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Patari: Revolutionizing the Pakistani Music industry.

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Pakistani music site a game changer:

Pakistan’s entrepreneurs are building worthy products .A new arrival in the market has turned things around .While the US and UK have Spotify, Pandora ,TIDAL and India has Saavn,Pakistan now has music streaming website Patari, which has recently gone viral on social media. Patari has an Impressive ,Overwhelming collection of Pakistani music from over the decades. After inking deals with over 80 Pakistani music labels, they currently have the biggest content library of Pakistani music ever assembled in one place. All this content is organized, tagged and made accessible through a breathtakingly simple interface.

Patari has been fortunate to received seed funding from a venture capitalist firm Sarmayacar which has made its first investment last month. It poured US$200,000 into music streaming app Patari, a Pakistani alternative to Spotify. The brains behind this venture is Rabeel Warraich, who’s a vice president at private equity firm GIC Investment Management and based in London.

The journey towards Patari is tainted with sweat, blood, tears and failure,” Khalid Bajwa, one of the co-founders of Patari .

“We thought up the idea about three years ago during a caffeine induced discussion at Gloria Jeans, and a four-month sprint of coding later, we were pitching it to TV networks” .

The Patari ideology: 

An initiative by the Punjab Government known as Plan9 Incubator.The website currently has a collection of over 600 artists and 20,000 songs, which is expected to grow to 40,000 soon. The team has continued to dig deep into Pakistan’s music ecosystem, it occurred to them as to how acute of a need for something like Patari was.

Pakistani music is so wonderfully diverse, so brilliantly textured into layers of magic and it has formed an integral part of those who lived through the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. Yet, except for the ever-vibrant indie scene, mainstream music had come to a standstill .The aim of Patari is to provide users with a one-stop-platform for all local music and enable them to discover new songs.With the help of the content team, music fans can explore various playlists and recommendations on the site.

Musicians can also promote and monetize their songs on the website. Artists get a 30% cut from Patari revenue. While Patari promotes their music and help them reach their audience. They also plan to make money through Audio Ads; users will get to hear an ad after every 4-5 songs. Patari also offers Premium Subscriptions, so users pay a small amount of money to hear music in higher quality, be able to download it and listen to it ad free. Finally they plan to have sponsored playlists.

The fact that Patari would hit a nerve with music lovers isn’t surprising. What is refreshing is Patari’s commitment to ensuring access to these precious songs.A  lost heritage of the Pakistani nation.Now you can stream it on the go .

Source: Website ,Android ,Apple, Twitter, Facebook

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Role of Startups in the US Presidential elections.

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This new age has been all about smashing the barriers and expanding the Horizons of human thinking. People back in the days refereed a cozy, secure corporate job and follow the same old boring routine day in day after , the smart age millennials are keen on venturing out of their comfort zones and experimenting with new ideas . Startups have become an essential for catering to every single need of a new age millennial, be it for a household requirement or a long-term goal, buying stuff online an or to help politicians win elections. There is a barrage of e-commerce startups serving the former purpose, the political domain is an untapped domain for startups.

Its seen that between the concept of self-driving cars and the Internet of Things, the fruits of innovation seem to be everywhere ,only except the voting booths.Recently a Bandwagon of startups and non-profits have paved way to help make registration easier for voters and to provide them with information about candidates and ballot measures.

Some of the startups taking up lime light include :

1. GroundWork :The Startup Partly funded by Alphabet Inc.’s chair person Mr Eric Schmidt, the startup makes vital use of data analytics and digital outreach to earn votes.

2. Timshel: The aim of the startup is the connection of big data and politics , Timshel is backed by Eric Schmidt, it boasts two dozen clients, including NGOs like the U.N. Refugee Agency, and is an important engine powering the high-tech voter platform for building community, fundraising, and measuring impact.

3. Agora: The Product was a master plan of a five employee startup which spawned at Harvard’s i-lab and is in the process of raising capital. It can be for web and conferencing technology to create the virtual equivalent of a town hall with a candidate or elected official.

4. Follow My Vote The company has developed an online open source voting platform that will allow voters to independently audit the ballot box.

5. BallotReady : BallotReady, is a UChicago-born startup it is a resource for all the candidate information you need heading into the election day. Type in your ZIP code and it promises instant information on every candidate on the ballot in the area

6.  Center for Tech and Civic Life: The Center for Tech and Civic Life is a non-profit organization that looks at ways that technology can modernize how local government engages with the people it serves, and vice versa

7. Brigade: is an “ideas-based” social network that will  asks for provocative questions inorder to generate debates and help users find a suitable candidate. Co-founded by Sean Parker, who founded Napster and also Facebook.

8. Tinder for Politicians :With Tinder founder Sean Rad as an adviser Voter.xyz, users swipe right if they agree with a political statement and left if they don’t. The app offers matchmaking with presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial candidates, along with personalities like Megyn Kelly and Stephen Colbert.

Following in the buzz the good news is those days are not . when we’ll be fully interacting with elected officials and government digitally . when it comes to voting or communicating with those officials representing us on the world stage .

Source : Inc. , ChicagoInno .

Exponential Medicine the Pulse of “Medtech”.

