10 Most Valuable Startup Launched By Students (Infographic)

The graphic below shows businesses that were launched by students. Did you know that such popular companies as Reddit, WordPress and Time Magazine were founded by students? WOW!



Source: http://www.essaymama.com/blog/most-valuable-startups-launched-by-students/

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Do the Hustle: 15 Brilliant Startup Tools for Working Smarter and Faster

This guest post was written by Alia Lamaadar from inside Dublin’s newest co-working space, Gravity Centres. Alia manages Tapir, a startup offering growth tools to other B2B SaaS startups.

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People in tech often compliment each other on their ‘hustle.’ As I understand it, complimenting someone’s hustle is analogous to congratulating them for their tendency to get sh*t done. Apparently ‘hustle’ is what the kids are calling a ‘work ethic’ these days.

Whatever you want to call it, success in startups boils down to a bias towards action and a machine-like calibration for efficacy: only the fast and the smart survive.

This Darwinian law has created an insatiable appetite in the market for SaaS solutions designed to facilitate startup hustle. Founders must have polymathic expertise in both their market and their industry. The latter compels you to understand what tools exist to improve your effectiveness and your speed to market. Not enough startups treat the process with the intellectual rigour it demands…it’s no surprise then that most startups fail.

With Dublin Startup Weekend less than three weeks away, Gravity Centres, asked me to compile an overview of some of my favourite bootstrapping tools to help the teams get an early leg up on their competition.

Using tools to help you work faster and smarter at Startup Weekend is a very good idea, but trying them out for the first time at Startup Weekend? Notsomuch. Most of the tools mentioned below have free tiers and free trials, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the product in advance and add significant value to your startup weekend projects.

To add a narrative element to what would otherwise be just a list of products, I’ve included a brief case study of a micro-project that I undertook a few weeks ago. Using only online tools, a lowly non-techie like myself was able to land at #5 on the HackerNews homepage within 20 mins of launch, become the most popular story of the day on the Next Web, and get hunted to Product Hunt within 2 hours.

So, use your 3 weeks wisely teams, and we look forward to complimenting you on your hustle at the finish line!

Startup Tools Case Study

Plz Don’t Hunt Me Yet

I’m intrigued by the idea of building ‘faux’ products in aid of your real commercial effort. I’ve heard this marketing technique also referred to as “Come for X, Stay for Y”. This could be a booka tool, or a toy — anything that through a related or unrelated product, draws attention to your main gig.

With this in mind, I decided to see if I could build something in fewer than 4 hours, and with less than 20 bucks, with the ultimate goal of eventually being listed on Product Hunt. From this experimental question, the Plz Don’t Hunt Me Yet Badges were born.


Do the badges look a bit hokey? For sure.

But, did they fulfil the brief and get my primary product thousands of hits and dozens of beta signups? You betcha.

Briefly, the tools I used for PDHMY were:

  • Tumblr: Free website hosting.
  • Microsoft Word: To design mockups of each of the badges.
  • Fiverr: I took my MS Word mockups and paid a designer $5 on Fiverr to convert each into hi-res image files.
  • Typeform: I added a customized, embeddable Typeform to collect submission information from each lead.
  • Canva: Used to design all my marketing and social network visuals.
  • Buffer: To drip tweets over a week at strategic times of day.
  • Rapportive: to quickly evaluate each new lead in terms of value and influence.

TL;DR: I spent 3.5 hours and $16.50 on the PDHMY experiment. My primary product — Tapir — is still in pre-launch, so we haven’t done any marketing yet. Since our existing site traffic was so low, the PDHMY attention made a huge impact (see below). The project was also buckets of fun.

15 Brilliant Startup Tools for Working Smarter & Faster

And now for the more complete list of tools…A quick heads up, that you can’t build a list like this without making some subjective value judgments. At the end of the day, I’m a Mac, not a PC; a Stripe, not a Braintree; a Buffer, not a Hootsuite…you get the idea. Other options exist and I encourage you to tweet us your faves.

