Innovation Mastery secrets from San Francisco based Innovator!

In this post we are bringing to you some really insightful content, about how you can master innovation in your organization, from extraordinary San Francisco innovation influencer Chris Kalaboukis and author of book Innovation Mastery. Chris Kalaboukis is an entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Hellofuture a full stack software development and innovation consultancy company. He holds hundreds of patents under his belt and helps enterprises run and deploy innovation programs. Chris, is immensely knowledgeable and a futurist thinker who is also the host of his own blog/vlog Thinkfuture. Below you will find a unique playlist of his videos where he explains how to up your innovation game. We also included the interview we had the honor to do with him in 2016 and a link to his book in case you’d like to further your understanding of innovation even more.

Go big or go home!

Innovation mastery videos series playlist: A must watch video series if you want to up your innovation game!

Chris covers many of the topics he has documented in his book innovation mastery. (link at the bottom of page in case you are interested).

Our interview of Chris Kalaboukis on everything innovation. 

His book: Innovation Mastery

For the price of two cups of coffee you’ll gain all the knowledge you need to become the savvy innovation leader in your organization!

April 2017: Think big or go home, Networking Apps, Richard Branson’s poem, Israel, Australia…

What’s in this newsletter… 

  • News from startupsinnovation:
    • Continuing to unearth Boston’s entrepreneurs and innovators through our Alpha Training
    • Talked the Astropreneurship and medicine in Space Hackathon at Harvard University
  • Quotes to inspire yourself and your team more:
    • What Mark Roberge (Revenue Officer at Hubspot) said at Harvard Spark 2016
  • Interesting VC investment activity in Boston:
    • VentureApp (Whatsapp/Linkedin for entrepreneurs) receives another $4M in funding from Boston VC Firm Accomplice.
  • Innovator’s tip:
    • Think big or go home says guest post author this month. Guest Post by Chris Kalaboukis
  • Market shift / interesting disruptive trend:
    • Innovation getting bigger in outback Australia – Guest Post by Dr Louise Teo
    • Road trip in Israelite Innovation ecosystem: 5 Top startups – Guest Post by Patricio Julian Gerpe
  • Networking opportunities & events:
    • Discover the Shapr (Networking) app to meet inspiring people and shape your life.
  • A dose of fun:
    • Richard Branson wrote a poem for entrepreneurs

Newsletter:

News from startupsinnovation…

Quick talk at the Astropreneurship and Medicine in space Hackathon @Harvard

First of all, a big thank you to the Quantly team for inviting us at their annual hackathon. The event was very well organized at the Harvard Science center in Cambridge. It was a two day event sponsored by many partners. The event included several talks aimed to help scientists, astrophysicists / entrepreneurs as they were working on their ideas. Startupsinnovation was one of the talks and we covered several topics, excerpts from our training, in front of a group of entrepreneurs from the event (Business models, networking and answered questions).

At the end of the two days a judge panel voted for the top ideas. For more (Pictures, winners, sponsors etc.) visit directly the event site here

Few pics from the Hackathon:

Continuing to unearth Boston’s entrepreneurs and innovators through our Alpha Training

In March 2017, we’ve continued to take entrepreneurs through our content in our all day sessions with them. The feedback we have been receiving is very encouraging. (See for yourself the comments posted here at the bottom of our Alpha Training page).

The Alpha training is probably one of the best content available right now in Boston. We developed it using years of business experience, a year in the Silicon Valley topped up by quality research as well as serial entrepreneurs interview. At the end of the training you will receive a certificate of completion and our companion e-book. More importantly, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to thrive in the tech (r)evolution era and help you take ideas to reality limiting the pain and time.

Few pics from workshops with Boston entrepreneurs.

Check out all the details and book a seat here

A special thanks to Health Innovators for sharing their space with us to enable these.

