Category Archives: Weekly Newsletter

As Autonomous Technology Transforms the Global Freight Sector, Natilus Attracts More Seed Investment from Starburst Ventures, Seraph Group, Gelt VC, Outpost Capital and Draper Associates

Starburst Ventures投资Natilus来扩大大型无人机Large cargo-capacity drone poised to challenge incumbents on price and scale as it prepares for first flight test. Just as the long-haul freight sector has made huge strides in efficiency gains and cost reduction due to technology innovation, the $15.5 trillion global freight market is poised for disruption as it strives to offer customers more cost-effective delivery solutions beyond the decades-old vessels and aircraft which serve as its primary sources of transport. Natilus, a manufacturer of large aircraft drones, has identified the sweet spot between sea and air freight in the international freight market, offering a large cargo-capacity UAV that challenges current incumbents on price and speed of commercial-scale freight delivery. Read more>>

NVCA, Entrepreneurs, and Startups File Lawsuit Challenging Delay of International Entrepreneur Rule

WASHINGTON, DC –The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today joined entrepreneurs and startup companies in filing a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) delay of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER).  Finalized by the Obama Administration, the rule would have allowed talented foreign-born entrepreneurs to travel to or stay in the United States to grow their companies for two and a half years with the possible extension of another two and a half years.  NVCA and the other plaintiffs are represented by the American Immigration Council and Mayer Brown LLP. Read more>>

What can we learn from the successes and failures of Unicorns?

There are 217 companies identified as unicorns including the likes of Uber, Spotify and Pinterest. With a combined valuation of $752 billion these privately-owned businesses offer some of the most vivid examples of how technology can be the catalyst to rapidly transform industries. Here we examine what we can learn from the successes and failures of these fascinating creatures. Read more>>

Volkswagen and Google to bring quantum computing benefits to cars

Computers have changed cars at least as much as they’ve changed our daily lives, but a new partnership between Google and Volkswagen could transform transportation further still: The two are collaborating on how to apply quantum computing to solving some fundamental car-related problems, including optimizing traffic flow, making machine learning more intelligent, and helping to crack the issue of building new battery technologies that can extend range and improve charging rates. Read more>>

Entrepreneurs: Your Team Needs You To Be A Leader, Not A Friend

Chris Myers, the Co-Founder & CEO of BodeTree, claimed that entrepreneurs should be a leader instead of a friend.  As a leader, he prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt and hope that they simply do the right thing. That approach, however, causes more problems than it avoids. The reason is that people rarely want to do the wrong thing. When behaviors disappoint or are misaligned with expectations, it’s usually due to differences in understanding or perception. Conflict avoidance does nothing more than take a bad situation and make it worse. Instead, leaders must make their expectations clear, even when it is uncomfortable. Read more>>

To Airbnb and beyond: Digital transformation in hotels & hospitality

The rapid rise of Airbnb shook the very foundations of the industry and forced incumbents to adapt fast. For marketers and business leaders, this presented both opportunities and threats. Here we look at the transformation of the industry and examine how businesses today can protect themselves. Frequently held as the poster child of digital transformation, Airbnb’s meteoric rise to success was an early case study for the disruptive potential of the internet. But their rise to dominance was far from a certainty. They had to build trust in their brand from day one. Read more>>

Ink raises $7M to make printing on college campuses less painful

For students, it is always frustrating to print on campus because campus’ printers usually work with high error percentage as well as awful UI. Nowadays, Ink, a Nebraska-based startup focused on revamping on-campus printing, has raised $7 million from VTF Capital, SQN Venture Partners, Invest Nebraska and NE Angeles. They introduced two new products. The first one, SmartStation, is a giant touch screen that only connects to HP printers, meaning software error rates and paper jam rates are much lower. There’s also a product called inkTouch that works with existing printers, but still provides the cloud-based services available on the SmartStation. Read more>>

What’s Behind the Hype About Artificial Intelligence?

picThere are multiple factors driving strong interest in AI recently. Apoorv Saxena, lead product manager at Google and co-founder of the AI Frontiers conference that will be held in Santa Clara, Calif., from November 3-5, speaks with Knowledge@Wharton about why interest in artificial intelligence is growing, what is likely to happen in the near future and which challenges will take longer to overcome. Read more>>

Why Richard Branson and Bill Gates Are Betting Big on a Food Startup You’ve Never Heard Of

The Virgin mogul believes clean meat could be one of the keys to defeating climate change. Memphis Meats, the subject of Inc.’s November cover feature, grows meat–beef, chicken, and duck–in a lab, thus producing slaughter-free meat. While founder Uma Valeti and his team have already succeeded in growing such protein in their “bioreactors,” there’s a long way to go before they can do it efficiently enough to compete on price and taste with what you find in restaurants and in supermarkets. Read more>>

Take 5: How to Tell a Great Story

As humans, we are hardwired to organize our thoughts through stories. Which makes storytelling a powerful business tool. Telling a good story can help you connect with your audience on an emotional level. It can make complex data easier to digest, and make your arguments more persuasive. So how do you tell great stories, particularly great business stories? Here is some advice from Kellogg faculty. Read more>>