Daily Archives: December 6, 2013

How much do you owe your dog?

A story of a crazly-passionate entrepreneur.

It, without a doubt, will always be there. Counting the seconds for you to get home and truly cherishing the ones by your side. It will forget the totally unfair lecture that you gave last night about the importance of curtains or fancy shoes, and will forgive the lack of walks when you arrive late ranting and sprinting to the freezer for a beer.

Most of dog-owners, in some way, acknowledge this, and indeed give the merits that their most loyal friend deserve. But Thadeu Diz may go a little over the curve.

Thadeu is the first ex-clark kent that we’ve talked, trying to find what was really fulfilling about his job. Want to know about our research?

Completing one year anniversary, the company he co-funded Zee-dog already sells dogs products to more then 30 cities around the world, going from Rio de Janeiro, New York and even all the way to Sidney.

The way he planned and worked for this start-up really happen can make us think about how determinate and focused we’re following our dreams. But, more then that, how our dreams truly reflects ourselves.

“Dog for me, is like oxygen. If I don’t have dog in my life, I will die.The energy of a dog, is necessary for me to be a peaceful person.” Thadeu Diz.

Thadeu and Theo, his adopted best friend and main model of Zee-dog

As a dog lover, Thadeu was not satisfied with what the market had to offer for his beloved companion. This lack of good and cool products set motion to what was going to be the focus and pursuit for the next 4 years of his life. 3 of extensive planning, research and investor seeking, and 1 of the company finally up and running, in the beginning of 2013

Yes, he had a good concept. Yes, he assembled a great team. Yes, he dove in a market opportunity. But was any of those that really make all the difference?

read more -> https://medium.com/p/206e4a354e76

The Oakland A’s Run like a Startup with No Funding

Moneyball Doesn’t Work.




I am an overly romantic fan of the Oakland Athletics. Like most fanatics, I am filled with an irrational exuberance and veneration for my team. Immersed in the micro-culture of the A’s, I feel a sense of connectedness with the team and a part of something greater. And while a sports fan’s silly antics and quirky superstitions rarely impact the outcome of a given game, much less a season, the fan always holds out hope. Whether it’s tomorrow’s game, the playoffs, or next season, there’s always reason to hope. But hope isn’t about winning a division title; it’s ultimately about being the best, which means



OAKLAND ATHLETICS (Photo credit: Majiscup – The Papercup & Sleeve)






Year after year, I have entered the 162-game baseball season with high hopes for the Athletics and have almost always felt letdown at season’s end. While the Moneyball strategy made famous by the Athletics is all the rage, it won’t win championships without…well…uhm…money.




read more -> https://medium.com/businesses-and-entrepreneurship/b8ef97731f8d






The secret to Startup Weekend

14 of the best Startup Weekend Facilitators in the world tell you how to get the most from your event.



Recently, something rare and magical happened. 30 of the best Startup Weekend facilitators in the world, got together to add rocket fuel to an event called Global Startup Youth.

Early on the first day, 14 of these facilitators gave the 500+ attendee audience some advice. It was captured on film, and it applies to just about every attendee of Startup Weekend too.

Here you can see the entire video, or find specific topics of interest below.

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If you like what they have to say, follow each facilitator on Twitter:
Adam Stelle — 00:00 — Introduction
Andrew Young — 01:28 — Pick your leader
Tammy Hwang — 02:06 — Tools to be organised
Wendy Overton — 04:50 — Your voice matters
Eric Brotto — 06:00 — Teams and connections
Alistair Shepherd — 07:57 — Minimum Viable Product
Yatin Thakur — 09:20 — Freeze your idea
Chris Campbell — 10:02 — Managing time
Nick Stevens — 11:35 — Crisis managment
Franck Nouyrigat — 13:24 — Entrepreneurship mentors
Alexandra Ximenez — 17:14 — Take your responsibility
Eli Kudjie — 18:35 — Communicating in your team
Ahmed Siddiqui — 20:50 — Your final presentation
Lasse Chor — 22:45 — The 3 most important components of the weekend

Follow me on Twitter for more insights: @clogish

Originally published on medium – > https://medium.com/startup-weekend/60a4920dbb70




Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don’t Suck?

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These food hackers think their new faux animal products will win over even the most devoted carnivores.


WE STOOD IN AN AIRY SAN FRANCISCO WAREHOUSE, staring at two plastic cups of gleaming mayonnaise. A golden retriever snored lightly in a patch of sunlight on the floor as Josh Tetrick, the 33-year-old founder of Hampton Creek Foods, waited for me to scoop up the fluffy, effulgent goop with a chunk of bread. Tetrick’s team of food scientists had tried making mayonnaise without eggs no less than 1,432 times. This formula was the 1,433rd.



