XPRIZE Awards $15M In Global Learning Competition

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Diamandis which seeks to spur innovative solutions to the world's problems, has awarded $15M in the Global Learning XPRIZE , the prize which challenged innovators to create a way to enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months. xprize learning competition kitkit onebillion school education educational software swahiliMarina Del Rey-based XPRIZE , the organization led by Dr. Peter H.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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It was a pleasure to write them myself. He wanted to build direct customer relationships to get product feedback but only 2% of customers would ever return their registration cards. they can build teams that really focus on building & marketing great products.

Productivity Hacks: Voicemail, Folders & To-Do’s

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I recently wrote a post about avoiding the “ Deferred Life Plan &# and some related thoughts about personal productivity that came from Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Workweek. I would love to say that I’m the productivity guru.

As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

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Ficto is bringing to market adaptations of bestselling books and original productions which will be released with theatrical films and has plans in the pipeline for other forms of scripted and unscripted entertainment. Michael Scott is simultaneously writing a pilot for linear television.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010

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I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology. aka: An Open Letter to the Next Big Social Network) - 500 Hats , November 1, 2010 I've held off writing this post for a long time, because I couldn't quite get my head around all the issues. But I didn’t write it for you; I wrote it for myself. So let’s be very specific: let’s assume your dream job is product manager at Google, working on the Analytics product.

Interview with Steve Seigel, Hatched

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For the first half of our show, we actually set up a store front on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and put their product in a retail setting, and let consumers and investors run through the gamut, allowing them to interact in real time, and get feedback on their packaging and products, and even recommend it to their friends. Anyone can write a check, but not everyone can provide intellectual capital.

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Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?

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First: Product risk. . Is the product or service possible to produce at all, let alone economically enough to compete in the marketplace? Email readers, continue here…] Are you ahead or behind the market with your product or service? And fifth: Competitive risk. .

Niche marketing works. Here’s how.

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Simply, it’s offering a specific product or service to a specific group of people. You’ll have less competition. Where else are consumers going to find your product, if no one else is offering it or if other companies offer it, but haven’t found the right niche audience? Close.

Moving Analytics | Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

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While we have become more productive as a society, with the advent of computers aiding our work, physical inactivity has become a high risk factor in contributing to chronic illnesses. How is Movn different than your competition? We also set up a competition between the two centers.

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TechZulu Is Looking For New Blood | Apply For Editorial, Biz Dev and More

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Tech Reporters: These individuals will write and edit informative and practical articles on a range of topics including Startups/Entrepreneurs, Gadgets, Mobile Tech, Tech in Entertainment, Gaming, Apps & Software, productivity, and cover breaking tech news.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: So, you need to develop a product?

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Under Process, Over Deliver So, you need to develop a product? ► 2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. So, you need to develop a product?

Why Titles Matter a Lot if You’re a Blogger

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When I first started writing this blog several years ago I had less followers than you have right now. But the realist in me knew I couldn’t write daily nor could I convince you to think to check out my blog with regularity.

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

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If you buy into the argument that a strong board can actually help you then this post will lay out how to help you have more productive meetings by preparing properly in advance. You can write this as a narrative in 3–5 key bullet points.

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Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

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This is the norm and unless you have a hugely competitive round it’s not worth fighting. This is not true in the majority of cases but rather when you have competition in your round and feel confident in using your leverage.

Above all, consider the corporate gate keeper.

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Dropping that name will often immediately draw a response if the decision maker is curious or particularly competitive. Let me reinforce this: never reveal competitive information to gain access or advantage.

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Can you profit by serving early adapters?

Berkonomics

They keep me at the leading edge of new development as it is productized, even before mass production. They allow me to preview new devices and technologies before release so that I might write about and speak about them in my “Tech Trends” keynotes.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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With perfect information and too much competition you pay up or they walk right down the street and get it from somebody else.” And if you’re lucky and hit product/market fit straight out of the gate – awesome. why do I write p.s.’s sometimes? VC funding.

