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Behind the scenes of a failed Kickstarter project

Behind the scenes of a failed Kickstarter project | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
A little more than half of the projects on Kickstarter fail. But understanding those failures can help others avoid the same fate. So, I spoke to one of the founders of a failed project to understand what lessons others might be able to learn.

So a few possible lessons one can draw from the Dawsons’ experience is that funding a Kickstarter is possible for anyone — it just requires a willingness to ask people for money. Freeloaders exist on Kickstarter as they do everywhere, so offering an actual product or more tangible rewards might help someone doing a public project get the pledges he or she needs.

And finally, if the first project doesn’t work, maybe your second one will.

For more on the Kickstarter phenomenon see Om’s epic interview with Co-founder Perry Chen:

http://gigaom.com/2012/05/22/kickstarter-founder-perry-chen-intervie/

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Grockit Wants to Build a Pinterest for Learning

Grockit Wants to Build a Pinterest for Learning | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Grockit's latest product re-configures online content such as YouTube videos, Wikipedia entries and ebooks into ordered lesson plans.

 

So how does Learnist beat Google as a learning tool? Or Pinterest, for that matter?

Grockit founder Farbood Nivi argues that expert curation helps avoid the misinformation, hacked-together how-to articles and other useless content one must weed through in a typical Google search. It also provides a clear learning path and eventually, he hopes, will include some form of assessment.

“We don’t think it’s a Wikipedia replacement,” he says. “We think it’s a Wikipedia enhancement.”

The scope of content he has in mind is larger than that of both online course platforms such as Udemy as well as that of Sophia, a startup with a similar mission of helping experts curate content that focuses on academics. Along with lessons about common core standards, it includes topics such as “how to find the best pizza in Brooklyn” or “how to hack your kitchen” that don’t require courses

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What Makes VegasTech Unique: Updated | Las Vegas Startups

What Makes VegasTech Unique: Updated | Las Vegas Startups | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

 

 

http://www.vegasstartups.com/2012/05/19/what-makes-vegastech-unique-updated

below is just a highlight from the article linked above:

Las Vegas Startups, What Makes VegasTech Unique: Updated, Las Vegas Startups... What Makes VegasTech Unique: Updated

Written by: Rick

"Thanks to Rick Duggan, David Gosse, Jennifer Gosse, Gian Brown, Mike Manzano, Shaun Swanson, and Mark Johnson for input. If you like it, thank them. If you don’t, blame me.

Since that first Jelly, a loosely knit community of DOers have combined and collaborated to bring the following to Las Vegas:

Startup Weekend (June and November 2011, 2012 dates TBD) Las Vegas Jelly (weekly) Ignite Vegas (quarterly) Delivering Happiness Inspire (monthly) /usr/lib (a tech library / co-working lite space open daily) Ruby Users Group (weekly [yes, it pre-dated VegasTech, but has grown far stronger now]) Mobile Monday (monthly) LaunchUp (quarterly) LV Night Owls (irregularly scheduled) vegasstartups.com VegasTech.com Green Jelly (bi-weekly) StartupBus FounderDating vgst.ch URL shortener that provides consistent branding for VegasTech 3 co-working spaces (one opened January 2012, since closed, another to open in August 2012, the third I do not have details on)"

check out https://twitter.com/#!/search/users/%23vegastech

http://vegastech.com/
http://vegastech.com/about/

VegasTech.com is a community effort.

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Looking For Optimism About the Economy? Ask a Startup [INFOGRAPHIC]

Looking For Optimism About the Economy? Ask a Startup [INFOGRAPHIC] | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
72% of startup CEOs are optimistic about economic growth over the next year.
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Investing in Social Entrepreneurship: A $1 Trillion Market Paradigm Shifts & Entrepreneurship: Investing in Social Solutions vs. Symptoms

Investing in Social Entrepreneurship: A $1 Trillion Market Paradigm Shifts & Entrepreneurship: Investing in Social Solutions vs. Symptoms | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

'Paradigm Shifts & Entrepreneurship: Investing in Social Solutions vs. Symptoms'

blog post by Per Grankvist.

http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/407-paradigm-shifts-entrepreneurship-investing-in-social-solutions-vs-symptoms?utm_source=nwsalrt&utm_medium=email&utm_content=051612&utm_campaign=newsletter

Investing in Social Entrepreneurship: A $1 Trillion Market

On the second day of the SoCap conference, Tone Rosingholm of JPMorgan emphasized that the investment opportunity in the social entrepreneurship economy in the US is between $400 million and $1 trillion.

