dragon Innovation has been widely talked about since it was founded in 2009. It has been featured countless times for their novel business model in Techcrunch, Forbes, Venturebeat, Xconomy, Betaboston. The company has received more than $2.6m in funding since its beginning few years ago.

Dragon Innovation is a unique, most modern start-up partner that provides a clear path from prototype through production with unmatched manufacturing expertise and trusted connections. Dragon’s has helped many start-ups successfully manufacture their products: including Jibo, Petnet,Arccos, Zuli, MakerBot, Coolest, Pebble, LIFX, FormLabs to Perkin Elmer and over 100 additional companies paving the road for how new technology gets made.

They have integrated teams in Boston, San Francisco and China!

Here is the presentation that was covered during the event for those who requested it. click here to download

Enjoy this new webinar!

Resources for the hardware entrepreneur provided by Dragon Innovation:

Visit the Dragon Innovation site below and get access for free to loads of resources perfect for the hardware entrepreneur. You will find:

  • Free courses on manufacturing design
  • Learn and tools to create a Bill Of Manufacturing
  • Suppliers and partners to help you create your prototype and much more…

Visit the Dragon Innovation resources

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Music Audience Exchange (MAX): The power of music for businesses with George Howard and Carlos Diaz

In this webinar by startupsinnovation (a blog and online accelerator that helps entrepreneurs) and askmusiclawyer.com (a blog that helps artists entrepreneurs), George Howard and Carlos Diaz, two of the co-founders of Music Audience Exchange (MAX), talk about the power of music, the state and evolution of the music industry, and how MAX helps promote both artists and brands. MAX is a start-up leading the way and creating a new marketing method using big data, expertise and proprietary technology.

George Howard is a music industry key influencer, ex-executive of Rykodisc (music label), Co-founder of MAX, original founder of TuneCore, Adjunct Professor at The Berklee College of Music, and an advisor to Fortune 500 companies.

Carlos Diaz is the Chief Revenue Officer and a co-founder of MAX. He oversees all revenue and sales operations and has an extensive background in Internet, tech and sales (ex-ReachLocal).

Visit Music Audience Exchange here.

MAX received $3.5M in 2015 and leverages the power of music to provide a service that helps companies promote their brands through artists endorsements. The startup is led by Founder & CEO Nathan Hanks. In this webinar, we learned that MAX disrupts the traditional sponsorship model by offering a unique data and technology-based service that pairs brands to music artists. MAX helps “exchange” audiences between artists and brands to help cross-promote both parties and create a special and more emotional experience for the consumers. According to Carlos Diaz, these programs are extremely targeted and highly-measurable.

Some quotes from the webinar:

    • “You have to have a remarkable product and put it in front of people that are predisposed to care and you will shift the burden from you saying hey I am a great artist/entrepreneur to other people talking about your work. Unless and until you do that, you will not succeed.” -George Howard
    • “Laws and legislation follow culture. Culture and art can lead change. Civil, gay rights and other rights had, at their emphasis, art.” -George Howard (On the idea that inspired his commencement speech at the Berklee School of Music)
    • “All artists are entrepreneurs and the best entrepreneurs are artists.” -George Howard quoting Hugh MacLeod
    • “Artists need exposure. If they don’t get it, they won’t make it.” -Carlos Diaz
    • “The partnerships between artists and brands will only continue to grow.” -Carlos Diaz
    • “Entrepreneurs…just make sure that you have a problem you are solving that you don’t come up with a solution looking for a problem” -Carlos Diaz

George and Carlos elaborate on these quotes in this three-part recorded webinar about music and marketing:

Part 1: The music industry evolution, the power of music with George Howard and Carlos Diaz

– The music industry disruption and landscape today
– What should other industry learn from the music industry disruption
– George on his commencement speech at Berklee, the impact of art in the world

Part 2: How MAX works, why it’s great with George Howard and Carlos Diaz 

– How Music Audience Exchange works
– Who uses Music Audience Exchange
– Beats by Dre
– MAX success stories
– Artist social network profiling

Part 3: More insights on marketing leveraging the power of music

– How artists respond to the MAX value proposition?
– Music genres that are early adopters of the MAX service
– Artists in the corporations, will we see more of this?
– How does music help brands?
– Best advice to entrepreneurs and artists
– How to do business with Music Audience Exchange – who to contact, how to start!
– Carlos Diaz vision for the future

Special thanks to askmusiclawyer.com team for the help in promoting this event with us.

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Dragon Innovation: Innovating from your brain to mass manufacturing…

Startupsinnovation.com never stops bringing you the latest insights and most interesting trends and concepts that are leading to the acceleration of innovation globally.

This time, we are more than delighted to bring to you the founder of a Start-up that helps other start-ups and businesses: Don’t miss our next webinar on July 20th 2016 with Scott Miller, CEO and founder of Dragon Innovation

In this event you’ll be able to hear how it is possible today to take an idea you have to a product manufactured and consumed by the masses. Scott Miller will explain to you how to build your manufacturing plan and budget that you can incorporate in your funding campaigns so that when you are done you can get your product mass produced for the pleasure of your customers! In other words how you can today take an idea you have on your mind to a product that is mass manufactured!

Think about it! Let’s say you have an idea…Before you build your budget on you own you can touch base with Dragon Innovation to understand what it will take to manufacture your first products and they will help you build a robust plan and give you accurate numbers that you can then bring in front of your crowd (for crowdfunding) or investors….