Putting an End to the Dark Ages of Local Businesses

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She entered you reservation by writing in a time slot in a paper calendar and you were in. and there was certainly less competition from everybody pitching local merchant solutions. and then took the lid off of the product by announcing the company – I wrote about that here.

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What Can You Learn From Ring’s Astounding Success?

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Many people will write the history on why Ring became an enormously successful company and why it became a real-world unicorn in a world when many startups are anointed that merely on paper. We were CONVINCED Dropcam (then Nest) wouldn’t mobilize a competing product quickly if it did sell?

Two Amazing Women Setting Out on Their Startup Journey

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Competitive sportswoman. She learns how to ship product, how to deal with merchants, how to hire product managers. Always meeting her product ship dates. She was always able to get into the weeds on product or biz dev discussions. She helps write press releases.

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Understanding the Underbelly of Online Marketing & Why You’ll Lose if You Don’t

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If you’re a technology startup you need to excel at product, of course. The starting point of product IS marketing, which is what a lot of young entrepreneurs that never studied business don’t realize. Simply write a great book?

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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I will add to this as I write more in the coming weeks on the topic. You may have gotten some articles that covered your product launch or may have gotten into industry rags but this might be your first time on TechCrunch, AllThingsD, PandoDaily, GigaOm, Business Insider or the equivalent.

Here’s What President of textPlus @Nanea Reeves Has to Say on Leadership, Mgmt, Women in Tech

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I’ll try to get write-ups shortly but for now here is an overview of my interview with Nanea Reeves – President and COO of textPlus. In our video we discussed leadership topics such as managing product and engineering teams, communication and company organization.

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To Sell Anything You Need to Know What Makes You Unique

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The reason for this is that the executives who founded the company have so much tacit knowledge of how to position their product relative to the competition that they can easily win campaigns when they’re involved. But that instant product / market fit is rare.

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Guerilla Marketing, Brad Feld Style

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companies should… focus on building amazing products. If you have amazing products, the marketing of those products is trivial. If you have $hitty products, the marketing is impossible. Instead of focusing on marketing as an activity… integrate it into (your) products.”.

SBIR Source Launches New Research Tool

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Los Angeles-based SBIR Source , which maintains an online database of grant opportunities from the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, said this morning that it has launched a new product, GrantIQ. The company said its data can be used by startups and small tech companies looking for R&D grants, to write more targeted proposals and to understand the competition and needs of Federal agencies.

The Corrosive Nature of Over-Introducers

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I find the over-introducers especially corrosive around first-time founders who often struggle with the balance of their time between tasks like building product versus tasks like speaking at conferences or meeting with potential business development partners.

Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It

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Without taking a dime of outside capital, the company has achieved impressive success in a competitive, SaaS market segment, landing companies such as Nike, Intuit, NASA, AutoDesk and PBS. I have always worked on early stage products.

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? This is a post to help you figure out why you should write and what you should talk about. They became both a thought leader in the space as well as a beautifully designed product.

How I Invest

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I answered in the same way I always do so I thought I’d just write it publicly. “I I spend hours thinking about the products, competitors, market opportunities, recruiting and financing of these businesses. As a starting point I have to believe the founder has the attributes of an entrepreneur that matter most to me : Tenacity, resiliency, inspiration, perspiration, attention-to-detail, competitiveness, decisiveness, risk tolerance and integrity.

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How to use PR Firms at Startups

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One of the most frequent questions entrepreneurs ask about when they raise a little bit of money or are getting close to launching their first product is whether they should hire a PR firm. And I actually got pretty decent grades in English and writing overall.

Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook

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Product. What does your pain reliever look like, how is it implemented by the customer and what future products do you expect to roll out? Competition. Who do I write the check to and where do I send it? Business Plans are dead.

Scaling Sales: Arming & Aiming – Objection Handling

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Some objections are real and they end up becoming changes to your product, your service plan or your pricing / bundling. But they want to establish a baseline in the customer’s mind of the value they will get by using your product. We’re a premium product.

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Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates

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"The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. Bill’s advice reflects Microsoft’s hardnosed culture, which encourages internal competition and a ruthless pursuit of the truth.

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