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…

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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…

 

Gary Jinks: Developing Start-ups, ecosystems from the Silicon Valley to the Middle-East

7c6860c6f92b98989f15928ed965c8cc-126x150Gary Jinks is an amazing individual and the founder of GLJ Group a company located in the Silicon Valley, California that helps entrepreneurs, corporations, cities and countries through “mentorship”, project management and training.

  • Teaching and driving entrepreneurs to be successful with their Start-ups:

This will prepare the entrepreneurs to the real life of an entrepreneur, dealing with board members and investors who have high expectations when you launch a startup, not falling in the basic traps that will lead to failure and bullet proofing your business and strategy.

  • Mentoring and implementing incubators for corporations, cities and countries (Globally)

Gary helps develop Innovative eco-systems around the world and is most recently doing some work in the Middle-East – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Emirates* (Go at the bottom of this article to read some insights we added on what is going on in the Middle-East right now in terms of Innovation and entrepreneurship – A great example of how to do things right – Many cities / countries can learn from).

Gary is also the founder and chairman of the board of South Valley Angels an investment group from the Silicon Valley that meet regularly and invests in a wide range of startups. He also dedicates some time to mentor students at the Santa Clara, Draper University and San Mateo College. (Yes! Entrepreneurship starts in school!)

More importantly, we picked Gary for this presentation because he loves what he does and delivers his science and expertise on product launches, innovation, investors with a lot of energy and passion.

It is always a pleasure to hear Gary and we hope you will find the information he provides in the below replay useful as well. In addition to this talk, if you are launching your startup now or want to learn more about how the whole start-ups world works (how to launch, etc.) we recommend you to read the e-book provided at the bottom of this post.

Webinar replay here:

Content: Developing Innovative eco-systems, Silicon Valley, Middle-East, launching startups, hot technologies in the “Valley”

 

*In the Middle-East: The region is investing and taking the lead in developing their future and diversifying their portfolio beyond petroleum, gas for many reasons. (Available reserves, the climate change driving customer behaviours to change for cleaner energies which in turn is driving the evolution of technologies such as electric cars, solar energy, hyperloop transportation systems etc.). It is absolutely fantastic and fascinating to see smart regions like this take their destiny in their hands early and believe in the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to resolve their problems and drive their economy. It is clear that many other countries and cities are falling behind the Technological revolution and should start thinking the same way.

Check out here the visions 2030 for each of the respective countries sited in this webinar:

Many other countries, cities need to go through similar exercises.

Visit Gary’s site here:

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If you enjoyed this content you may also enjoy this ebook (Guide for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to launch their new product)

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Bernard Kress: Serial Entrepreneur – Discussing the start-up and Innovation world

Speaker: Bernard Kress (Serial Entrepreneur), interviewed by Alistair Schneider (Founder Innovation Fast lane)

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Bernard Kress, resident of Silicon Valley, serial entrepreneur and Executive at Microsoft, with a background in optical engineering with emphasis on micro-optics and holographic technologies, applied to Virtual reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Smart glasses products. Bernard is also a professor at University, instructor of short courses, international conference chair, speaker (UNESCO), and author of numerous books on this technology (published by John Wiley and Sons, McGraw Hill). Throughout two decades spent in the Silicon Valley, he has launched numerous start-ups, helped develop several industrial and consumer products, and holds more than 30 international patents. He has worked lately with some of the most innovative companies in the world to develop some of the most exciting consumer products, such as Glass at Google [X] Labs and HoloLens at Microsoft.

Note: The interview was conducted while Bernard was still at Google. He works today at Microsoft (Hololens).

What makes California, Silicon Valley so successful when it comes to innovation?

 

What does it take to create a successful start-up?


What differentiates winners and losers in the innovation game?

Who are your role models and source of inspiration?


Any advice to entrepreneurs and innovators around the world?

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