Top Winners of 2017 Florida VentureTech Showcase

The Florida Venture Forum/Venture Education Foundation and Space Florida are pleased to announce the top two winners of the 2017 Florida VentureTech Showcase and Space Florida’s Accelerating Innovation prize, held at the FAU Tech Runway in Boca Raton on November 16, 2017.  A total of 17 Florida-based companies from across the state and a variety of industry sectors were selected to present before an audience of investors, deal professionals and entrepreneurs. A panel of judges reviewed each selected company’s presentation and supporting materials. The top two winning companies, which each received $25,000, were: Read more>>

A decade of Amazon Kindle

The decade since the release of the first Kindle has been a turbulent one for publishing. Barnes & Noble — once a large enough threat to local bookstores that it served as the basis of a Meg Ryan rom-com — has shuttered locations at a steady clip. The big publishers have become increasingly consolidated. Amazon was already well on its road to dominance by the time the Kindle rolled around, but, the runaway success of the company’s e-reader has only served to cement the online retailer’s stranglehold on publishing. Read more>>

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>>

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