“The egg is this unbelievable miracle of nature that has really been perverted by an unsustainable system,” Tetrick, a former West Virginia University linebacker and Fulbright Scholar, had explained to me earlier on our tour of the Hampton Creek Foods facility, a well-lit, cavernous space with rows of metal lab tables, bright red couches, and chalkboards.


The goal, Tetrick explains, is to replace all factory-farmed eggs in the US market.


Mod warehouse, hip startup, vegan eggs—it all struck me as a little too precious for the big time. But Tetrick is adamant that his product has a market beyond this rarefied universe. “We’re not just about selling and preaching to the converted,” he says. “This isn’t just going to happen in San Francisco, in a world of vegans. This is going to happen in Birmingham, Alabama. This is going to happen in Missouri, in Philadelphia.”


I let the eggless mayo dissolve in my mouth like a fine chocolate truffle. It tasted exactly like the real mayo that I’ve slathered on sandwiches countless times before. If I hadn’t known that it was fake, I never would have guessed.


Over the next five years, Hampton Creek Foods, backed by $3 million from Sun Microsystems cofounder Vinod Khosla’s venture capital firm, will first hawk its product to manufacturers of prepared foods like pasta, cookies, and dressings—the processed products that use about a third of all the eggs in the United States. Then it will aim directly for your omelet with an Egg Beaters-like packaged product. The goal, Tetrick explains, is to replace all factory-farmed eggs in the US market—more than 80 billion eggs, valued at $213.7 billion.


read more -> https://medium.com/mother-jones/25cfc422e197



Best countries to work…

… If you’re a software engineer


Originally posted on http://blog.jobbox.io/tech-jobs-analytics.


Engineering — en·gi·neer·ing


Skillful or artful contrivance; maneuvering.

Sr Software Engineer

Sr Software Engineer (Photo credit: Michael Kappel)


The art or science of making practical application of the knowledge of pure sciences.


Computer science engineers ought to question every aspect of their work in order to achieve perfection. This is the result of an inquiring mind shape that is quite common in the technology field. Thus the following question arises: why not engineer other domains of life besides the technical ones, such as our jobs, life quality and future?


read more -> https://medium.com/tech-talk/f8bd086ff5bb




The Real Social Media Game Changers

Trends that will Shape Engagement in 2014

Pressure to increase and diversify profitability will lead Facebook to completely reorganize its ad offerings, a process that began roughly a year and a half ago, but has been slow to solidify.

Ad units allowing brands higher visibility in the coveted newsfeed, where users spend 19 out of the 20 minutes on of their average Facebook visit, will help brands break away from overpassed side rails. Facebook will relinquish its hold on user data previously available only through open graph app strategies that have shown diminishing returns.

2014 will bear fruit for Facebook’s sponsored engagement ads and long-promised videos – 15-second spots that autoplay in the newsfeed and exceed a $1 million asking price. And despite years mired in privacy concerns, Facebook will make status updates, trends and user data more public in 2014, allowing media and other entities to access new monetization opportunities, keyword and lookalike targeting, and CRM matching still held under lock and key by largely private profiles.

If Facebook can’t buy it, it creates it. After rumors surfaced that Snapchat snubbed Facebook’s offer to purchase the private photo platform for $3 billion, it’s no surprise that the Menlo Park team has released its development dogs to take a bite out of disposable media. Zuckerberg’s pet project Facebook Poke already proved that the social giant could replicate Snapchat’s functionality in just a few days. In 2014, expect Instagram to be the platform that delivers private photo messaging, allowing 1:1 and group sharing of photography – and of course a route for brands to monetize photos that may cause potential Snapchat revenues to self-destruct.

Read more – > https://medium.com/social-media-7/55821fae838e


We have lost the war; and we don’t even care.

I shouldn’t be writing this.

Every time I read something NSA/FBI/CIA/KGB/Interpol/MI5/Stasi related I get this instinctive feeling of angriness and sadness at the same time.

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn (Photo credit: acidpolly)

We were given the “internet”, pretty much for free, and we believed it would be a fair deal? That there would be nothing in for them? When was the last time you were give something for free, can you even remember?

They are breaking encryption? Really?! Didn’t we learn that it’s not feasible to break encryption? Ah, but they are using quantum computers, right. Should we even believe Snowden and Assange and Schneier, or anyone really? My father even thinks they are watching him through the cable set. Am I supposed to argue with him about the opposite?

Worldwide, governments and agencies and individuals control whatever they want, however they want, whenever they want. And we are just siting and watching them. Individuals are profiting from illegal activities? Who cares? NSA is breaking an amendment? Who cares? Governments are saying A and doing B? Who cares? All these are breaking the law? They are the law. We let them become the law. Because we don’t care.

Damon Albarn (songwriter of the virtual music group Gorillaz) was once asked about X-Factor (a music reality show) and his answer applies not only to it but to a lot of things in our lives too: Every time you do even a little thing that harms your privacy or your freedom or even your dignity, it might not do a lot of harm because it is little but what’s actually happening is that you are moving the privacy/freedom/dignity barrier away from where it should be. And all these times, all these “littles”, they sum up and next time you do something very bad it looks little again but it’s very very big.