According to Rosingholm, that’s 10 times more than what is donated in any typical year in the U.S. She wrapped up her presentation by alluding to a clear shift with more people wanting to invest in business, rather than donating to causes, in order to change the world.

This went along with what Kevin Jones had mentioned to me a few weeks earlier after he keynoted the Swedish Venture Capitalist Association annual meeting: "Impact investment isn’t a movement any more, but that it’s a real and fast growing asset class."


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50 Awesome Women Entrepreneurs on Twitter

50 Awesome Women Entrepreneurs on Twitter | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Here is a list of 50 awesome women entrepreneurs you should be following on Twitter. All of these ladies have built thriving businesses, powerful brands and a strong online presence. They have clarity around their message ...

http://www.shebrand.com/50-awesome-women-entrepreneurs-on-twitter/

 

 

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Startup Weekend Cebu participants solving real-world problems

Startup Weekend Cebu participants solving real-world problems | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

"It’s no secret that the Philippines has a growing startup scene with talented designers and developers."

http://sgentrepreneurs.com/news-stop/2012/05/15/startup-weekend-cebu-participants-solving-real-world-problems/

1st Place – WaitKnowMore. A mobile SMS service that alerts you when your queue number is reaching. It sends out an SMS when it’s close to your turn and sends you offers from nearby shops to entertain you while you wait. Primarily targeting queues at medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics in the Philippines.

2nd Place - luto.co. A mobile application that acts as your recipe and grocery inventory, so that you’ll never have to wonder “What should I cook?” ever again.

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Meet-A-Hero | Discovering and sharing the Philippines: Provinces, Beaches, Cities, Festivals, and Top Tourist Destinations

Meet-A-Hero | Discovering and sharing the Philippines: Provinces, Beaches, Cities, Festivals, and Top Tourist Destinations | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

#ThoughtfulTourism
Meet a Hero is Meet Manila’s initiative fueling our main orbit. Our mission is to find and feature well-deserving Filipino citizens who lead for a good cause. These game-changers are self-driven by their knowledge, motivated by their passion, and are not afraid to fight for what they believe in. As a tribute to game-changers Meet Manila is committed to support their advocacies by harnessing the combined strength of the online community. After a well-thought of qualification process, Meet Manila has short-listed 15 community heroes from all walks of life. 

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Transformational Entrepreneurship: Where Technology Meets Societal Impact

Transformational Entrepreneurship: Where Technology Meets Societal Impact | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
The slow decline of industrial manufacturing in developed nations and recent failures of financial capitalism across the globe have sent us searching for a new model of economic growth. I see the two movements of Technology Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship beginning to converge into a promising solution. An increasing number of entrepreneurs are awakening to the possibility of combining the scalable tools and methodology of Technology Entrepreneurship with the world-centric value system of Social Entrepreneurship. Together they create a new type of entrepreneurship that could become our primary source of socioeconomic value creation. What do we call this movement? I propose we call it "Transformational Entrepreneurship."*
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33 Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs – Shopify

33 Must Read Books for Entrepreneurs – Shopify | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
There is a link to buy each book, and all of the money earned from Amazon's affiliate program will go to Acumen Fund, a non-profit venture that supports entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Reading is particularly important for entrepreneurs. Many authors have spent a lifetime gaining a wealth of knowledge, and learning the lessons in their books the hard way so you don't have to.

http://www.shopify.com/blog/5571842-33-must-read-books-for-entrepreneurs

 

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On the rise: Immigrant entrepreneurs

On the rise: Immigrant entrepreneurs | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Immigrant entrepreneurs: The face of America's small business owners is changing. If you're working for a new company, there's a 28% chance your boss wasn't born in the U.S.
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A Weekend of Startups: SW Manila 2012 Learnings

A Weekend of Startups: SW Manila 2012 Learnings | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
I've been part of two Startup Weekends already and I must say there is nothing like the energy of founders trying to turn an idea into a startup in a scant 54 hours. Here’s some of what I learned and did over that weekend: 1) The Pre-Startup Weekend.
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City Slicker Farms Celebrates 10 Years

Hear about City Slicker Farms through the experiences of our 10 Local Heroes...
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4 Ways To Use Pinterest To Encourage Corporate Volunteerism

4 Ways To Use Pinterest To Encourage Corporate Volunteerism | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Pinterest is a great marketing tool, but businesses should also start thinking about it as a unique way to promote corporate volunteerism.

