Archive for April, 2014

500 Startups – new crypto currency angel syndicate

Announced today was the new class for 500 Startups led by Dave McClure.   “The firm is also launching an AngelList syndicate to invest in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency-related startups. That will be its third syndicate, following the introduction of the 500 Startups Syndicate and 500 Women Syndicate”   Excellent. is the link for […]

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Two Upcoming Scottish Referendum Debates hosted by Scottish Entrepreneurship Organizations

Two upcoming events of interest by entrepreneurship groups in Edinburgh are on the schedule. The first is being held by WeDo on May 1st, 2014 (tomorrow) and is billed as a Referendum Debate (see the overview of the event below). WeDo has about 120 members. The second is on May 20th, 2014 and is hosted […]

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Spaces of Innovation in Silicon Valley

An article from Jesse Draper about 5 spaces of innovation in Silicon Valley that everyone should know about.   Rocketspace is interesting as a 2nd stage incbuator, essentially.

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The Valley Girl interviews Dave McClure in Singapore

Classic McClure stuff and needed to be shared.   The Valley Girl, Jesse Draper, interviews Dave McClure   Dave likes the food. Singapore is cool.       Dave McClure also recently spoke at Stanford University’s STVP programme. See the video here. Warning: FBombs are dropped all over the place. A brilliant talk though entitled […]

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The Imagination Economy: Scotland as a Spinout

This campaign has been launched. Please find the link here.  Giving kickstarter a whirl. We’ll see how it goes! I’m putting together an eBook and eCourse on the Imagination Economy that will start with a speaking tour this summer. My goal is to deliver discourse and participate in panels that surround innovation, research and entrepreneurship […]

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Water is More Valuable than Gold: Scotland’s most undervalued resource; the Elephant in the Room; and the solution to the Currency Debate

The Academic Entrepreneur picked up an article in today on CNN Money “Water becoming more valuable than gold“.  To many of you, this will not be a surprise.   “The World Economic Forum names it as the number three global risk of 2014.”   Scotland has a lot of it as well, and one of the best […]

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Kitchen Incubation Industry in the USA

There are now approximately 130 kitchen incubators in the USA, and I would guess around a dozen in Canada. A new study econsultsolutions reviews the industry in its report “US Kitchen Incubators: An Industry Snapshot“. A range of different models are being used, with those affiliated with universities focusing on innovation usually.  We are at […]

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Google’s R & D Differentiation

My brilliant friend Rob Michlowitz, a PhD student in computer science at the University of Central Florida pointed this article out to me: “Why Google Doesn’t Have a Research Lab” which was published recently in the MIT Research Review.  A good short read on Google and its strategy. A recent paper “Rethinking industrial research, development […]

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Venture Capitalists and Their Stories

An interesting project that merits recognition is the Venture Capitalists Oral History Project from the University of California – Berkeley.   It reminds me of the book “Done Deals: Venture Capitalists Tell Their Stories” (2000) by Udayan Gupta.   From the Venture Capitalists Oral History Project at See: “Venture capital was not a term when […]

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Why you should support your local Hackerspace – and Public Library too

Just a short post here from the Academic Entrepreneur. Please follow the link to read the entire article as published in Info World’s Developer World site entitled “Why you should care about your local hackerspace“. A great take on hackerspaces and their value. Following up the first comment from “vonskippy” highlights the point that public libraries […]

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