Multi-Purpose & General Bootstrapping Tools

  1. Product Hunt (Free) — Product Hunt is a startup kingmaker. Being listed on the PH homepage guarantees fame, fortune, and success. Well, maybe not the last two, but it does promise unprecedented attention for small startups. Read the comments when other products launch to find useful and common critiques that should be addressed in your own products. Suss out the best pre-launch marketing tactics and be inspired by the ingenuity of other makers. And if you need a specific tool for a job, PH should be your first port of call. It’s become a useful compendium of SaaS products, often with exclusive discounts applied for Product Hunters. Hiten Shah has also compiled a particularly good collection of free tools for startups.
  2. GrowthHackers (Free) — regardless of the startup bravado we exude, none of us are pros. By definition, startups must operate under conditions of extreme uncertainty. How well do you understand your market? How aware are you of effective growth tactics, theories, and methodologies? Learn from your peers, eliminate some uncertainty, and get your butt to GrowthHackers.
  3. Intercom (Free Plan & Free Trial) — Hometown heroes Intercom allow startups to send targeted email and in-app messages, triggered by time or behaviour. Once you become familiar with Intercom’s telltale question mark icon, you’ll notice their widget across the internet in the bottom righthand screen of your favourite startups. And for goodness sake, make sure that you’re following the Intercom blog.
  4. BetaList (Free) — How do you get beta users before you’ve even finished building your product? You join the likes of Pintrest, IFTTT, and Fab, by getting featured on BetaList before you launch. While you likely won’t have enough time during Startup Weekend to submit — expedited posting takes 72 hours — BetaList is an excellent resource for startups looking to design compelling landing pages. In fact, Marc (BetaList founder and one of the SW Dublin remote mentors) has compiled this handy document outlining How to Build a Successful Beta Landing Page.
  5. Typeform (Free Plan) — Boiled down, a lot of product development involves forms in one ‘form’ or another (pun verymuch intended). 
    From customer research, to onboarding, to payment and satisfaction surveys, forms are often the medium through which we connect with our audience.
    So, why the heck did we ever settle for ugly, janky forms? Typeform is the form you need, when you need it, looking beautiful and asking awesomely.

Product Management & Communication

  1. Slack (Free Plan) — Slack may be the fastest growing enterprise app in history and it’s certainly one of the fastest startups to reach a billion dollar valuation. That last designation might be arbitrary as f*ck, but these superlatives arise from the product’s extreme utility as a team communication tool. I have a theory that a number of enterprises could forgo their silly corporate innovation programs, instead adopting Slack to achieve a better ROI. For oft-dispersed startup teams, operating across multiple time zones and functional areas, Slack is on a mission “to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.”
  2. Trello (Free Plan) — Self-described as “the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone,” Trello is many things to many people. Personally, I use Trello as a bookmarking tool, to track and sort online sources I want to come back to later, and ideas I want to blog about. Professionally, my co-founder and I use Trello as a project management tool to track each stage and milestone of Tapir’s development. I’ve also been toying with the idea of creating a Trello board to track and sort all of our beta user feedback.
  3. Peek User Testing (Free) — Peek provides free five minute user experience videos with real people from the interwebs. The current wait time for a video review is 2–3 days, though they sometimes arrive in only a few hours. Peek is a fun way to get a fresh perspective on your product. Just remember to take it with a grain of salt — it’s only the opinion of one person.


