IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition Opens Registration


The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE , the $5M competition being run by Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , has opened up registrations to teams, and has published guidelines for the artificial intelligence competition. The new competition is seeking to spur teams to create artificial intelligence technology, to challenge some of humanity's most pressing challenges. watson xprize competition registration nonprofit challenge artificial intelligence software

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How The IBM PC Made Me Appreciate Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Way back in the early eighties, I was privileged to be part of the original IBM PC development team, led by Don Estridge. Despite a valiant effort, we only briefly succeeded in putting IBM in the personal computer business, but our efforts changed my view of entrepreneurs forever.

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Cloud Leaders Shrug at IBM’s $34B Red Hat Deal


IBM’s planned $34 billion deal to acquire open-source software maker Red Hat is a hefty price to pay to give its cloud computing business a shot in the arm. But even if the purchase ultimately boosts IBM’s bottom line, some cloud technology executives and investors are wondering whether it will have any transformative effects on the sector. In some ways, the biggest software acquisition of all time could be a yawner.

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XPRIZE Whittles IBM Watson AI Teams To 59


XPRIZE , the Los Angeles nonprofit which promotes development of new technology to help solve world problems, has whittled down the number of teams competing in the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE , focused on using AI to world's greatest challenges. watson artificial intelligence xprize competition

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IBM and XPRIZE , the Culver City organization which runs major challenges to advance technology and help apply innovation to solving some of the world's biggest challenges, have announced a new IBM Watson AI PRIZE. The new prize offers up a $5M competition, which challenges teams to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate positively with artificial intelligence software.

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KPCB has already blown through much of the $600 million it raised last year

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“This could also be due to changes in the competitive landscape … and there may be changes with First Round Capital itself,” says one investor.

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5 Ways To Give Now For A Future Competitive Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

The new paradigm, driven by disruptive technologies, cloud-served supercomputing, and the new generation of young adults with global empathy, is partnering and giving something now for a competitive advantage in the future.

Real Sustainable Competitive Advantages are Rare

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most important questions you will be asked by potential investors is how your solutions beats the competition, not just today, but over the three to five year life of their investment. The concept is called “sustainable competitive advantage.”

Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

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“Decades ago, at the peak of Japanese growth as a technology competitor on the global stage, the US government sought to break up IBM. “If big companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are prevented from acquiring startups, that actually reduces competition,” Sirinivasan writes. If big companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are prevented from acquiring startups, that actually reduces competition.

Let Interns Be Your Startup Competitive Edge

Startup Professionals Musings

Due in large part to the current economy and an ultra-competitive job market, a Gen-Y entrepreneurial tsunami is already upon us. By Mark Babbitt We’re all familiar in some way with the concept of “interns” in business.

How The Right Employees Have An Innovation Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

Rather than punish them, it may pay you to nurture and manage their outside-the-box thinking, and capitalize on their innovations that help your customers and keep you ahead of the competition. competitive advantage innovation intrapreneur Kaihan Krippendorff

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Tech Giants’ Partnership To Explore Ethics, Societal Impacts of AI


The Partnership on AI , formally unveiled Wednesday, includes Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Google and its 2014 acquisition DeepMind. Horvitz, is pictured above at left with founding members of the partnership, Francesca Rossi, IBM; Yann LeCun, Facebook; and Mustafa Suleyman, Google/DeepMind. As the technology has advanced, so has the competitive landscape.

Is the Future of Cybersecurity in M&A?


The bigger public players – Cisco, Check Point, HP, IBM, Symantec, and others – need to continually add to their arsenal of security solutions as the threat landscape continues to evolve. This has been evident with recent acquisitions beyond Symantec and Blue Coat – Avast and AVG, Cisco and CloudLock , IBM and Resilient Systems , and most recently Carbon Black and Confer. Symantec Forces the Industry to Stay Competitive.

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13 Ecosystem Builders That Are Boosting Startup Growth


BlackTech Week was created in 2014, and in four short years, they’ve gained over 2700 participants, 150 speakers, and 3 pitch competitions. While winning pitch competitions is great, it’s not the most important thing about Startup of the Year.

5 Strategies For Startup Partnering To Win Long Term

Startup Professionals Musings

The new paradigm, driven by disruptive technologies, cloud-served supercomputing, and the new generation of young adults with global empathy, is partnering and giving something now for a competitive advantage in the future.

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An experienced coach has seen your movie before.


Photo courtesy IBM Business Coaching. If you are lucky enough to create competition among investors for your company, you can select the investor or group with an individual who has experience in your niche and identifies with your vision. Business coaches come in all sizes and shapes.