How does Pinterest work as a tool for employee volunteer promotion?

Unlike Twitter and Facebook, images are key to Pinterest.  This means that in order to successfully promote and encourage volunteering efforts, photos must be at the forefront of the initiative.  Pinterest-interested businesses should thus encourage employees to take photos while they volunteer; use pictures in company handbooks to explain the company’s volunteering opportunities; and keep extra snapshots available so there is content in reserve to regularly update the Pinterest page.

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Israeli Nobel Prize Winner: Entrepreneurship is The Only Way to Maintain Peace. - Forbes

Israeli Nobel Prize Winner: Entrepreneurship is The Only Way to Maintain Peace. - Forbes | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
What does a Nobel Prize winner has to say about entrepreneurship?

A summary of Dr Shechtman’s views on entrepreneurship, excerpted from:

 http://www.forbes.com/sites/ricardogeromel/2012/04/27/israeli-nobel-prize-winner-entrepreneurship-is-the-only-way-to-maintain-peace/

The only way to maintain long term peace in any country is by encouraging and teaching people to open companies. If a country doesn’t foster entrepreneurship, it will have to rely on natural resources. However, these natural resources will extinguish one day. This partially explains, as well, why Israel, not having natural resources, had to become a Start-up Nation.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704779704574553884271802474.html

The concept of nation is not natural. In the past, human beings organized themselves in tribes before nations. Basically, many countries are united tribes. If countries don’t focus on opening startups, they will extinguish their natural resources and tribal conflicts will take place again.

Realizing this 26 years ago, I started teaching “technological entrepreneurship” to provide students the necessary tools for launching companies either upon graduation or after a few years of working in a company. I have already taught over 10,000 students. In this class, which is open to all the students at Technion, I bring 5 kinds of guest speakers:

1st: Bootstrapping entrepreneurs.Entrepreneurs who did it on their own, without external financial help. Successful people who usually started in their basement, garage or kitchen…http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/55776

2nd: Entrepreneurs that are struggling NOW. For instance, one company that did not hire the right people, another that need better marketing research…

3rd: Lawyers to teach “The different kinds of ownerships,” “What is a company?”

4th: Patent examiners to explain what is a patent, how to register it, where, when, costs involved.  

5th: A marketing professional who will teach students key tools about marketing research.”

see also

Israel Education: the next 64 years - a great interview with Technion Nobel Laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman ~http://www.timesofisrael.com/yes-israel-will-still-be-around-in-another-64-years-but-we-need-to-change-our-ways/

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Urban Farming | Rust Wire

Urban Farming | Rust Wire | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

http://rustwire.com/about/

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/rustwire

http://rustwire.com/category/urban-farming/

Sharing successes. Debating Problems. Connecting advocates.

Pittsburgh. Cleveland. Detroit. Youngstown. St. Louis. Cincinnati. Buffalo. Milwaukee.

More than a dozen cities; the same set of problems.

This site is intended to consolidate thoughtful, constructive stories about post-industrial cities across the Rust Belt. It was developed by two former newspaper reporters with ties to five Rust Belt cities, and it is maintained with help from half a dozen others from across the region.

Our aim present a balanced, realistic view of our cities, the challenges they face and the assets they maintain.

Welcome to the site. We hope you leave a little bit better informed.

Sincerely,

Angie Schmitt & Kate Giammarise

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Filipino in Silicon Valley ... and Vegas Tech in global StartUps

Filipino in Silicon Valley ... and Vegas Tech in global StartUps | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Rappler's Maria Ressa sits down with Filipino Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dado Banatao.