  1. Canva (Free — 1$) — I just recently learned that Guy Kawasaki is the Chief Evangelist at Canva. Makes sense, given how brilliant Canva is. Engagement rates skyrocket when you combine visual elements with your social networking content. Canva has the tools and templates you need to make it look like a professional was involved. Their ‘design school’ blog is also a terrific resource for those of us with questionable design aesthetics.
  2. Keynote (Free) — Getting an idea out of your head and communicating it to others is a vital step in the early validation stages of an MVP. If you’re familiar with the Google Ventures 5-Day Design Sprint, you know that Day 4 is devoted to creating a super-realistic prototype in just eight hours. While apps like InVision exist for solely this purpose, bootstrappers may also be drawn to the unconventional use of Keynote. Check out the GV guide to using the “world’s best prototyping tool.
  3. Stock Up (Free) — Sure, you need to work fast, but as David Cancel says, “Ship It, but don’t Ship Shit.” There’s no excuse for startups to use terrible stock photos (let’s leave that to the big corporates). StockUp aggregates and makes searchable hundreds of free stock photo assets…free to use as you see fit.
  4. Fiverr ($5+ but get a free gig using this referral link) — Let me preface this tool with the age-old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Fiverr has a pretty simple pitch: get things done for $5 (though some tasks cost more). Suffice to say, buyer beware, but for simple rote tasks lacking in creativity, I’m down with Fiverr (and eventually you get used to all of the designers calling you ‘dear’).

Payments, Sales & Marketing

  1. Stripe (Fee per charge) — Stripe is web and mobile payments. So simple, so smart, so sexy. How many other APIs can you say that about? Stripe is unapologetically a tool built by developers for developers, combining functionality with intellectualism in a heady digital mix that’s difficult not to find appealing. Stripe understands that it’s god — not the devil — in the details. (And sure, their Irish origins make them even more likeable.)
  2. SlideBean (Free Plan) — Creating your Startup Weekend pitch deck is finicky and time-consuming. Why not give some thought to outsourcing the design elements to SlideBean. In addition to the option to start with a blank canvas, SlideBean offers pre-designed templates including the “3 Minute Startup Pitch” and a “10 Slide Investor Deck.” For inspiration, you can take a look at 10 SlideBean pitch decks from the most recent 500 Startups Demo Day.
  3. HARO (Free) — HARO, or Help A Reporter Out, is a mailing list that connects journalists looking for expertise with credible news sources. Email comes 3 times a day with time-sensitive requests for sources from diverse media outlets including ForbesFast CompanyUSA Today, and theNew York Times. Startups can use HARO to potentially garner international exposure by offering their domain expertise in topics like business, HR, travel, and lifestyle.
  4. Buffer (Free Plan) — Buffer is awesome (literally). As a startup, content is important, but devoting unnecessary hours to the administration of your social presence before your product is even built? Get a life. Buffer allows you to load up your tweets in advance and have them fired out atthe most strategic times throughout the week. I also, highly recommend the Buffer Chrome extension, allowing you to add content to your buffer queue directly from your browser.
  5. Rapportive (Free) — Rapportive shows you details about your contacts, right inside your Gmail inbox. I use Reportive to quickly evaluate beta list signups, to identify who is worth responding to immediately or tagging as a VIP. As an added bonus, it also helps you to discern when seemingly personal emails, might actually be part of a larger marketing campaign.
So, what have I missed?!
What other tools allow startups to work faster and smarter? What are your suggestions for the Startup Weekend teams? Feel free to tweet any ideas to @SWDub,  @GravityCentres or @mostlyalia.

Gewinne CHF 200‘000 Startkapital für dein Startup

Du hast eine geniale Startup Idee? Es wird ein kreatives, originelles und innovatives gewerbliches oder industrielles Startup mit oder ohne hohe Wachstumsabsichten? Du wirst diese Idee an diesem Wochenende am Startup Weekend Lucerne 2015 ausarbeiten (falls nicht, hier gibt es noch Tickets!)? Und für den richtigen Knall zum Start fehlt Dir nur noch das nötige Kleingeld?

Dann bist Du hier genau richtig! Die besten Geschäftsideen der Schweiz werden im Rahmen der SWISS STARTUPS AWARDS 2015 mit CHF 200‘000 Startkapital prämiert.

Hier findest Du den Flyer zu den SWISS STARTUPS AWARDS 2015.

