Polkadot passes the $140M mark for its fund-raise to link private and public blockchains

Polkadot is a project which has emerged from the Blockchain world, and was designed to do something increasingly important. In effect, Polkadot is the interchange and translator between multiple blockchains which creative people developing on the Ethereum blockchain have been looking for in order to build a wealth new projects and infrastructure. As companies develop their own side-chains, they needed, somehow, to link these projects to Ethereum’s public blockchain. The question was, how? This is where Polkadot comes in. Read more>> 

 

Why Are Startup Founders So Bad at Changing Their Own Companies?

oct17-13-97091349-Max-OppenheimCompany founders would seem to be a natural fit for change management programs. They are persuaders and visionaries who perceive opportunities and seize them quickly. From airlines to autos, and from TVs to taxis, individual entrepreneurs have upended one industry after another. When channeled successfully, these attributes represent the lifeblood of entrepreneurship and market disruption. Unfortunately, when founders attempt to apply these skills to their own organizations, they usually aren’t as successful: It seems the industry disrupter’s virtues are the organizational change manager’s vices. Read more>>

Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

The setting is X, the so-called moonshot factory at Alphabet, the parent company of Google. And the scene is not the beginning of some elaborate joke. X is perhaps the only enterprise on the planet where regular investigation into the absurd is not just permitted but encouraged, and even required. Each X idea adheres to a simple three-part formula. First, it must address a huge problem; second, it must propose a radical solution; third, it must employ a relatively feasible technology. In other words, any idea can be a moonshot—unless it’s frivolous, small-bore, or impossible. Read more>>

How Female Entrepreneurs Can Beat Investors’ Gender Bias

Dana Kanze started noticing something funny about eight years ago, when she was pitching her startup to venture capitalists. As cofounder of Moonit Labs, a New York-based mobile app development company, she felt VCs were asking her substantially different questions than her male cofounder. She was CEO, while he was president and COO. Now she’s also the lead author of a study published this summer in the Academy of Management Journal, “We Ask Men to Win and Women Not to Lose: Closing the Gender Gap in Startup Funding.” Read more>>

Porsche launches on-demand subscription for its sports cars and SUVs

Subscription-based car programs are increasingly an option automakers are looking to change up ownership and deal with the changing demands of customers.Porsche’s new Passport subscription program could be just what you’re looking for. The on-demand short-term rental program allows anyone in Atlanta to subscribe for $2,000 per month, which will provide access to eight models of Porsche including the 718 Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman S at launch. Read more>>

‘Outside,’ The North Face Bow VR Experience

Outside magazine has partnered with The North Face and VR tech and production firm Jaunt to distribute “The North Face: Nepal,” an interactive immersive experience created by the outdoor apparel brand. Outside is shipping Google Cardboard headset viewers, compatible with smartphones, to 75,000 subscribers with the December issue of the magazine and subscribers can then access the VR experience through Outside’s mobile channel. Read more>>

Startup Accelerators Have Become More Popular in Emerging Markets — and They’re Working

oct17-02-168261058For decades, we have heard that emerging markets are poised for huge growth that will yield even greater prosperity. But a long list of obstacles always seems to be getting in the way of realizing this potential. Startup accelerator programs have been touted as one path to faster progress. Much like their famed Silicon Valley counterparts, emerging market accelerators aim to boost startups’ potential for raising growth capital. This research shows that the effects of acceleration are remarkably similar for entrepreneurs across countries and even continents. Read more>>

The new age of ICOs is here, and it’s not based on Ethereum

ICOs are said to be the new way to raise money. We’ve seen companies raising $100 million, $156 million, $185 million and even $232 million by selling tokens that will be used in the protocol that these companies have promised to build using this money. Against the money raised, the tokens they gave were created and sold on the Ethereum blockchain — meaning that all the trade that took place happened on the Ethereum blockchain and the tokens created are tracked on the Ethereum blockchain. But that is changing. Read more>>

5 Cheap And Easy Ways to Prototype Your New Startup Idea

Many entrepreneurs I work with have previously put off launching their idea, product, or service because it’s “not ready yet.” They feel their product is not perfect. And guess what: it never will be. That’s why it’s important to prototype and test along the way so you are constantly getting feedback and iterating. Eric Ries’ concept of a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) as a prototype: building the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to test your idea. After determining your why and using empathy to deeply and holistically understand your target customers, you should build a MVP to receive feedback if you’re moving in the right direction, iterate, and build a product that will be highly desirable upon launch since it’s already been tested out. Here are five easy models for building your prototype. Read more>>

The Space Tech Market Map: 57 Startups Charting The Final Frontier

Space tech is breaking barriers.With rocket and satellite development costs falling, a regulatory embrace of private spaceflight (“new space”), and better remote sensing and data analytics capabilities, funding to space tech companies has rocketed from almost nothing in 2012, to approximately $4B in combined funding over the past two years. Space tech includes startups involved in the construction and launch of satellites or rocketry into outer space, as well as ancillary companies working to aggregate and analyze satellite data. NASA’s embrace of private spaceflight has paved the way for private sector investments, and funding to “new space” companies has rocketed as a result. Read more>>