Get Rich Off Your Million-Dollar Idea A lot of people think you have to be a genius to invent a product. That's not really true. If you take a piece of string, stick it between your teeth and it's worth a billion dollars, it's dental floss. If you take a hanger, stick it on your head and it's worth millions of dollars, it's the Tingler Head Massager. You don't even have to be a writer to have a best-seller: You can accept stories from others, call it Chicken Soup For The Soul and sell a billion books.
Meet the Woman Who’s Created the 21st Century Finance Model for Emerging Technologies — The Internet of Women Meet the Woman Who’s Created the 21st Century Finance Model for Emerging Technologies This piece is an excerpt from the forthcoming book The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change to be published on June 30th: Riva-Melissa Tez is the CEO and co-founder of Permutation in San Francisco. A London native, she runs an artificial intelligence platform and incubator. In her spare time, she works on The Longevity Cookbook, alongside Maria Konovalenko and Steve Aoki, which is a book that distills academic research into practical measures for slowing the aging process. This is an edited transcript of a recorded interview.
Renewable energy Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. Renewable energy replaces conventional fuels in four distinct areas: electricity generation, hot water/space heating, motor fuels, and rural (off-grid) energy services. About 16% of global final energy consumption presently comes from renewable resources, with 10%  of all energy from traditional biomass, mainly used for heating, and 3.4% from hydroelectricity. New renewables (small hydro, modern biomass, wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels) account for another 3% and are growing rapidly. At the national level, at least 30 nations around the world already have renewable energy contributing more than 20% of energy supply. Renewable energy resources exist over wide geographical areas, in contrast to other energy sources, which are concentrated in a limited number of countries.
Crowd funding Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. One early-stage equity expert described it as “the practice of raising funds from two or more people over the internet towards a common Service, Project, Product, Investment, Cause, and Experience, or SPPICE.” The crowdfunding model is fueled by three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded; individuals or groups who support the idea; and a moderating organization (the "platform") that brings the parties together to launch the idea. In 2013, the crowdfunding industry grew to be over $5.1 billion worldwide. History Types The Crowdfunding Centre's May 2014 report identified the existence of two primary types of crowdfunding:
Silicon Valley An aerial view of Silicon Valley Silicon Valley is a nickname for the South Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, United States. The region occupies roughly the same area as the Santa Clara Valley where it is centered, including San Jose and surrounding towns, where most of the companies are located. It is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of small startups. The term originally referred to the region's large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually came to refer to all high-tech businesses in the area, and is now generally used as a metonym for the American high-technology sector. Origin of the term The term Silicon Valley was coined by Ralph Vaerst, a successful Central California entrepreneur.
Investment Team - Verdex Capital Associate, Agriculture Technologies As a Associate at Verdex Capital, Ingrid is responsible for deal sourcing and due diligence pertaining to Canadian Ag Tech opportunities. Located in Toronto, Ontario, Ingrid acts as the Verdex Capital point of contact in Eastern Canada. In addition Ingrid actively monitors trends and drivers in the Ag Tech sector to enable the Verdex team to identify investment opportunities with potentially disruptive technologies. Ingrid has over 5 years of academic research experience in diverse areas such as developmental biology, molecular biology, chemical biology, and plant-pest interactions. Prior to joining Verdex Capital, Ingrid worked as a Sr. Dividend A dividend is allocated as a fixed amount per share, with shareholders receiving a dividend in proportion to their shareholding. For the joint stock company, paying dividends is not an expense; rather, it is the division of after tax profits among shareholders. Retained earnings (profits that have not been distributed as dividends) are shown in the shareholders' equity section on the company's balance sheet - the same as its issued share capital. Public companies usually pay dividends on a fixed schedule, but may declare a dividend at any time, sometimes called a special dividend to distinguish it from the fixed schedule dividends. Cooperatives, on the other hand, allocate dividends according to members' activity, so their dividends are often considered to be a pre-tax expense.
Angel investor An angel Investor or angel (also known as a business angel or informal investor) is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. A small but increasing number of angel investors organize themselves into angel groups or angel networks to share research and pool their investment capital, as well as to provide advice to their portfolio companies. Etymology and origin The term "angel" originally comes from Broadway, where it was used to describe wealthy individuals who provided money for theatrical productions. In 1978, William Wetzel, then a professor at the University of New Hampshire and founder of its Center for Venture Research, completed a pioneering study on how entrepreneurs raised seed capital in the USA, and he began using the term "angel" to describe the investors that supported them.
Silicon Valley News - Archive 3 - High Tech Trends, News & Events - Silicon Valley to Internet Valley: archive #3 High Tech World Wide Trends, News & Events Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America's Lunch By BY VIVEK WADHWA Watch out, Silicon Valley: China and India aren't just graduating bad engineers and stealing intellectual property anymore. They're fostering innovations that will shake the world... India has built a $73 billion-per-year information technology service business and has been offering IT services of steadily increasing sophistication. Its engineering R&D industry is now a $10 billion business9 -- a three-fold increase in four years. It develops sophisticated products for Western firms in the aerospace and automotive industries, and in telecommunications, semiconductors, consumer electronics, and medical devices.
10 Private Social Networks for Discreet Interaction You're sick of all the mainstream social networks. The constant baby pictures, your oh-so-in-love couple friends, your creepy co-worker who Likes every single one of your photos. If you want to trim down your social networking, or if you would rather not friend your Aunt Josephine or your boss on Twitter and Facebook, consider switching to a more private network. The New $100MM BC Investment Fund - Alacrity Foundation Business Accelerator & Incubator British Columbia’s provincial government recently announced a new BC Tech Strategy, focused on supporting the expanding tech sector. The strategy has three main pillars: capital, talent, and markets. The first pillar is comprised of a BC Venture Capital Investment fund of $100MM that will be used to fill some of the need for access to investment for entrepreneurs and young startups in their initial stages. What Will the Fund Do?