Mehr als ein Logo – das bietet 99designs für Startups


Als Sponsor des Startup Weekends Luzern freut sich 99designs bereits auf die Vielzahl an Ideen, die an dem Wochenende entstehen werden. Einige dieser Ideen werden über den Zeitraum von 3 Tagen zu wahren Projekten, nehmen Form an und entwickeln sich im Endeffekt zu einem Startup.

Wenn man etwas Neues präsentieren will, kommt man an einem professionellen Branding nicht vorbei. Branding trägt die “inneren Werte” Eures Unternehmens an die Außenwelt und teilt potentiellen und bereits bestehenden Kunden mit, wofür Ihr steht, was Ihr macht und warum Ihr unentbehrlich für sie seid.

Logo Design – Der erste Schritt für Startups

Die Basis jedes Unternehmens-Brandings bildet das Logo Design. Bereits ab CHF 279 kann man bei 99designs über 30 verschiedene Entwürfe von einer Auswahl an Designern erhalten. Um ein aussagekräftiges Logo erstellen zu lassen, ist es wichtig sich zunächst Gedanken über das Design-Briefing zu machen. Nur wenn man klar formulieren kann, was die Besonderheit am eigenen Unternehmen ist, können Designer diese Information auch in das Corporate Design stecken.

In unserem aktuellen Ebook “In 4 Schritten zum perfekten Logo” haben wir alle wichtigen Tipps für ein erfolgreiches Design-Briefing und zur Durchführung des Design-Wettbewerbs zusammengefasst. Unser Logo Design Ebook stellen wir exklusiv für Startups kostenfrei zur Verfügung.

Logo & Visitenkarten

Wer gleich zwei Fliegen mit einer Klappe schlagen will, hat die Möglichkeit bei 99designs einen Logo und Visitenkarten Design-Wettbewerb zu starten. Beide Designs über einen Wettbewerb erstellen zu lassen hat den Vorteil, dass beide Endprodukte aus einer Hand stammen und somit zur Vereinheitlichung des Brandings beitragen. Der günstige Paket-Preis ab CHF 419 ist noch ein weiterer Grund Visitenkarten gleich mit dem Logo erstellen zu lassen.

Corporate Identity Komplett-Paket

Logo und Visitenkarten sind noch nicht genug? Dann lassen sich mit dem Corporate Identity Komplett-Paket alle Geschäftsunterlagen, die ein Startup benötigt, in einem Wettbewerb erstellen. Für nur CHF 559 bekommt Ihr neben dem Logo Design und den Visitenkarten auch ein professionelles Briefkopf Design, dazu passende Briefumschläge und ein attraktives Facebook Cover.

Logo & Website Start-Paket

Für wen Offline so 1999 ist, kann diesen Bereich einfach überspringen und mit dem neuen Logo & Website Start-Paket von 99designs direkt online durchstarten. Startups profitieren hier nicht nur von den günstigen Logo Design Preisen, sondern erhalten ein Jahr Web-Hosting über Jimdo gratis dazu und das zusammen bereits ab CHF 459. Nachdem das Logo Design erstellt wurde, passt ein zertifizierter Designer die Jimdo Website an das Logo an und schon ist man online. Weitere Informationen zum Logo & Website Start-Paket gibt es in unserem aktuellen Blog Post.

99designs wünscht allen Teilnehmern des Startup Weekends viel Erfolg!

Etre juré : Éric Calmels

Cette année parmi nos jurés, on retrouve un ancien : Eric Calmels. Alors, pourquoi est-il juré ?


Qui es-tu ?

Je suis un homme rempli de doutes et d’envies. Je suis un entrepreneur qui voudra toujours plus. Je suis un coach sportif qui veut le meilleur pour ses élèves. Et quand je serai grand, je serai dans une équipe d’entrepreneurs qui changera le monde, en mieux !

