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Innovation Story Of The Week: 

Sphere teamed up with Kickstarter–backed Motrr, to deliver a tailored spherical recording technology that controls Motrr’s robotic iPhone dock (called “Galileo“). For property managers, the process is as easy as tapping “Start” and walking away. Suddenly, anyone can produce beautiful, HDR virtual tours — and have them published online — in three minutes. Read more here!


Community Leader Of The Week:

Zineb Rharrasse is a Startup Weekend Organizer from Morocco. Rharrasse is the Lead Organizer for Startup Weekend Casablanca, but she also helps organize events in Rabat and worked on an agriculture-focused SW event in Agadir.

We love her because of her dedication to the community and her global impact:

  • She is currently on location in the Bay area, running the TECHWOMEN program for female leaders – the program actively connects female leaders in the Silicon Valley with their counterparts from the Middle East to bridge international gaps and collaborate.
  • Is one of the lead local volunteers and organizers for TEDx in her region, and specifically TEDx Women
  • Involved with the Mix n’ Mentor program, which aims to connect aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs with industry leaders and mentors
  • She’s an advocate and promoter for a local coworking space called New Work Lab


Here is everything you missed this week in the UP Community: 

The top startup community leaders from North America came together for the first UP America Summit in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Iowa on October 22nd through October 24th, 2013. Check out all the action here.

“All of us want our children to have solid character. Even more than IQ, positive character traits are proven to be better predictors of academic success and life achievement . Yet there’s no comprehensive set of character values books available for early learners. We’d like to change that…with Goo Guys & Gals Graphic Readers.

The most powerful tool you’ll ever use is storytelling. That’s it. Done. You don’t need to read on… If you’re still reading, you probably agree and appreciate validation or you disagree and want to find flaws in my reasoning. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of both.”

“Hi entrepreneurship lovers´! My name is André, I´m a young Portuguese entrepreneur and I would like to present you my latest project! — An Entrepreneurship Tour To Inspire The World!

“To combat meeting fatigue and keep meetings as short and productive as possible, here are a few tips that have helped get meetings on track. ”

CEO of UP Global, Marc Nager, spoke about the entrepreneurial journey at Google’s Trailblazer event on Tuesday.


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