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Last week I attended a VentureOut Edtech Pitch Night, the culminating event of a one-week boot camp for edtech founders. Entrepreneurs gave a two-minute pitch of their products to a panel of four investors and received feedback on how they might improve their sell. The bulk of attendees were associates at venture capitalist firms looking for companies in which to invest. Based on my conversations with them, their two key criteria were:  
MIT Tech Review wrote an article to review Loeto, Servedio, Strogatz, & Tria (2017): Dynamics on expanding spaces: modeling the emergence of novelties. The researchers found a mathematical way to identify novelty/innovation from the language. This is great, isn't it? Perhaps we can use this method to measure the degree of novelty of the articles on TCR, NLT, and EdLab blog.
According to this article Why Employees At Apple And Google Are More Productive, Apple and Google are the most productive companies not because of talent . These companies have three secret weapons:1. Let the most talented people work together.2. Shield their employees from institutional/organizational drags.3. Engage the employees in awesome works with...
This is from Matt Kremer, an entrepreneur who build products using new technologies. He has this page which chronicles his journey in product development and especially strategies he learned to maximize a product's pre-signups. Pre-signup number is very important, since it indicates the amount of people who find your idea interesting enough to convert. Dropbox is pretty much a tale of this case. It got 75,000 signups on the wait list in the first 24 hours even b...
An interesting and possible MOOC business model.
Sports has always been a big part of my life. Growing up a lot of my peers wanted to take the next step and play professionally. Some of them were good enough to have that chance, but because they played on a small team or didn't play in a big name school, they were not able. They didn't get the opportunity to receive the necessary exposure for recruiting. This was one of the things that fueled me to create a business that will give high school athletes the exposure they need to take their game to the next level. I created a proposal for this during my junior year called High School Sports. Th...
Last week, I stumbled upon an interesting blog article that was featured in StartupDigest, a weekly e-newsletter about the tech startup world. In the article, Avichal Garg, co-founder of PrepMe and most recently Spool, talks about why education startups fail. At first glance, it may seem like Gar...
A colleague emailed me about a competition sponsored by GOOD. Here's what she wrote: We're looking for five innovators from around the globe with creative and scalable projects that strengthen the social fabric of their communities. It doesn't have to be a massive project, but ideally, something that is well past the 'I have a cool idea' stage and is actually working in their own community. The end goal is to create a collaborative international meeting place where ideas are shared across borders to make them come to life both online and off. The five global fellows will come to GOOD in...
I stumbled upon this while look for High Five stories... sounds very LaunchPad-esque to me. Wondering what we might do to distinguish ourselves from other resources already available. Full story from The Corridor of Uncertainty.