Today’s quote to inspire yourself and your team more…

Mark Roberge Source: Hubspot.com

Start with the problem. Don’t start with the technology and then look for  problem to home the technology”

Mark Roberge (Former Chief Revenue Officer – Hubspot)

Quote from a talk he gave at Harvard University – Spark 2016. A good reminder to entrepreneurs. Be very clear on the problems you want to solve first. We can’t repeat this enough. If you are not clear about the problems you are resolving, it’s difficult to explain the value you create with your solution…

VC investment activity in Boston…

VC Firm named Accomplice funds VentureApp second round ($4M). An app for entrepreneurs…

  

What it is: VentureApp (Whatsapp/Linkedin for entrepreneurs) receives another $4M in funding from early stage Boston VC Firm Accomplice

Why it’s important: Designed for professionals in the innovation economy, VentureApp makes it easy to chat with your closest business contacts and connect with new partners. It helps grow your professional network without email inbox overload.

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

Innovator’s tip: 

Think big or go home! Guest Post by influencer & Innovator Chris Kalaboukis (Silicon Valley)

What is the post about: The mindset to have with regards to risk taking and innovation

Why it is important: Innovating implies risk. To make progress you need to take some risk

Who is it best suited for: Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs

Read here

VIP Guest author:

Chris Kalaboukis is the co-founder of helloFUTURE, a foresight, innovation, and patent development consultancy in the Silicon Valley. A visionary disruptive innovator and prolific inventor, he is named on 60+ patents in the internet, social networking, and fintech space. An experienced technologist and coder, he has architected, developed, and launched a multitude of apps, both web, and mobile. A serial entrepreneur, he has helmed several startups from inception to launch. Recently, he has been specializing in the development of innovative new products and services via innovation, patent and foresight programs for financial services, technology, media, and retail/e-commerce companies, from startups to enterprises. He has authored several books on innovation and the future and blogs and podcasts at thinkfuture.com.

Market shift / interesting disruptive trend:

Discover top 5 startups from the Silicon Wadi (Israel) to watch out for. 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the post about: 5 high-tech Start-Ups from the Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Why it is important: Emerging markets are important for global entrepreneurs as these economies are becoming new players in the global business sphere.

Who is it best suited for: Global Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, Business developers, Agents.

Contributing guest author:

Patricio Julian Gerpe, is an Argentine 24-years-old high-tech entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, coder, digital nomad & business student who is currently living in London. He is specially interested in AI technologies and emerging economies. He is also co-founder of the Argentine Artificial Intelligence Community called “IAAR” . 

Discover Australia’s outback tech (r)evolution. A post offered by Dr Louise Teo (Startupsinnovation guest blogger)

What is the post about: What we can learn from Innovation and tech programs in rural and regional Queensland, Australia. 

Why it is important: Innovation isn’t limited to the major capital cities, whether in the States or Australia. By spotlighting some of the local initiatives in rural Queensland, a state known for its abundant natural resources and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, readers can learn how innovation begins at home, whereever they are. 

Who is it best suited for: Anyone interested in global entrepreneurship and innovation, and readers curious
about Australia.

Read here

About the guest author

Louise Teo is a medical doctor and writer who founded themedicalstartup.com, a site dedicated to medical entrepreneurship and innovation. She is also the News Editor for the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine (journalmtm.com) and is based between Melbourne and rural Queensland. She is passionate about local innovation being a global interest.

Networking opportunity & events:

Discover the Shapr (Networking) app to meet inspiring people and shape your life.

What it is?

Shapr is a cool app that enables you to network and meet other professionals or entrepreneurs looking to network.

Why it’s important?

Shapr makes it easier for you to connect with new people who may be able to help you with your start-up project. As an entrepreneur, having a complete network is mission critical. It’s sometimes through the most unexpected connections that the biggest opportunities appear…In some cases, simply grabbing a coffee can turn out to become the next big thing…

A dose of fun: 

Richard Branson’s poem to entrepreneurs

Sir Richard Branson Source: Wikicommons

Richard Branson’s poem for entrepreneurs…

The road to success is paved with tests,
So you’ve got to believe in yourself above the rest.

Dream big, and let your passion shine,
If you don’t, you won’t end up with a dime.

Challenge the status quo, disrupt the market and say YES!
And remember that innovation is an endless quest.

