Have you ever thought about what advice you would want to receive as a fledgling entrepreneur? Are you someone who looks back with longing and wonders what you might have said to your younger self 5-10 years in the past about how you could do better or what you would change? Sure, hindsight is clearly 20/20, but in a time when there’s a booming industry of young entrepreneurs or people who want to create the next Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, role models and advice are heavily sought out in order to help them grow their business. For many, it’s not about finding a mentor or an advisor–they probably don’t know where to start. But with events like the Startup Dream Team Speaker Series, young people might be able to get the advice they need so that they can become more successful. This past week, I happened to stumble upon one of them and the featured speaker just happened to be Marcus Nelson, founder of Addvocate and the former Head of Social Media at Salesforce, and co-founder of UserVoice.
The Startup Dream Team Speaker Series is a seven night event that’s taking place between July 25 and August 10 and is meant to be essentially an 8-week summer program for 30 interns and young entrepreneurs from around the world. The focus is to help create what they call an “environment favorable for team creation and teamwork“ that will help the founders make the best educated decision to form the right team and launch their own startup. The night that I heard Mr. Nelson speak was the fourth event in the series–past speakers they’ve had include KISSmetric’s Hiten Shah, Zappos’s Will Young, famed technology evangelist and blogger from Rackspace, Robert Scoble, and managing partner from Maples Investment, Mike Maples.
What the audience is supposed to walk away with is a better understanding of what the speakers went through when they started their endeavor or made their investments. This week at Rally Pad HQ, Mr. Nelson gave some interesting tales about his rather diverse path.
This morning the television industry awoke to the buzz about the latest news about the upcoming awards season. In just a few weeks, the 64th annual Primetime Emmys is set to take place live from Los Angeles and will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Naturally, there are some regular shows with nominations and some newcomer shows that will shake up the category. Perhaps what has shocked people (in a good way) was AMC’s “Mad Men” taking home 17 Emmy nominations, the most of any drama. Showtime’s “Homeland” claimed the title as the show with the most nominations of any new drama or comedy. According to Brian Stelter of the New York Times, this year’s Primetime Emmys is recognizing cable programming “to the exclusion of broadcast”–it’s noted that the four major networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX, have all been shut out of the outstanding drama series category for the first time ever.
But while the traditional network powerhouses are being shut out, more Internet series are being recognized and awarded nominations–not the 17 that “Mad Men” received–and one of them is very near and dear to the Bub.blicio.us team. “What’s Trending”, an original web series started and hosted by television personality, actress, and blogger Shira Lazar, along with her producer Damon Berger, has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media-Original Interactive Television Programming-2012. Based on our research, it appears that this Emmy nod is the series’ first nomination and they’re up against two other competitors: USA Network and Fourth Wall Studios.
It’s summertime here in Silicon Valley and you know what that means: it’s time for the most anticipated event and party that all tech geeks are clamoring to be a part of. Coming up next month is the annual TechCrunch CrunchUp and their world-famous August Capital party.
Typically the CrunchUp is considered to be a mini-conference–definitely not their highlight event of the year (that would be the Disrupt series), but these CrunchUps usually have a great lineup and focuses on a specific area that is of interest and in the recent spotlight. In 2009, it was about real-time, while a year later it was on the social currency. Last year, TechCrunch put the spotlight on mobile developments. So what’s on everyone’s mind this year? Well, the biggest IPO in tech history and its platform, of course…the 2012 CrunchUp will focus on Facebook and its ecosystem.
Silicon Valley sure has a lot of food trucks rolling around the area. Whether it’s Korean BBQ, Vietnamese, burgers, local cuisine, Asian, Italian, or anything else, there’s going to be something for everyone. Chances are that you’ve probably ventured around town and stumbled upon one of these popular mobile restaurants and picked up something to eat. Well, while it’s great that there’s more entree-style food choices for people to select, there’s one thing that sometimes you just want to crave: dessert.
Now, okay…so there are some dessert street vendors, but not that many–and after eating all those appetizers, burgers, noodles, and other assorted meals from the main vendors, shouldn’t you just take it easy and decide to go for something sweet and good? Hey, what about cupcakes? Well, there’s not a popular street vendor that just serves cupcakes. I suppose you could go to Safeway and pick up some day-old cupcakes to eat, but that’s just that fun. And cupcake stores aren’t that close to most of us. So what are we to do?
Okay, so typically the date is synonymous with bad luck, witchcraft, and the devil. But, Uber is determined to make it synonymous with it being the day that dozens, if not hundreds, of their customers being delivered delicious ice cream. Why? Because July is also National Ice Cream month. No, it’s a real thing…go ahead, look it up…we’ll wait, but no guarantee that your ice cream won’t melt.
Typically known for being a service that transports people from place to place in style and with exceptional customer service, Uber is pretty creative in their promotions–and sometimes it doesn’t even involve transporting people–it usually involves bringing things to people. Why, during South by Southwest last year, they delivered BBQ sandwiches to folks through the app. It’s more a show about how awesome and service-oriented the company can be and it definitely has an impact–plus it doesn’t hurt that people are downloading the app and will continue to think about using it in the future. So now, in honor of National Ice Cream month, Uber will be delivering ice cream to those who order it through their app–for one day only!