IBM kicks off first-ever accelerator program | The Times of Israel

. On Tuesday, the international company inaugurated its first-ever technology accelerator in the world at its headquarters in Petah Tikva, next to Tel Aviv.

Called Alpha Zone, the program teams IBM’s vast resources with start-ups, helping the newcomers develop their products and market them.

IBM kicks off first-ever accelerator program | The Times of Israel

. On Tuesday, the international company inaugurated its first-ever technology accelerator in the world at its headquarters in Petah Tikva, next to Tel Aviv.

Called Alpha Zone, the program teams IBM’s vast resources with start-ups, helping the newcomers develop their products and market them.

The combination of Obamacare regulations, incentives in the recovery act for doctors and hospitals to shift to electronic records and the releasing of mountains of data held by the Department of Health and Human Services is creating a new marketplace and platform for innovation — a health care Silicon Valley — that has the potential to create better outcomes at lower costs by changing how health data are stored, shared and mined. It’s a new industry.

Is It Now Better To Start A Tech Company In NYC Than San Francisco? - PSFK
Is New York City the new Silicon Valley? This the question Roger Wu, a startup co-founder, is proposing in his recent article on Quartz. Although reports do show that successful startups in the Valley are valued nearly 40 times more than those based in New York. However, a closer at other factors such as turnover of revenue and risk.
Wu draws from sources like the New Tech City report, and Statistic Brain, that Silicon Valley has a “larger number of more risky” companies, whereas the “overall composition of New York companies is less risky.” According to the Startup Genome Report:

Is It Now Better To Start A Tech Company In NYC Than San Francisco? - PSFK

Is New York City the new Silicon Valley? This the question Roger Wu, a startup co-founder, is proposing in his recent article on Quartz. Although reports do show that successful startups in the Valley are valued nearly 40 times more than those based in New York. However, a closer at other factors such as turnover of revenue and risk.

Wu draws from sources like the New Tech City report, and Statistic Brain, that Silicon Valley has a “larger number of more risky” companies, whereas the “overall composition of New York companies is less risky.” According to the Startup Genome Report:

Airbnb For Workspaces Allows Mobile Creatives To Connect & Collaborate
“This goes beyond renting a desk, it’s all about creating and engaging a community of like-minded professionals, I like to think of it as a physical professional network. It creates this serendipitous opportunity for other people who want to connect and join a community, not just a desk.”

Airbnb For Workspaces Allows Mobile Creatives To Connect & Collaborate

“This goes beyond renting a desk, it’s all about creating and engaging a community of like-minded professionals, I like to think of it as a physical professional network. It creates this serendipitous opportunity for other people who want to connect and join a community, not just a desk.”

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To Turn The Crowd Into Venture Capitalists, FundersClub Raises $6M Seed Round — Biggest In YC History
For those unfamiliar, FundersClub is a website that picks promising startups and lets people invest in them over the web in return for real equity. Anyone who’s an “accredited investor” (earns over $200,000 a year or has a net worth over $1 million) can browse startups with open rounds ranging from a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars. They learn about the businesses, pick ones they believe in, and plop down as little a $1,000. The average investment so far is $2500. All the legal paperwork and money transfer happens right there online.

Full Story: TechCrunch

To Turn The Crowd Into Venture Capitalists, FundersClub Raises $6M Seed Round — Biggest In YC History

For those unfamiliar, FundersClub is a website that picks promising startups and lets people invest in them over the web in return for real equity. Anyone who’s an “accredited investor” (earns over $200,000 a year or has a net worth over $1 million) can browse startups with open rounds ranging from a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars. They learn about the businesses, pick ones they believe in, and plop down as little a $1,000. The average investment so far is $2500. All the legal paperwork and money transfer happens right there online.


Full Story: TechCrunch

Silicon Valley, London, NYC: Startup Genome Data Reveals How The World’s Top Tech Hubs Stack Up | TechCrunch
Last year, we covered an ambitious collaborative R&D project called “Startup Genome,” created by three young entrepreneurs, Bjoern Herrmann, Max Marmer, and Ertan Dogrultan. The goal of the ongoing project was (and is) to take a comprehensive, data-driven dive into what makes tech startups successful — and not so successful.
Out of its research came, among other things,Startup Compass: A free benchmarking tool that leverages its data to allow entrepreneurs to evaluate their progress compared to other startups in their space. The product’s overarching goal is to allow founders to make more informed product and business decisions by “utilizing a data-driven feedback loop,” according to its mission statement.
While part of the team has since split off to focus on Blackbox, an educational program and startup accelerator, Herrmann and Marmer have continued toiling away at Startup Genome, collecting data from the some-16K startups that signed up for Startup Compass — and beyond. Today, a year removed from launch, the entrepreneurs believe that Startup Genome is finally crossing the threshold, reaching a critical mass of data on the world’s top entrepreneurial ecosystems.
With its data set growing, Startup Genome is beginning to launch a thorough, comparative analysis on those ecosystems in an effort to give startups a more granular glimpse into how (and at what rate) the world’s top entrepreneurial hubs are evolving — and which are leading the way.

