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...

Mindfulness in Marketing is Good Business

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Increasingly we are seeing how mindfulness is playing a large role in corporations – from Ariana Huffington speaking about being present, Steve Jobs discussing meditation and Google employing a mindfulness leader within the company. As within, so without, and if we are going to be mindful with regard to ourselves, why not be mindful in our marketing practices to our customers. So believes...

IN Live! with Lisa Nirell, Author of “The Mindful Marketer” – June 15, 11am ET

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On her new book. Lisa Nirell, an active agent of inspiration and information to the CMOs of Corporate America and countries around the world will speak with IN Live! about her philosophies and book The Mindful Marketer: How to Stay Present and Profitable in a Data-Driven World. About Lisa: Lisa Nirell, the Chief Energy Officer of EnergizeGrowth®, helps companies grow mind share and market share....

Philip Glass: Key Insights to Innovative Creation in Sound

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Philip Glass spoke today with Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered for Politics & Prose about his new book and biography, Words Without Music: A Memoir about growing up in Baltimore and his personal journey from a precocious child who listened to record after record with his brother in their father’s record store, to working multiple jobs while he wrote, to creating his breakout...

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...

Michael Chasen on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Keeping a global, multi-billion dollar company fresh with ideas and innovation is not easy to do. But it has to do with the culture. Michael Chasen, Founder and CEO of SocialRadar and Blackboard, speaks here at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit 2014 about the challenges of what is known as “intrapreneurship” within large corporations. He offers a cogent list of To-Dos for large corporations....