There’s Gold in Them Thar Aurums

Adam Trexler and Limor Schafman 8.10.2015
Literally. Aurum, a multilayered nanotechology product produced by Valaurum, contains 1/10 of a gram of 24 carat gold. It makes gold affordable for everyone, with a 10th of a gram being valued at approximately $10. Developed by thin film specialist Paul Diffendaffer and one of his partners, Laurie Johansen, Aurum is a polyester product in which nanotechnology deposits with extremely high precision,...

From Startup to Fortune 50, Companies Need to Brainstorm Outside the Box

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Everyone says this. “Innovation” is now one of the most overused words in the English lexicon. Small companies are declaring they are innovative. Large corporations are developing task forces to become innovative. Everyone is striving for that business edge. But what are some good ways to get ideas going? American Express’ Open Forum is offering some good resources and this article...

A Refresher on What Investors are Looking For in a Startup

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I had great fun attending TechBUZ2015 produced by MAVA and hosted by the AOL Fishbowl Labs. The program featured companies at the Fishbowl, there were table tops for discussion, presentations by each of the companies and investor feedback. I saw the first half of the program and here are the walk-aways discussed by Rob Rosenbaum of TEDCO, John Backus of NAV.VC, and Drew Drake focused on strategic...

Never Give Up!

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So says Eckart Burgwedel, Founder and CEO of Uberchord Engineering, a mobile music teaching application.  InnovationNetwork.guru caught up with Eckart after his presentation at the 1776 Challenge Festival.  Day 1 focused on education, and Eckart was clear about his product differentiator – it’s not about teaching cords, it’s about teaching music and from there you build. We liked...

Innovation is a Natural Extension of Human Behavior

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So says Steven Graubart, CFO of 1776 DC, who the InnovationNetwork.guru caught up with at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit. In this interview he shares the larger view of what 1776 is all about. 1776 has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years as has the startup scene in the DC Metro area. It recently acquired Disruption Corp. and opened offices in Arlington, VA, as well as Hattery...

Innovate or Die

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This is the message from Tien Wong, Founder and CEO of Tech2000 and Appnetic who the InnovationNetwork.guru caught up with at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit. In the past 5-10 years the DC metro region has seen significant changes in the incubator community, angels coming and staying in the area, local government and university support, and the development of startup alumni from local companies...

Teach Your Kids to Fail At Least Once Each Day

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That’s the lesson taught by her father to Sara Blakley, CEO and Founder of Spanx, the body contour company that is generating over $500M globally. Each day, Blakely’s dad would ask her and her brother how their day went. If he did not hear of a failure, he was disappointed. Why? Because he wanted to know that they had tried something completely new. If they had, regardless of the result,...