Pourquoi avoir accepté d’être jury au SWTO et quel va être ton rôle ?

Je ferai partie du jury parce que la place de bourreau était déjà prise. Plus sérieusement, je me dois d’être présent sur cet événement parce qu’il n’y a rien de plus beau qu’une naissance et j’espère devenir le parrain de quelques beaux projets.
Ce rôle doit me permettre de voir en 10 minutes les forces et faiblesses d’un projet, pour permettre aux startupers de faire évoluer rapidement leurs idées en entreprise viable.

Pour toi, c’est quoi entreprendre ?

Entreprendre est une aventure.
On croit savoir vers où on va, on affronte des tempêtes, franchit des murs, fracasse des barrières, croise des gens extraordinaires… Quelques fois, on arrive à destination et toujours, on doit être fier du chemin parcouru.

Des conseils à donner aux participants ?

Partagez, rêvez, soyez vous a 100%, restez ouvert, apprenez… Vous êtes grands ! Vous êtes géniaux ! Le monde est à vous !

Quelle start-up aurais-tu voulu créer ?

Toutes ! Toutes ont une histoire, un vécu incroyable… Il est évident que j’aurais voulu être dans l’équipe d’une Startup qui a gagné des milliards… Mais je n’ai pas dit mon dernier mot !

Une citation pour illustrer ta vision de l’entreprenariat ?

“Chaque effort me rend plus fort !”
Pour moi, c’est ce qui me permet de ne jamais baisser les bras. Toujours savoir que ce que je fais me grandit, me fait évoluer, me permettra d’avancer plus vite….

As-tu un mentor ? Et qui est-il ?

Non, je n’ai pas de mentor…. Enfin, il ne veut surtout pas que je le considère comme tel. Donc moi, j’ai un “Mentos” !;-)
“Serial entrepreneur” avec Digidust, Apicube, Labotec, Genetrainer,… C’est Pierre-Olivier Carles, un confident, un conseil, une main tendue ou un coup de pied au cul.. un vrai ami à Miami ! Pour le décrire, c’est assez simple : Un humain plein d’humanité et d’humilité.

Cómo presentar tu idea en un minuto

220997_2433El tiempo para presentar tu proyecto es sólo minuto. ¿Parece poco tiempo verdad? Se basa en el conocido “pitch elevator”, un concepto popularizado sobre todo en las décadas de los 80 y 90 y muy usado en la presentación de startups. La idea plantea una situación imaginaria: si te encuentras con un posible inversor o cliente en un ascensor, ¿cómo le contarías tu proyecto antes de que el ascensor vuelva a abrirse y te despidas? Pues bien, nosotros hemos pensado que las siguientes pautas o recomendaciones te vendrán bien para prepararlo:

  • ¿Quién eres y tu perfil? (5-10 segundos)
  • ¿Cuál es el problema que tu proyecto puede resolver?  (10-20 segundos)
  • Presentar el proyecto y cómo resuelve el problema planteado (10-20 segundos)
  • ¿A quién necesitas en tu equipo? -en su caso- (desarrollador, marketing, alguien de empresa, un diseñador, etc.) (5-10 segundos)
  • Para terminar tienes que tener pensado algún nombre para tu proyecto, para que podamos registrarlo.

Cuando acabes tu pitch acércate a las 2 personas de la organización que están apuntando el nombre de los proyectos y diles tu nombre y apellidos y el nombre del proyecto.

Debes ser muy breve, porque esto no es una reunión. Sólo tienes un minuto para suscitar curiosidad y, sobre todo, que tu idea quede muy muy clara. Esto no es discurso comercial, no hay que vender, sino conseguir atención para provocar un encuentro posterior en el caso de un inversor o conseguir que vuestra idea tenga cabida en un evento como Startup Weekend. Ah sí, y por supuesto es más que recomendable ensayar, porque no es fácil conseguir concretar y condensar la idea en tan sólo 60 segundos.