Read the full poem here

 

Newsletter March 8th: Strasbourg-Boston, find investors, Silicon Valley mindset, Universal Base Income, 80’s fun

What’s in this newsletter… 

  • News from startupsinnovation: Nicolas Pellerin on Strasbourg’s ecosystem. Re-watch Jay Samit. Our training is available…
  • Quotes to inspire yourself and your team more: See what Sergey Brin said at the World Economic Forum in Feb. 2017…
  • VC investment activity in Boston: Useful database to find investors in Boston (New England Venture Capital Association)…
  • Innovator’s tip: Applying the Silicon Valley State of mind for corporate innovators and entrepreneurs…(By Chris Kalaboukis)
  • Market shift / interesting disruptive trend: Universal Base Salary. A solution to cope with job automation?
  • Networking opportunities & events: Let’s go to space! Quantly’s annual Hackathon at Harvard University
  • A dose of fun: Grasshoper.com 80’s Entrepreneur Training Video. So you want to be an entrepreneur? 🙂 Check it out…

Please share this newsletter with your friends if you like it or even with your worse enemies if you hate it! 🙂 Please feel free to provide suggestions or comments. It’s always great to have others opinions etc. These are big times…

News from startupsinnovation…

Interview with Nicolas Pellerin, head of innovation hub in Strasbourg, France (Sister city to Boston) 

This time around we are putting in the spotlight, here in Boston, Nicolas Pellerin, a Phd in Neuroscience and Head of Innovation at NextMed (Innovation center / hub) of the European metropole: Strasbourg! In this interview he presents to us the growing local innovation ecosystem, opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors and his ambitions to grow the partnership between cities with Boston.

Read the full interview here (Includes videos of Strasbourg)

 RE-WATCH our interview with Jay Samit – Time to disrupt you…

 

In the last months we worked hard to bring you many amazing and insightful individuals. Our list of interviewees includes Jay Samit! The world leading expert in innovation (Author of the best selling book Disrupt you, Tedx speaker, Keynote speaker to Visa, Adobe and many more). Re-watch our interview / discussion on disruption with Jay here and access all other insightful interviews here.

Jay Samit on the side of Bill Gates! We interviewed Jay Samit in 2016. A very insightful interview we recommend you watch again. Source of picture. Jaysamit.com

Please also make sure you subscribe to the newsletter because we have more coming up (especially one coming soon that will leave you very surprised that we were able to do it!).

Why don’t you get trained on how launching a startup / innovation works today? 

We cannot stop repeating it. The world is changing and requires a changing you! Make sure you get today’s basic new competencies to be able to evolve (survive) in the world of accelerated innovation and disruption. The era of entrepreneurs is on, the era of regular 9-5 employees is over! Equip you /your team with the knowledge you need. Our training is probably one of the fastest way and best one available right now in Boston. It is experienced and researched based. We developed it in the Silicon Valley and Boston so you get the best of both worlds in one go!

Check out all the details here and make sure you book your seat with us!

Today’s quote to inspire yourself and your team more…

“Younger folks today…want to be number one in the world. That is a really tall order. This can be discouraging…be the best [first] in your city, state…”

Sergei Brin (Founder of Google – Alphabet Inc.)

(Quote from the interview of Sergei Brin at World Economic Forum interview at 27:30)

Watch full interview: Davos 2017 – An Insight, An Idea with Sergey Brin here

Why watch it? Google is one of the most powerful companies in the world, and Sergei is it’s founder. He talks about how he succeeded, responsibility etc.

VC investment activity in Boston…

Find the investors you need for your start-up project using the NEVCA database

 
What it is: The New England Venture Capital Association provides a search database that helps you filter by categories to find the Boston area / New England region investors you need to get funded.

Search investors here

Why it’s important: As an entrepreneur funding is of course critical to launch your venture. Though it is even more important to approach the investors most suited for your project. That can add value, understand your market. This database will help you identify your potential investor leads and provide an entry point to contact them. Please! do us a favor though…Do not start your e-mail with “I need one million dollars!” Contact us so we can help coach you a little on how best to augment your chances and level your expectations and funding strategies.

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

Innovator’s tip: 

Applying the Silicon Valley State of mind for corporate innovators and entrepreneurs…

What it is:  An article written by Chris Kalaboukis, a futurist from San Francisco, author, CEO of HelloFuture a full stack innovation company and blogger on how to apply the Silicon Valley state of mind for corporate innovators and entrepreneurs.