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Cloud Made Easy

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A Practical Guide to Moving to the Cloud, Lowering Costs, and Improving your Competitiveness IBM, Corent Technology and RightScale are participating at this Technology Council of Southern California breakfast event on December 7th at IBM's Costa Mesa Conference Center. Tuesday, December 7, 2010 -- Cloud Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Success in the Cloud. TCOSC. Software Society. Cloud Made Easy!

5 Strategies For Building Winning People Connections

Startup Professionals Musings

For example, I grew up in IBM when Bill Gates was helping us deliver the first IBM PC. In a very real sense, we funded him, and he superseded even IBM. Very few businesses can grow organically fast enough to stay ahead of competition.

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BitVore Finds $4.5M For Big Data Software


near real-time automated intelligence gathering systems that scour public and private data sources like websites, blogs, social media and email to unearth information businesses can use for competitive advantage. Pikover is an angel investor, with dozens of local startup investments; he was also co-founder of Xylan (IPO, $2B acquisition) and Access 360 (acquisition by IBM).

Biggest conferences coming up for startups in 2017

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It’s a competition where entrepreneurs take the stage and proceed to pitch their startup ideas and their visions for the future. Pirate summit also adds a financial incentive of $50,000 to spice up the competition.

Dude, Akanda Is Tying The Cloud Together Like A Rug


In the mid 1960’s, large mainframe manufacturers, such as IBM, Burroughs and Honeywell, provided complete IT solutions. IBM might not have offered the best printers, but buyers had no choice because early mainframe vendors provided a closed set of proprietary technologies.

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XPRIZE Foundation Names Anousheh Ansari As New CEO


Ansari and her family were behind the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10M competition aimed at spurring the development of commercial spaceflight. XPRIZE has a number of existing challenges, including the $20M NRG Cosio Carbon X PRIZE aimed at carbon capture technology; the $10M ANA Avatar X PRIZE focused on developing avatar technology; the $5M IBM Watson X PRIZE focused on developing artificial intelligence technology, among many others.

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8 Business Realities You Only Learn From Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to work and learn for many years in both the corporate environment (IBM), as well as the exploding Silicon Valley startup environment of the 90’s.

XPRIZE Foundation Names New CEO


The foundation did not say why Diamandis is stepping away from the more operational CEO role, however, the foundation has a significant and growing number of competitions it is currently running, including the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG Cosia Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE and the $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE.

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7 Key Strategies To Ensure Long-Term Customer Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t be the next Xerox who totally missed the personal computer market, even though they had the technology and the processes well before Apple, IBM, and others. What worked for you yesterday probably won’t keep you alive and competitive tomorrow.

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Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture


One of these bright lights is Santa Barbara-based HG Data - developers of the world's largest competitive-intelligence database. <Note: Our customers are some of the world's largest, most diverse organizations on the planet, such as IBM, HP and Dell.

4 Laws Of Natural Selection Relate To Every Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup needs a sustainable competitive advantage. With no competitive advantage, startups with new ideas gaining traction are never feared, and are usually eaten for lunch as sleeping giants wake up.

5 Steps To Finding A Partnership For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

The new paradigm, driven by disruptive technologies, cloud-served supercomputing, and the new generation of young adults with global empathy, is partnering and giving something now for a competitive advantage in the future.

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How Smart Entrepreneurs Don’t Hesitate To Seek Help

Startup Professionals Musings

Most experienced business people love to help, but they don’t have the time or interest to give you a course on basic business concepts, like the need to be competitive.

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Have You Explored Every Business Growth Alternative?

Startup Professionals Musings

Bill Gates started producing software solutions, like his Basic Interpreter and MS DOS, but quickly focused on adding thousands of small partners for applications, and major partners like IBM, Intel, and other hardware manufacturers.

Future Business Growth Drives A New Partner Paradigm

Startup Professionals Musings

The new paradigm, driven by disruptive technologies, cloud-served supercomputing, and the new generation of young adults with global empathy, is partnering and giving something now for a competitive advantage in the future.

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How Some Ventures Continually Stay Ahead Of The Crowd

Startup Professionals Musings

The stalwarts should be making the big leaps to be competitive, rather than the other way around. Competitive advantage depends most critically on the assimilation of new knowledge and the timely creation of new markets and new businesses.

New Entrepreneurs Are Rebuilding Our Business Engine

Startup Professionals Musings

My friends who “grew up” with lifetime careers in General Motors, Exxon Mobil, or even IBM, are now often too embarrassed to even mention it. Competitive advantages are rapidly vaporizing on these.

Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture

Both Sides of the Table

Sure, you need to be competitive on price. Sales people will always tell you how far ahead the competition is. That stuff is for Oracle or IBM. Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people.

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This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

Both Sides of the Table

Coremetrics (acquired by IBM). Will expand IBM’s business analytics capabilities and become part of IBM’s application and integration middleware portfolio. FTC is considering an investigation into Apple’s anti-competitive practices.