Si quieres ahondar en esta cuestión puedes visitar este enlace (en inglés), donde encontrarás un buen número de artículos dedicados al tema.

Grandes marcas apuestan por Startup Weekend Tenerife

Un importante porcentaje de los participantes de un Startup Weekend logra, meses y años después del evento, consolidar sus equipos y su propia startup. Las 54 horas del fin de semana son el germen perfecto para que un nuevo proyecto vea la luz. Somos una red global de líderes y emprendedores entregados que tiene como objetivo inspirar, educar y formar a individuos, a equipos y a comunidades. Pero como evento sin ánimo de lucro es importante que las marcas nos apoyen para poder celebrarlo.

Muchas nos ayudan y te iremos contando cuáles pero hoy queremos destacar a nuestros patrocinadores principales, a nuestros partners platinum, que son los que logran que estemos en marcha este año. Especialmente damos las gracias a la Fundación General de la Universidad de La Laguna y la recién inaugurada Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de La Laguna que será el escenario perfecto para nuestra tercera edición.



Destacamos también al Rahn Star, grupo de automoción que nos permitirá disfrutar de coches innovadores como una pareja de los recién salidos del horno Smart ForFour,  un concepto automovilístico innovador se une a todas las ventajas de un cuatro plazas. Precisamente esto lo convierte en el representante más extraordinario de su segmento. Es compacto y ágil, por tanto, el coche perfecto para la ciudad. Y con una increíble capacidad de carga y espacio para cuatro adultos, el Smart Forfour está abierto a todas las sorpresas que ofrece el día a día.

Además, una de las agencias de publicidad más importantes de Canarias patrocina el evento como es BC Publicidad. Creativos, rápidos y excelentes asesores. Puedes contar con ellos para poner tus ideas a funcionar ya que usan las más modernas herramientas de planificación y un equipo profesional cualificado y con gran experiencia.

BC Publicidad

¡Gracias! Sin ellas no podríamos celebrarlo. No nos olvidamos de los profesionales que están al mando de la organización y de la decena de voluntarios que nos pondrán las cosas más fáciles.

III Startup Weekend Tenerife se celebrará del 20 al 22 de marzo en la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de La laguna. Consigue ya tus entradas a precio reducido.



"I Survived Startup Weekend Austin and All I Got Was This Awesome T-Shirt."


Startup Weekend Austin
February 6th, 2015

People’s reactions waiting to grab the mic during Friday night pitches.

Last weekend’s installment of Startup Weekend Austin (AKA: #atxSW15) has taught us all a number of valuable lessons.  Attendees learned a great deal about the process of forming a team, brainstorming ideas, validating markets, building a business model canvas, and which coffee shops around town are indeed 24-hour.

From the organizing team’s perspective, we’re accustomed to observing, learning and supporting as the teams do their thing, so the fact that we all learned lots of new things shouldn’t be all that surprising.  However, this weekend was a little bit different.  To say that it was the highest caliber of Sunday night pitches we’ve ever seen only scratches the surface.  Organizers, mentors and judges all learned that Austin’s entrepreneur and developer community is not to be taken lightly.  The buzz around the Capital Factory all weekend revolved around the realization that these teams were all producing some of the best platforms, services and products that any of us had ever seen from such an event.

Here are some photos that highlight the intensity, collaboration, and great fun that we all shared in the 54 hours that were Startup Weekend Austin 2015:

J.D. Weinstein and Chris Gillan started things off by sharing their advice and experience with the group:

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Our fearless facilitator Kav walked teams through the process of pitching, and the weekend was off!
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The weekend seemed to fly by as teams worked as quickly as possible, building websites, validating markets, doing customer interviews (some teams even took to the streets of downtown Austin to do so), and anything else required of their newly found startup.  On Saturday afternoon, our fantastic team of coaches worked to mentor teams, who were eager to soak in any advice they could wring from folks with deep experience and entrepreneurial wisdom:

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The organizers had a particularly enjoyable time, helping teams find resources, coordinating coach arrivals and conversations, but mostly hanging out at Capital Factory swapping stories:

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Mostly, we had to remind folks how little time they had to do so much work.  “No talk, all action,” as they say.

