Rainforest Rev: Bold Innovation Culture and Silicon Sultans

The Rainforest Revolution
News on growing ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship


How do you nourish cultures that drive innovation?  

If you want ideas to have room to rise, your resources to do more than dream, and an opportunity to create lasting change, then join us! Register for Global Innovation Summit.  It’s the world’s leading event on building innovation ecosystems.





How To Create Innovation Culture? Halifax Tries Something Bold 

By Victor Hwang, CEO & Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
Halifax is trying something new and brave. They are not relying solely on tools of the past, like tax incentives and infrastructure building. Instead, they are attempting to reconstruct the fabric of the society itself… by rewriting Halifax’s social contract. Read more here.


Robber Barons and Silicon Sultans

The Economist
America still has the right formula for producing entrepreneurs. It sucks in talent from all over the world: Carnegie was the son of an impoverished Scottish textile weaver, Mr. Brin the son of Russian immigrants. It tolerates failure: the list of barons who failed at least once before they succeeded includes R.H. Macy, H.J. Heinz, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs. And it encourages ambition. Read more here.


6 Ways Governments Can Encourage Entrepreneurship

World Economic Forum
Make the formation of entrepreneurial activity a government priority and ensure that government policy is broadly focused. Allow for natural growth not top-down solutions in all industry sectors, not just high-tech. Develop policy that addresses the needs of both the business and its management team. Read more here.


Complexity and the Art of Public Policy

Evolving Economics (blog)
Jason Collins critiques David Colander and Roland Kupers’s book “Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society’s Problems from the Bottom Up,” which claims the economy can only be understood through complexity science. Read more here.


The Link Between Religious Diversity and Economic Development

Innovation and economic growth are tied to a broader shift away from conventional religious values and towards more modern, secular, post-materialist values which value self-expression. Read more here.




The Arab World Is Changing Much Differently Than You Think!

By Fadi Ghandour, keynote speaker at Global Innovation Summit, from LinkedIn
An increasing number of Arab governments have been offering scholarships to their best and brightest students, all going west. These young men and women represent a paradigm shift. Read more here.


Start-Ups Rise to Close a Gap for Farmers

The New York Times
An innovation ecosystem of start-ups are springing up to provide local farmers and their customers with marketing, transportation, logistics and other services. Read more here.




Global Innovation Week 

February 15-21, 2015 
Silicon Valley, CA

Global Innovation Week is a Silicon Valley-wide festival celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.  More than 20 events with 1,000 attendees from 50 countries are expected. Interested in hosting your own event? Apply here.



MENA Entrepreneurial Showcase & Networking Reception

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
Redwood City, CA

Join TechWadi As They Kick-off the New Year by Celebrating MENA Entrepreneurship!

Marketplace & Networking – 6:00- 7:15 p.m.
Opening Remarks and Keynote – 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Pitches / Q&A – 7:45 – 8:15 p.m.
Tickets, Speakers, and Additional Information



Startup Grind 2015

February 9 to February 11, 2015
Redwood City, CA

Startup Grind is a global community of entrepreneurs with monthly events hosted in over 150 cities and 60 countries. The mission is to help educate, connect, inspire, and mentor entrepreneurs.

This year’s lineup includes the founders of Google For Entrepreneurs, Yammer, Stripe, Lyft, Airbnb, Pebble, Intuit, Qualtrics, Zendesk, 99 Designs, Twitch, Product Hunt, Survey Monkey,Houzz, SmartThings, BioWare Games, charity: water, and many more. Legendary investors Steve Case, Vinod Khosla, Mark Suster, Alfred Lin, Gil Penchin, George Zachary, Ailleen Lee, Bill Maris, Matt Miller, Charles Hudson will also be joining us.

Register here with a 10% discount.

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