I recently have started trying to link co-working spaces, StartUps and StartUp Weekends in Manila, Cebu and Mindanao to VegasTech and StartUps in the emergent tech sectors here in Las Vegas.

https://www.facebook.com/SxVegas

Austin via Manila and Cebu.. another way to promote the brand and garner resources and friends and supporters

some details at https://www.facebook.com/reinabelle/posts/229030397206939?comment_id=833048&notif_t=like

SxVegas, a series of events taking place at SXSW Interactive 2013. The goal: promote and advertise the thriving #VegasTech community.

http://youtu.be/t8IKMf19meA

 

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FoodRevolution-SchoolEBook.pdf The Official @JamieOliver #FoodRevolution Twitter Page.

student  toolkit

Youth today are inheriting a poor diet and global epidemic of diet-related diseases. This is your chance to demand better food education in schools. Take action and register your school or youth organisation to join students around the world standing up for real food. Don’t forget to download our ‘30 Ideas to Start a Food Revolution at School’ eBook, which will inspire you to get started.

http://foodrevolutionday.com/assets/downloads/FoodRevolution-SchoolEBook.pdf

 

 

 

http://www.foodrevolutionday.com/recipes

http://foodrevolutionday.com/about-the-day.html

Food Revolution  @FoodRev

The Official @JamieOliver #FoodRevolution Twitter Page. Educating, Empowering & Inspiring People Everywhere To Stand Up For Real Food.

· http://www.foodrevolutionday.com

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Three Years of Kickstarter Projects

Three Years of Kickstarter Projects | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Almost 50,000 projects have sought financing on Kickstarter since the site began on April 28, 2009. About half successfully reached their fund-raising goals. Each dot represents how much a project raised by its deadline.
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Downtown event seeks to conjure environmentally friendly commerce

Downtown event seeks to conjure environmentally friendly commerce | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
For one weekend, a downtown street block typically overcome by blight and empty storefronts was transformed into a budding area of businesses, resources and classes for the community.

http://www.lvrj.com/view/downtown-event-seeks-to-conjure-environmentally-friendly-commerce-151490095.html?ref=095

Though the pop-up businesses at Build a Greener Block were temporary, Wiegand said the event created the possibility of permanent stores. He said people inquired about how to lease space along the street.

Six weeks was all it took for Build a Greener Block to happen. Wiegand pitched his idea to Green Jelly, a group of valley residents sharing ideas about environmental issues, and developed a plan with the help of a core team and volunteers.

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Startup Compass Benchmark your Startup's KPIs against more than 10,000 Internet Startups Allocate Resources, Diagnose Problems, Align your Team & Measure Progress

Startup Compass Benchmark your Startup's KPIs against more than 10,000 Internet Startups Allocate Resources, Diagnose Problems, Align your Team & Measure Progress | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

Make better product and business decisions
Benchmark your Startup's KPIs against more than 10,000 Internet Startups
Allocate Resources, Diagnose Problems, Align your Team & Measure Progress

https://www.facebook.com/StartupGenome

 http://blog.startupcompass.co/

About
The Startup Genome aims to reduce the massive failure rate of startups in a scalable way. Check out startupcompass.co to benchmark your startup and blog.startupcompass.co to download the latest reports.
Mission
The goal of the Startup Genome project is to crack the innovation code. Solving this puzzle not only has the potential to raise the output of Silicon Valley to heights never seen before, but would allow the magic of Silicon Valley to be shared with the rest of the world. We believe success could mark the beginning of a new era, an era we are calling the Entrepreneurial Enlightenment.
Description
Throughout the last year we have laid the foundation for the Startup Genome Project by creating a system that allows us to the synthesize best practices for creating successful startups. We've combined insights from many thought leaders including Steve Blank, Alex Osterwalder, Janice Fraser, Eric Ries, Sean Ellis, Dave Mcclure and Geoffrey Moore; with Steve, Alex and Janice directly supporting the project.

We've tested our methodology with 12000+ technology startups in Silicon Valley. Many of which are at the verge of changing the world today. Our early prototypes suggest significant improvements in focus, iteration speed, time to pivot and effective outreach to mentors & service providers. But in order to take the Startup Genome Project to the next level we need a much larger dataset to validate the work that has been done so far.
General Information
We want to do for startups what Pandora did for music in order to understand how innovation happens at a fundamental level and the spread the knowledge of these principles worldwide.

