Time (sub required) on the many small deals Apple, Twitter, Yahoo! and Walmart (in graph) have done
"In most cases, the acquirers don't care about the products they've
bought. (To prove it, they often instantly shut them down, as Yahoo did
with Rockmelt's smartphone browser in August.) What they covet is the
expertise of the acquisition's founders and engineers and sometimes the
technology they've created or the data they've collected."
SeedTable has information on more than 42,500 companies founded since
2002, including whether the companies are angel- or venture
capital-funded (angel funders invest their own money; venture
capitalists raise money from others), and whether the funder has exited,
either by IPO or acquisition. The data cover 150 cities worldwide. It
is reported by separate city or municipality, so the Martin Prosperity Institute's Zara Matheson
organized the data by metro area and then mapped it by three major
categories: global start-ups, companies receiving angel funding, and
companies receiving institutional venture capital.
Fortune (sub required) on some of In-Q-Tel's portfolio
Palantir builds tools that can bring massive amounts of disparate data
into one place, allowing users to find patterns -- in phone records and
financial transactions, for example -- that would otherwise be
(Sonitus Medical) is developing a miniature
wireless-communication device that sits in a person's mouth where no one
can see it. (Photo of its SoundBite in the mouth hearing device which uses bone conduction to imperceptibly transmit sound via the teeth)
Oculis software uses a webcam to check whether anyone nearby is looking
at a computer screen and, if so, alerts the user with a pop-up window.
(Adapx's) digital pens allow users to record information in real time, then connect the pen to
a PC or cellphone and share the info.
Nice Fortune (sub required) interview with the serial inventor where he talks about Segway, Slingshot, First Robotics and his views on educating our young
"If you have an entire generation of kids growing up who are immersed
in a culture that creates superheroes from the worlds of sports and
entertainment and nothing else, then these kids will work hard to
emulate the skill sets of those role models. The problem is very, very
few kids will ever make it in those fields.
We started this
thing in 1988 in a gym in Manchester, N.H., with 28 teams. This year
we'll have more than 23,000 schools from about six countries competing.
We have 120,000 corporate volunteers and 3,500 corporate sponsors. I'm
working with will.i.am and his i.am.angel foundation to try to get First
into every school in the country."
Photo credit of Kamen with his energy-efficient Stirling engine (being branded Revolution) that he used in Bangladesh to create electricity with methane gas generated by cow dung.
Seth Godin’s latest book is a cheerleader for this entrepreneur. As he says in this interview
“…I called it the Icarus Deception, [because] people think the story says don’t fly too close to the sun,” he says. “But that’s not what it used to say. 150 years ago, it used to say ‘don’t fly too low’. Because if you fly too low, the mist and the water will weigh you down, and you will perish.”
But how does a Greek fable apply to Godin’s new book? He explains.
“It’s about not settling – for 100 years we lived in an industrial economy, where people who ran the factories, made shoes and cars and life insurance policies, and amusement parks, they wanted us to fit in,” he says. They wanted us to be compliant, they wanted us to do what we were told, and that’s why they invented school. To teach us to sit still, and listen and regurgitate. But that industrial age is dying, right before our eyes.”
Born in Switzerland and educated at the Arts Center College of Design,
in Pasadena, Calif., Béhar, 45, has worked on a wide range of projects.
These include the recent rebranding of Nivea, the global skin care and
shampoo giant owned by German conglomerate Beiersdorf; the Sodastream
Source, a new model of the home seltzer maker; and the $100 XO “One
Child Per Laptop” computer, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte, which first won him broad acclaim
in 2008. In 13 years since Béhar has founded Fuseproject, he’s emerged
as something more than the sum of his projects, too. Along with Apple’s Jony Ive, he has become the face of the idea that designers can be
entrepreneurs as surely as Silicon Valley engineers can—and, moreover,
are essential to business growth
Jawbone, Miller Heiman, GE - his string of projects keeps going. In a really interesting interview below he describes how Design went from not being respected by technology vendors to a critical function
Guy was one of the most popular speakers at Cognizant Community this week. That’s impressive given the awesome slate at the event.
What’s even more impressive is the slides he used have not changed much over the years - see a similar presentation from a few years ago in the video below.
What has evolved is the examples he presented in his voice over (including funny episodes with his growing kids) and his own appearance. He is slimmer, and more energetic (I saw him briefly after his talk and he had a big smile and said “It’s only 9 – whole day to play with”).
And he is more author/blogger and less VC and product evangelist as the years roll by. Selfishly, I am convinced that makes you a better presenter:)
“That Musk feels no shame dismissing the efforts of vastly larger competitors would not surprise his friends and colleagues, who describe him as Steve Jobs, John D. Rockefeller, and Howard Hughes rolled into one. “He’s a throwback to when people were doing less incrementalist things,” says Peter Thiel, the tech investor who co-founded PayPal with Musk. “The companies he’s started are executing against a vision measured not in years but in decades.” Bruce Leak, a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur who once worked with Musk at a video game company, says, “He has that Bill Gates energy where his foot bounces and he’s wiggling just because he’s so smart.” Jon Favreau, a friend and the director of the Iron Man movies, has called Musk the basis for his version of comic book hero Tony Stark, the playboy inventor who builds a flying weaponized suit.”
“Some members of our latest list of young innovators from around the world have developed consumer Web services you might have used, such as Spotify or Dropbox. Others are making more fundamental breakthroughs that have yet to be commercialized, such as more efficient engines or improvements in optical communications. And a few are blazing trails in fields that didn’t exist before, like pop-up fabrication of tiny machines, or cameras that can see around corners. But all 35 of them have something significant in common: their work is likely to be influential for a very long time.”