Why it’s important: Even though innovation is a process it is also a state of mind. One that the Silicon Valley has mastered. Chris in this article explains what makes the Silicon Valley unique and so prone to yield exceptional innovation results. Take a trip with this article in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Land of the birth of the technology revolution…A must read.

Article: Read it here

Selected / proposed by: Chris Kalaboukis. Hellofuture.com   

Market shift / interesting disruptive trend:

From job automation to Universal Base Income (Getting a check for doing nothing…)

 

What it is: An article, research from Peter Diamandis a tech futurist and speaker published only 2 months ago on the Universal Base salary or minimum guaranteed income. A response to the job losses that could be driven by automation and robotization of the world.

Why it’s important: Automation, accelerated innovation, artificial intelligence and robots are replacing / threatening jobs. Think about it Truck driver, according to Jay Samit, is the number one job in America. Well, technology advancements are such that we have now self-driving trucks. What does it mean to truck drivers on the long run? Loss of jobs? This applies to many other fields, if you look closer, it can even be a little scary. No panic though! One idea is floating around and even being tested already some countries: The universal Base Salary.

Article: read it here

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

Networking opportunity & events:

Quantly presents their annual Hackathon at Harvard University on March 17th-19th…

What is the event about?

Quantly a data analytics start-up from the Harvard i-lab is organizing its annual hackathon on Astropreneurship space medicine and the dataverse. More details here (Booking here).

When is the event?

March 17th (Speakers), and March 18th-19th (Hackathon-Trainings etc.)

Where is the event?

Harvard University.

Why you should go?

How can an event on Space, Data and medicine cannot be awesome!!? In addition, they have lined up some speakers that will for sure be very insightful. You should try to go there even if it’s just for the sake of serendipity!

A dose of fun: 

An epic 80’s fun entrepreneur’s training video

Entrepreneurship can be hard sometimes so it’s important to put a bit of humor into it. Positivity is key. Like Jay Samit, serial entrepreneur and world leading expert in innovation says “You’ve never seen a great idea come out of someone in a bad mood”. So here you go, a cool video that we found funny watching…That should help put you in a good mood. An old school video to teach you to be an entrepreneur, the 80’s way…

Are you ready to be an entrepreneur? Are you ready to take the bull by the horns?

Enjoy…

 

Big times newsletter – February: Drizly raises $16.98M, Fear of someone stealing your idea, MIT Top 10 tech…

What’s in this newsletter: 

  • News from startupsinnovation: Learn about our new training…
  • Quotes to inspire yourself and your team more: See what Elon Musk, Jay Samit said…
  • VC investment activity in Boston: Drizly raises $16.98M, discover what they do…
  • Market shift / interesting disruptive trend: MIT lists the top 10 tech to watch in 2017…
  • Innovator’s tip: Should you fear that someone will steal your idea?…
  • A dose of fun: Steve Ballmer’s response to I-phone launch (legendary and funny!)

Please feel free to join the discussion by commenting on what we share, giving your perspective on some of our opinions and insights we share here.

News from startupsinnovation:

Want to make an impact?

Do you know we have a new training available?  One that is designed to help you become more innovative and will teach you the fundamentals of launching a new product the startup way. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Entrepreneurship is becoming a hot skill. It’s the end of the regular 9-5 employee! The era of entrepreneurs. Jump in the bandwagon and empower yourself to participate in the tech (r)evolution. They are amazing opportunities out there to seize…

Learn more click on the banner below…

Startupsinnovation training

Quotes to inspire yourself and your team more:

“I can either watch it happen or be part of it” 

Elon Musk (Founder Paypal, Tesla, Space X, Solar City)

“The best big idea is only going to be as good as its implementation” 

Jay Samit (Author of Disrupt You)

VC investment activity in Boston:

Polaris Partners funds Drizly another $16.98m on February 21st

 

What it is: Drizly is a technology company transforming the way alcohol is shopped, sold and shared online. Drizly is a Boston based start-up founded in 2012 which raised on February 21st, according to crunchbase another $16.98M of funding from also Boston based venture capital firm Polaris Partners.

