Rainforest Rev: Status Quo Leadership and How to Promote Entrepreneurship


Status Quo Leadership Is The Biggest Impediment To Innovation

Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
If you’re looking for an innovation revolution in your organization, don’t look for more money or more places to spend money.  Don’t look for activities or tactical interventions or things to do. Look for heroes. Read more here.

Guidelines for Local and State Governments to Promote Entrepreneurship 

Kauffman Foundation
Two commonly used strategies to promote entrepreneurship are public venture funds and business incubators. They have failed to foster entrepreneurship because the tactics are not suited to the experiential and collaborative process that characterizes entrepreneurship. They often neglect an essential principle: connectivity and learning by entrepreneurs. Read more here.

In The Future, Nothing is Certain Except Uncertainty

An open collaborative culture will foster the kind of continuous innovation required to survive in the future. In a world where everyone and everything is ripe for disruption, experimental organizations that welcome unwelcome ideas will flourish. Read more here.

What Is the Next ‘Next Silicon Valley’?

The New York Times
Nerds love Silicon Valley. The gap between San Jose and the No. 2 metro area is large. Seattle, no tech slouch with Microsoft, Amazon, Zillow and others, has 16 percent of its work force in advanced industry compared with 30 percent for San Jose. Many successful start-ups start somewhere else but eventually get sucked into the Silicon Valley vortex. Read more here.


‘Piggybackers’ Hitch Themselves to Airbnb, Uber

The Wall Street Journal
Many entrepreneurs are building derivative startups, or businesses pegged to others’ success.  At least half a dozen businesses are pegged to Airbnb in the last three years. Read more here.

Technology Startups Take Root in Tehran

The Wall Street Journal
Foreign companies, deterred by international sanctions or banned in Iran, have yet to launch Iranian versions of their content. Iranian versions of Amazon, Google Play, Groupon fill the void left by censorship. Read more here.

Report: Venture Capitalists Invested $470M in 53 Deals in First Half of 2014

San Diego Business Journal
Venture capitalists invested $470 million in 53 deals in San Diego during the first half of 2014. Entrepreneurs created 228 startups in innovative vertical markets in San Diego during the period. Read more here.


Licensing Executives Society Silicon Valley Chapter’s 15th Annual Conference
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Palo Alto, CA

Licensing in Sports and Entertainment Conference. Meet the minds behind the licensing of such mega-hits and teams as Star Trek, Star Wars, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, PAC-12, and the media & technology companies that fuel them, including Technicolor, Dolby Laboratories, TiVo, and Starz!

Wold Cup Tech Challenge

Apply now to represent your startup—and your country —at the World Cup Tech Challenge on June 4th, 2015 at Microsoft in Silicon Valley! Startups accepted into the World Cup Tech Challenge are in a pre-global stage, meaning they have launched their products in their respective local markets and now ready for a global launch. We welcome startups from all over the world to apply to present their product—and represent their country—at the 2nd Annual World Cup Tech Challenge 2015! Don’t miss your chance to win the Cup, a fabulous cash prize, and more. Check it out on www.worldcuptech.com!

Apply to qualify to one of the Tech Groups Below:
1. Digital Media
2. HealthTech
3. FinTech
4. Next Gen Technology
5. EdTech
6. Enterprise Software

How to apply:
In order to be considered for the competition, please visit worldcuptech.com and fill out the application form. The deadline for submission is May 4, 2015; however, the 35 investor judges are screening applications as they come in, and therefore strongly encourage you to send in your application before the deadline. The 24 qualified startups will be announced no later than May 15th, 2015.

For questions or concerns, please visit worldcuptech.com or contact at worldcuptech@svforum.org.

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