Because you don’t realise how much the barrier has moved.

Read more – > https://medium.com/p/ebcea7330613

Why Bitcoin Won’t Be a Bubble

As Bitcoin’s reached mass market awareness, a debate has errupted as to whether Bitcoin is a bubble or a world-changing technology. Some people say the exchange price is a bubble but the protocol isn’t. Or that Bitcoin’s a bubble but crypto-currencies are not. I don’t buy into any of these nuances and argue that given all of the information we have today, Bitcoin is on the right path to change the world as we know it.



bitcoin (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)


1. Any Successful Digital Currency Will Look Like a Bubble


The growth in price of Bitcoin seems alarming when you compare it to any asset class, except for successful startups. A new digital currency is a startup, and the growth of startups looks exactly like a bubble. I know many startups that went from $0 to multi-millions in value in the last year. The price of Bitcoin is simply determined by supply and demand, and Bitcoin’s user base is exploding. For Bitcoin to be successful, it MUST look like a bubble.


2. Speculation is Good


Speculation is what grows startups. It’s why startups hype their valuations, because eventually that hype become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Good hype allows you to hire good people, and attract good support from investors, press, and partners. Speculation is what has led to the venture capital industry to invest millions in Bitcoin startups. Hype is also the reason why, back in the day, so many developers started building on the iPhone platform. Even though the data showed the majority of iPhone apps never became profitable. There are many more examples of popular platforms that grew from hype and turned that hype into reality. All of the hype and speculation around Bitcoin will help it change the world.


read more – > https://medium.com/p/5e55825fd226




My Airbnb story

How to ignore your degree and not know any better

That was the first thing I learned after I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I focused on embedded systems, bigger legos with wires and lights.

My senior project from 2010. It was an rubics cube made with RGBa LEDs and accelerometers on the inside.

There was over a $1,000 in my bank account. The most I had ever squirreled away. Every dollar saved would buy me more time after I graduated. All I wanted was time.

I was working as a research student at the Sensors, Energy, and Automation Lab at UW, designing visuals for technical projects that ranged from flexible sensor arrays for prostheses to absorption cooling microchips. There were a lot of late nights, but I had enough for two months of rent in my tiny U-district studio apartment and I was free to figure it all out.

When the money was gone, I hadn’t heard back from the entry level EE positions I applied for.

Moving back in with your parents doesn’t feel good.

That was the second thing I learned. I got a job parking cars at a hotel downtown. After I was offered the job, the manager asked me to bring in a razor so I could shave on my lunch break because he didn’t like my 5 o’clock shadow.

read more -> https://medium.com/p/cafb5cd7fcbe


The Genius Financial Model

An excerpt from Rachel Hofstetter’s “Cooking Up A Business: Lessons from Food Lovers Who Turned Their Passion into a Career—and How You Can, Too”



Wine aficionados Cameron Hughes and Jessica Kogan buy extra wine from high-end wineries and sell it under their own label for a fraction of the price.
The result: premium drink meets everyday value.


An English Major Goes Rogue


Spend five minutes with someone in the wine industry, and they’ll bring up their favorite joke. Question: How do you make a small fortune in the wine business? Answer: By starting with a large one! And as most clichés go, it’s based in truth—except when it comes to Cameron Hughes and his wife, Jessica Kogan, who started their wine journey with no fortune to speak of. Then they quickly went from having no money to being in debt, not the direction they’d intended! But today, they own one of the largest wine companies in the United States and are a notable exception to the rule.


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Miss Cameron reading an address on the steps of Government House in the presence of the Prince of Wales, Winnipeg… / Mlle Cameron lisant une allocution sur les marches du Palais du gouvernement, à Winnipeg… en présence du prince de Galles… (Photo credit: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives)


Cameron Hughes was born and raised in California’s verdant agricultural hub, the Central Valley. Although his father, like many in the area, worked in wine, Cameron didn’t see himself going into the business; he majored in English and philosophy in college. But Cameron’s father didn’t give up hope: To entice his son into the profession he himself loved, he’d often send mixed cases of wine to Cameron’s dorm room. While Cameron grew to appreciate and love the vintages and varietals (and he and his friends enjoyed treating their palates to something a bit nicer than cheap college beer) he still considered wine a beloved hobby, not a career option. That is, until he graduated and found a nonexistent job market for English and philosophy majors. He set his sights on grad school and started taking classes to buff up his transcript, but when his father called with news of an easy part-time gig at value-priced label Corbett Canyon, Cameron jumped on it. If a job in his academic field wasn’t in the cards, why not do something he really loved?


read more -> https://medium.com/book-excerpts/f8aef26b0293