About Dragon Innovation:

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Dragon Innovation has made a lot of lips move since it was founded in 2009. It was featured countless times, for their novel business model in Techcrunch, Forbes, Venturebeat, Xconomy, Betaboston. The company has received more than $2.6m in funding since its beginning few years ago.

Dragon Innovation is a unique, most modern start-up partner that provides a clear path from prototype through production with unmatched manufacturing expertise and trusted connections. Dragon’s has helped many start-ups successfully manufacture their products: including Jibo, Petnet, Arccos, Zuli, MakerBot, Coolest, Pebble, LIFX, FormLabs to Perkin Elmer and over 100 additional companies paving the road for how new technology gets made.

They have integrated teams in Boston, San Francisco and China!

About the event:

In this online webinar event Scott Miller (CEO and founder of Dragon Innovation) will be sharing with us what it takes to launch a product from prototype to mass production, discuss key manufacturing trends such as 3D printing and more. This is a unique chance to get in front of a manufacturing, engineering expert!

Wednesday July 20th (7pm EST) Tickets available here: piceevent-brite

 

Event announcement! George Howard & Carlos Diaz of Music Audience Exchange

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We are delighted to announce our next upcoming webinar on Wednesday, July 13th (7H30 pm EST) in which you can either participate live (in case you want the opportunity to ask live questions at the end of event) or you will be able to replay the event later once it has been uploaded to our youtube channel and site!

Take your Free (sponsored) ticket now to receive the link to the webinar herepiceevent-brite

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Why is this event going to be very insightful and inspiring?

Well, at startupsinnovation we think differently and we strive to bring to you events that also helps you things differently for you to identify unique opportunities! If you have been follow us for a while you have probably heard us often say that we believed that music and entrepreneurship were the only 2 things that make the world move! That’s right and in this event we would like to give you a chance to hear George Howard and Carlos Diaz the founders of Music Audience Exchange (MAE). MAE is an amazing, unique startup that brings together the world of business and art to create unique synergies that drive success on both sides!

As you know the music industry has been going through challenging times in the last decade but innovators like George Howard, a music industry key influencer and Carlos Diaz the current revenue officer will explain how they were able to innovate in that landscape to create a new type of business model and service that represents, in our eyes, the model of the future for marketing, startups and corporations and artists.

Agenda

  • The music industry disruption and landscape today
  • What should other industry learn from the music industry disruption
  • George on his commencement speech at Berklee, the impact of art in the world
  • What is Music Audience Exchange, who uses it, how does it work
  • Success stories of partnerships between artists and brands
  • Are artists ready for these types of deals?
  • What is the outlook for these types of models?
  • What is the power of music for marketing and else?
  • Advice to entrepreneurs and artists
  • Vision for 2029

Warm yourself up and listen to George Howard’s commencement speech at one of the most prestigious Music School in the world: Berklee University!

 

Jay Samit best quotes – Top 25

We recently discussed the era of endless innovation with Jay Samit. (watch the replay here) Jay is an amazing individual and one of the world leading expert on innovation and disruption. He recently released very good book called “Disrupt you” that we suggest you read during this summer: It is entertaining, very insightful and inspiring which makes it a perfect beach read as well! (Get it here if you are interested: Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation).

This post is to share with you some of his most impactful quotes. We have selected 25 quotes from Jay that he mentioned in his book and during the event we had with him few weeks ago.

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Source: Jaysamit.com (Bill Gates on the left, Jay Samit on the right)

 

Top 25 quotes from Jay Samit:

“Every threat to the status quo is an opportunity in disguise” Jay Samit

“Live your life for a few years like nobody does, so you can live the rest of it like nobody can’t” Jay Samit

“The best big idea is going to be only as good as it’s implementation” Jay Samit

“History doesn’t remember those who maintained the status quo” Jay Samit

“Security doesn’t rob ambition, the illusion of security robs ambition” Jay Samit

“Great ideas attract great minds” Jay Samit

“Self-disruption is akin to undergoing major surgery, but you are the one holding the scalpel” Jay Samit

“A negative mind will never find success. I have never heard a positive idea come from a person in a negative state” Jay Samit

“Live a few years of your life in a way most people won’t so that you can spend the rest of your life living at a level most probably can’t” Jay Samit

“Be the best at what you do or the only one doing it” Jay Samit

“The business world is littered with the fossils of companies that failed to evolve. Disrupt or be disrupted. There is no middle ground” Jay Samit

“Insight and drive are all the skills you need. Everything else can be hired” Jay Samit

“The harder I work, the luckier I get” Jay Samit

“You’ll never know how close you were to victory if you give up” Jay Samit

“You get what you believe you deserve” Jay Samit

“Lifelong learning is no longer a luxury but a necessity for employment” Jay Samit

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but not one thinks of changing themselves” Jay Samit

“They are riches to be found simply by capturing the value released through others disruptive breakthroughs” Jay Samit

“You will have more regrets about the things you didn’t try than the ones you tried and didn’t succeed at” Jay Samit

“Unless we teach people how to create new opportunities, how to benefit from the sharing economy, from sustainability we are doomed for having a stable lifestyle we enjoy today” Jay Samit

“A year ago was the best time to start your business, now is your second best time” Jay Samit

“If you are not creating value, your job will be eliminated” Jay Samit

“The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose” Jay Samit

“The key to changing a company is you have to change the culture that is afraid of making mistakes” Jay Samit

“Disruption is about changing something that cannot be changed back” Jay Samit