Why it’s important: This represent an improvement for consumers since they do not need to drive to the traditional liquor store to buy alcohol anymore. Deliveries are said to be done within an hour. Much like instacart (groceries delivery), mixmenu (restaurant food delivery) Drizly is disrupting the traditional commerces. Liquor stores need to adapt to these changes…

Learn more about Drizly:

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

Innovator’s tip: 

Don’t Let the Fear of Your Idea Being Stolen Hold You Back

What it is:  An article that aims to explain to entrepreneurs if the fear of having someone steal their idea is justified.

Why it’s important: Many early stage, inexperienced entrepreneurs have the fear of someone stealing their idea which often leads them to become very secretive about their idea. This can become sometimes counter-productive as if no one knows about the idea or if those who need to understand it can’t (e.g. investors), the entrepreneurs may lose precious opportunities. This article will provide some light on that topic that comes back again and again. Entrepreneurs need to understand that in reality the implementation is the hardest piece, so even if someone steals the idea, they still have to implement it. Our message to entrepreneurs is: Focus on the implementation, move fast and work on your fears.

Article: Read it here

Source: Authored by Stephen Key for Entrepreneur.com

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

Market shift / interesting disruptive trend:

MIT’s Top 10 breakthroughs technologies for 2017

 

What it is: Each year MIT, one of the most prestigious universities in the world shares its top 10 most important to know technologies.

Why it’s important: These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.

Article: read it here

Selected / proposed by: Startupsinnovation team

A dose of fun: 

 Steve Ballmer, ex CEO of Microsoft response to I-Phone disruption

Microsoft is today one of the most innovative company in the world. Nonetheless, Steve Ballmer’s response to a question asking him what his thoughts were of the I-phone back at the time is legendary…

A good example of unforeseen disruption.

Enjoy…

 

In 2017, with us: Launch your idea in the market!

You have an idea and you are not sure where to start?

You’ve started with your idea but it’s not moving fast enough?

You wish you or your team was more innovative and entrepreneurial?

You need help, insights, methodologies, inspiration, contacts?

Start-ups innovation has much to offer you:

All in one place…we are the one stop shop for today’s innovators to succeed in a rapidly changing landscape full of challenges and opportunities…Since we are still in launch mode we offer many discounts…so don’t be shy say hi! You’ll get a lot of value out of this experience…Guaranteed.

  • Trainings that will put you/your teams in the spirit to innovate and unleash the entrepreneur in you…
  • Best in class processes & insights for you to take shortest paths and avoid most common pitfalls of launching a new products…Expose you to new technologies and ideas…
  • Hands on accelerating workshops to help you / your team progress on the steps you need the most, faster
  • Network of talents: software developers, service & process engineers, graphic designers, hardware engineers, market research & smart money analytics, prototypers and also list of potential investors
  • Blog: We continuously interview some of the most amazing and inspiring leaders in the space of technology, innovation and business transformation, product design and even art…

Who we help?

  • Early stage start-up entrepreneurs (From idea to market)
  • Established enterprises (New products development and driving the innovative and more entrepreneurial organization)
  • Regional economic development (Cross-ecosystems connections, insights, and trainings)
  • Consultants / advisors working with startups & enterprises who want to up their innovation game / disruptor mind

Let’s talk:

Just say hi using the form below, tell us a bit about you, your ideas, issues and let’s see if we can work together in 2017. We can get on a short phone call with you. We are always delighted to connect from new or “old” folks…Be prepared for one of kind, disruptive and immersive experience in the world of startups and innovation: How it is done in this day and age…

Talk soon, let’s do amazing things together

 

The year 2016 in review: What we’ve accomplished

At startupsinnovation we’d like to end the year 2016 by sharing a recap of some of the accomplishments we achieved this past year. It is important to share with you our story so you understand what we are doing and how things are evolving. Please do not hesitate to as questions, give us some feedback and/or suggestions.

We hope you all enjoy the holiday season and wish you a happy new year, full of success, innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Foundation in place…

We believe we have now implemented a relatively solid foundation that can add a lot of value for startup entrepreneurs, established enterprises teams, consultants and innovation ecosystem leaders.

We believe our specialization in these 3 areas gives us an absolute edge! Think about it for a minute: Startups, when successful, become established businesses and both operate in innovation ecosystems. Their success is often (always) interdependent. In addition, start-ups can benefit from tools and more disciplined approaches used by established enterprises to grow. Established enterprises can benefit entirely from adopting the leaner, faster, more agile methods used by start-ups or new technologies they develop.