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background links on King of the Street cross-promote @SxVegas @VegasJelly @ShiftVegas

background links on King of the Street cross-promote @SxVegas @VegasJelly @ShiftVegas | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

Besides being an amazing tourist event which is sure to have GLOBAL coverage, King of the Street is an incredible charitable forum and an opportunity to promote technology, engineering, and math and science education as well as entrepreneurship and the rebirth of the Las Vegas and global economies too.

Below are background links on the project which I introduced to the Vegas Tech community at the Jelly last night. If any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Here are couple of background links: https://www.facebook.com/NHRA

http://fourwindsautismfoundation.org/kingofthestreets/

King of the Streets Celebrity Auto Race for Charity Mid October 2012 at Las Vegas Speedway, benefits the Four Winds Autism Foundation. Celebrities including Keanu Reeves, Adrien Brody, Randy Couture, and many more have already signed up for a star studded weekend in Mid October 2012. Stay tuned to www.KingoftheStreets.org  for exact dates and ticket sales 

King of the Streets first annual Celebrity Drag Race in Las Vegas October 2012 at the world famous Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This event has global implications -- and WILL be a wonderful forum to cross promote Shift Vegas, Vegas Tech and SxVegas.
More details upcoming!

ESPN already is on board. This will be globally televised people and expertly produced! Check out Rami's profile here: http://fourwindsautismfoundation.org/kingofthestreets/ramihajar

 

Rami Hajar is an established executive in many facets of the entertainment industry. He has worked in various departments including distribution (terrestrial and digital), A&R, production, business development / administration, film packaging, marketing, Publishing, and has also owned and operated a state of the art recording studio.

As a consultant, Mr. Hajar has provided his expertise to such companies as BMG/Loud Records, Thump Holdings/UMVD, Universal/MCA, Relativity Media, Sony Music, Interscope Records, Profile Records, and Island/Def Jam, to name a few, and has launched and guided the careers of many artists and producers. As a producer, Mr. Hajar’s resume is a who’s who of artist celebrity; WilmerValderrama, Xzibit, Patti Label, Tommy Lee, 50 Cent, Tupac Shakur, Sean Kingston, and many others.

Mr. Hajar, Co-Founder / CEO of IP Network Systems ( www.ipnetworksystems.com
), has been an advocate for the integration of the digital distribution platform since 1993, and has progressively furnished this insight and distribution platform to his clients and affiliate media companies. Mr. Hajars’ "soft ware as a service"(SAAS) company, IPNetwork Systems, has developed sets of API’s designed to streamline the digital distribution process.

Currently, Mr. Hajar, is completing music supervision on several film projects, while contributing as a member of the Board of Directors of the Four Winds Autism Foundation as well.

see also http://www.tennerandassoc.com/about.html

 

and http://www.eat-m.com/2002-index.html  an old but highly related background link

 

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10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Build Brands Online

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Build Brands Online | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Building your brand online in a meaningful way is no easy task. We've highlighted 10 methods for entrepreneurs to dig into.
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Fred Wilson: what crowdfunding means for the VC business

Fred Wilson: what crowdfunding means for the VC business | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
For the past couple of decades, venture capitalists have had the upper hand. They’ve had the funding and most of the power in the startup ecosystem.

"A possible model could be a scenario in which a VC spots an interesting deal in the crowfunding market and offers to sponsor the deal with one-tenth of a $1 million round, he said, potentially making it easier for the startup to raise the remaining $900,000. The hypothetical VC could also join the board and get added equity for the expertise."

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#PepperItForward -- Connecting with United Way So NV: Keeping concept of Refugee Community Gardens firmly in mind

#PepperItForward -- Connecting with United Way So NV: Keeping concept of Refugee Community Gardens firmly in mind | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

In the San Diego community, refugees from eight countries who have lost everything are working together to create something new. At the IRC New Roots Community Farm, refugees are embracing their human rights in even the simplest ways—in seeds and home-grown vegetables—as they build their lives in a new country.

Good model for sharing and caring and growing in Las Vegas and elsewhere, whether refugees or not. 

Click http://lvhelpgro.net/pepperitforward-connecting-with-united-way-of for many related links.

 

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