Silicon Valley, London, NYC: Startup Genome Data Reveals How The World’s Top Tech Hubs Stack Up | TechCrunch

Last year, we covered an ambitious collaborative R&D project called “Startup Genome,” created by three young entrepreneurs, Bjoern Herrmann, Max Marmer, and Ertan Dogrultan. The goal of the ongoing project was (and is) to take a comprehensive, data-driven dive into what makes tech startups successful — and not so successful.

Out of its research came, among other things,Startup Compass: A free benchmarking tool that leverages its data to allow entrepreneurs to evaluate their progress compared to other startups in their space. The product’s overarching goal is to allow founders to make more informed product and business decisions by “utilizing a data-driven feedback loop,” according to its mission statement.

While part of the team has since split off to focus on Blackbox, an educational program and startup accelerator, Herrmann and Marmer have continued toiling away at Startup Genome, collecting data from the some-16K startups that signed up for Startup Compass — and beyond. Today, a year removed from launch, the entrepreneurs believe that Startup Genome is finally crossing the threshold, reaching a critical mass of data on the world’s top entrepreneurial ecosystems.

With its data set growing, Startup Genome is beginning to launch a thorough, comparative analysis on those ecosystems in an effort to give startups a more granular glimpse into how (and at what rate) the world’s top entrepreneurial hubs are evolving — and which are leading the way.

With the world becoming increasingly connected, there is unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs to become innovators on a global scale. IBM wants to see these new entrepreneurs succeed and is uniquely positioned to help because of its depth of resources, expertise, experience and connections around the world. To help identify the most promising technology startups who share our vision of a Smarter Planet, we are running IBM SmartCamp, London on 17th November at IBM South Bank London to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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LED lighting system for bicycle wheels to revolutionize safety

Regular Springwise readers may remember our coverage of two recent bike related innovations focusing on functionality and style: MAIK’s Bike Crate and the lock that can be worn around the waist. Now Californian start-up Revolights are focusing on cycle safety with their new bike lighting system. READ MORE…

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LED lighting system for bicycle wheels to revolutionize safety

Regular Springwise readers may remember our coverage of two recent bike related innovations focusing on functionality and style: MAIK’s Bike Crate and the lock that can be worn around the waist. Now Californian start-up Revolights are focusing on cycle safety with their new bike lighting system. READ MORE…

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Hertz offers electric bike rental scheme in London

The rise of the electric bike continues! We’ve recently seen customers rewarded for their eco-friendly transport choices with free charging stations appearing at both hotels and universities. Recognizing the popularity of electric two-wheeled travel, Hertz car hire in London have made twelve Ultra Motor e-bikes available for rental from their London Marble Arch branch. READ MORE…

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Hertz offers electric bike rental scheme in London

The rise of the electric bike continues! We’ve recently seen customers rewarded for their eco-friendly transport choices with free charging stations appearing at both hotels and universities. Recognizing the popularity of electric two-wheeled travel, Hertz car hire in London have made twelve Ultra Motor e-bikes available for rental from their London Marble Arch branch. READ MORE…


Augmented reality app illustrates damage to smokers’ lungs
For smokers, it’s one thing to be told that cigarettes are damaging to the lungs; it’s quite another, however, to see a visual depiction of that destruction. Enter London marketing firm SapientNitro, which recently created “AR Lungs,” an augmented reality app that displays the harm that can be done by smoking. READ MORE…

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Augmented reality app illustrates damage to smokers’ lungs

For smokers, it’s one thing to be told that cigarettes are damaging to the lungs; it’s quite another, however, to see a visual depiction of that destruction. Enter London marketing firm SapientNitro, which recently created “AR Lungs,” an augmented reality app that displays the harm that can be done by smoking. READ MORE…

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Service rewards computer owners for their idle CPU time
Much the way the SETI@home project taps volunteers’ computers for processing help in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, so Oregon-based CPUsage offers crowdsourced computing power as well. This time, however, the CPU resources are put to work for business purposes, with solutions optimized for science, rendering and high-throughput computing. READ MORE…
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Service rewards computer owners for their idle CPU time

Much the way the SETI@home project taps volunteers’ computers for processing help in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, so Oregon-based CPUsage offers crowdsourced computing power as well. This time, however, the CPU resources are put to work for business purposes, with solutions optimized for science, rendering and high-throughput computing. READ MORE…

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Confidential lost & found tags help protect users’ things
It used to be that protecting one’s stuff meant putting a name or phone number on it somewhere. Today, however, many consumers would rather not expose such potentially sensitive information. As a result, there’s TurlyTag, a system of hard tags and stickers that lets users label their things without giving out personal details. READ MORE…

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Confidential lost & found tags help protect users’ things

It used to be that protecting one’s stuff meant putting a name or phone number on it somewhere. Today, however, many consumers would rather not expose such potentially sensitive information. As a result, there’s TurlyTag, a system of hard tags and stickers that lets users label their things without giving out personal details. READ MORE…

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IBM Global Entrepreneur | SmartCamp 2011 Events

Looking for global entrepreneurs who want to build a smarter planet

SmartCamp is an exclusive event aimed at identifying early stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that align with our IBM Smarter Planet vision.

These mentoring and networking events put entrepreneurs in touch with investment firms, serial entrepreneurs, academics, marketing, communications, and technology experts that can help accelerate the solutions of startup companies to market.

SmartCamp events in 2011