As you should know by now, today, it’s all about lean startup, lean product development, agile software development and even agile strategy deployment etc. All methods that are agnostic, and that you should master, no matter if you work for a startup or an established business.

Folks like Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook one of the most powerful and successful established business in the world summarizes it well in one of his statements to his employees “Move fast and break things, if you are not breaking things you are not moving fast enough”. In other words, the only way to not be disrupted by others may be to disrupt yourself constantly!

“Move fast and break things, if you are not breaking things you are not moving fast enough”

Today, more than ever, you must move fast, take risks, know stuff and be on the pulse of your market and emerging trends constantly. Businesses win with data, automation, artificial intelligence, collaboration, innovation and…a new breed of employees. Employees that are more entrepreneurial, problem solvers and self-driven.

No matter where you look there is a need or demand for entrepreneurship and innovation!

Cities need to embrace innovation to maintain and increase prosperity for their communities. Innovation can also be a way to make city management or government more efficient, effective and develop better services for its community. (or even improve the election processes for more democracy, more participation, better understanding of what is at stake etc.).

For start-up entrepreneurs, it is an incredible time as it has never been that easy to take an idea to reality leveraging crowd collaboration, networking, technology, knowledge, access to capital etc.

These are all topics we monitor closely all throughout the year and share with our audience or those we work with. The tech revolution is only starting and our ambition is to make startupsinnovation a reference for startups, established enterprises managers and ecosystems leaders to learn and start innovating more and faster. The race is on!

Thanks for being part of the startupsinnovation followers, visitors or contributors. Make sure you stay with us and in our newsletter. We will do our best to share with you more insights as things move along and continue to evolve.

Notable accomplishments…

Amazing guests for our blog and many insights shared!

We have been extremely lucky and honored to connect and interview some extraordinary individuals and innovators who are shaking things up and contributing in their own ways to the acceleration and maturation of the tech revolution. Here is the list of people we interviewed in 2016. We are extremely grateful to have been able to work with them at the front-end journey of startupsinnovation and cannot thank them enough for their participation and for sharing with us and our audience insights that can help get a better understanding of what is going on in the world of startups and innovation.

  • Jay Samit (Best Selling author of book “Disrupt you” and leading expert on disruption)
  • Mike Norman (Founder of Wefunder the first US and leading equity crowdfunding platform)
  • Chris Kalaboukis (Innovation Management and author of Innovation Mastery – check out his blog it’s amazing! here)
  • Scott Miller (CEO of Dragon Innovation)
  • George Howard (Berklee University Professor and serial entrepreneur, Co-Founder of MAX)
  • Carlos Diaz (Sales Management of MAX)
  • Gary Jinks (South Valley Angels – Silicon Valley)

For these webinars, we partnered with sponsors to help with the promotion. A big thank you to them all: AskMusicLawyer, Hellofuture, CGRSS, TrueLifeGenie, TheMedicalStartup, Spruce&Norton

You can re-watch all these insightful and inspiring interviews from our blog page here.

In 2017, we will continue to interview amazing individuals and we have invested in some better equipment and found a “studio” to record these. We look forward to our next interview with the new equipment / quality! We have good ones in the pipeline so make sure you stay tuned.

Start-up services in place: Helping entrepreneurs accelerate…

We have helped several start-up entrepreneurs: We are very happy to report that one of the few start-ups we advised throughout the year has been able to develop its software solution fully and it should be releasing it in January (pending approval from the Apple / Android app stores). This is above all a big accomplishment for the entrepreneur who was behind all the hard work that went into this but we take pride in knowing that we were at least behind some of the advice and brainstorming sessions that were part of their journey to this first success. The startup is called NuTranx and it is quite a big deal since it is the first online money transfer app that allows funds to be sent from the United States to Haiti using blockchain, Bitcoin technology. A big bravo to the team behind this and to the other entrepreneurs we have started mentoring who are all doing a fantastic job! (Learn more about how we can help startups here)

  –  NuTranx the first US-Haiti money transfer system is launching… – 

An extensive relatively powerful network for startups: Throughout the year, we have selected and built a solid network of teams and individuals that can provide all the services a startup entrepreneur needs to succeed. For example: vetted software developers, lawyers, manufacturers, graphic designers, investors and many, many more. All of this are important milestones for us since one of the hardest thing for entrepreneur is to find teams to help them execute their plans. Through one connection with us, entrepreneurs can now access an extensive rolodex of teams and services providers that we have validated for the seriousness and quality of their work and interest in working with early stage entrepreneurs and startups. Our list is growing everyday making it easier for startup entrepreneurs to take their ideas to reality faster, which ultimately is the primary goal of our startup services.