But all good things have to come to an end at some point, and Sunday evening arrived in a whir of PowerPoints, Google presentations, Prezis and various other slidedecks demonstrate to the judges that it represented the best of the best. Our panel of judges geared up for 18 presentations, the most any of us had ever heard of for a Startup Weekend:


Here are some photot highlights from the Sunday night presentations:

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The top three teams all barely edged out the competition after a tough deliberation by our judges.  The top three teams are as follows:

3rd Place — 21 Day!


2nd Place — Knock Knock!


And the first place team, Free Will!


There you have it.  The weekend was a huge success and we all learned a great deal.  Ultimately, we hope that every team learned about the outstanding community that exists in Austin that supports radical ideas that can change the world.  We hope teams met a bunch of folks from the awesome community of individuals who make up the fabric of our great city who are more than willing to lend a hand, an ear or the ever-tantalizing email connection to “a good friend who will absolutely love what you are doing.”  Most of all, we hope that teams learned about how to “Start up!”  See you again real soon!



A special thank you to the folks at RetailMeNot, without whom Startup Weekend Austin would not have been possible.  Also, thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka and TechMap for their generous donations.  Thanks always to Capital Factory for hosting us at their awesome downtown space!

Follow us on Twitter at @atxSW and follow ME on Twitter at @dearmrduffy

Una oportunidad para el Internet de todo en LATAM

Todo como una plataforma

IoT Latam Chui

Cuando hablamos de startups, hablamos de oportunidades. Los que se aventuran a iniciar un proyecto, buscan un punto de partida para la generación de productos y servicios que puedan ganar un espacio en el mercado. En su mayoría, el motor de la creación de startups de tecnología en LATAM, se ha basado en aplicaciones móviles que permiten la interacción y acceso de los usuarios a contenido, servicios y/o productos. Las tecnologías de información y comunicación y la conexión de los usuarios a Internet han propiciado el aumento de personas que se involucran en la creación de startups.

En Colombia, por ejemplo, ha habido un incentivo permanente por parte del Gobierno con su programa apps.co del Ministerio de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Telecomunicaciones, para garantizar la creación de soluciones para computadores, tabletas y teléfonos inteligentes. Según cifras propias del sitio web de la institución, a mayo del 2013, 35 mil colombianos hacen parte de la comunidad de emprendedores TIC del país.

Siendo así, tan sólo en Colombia, hay miles de personas con interés en la creación de soluciones de tecnología, y si uniéramos Latinoamérica, ¿cuántas podríamos tener? Pues bien, sumándonos ya somos un montón. No cabe duda que la intención existe, las necesidades también, y la oportunidad de crear está en la cabeza de quien imagina hacerlo y lo hace.

Sin embargo, es necesario que se empiece a pensar desde la región en la apertura a nuevos  mercados, pues si tan sólo se piensa en aplicaciones que funcionen gracias a su descarga en un dispositivo de comunicación convencional (teléfono, computador, etc), los posibles creadores de tecnología, están por fuera de un mercado en expansión, el del Internet de las Cosas, que desde sus inicios está generando cambios drásticos en la manera como nos relacionamos con los objetos cotidianos y ellos con nosotros gracias al Internet.

El Internet de las Cosas, indica que todo puede ser una plataforma que recibe y envía datos, la nevera, el televisor, el reloj, los zapatos, las camas, los mostradores de exhibición en los supermercados; todo en absoluto. Incluye hardware (las cosas mismas), software incluido en ellas, servicios de comunicaciones y servicios de información relacionados con las cosas.