2016, was also the year of a first e-book! In March 2016, we proudly released the startupsinnovation fast lane ebook: A practical guide of the key steps and mindset early stage entrepreneurs need to follow to maximize their chances of success when launching a startup. The e-book was written by Alistair Schneider, founder of startupsinnovation.com. It also includes a foreword from Bernard Kress, a serial entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley and now Microsoft HoloLens executive.

The e-book was reviewed by many individuals from the Startup ecosystem to ensure its accuracy and impact. In addition, Dirk Ahlborn CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies allowed us, kindly, to use a picture of their Hyperloop concept to illustrate this first e-book. (In case you didn’t know, Hyperloop, is a project initially launched by Elon Musk that aims to create the future of transportation between cities at…rocket speed). It was important for us to include this picture for our e-book as in our eyes it represents what we wanted to convey in it: The think big attitude, the speed needed to succeed and the type of amazing ideas that can be turned into reality with, once again, collaboration, technology and so on. You will learn from this e-book what everyone knows in the Silicon Valley. The basics, but good fundamentals to have today.

Innovation ecosystems: Helping energize the ecosystems…

Having been immersed in some of the top innovation ecosystems of the world for years now and worked with both start-ups and established enterprises we developed a thorough understanding of innovation ecosystems are best positioned to yield results. Below are the contributions we have made this year.

Innovation in Strasbourg (France): We started helping the MedTech team. A French team responsible for the economic development of Strasbourg (European capital). They are transforming the city in an innovation hub and looking to partner more with Boston (Strasbourg and Boston are already linked together through a cultural partnership but the vision is developing further business ties). More than likely, we will continue helping this team throughout 2017.

International connections: Throughout the year we connected, through trainings and webinars mostly, with many people from around the US and the world: Boston, Silicon Valley, Atlanta, Detroit but also from Australia, Singapore, Argentina, Germany, India, China, France and few other places. These connections help us get a pulse of what is going on elsewhere, around the country and globe. We are grateful to have sparked some interest that way and to have connected with all of you. It is always amazing and pleasing to us when people from different countries and backgrounds can come together and work together. Thanks to all for interacting with us and we look forward to more of that.

(Learn more about how we can help innovation ecosystems here)

Established enterprise: Insights and competencies to drive growth…

In 2016, we’ve worked with several enterprises, mostly on  enterprise transformation type projects. A great year. We have today, many tools, methodologies and a network that can help drive change and innovation in the organizations in need. Enterprises can work with us to find key influencers, consultants, learn about startups or change their culture or internal processes to be more innovative, faster and more agile. We also have an extensive knowledge of business processes and key performance indicator to help better control their performances.

(Learn more about how we can help enterprises here)

Few data points: We are growing!

  • We have about 500 followers (Social networks and newsletter)
  • We have 7000+ hours of watch time on our Youtube channel
  • We have 3 guest bloggers
  • We pivoted 100 times, and will continue to do so

What to expect in 2017?

In 2017, we look to leverage what we have been able to put together, our knowledge, network, methodologies, e-book and put all of this at the service of those who want to make the most out of the technological revolution. We will continue to help startup entrepreneurs launch their first product efficiently and effectively, help corporate managers, employees change their game to add more value for their organization and help ecosystems leaders take their communities where they need to be. We plan to continue to interview more thought-leaders (Very excited by some of the next interviews we have planned). In 2017, we plan to work on innovation ourselves: We have several ideas to help make our platform even more impactful, through technological enhancements or partnerships…Stay tuned!

Thanks a lot for following and for your interest. Feel free to send us an email with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Sincerely

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

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
 Tedx Talk speaker

 

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!