Según CISCO, hoy en día el 90% de las cosas, en el mundo físico, aún no están conectadas a Internet, y existe una oportunidad inmensa en el desarrollo de tecnología, sensores y nuevos dispositivos para que esto ocurra y el talento en Latinoamérica tiene la obligación de aprovecharlo, aprender, experimentar y ejecutar rápidamente prototipos y productos relacionados.

Si estas pensando ir al próximo Startup Weekend en tu ciudad, o simplemente quieres explorar un poco con hardware, sensores e ideas para este mercado en expansión, no dudes en tener este concepto del internet de todo en mente.

Una cifra para no olvidar

El crecimiento de la IoT será superior al de otros dispositivos conectados, mientras en el 2020 el número de tabletas, smartphones y computadoras llegará a 7.3 millones de unidades, la IoT se habrá expandido rápidamente, alcanzando 26 mil millones. – Gartner*

Un ejemplo para inspirar

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Chui, un timbre inteligente que mezcla software de reconocimiento facial y tecnología para que nuestros rostros se conviertan en la claves universales para abrir la puerta.

Precio mercado $199

Lugar creación: Boulder, Colo. USA

Web: www.getchui.com

Pues bien, seguro ya hay startups de internet de todo, me encantaría saber de ellas o de experiencias de los lectores con este tipo de mercado, todo para aprender y seguir escribiendo al respecto.

Para más información de tecnología, innovación, startups y emprendimiento, contáctanos a través de redes sociales, Facebook, Twitter, y LinkedIn.

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*Gartner es una de las empresas líderes en investigación sobre tecnología más importantes del mundo con sede en Connecticut - USA.

Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh: A Dream Event Come True

Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh (SWeduPGH) is the perfect storm of education and entrepreneurship in the Pittsburgh community. We have only begun our planning of the event, and already we have some very big announcements:

A Platinum Sponsor

Problem Solutions
Our first major sponsor!

We already secured our first platinum sponsor: Problem Solutions! SWPGH#6 attendee Walt Grata reached out to us immediately after the event and put me in touch with company president Mike Hruska, co-author of the soon to be released “Ed Tech Software Developer’s Guide.” Suffice to say, we are very happy to have their support!

A School for an Event Location

Our event will be held at the Environmental Charter Upper School (ECS)! Located just outside of Frick Park, ECS’s relatively central location, parking accessibility, and consolidated layout works extremely well for the needs of a Startup Weekend event. Plus, where better (or more obvious) to conduct an education-themed event than at a school?

A Top-Tier Facilitator

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge will be our event facilitator! For the uninitiated, every Startup Weekend event requires an out-of-town facilitator to help the organization team execute the event. We really lucked out by tapping the Director of Education Entepreneurs for UP Global, the parent organization of Startup Weekend! Mandela is a Pittsburgh native to boot!

An Amazing Organizing Team

SWeduPGH co-organizers (from left) Shimira Williams, Lee Ngo, and Courtney Francis

We have truly assembled a “Dream Team” for SWeduPGH. Hand-picked for their experience, passion, and reputation in the educational and startup communities, we’re going to knock this event out of the park:

Courtney Francis (@cfrancisrun), Co-Organizer and Marketing Lead
Shimira Williams (@tekstart), Co-Organizer and Operations Lead
Christian Moreno (@cmoreno_13), Sponsorship Coordinator
Cat Tsavalas (@cattsavalas), Social Media Coordinator

As we head into 2015, we hope that you will be a part of this exciting event we’re putting on for the Pittsburgh educational community. We’re actively looking for mentors, judges, a keynote speaker, and game-day volunteers. Tickets are already available here, and for more information, feel free to email us at pittsburghedu@startupweekend.org.

See you in February 2015, and Happy Holidays!
Lee Ngo (@leepngo)
Lead Organizer, Sponsorship Lead
Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh (@swedupgh)

In promotion of the first Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh, this blog post is the first of a series by and for the education technology community in Pittsburgh. All inquiries can be directed to pittsburghedu@startupweekend.org.