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If you’ve ever had to go into the hospital for a major medical procedure, your memory of the experience is probably pretty unpleasant. Even when all goes well, the hospital is a nerve racking place for most of us , we would rather choose not be there . But did you know that just by being treated in a functioning hospital and having access to modern care, As stated in the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s 2015 report that quotes of over five billion people lack access to safe, affordable Medical care.

How technology can democratize care:

Founded by Dr Daniel Kraft in 2011, Exponential Medicine is an immersive, hands-on program focused on the implications of breakthrough developments such as 3D printing, personalized stem cell lines, point of care lab on a chip diagnostics, robotics, augmented, artificial intelligence, machine learning, large scale bioinformatics, synthetic biology, low cost genomics, gene editing,Sex and Exponential Tech, Drone delivery of medicine ,Mobile health support ,Remote robotic surgery ,block chain and more. These rapidly developing technologies are discussed in the context of the current explosions of digital information, big data, and connected, on demand, distributed healthcare.

Designed for the clinicians, innovators, investors, executives, and makers driving progress in smart ways. Exponential Medicine gathers world class faculty, organizations, and startups from across the biomedical and technology spectrum to present an engaging series of faculty talks, interviews, hands-on experiences, demos and in-depth exploration of what’s currently in the labs, what’s evolving clinically, and what game changing technologies are emerging in the next 2 to 10 years.

Conclusions

The disruption and transformation of medicine is happening right now.

That’s why each year Dr. Daniel Kraft, head of the medicine track at Singularity University, to bring all of the coolest and most powerful technologies together at Exponential Medicine. Singularity University’s annual conference highlights the future of medical technology, and its annual MEDy Awards that’s Medical Entrepreneurship and Disruption help gauge the pulse of medtech startups.

Startups, organizations, and governments are all identifying the needs for consumer oriented medical technology.

Sources:  Twitter  , Med Talks  , Facebook , Youtube 

Startup Visas: The New Fad Attracting Entrepreneurs

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ShutUpStartUpThis post is a repost of an article from Josephine Goube @ Migreat

It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur!

Governments have launched start-up visa schemes this year,Countries are joining the list of specific immigration and tax policies targeted at entrepreneurs. Here is an updated list for 2015 .

Most Entrepreneur visa schemes ask for entrepreneurs to show investments in the range of $40,000 to $100,000. Start-Up Chile is a program for those who want to accelerate and develop a world-class startup in Chile, while helping to shape the local culture and embrace entrepreneurship. Applicant to the Chilean visa with it comes a grants of 20 million pesos (approx $35K).

French Minister of State for the digital economy Axelle Lemaire announced a new entrepreneur visa package called the French Tech Ticket. With this package,foreign entrepreneurs could get a work visa, a $14,000-$28,000 grant (€12,500-€25,000) for each team member, free office space in an incubator in Paris as well as an English-speaking administrative advisor. Announced at La French Touch Conference and limited to 500 applications for now, teams who want to apply need to be co-founders, with at most three co-founders and one French founder who lives abroad. They need to work on a startup, speak English and stay at least six months in France. The French Government is partnering with the city of Paris for the incubator part of the package. entrepreneurs-welcome-english-may-2015

Start-up Visas programs spreading like mushrooms:

So far in 2015 Denmark, France and the Netherlands have already launched national programs to attract foreign entrepreneurs to start companies.Their visa schemes have a few things in common,which is to offer fast-track and specific processes to foreign entrepreneurs with special guidance from local incubators to navigate the system. Denmark and France have put quotas in place. The Netherlands (wisely) has not. Ireland just reformed their immigration system to lower the minimum funding requirement to apply to the visa, and have passed a law to make it easy to recruit foreign talents for startups in hope to better attract global global talent to its tech industry.

Global trend of startup visas this year 2015 has attracted France, Denmark, Netherlands and South Korea; and more are to come (Israel and US). South Korea isn’t the first country in Asia to offer a visa or other type of residency permit specifically to entrepreneurs. Hong Kong’s investment visa, Singapore’s EntrePass, Japan’s visa extension for entrepreneurs, and the Philippines’ investor and employment generation visas all serve similar functions.

In the US, strong business and tech lobbies have been pushing for an immigration reform that would introduce a US start-up visa. President Obama announced that the US will make it easier and faster for entrepreneurs to come to the US and start businesses but nothing has yet happened.

Which countries have the easiest Entrepreneur Visa process? 

It is difficult to say, as rules are not always matching reality. On paper, the Italian, Dutch and Spanish visa look very attractive. Both countries promise a quick processing turnaround (30 days maximum). In Spain, all documentations submitted have to be translated in Spanish. In Italy,the application is reduce to the strict minimum: sending electronically a CV and filling out an online application form. The application form can be filled in English.

The “cheapest” Entrepreneur visa is in Chile where you are not asked to bring investment to the country, quite the opposite: they provide you with funding! This said, it does not mean it is easy to get because you will have to get accepted in the very selective Startup Chile Accelerator.

Only Canada offers a permanent resident visa. All other countries provide only a temporary visa to Entrepreneurs. It positions Canada Entrepreneur visa as the most welcoming. For European countries such as France ,Spain or Italy, the visa is a temporary one but easily renewable.

Conclusion

Interning or working at a startup overseas is a great way to hone your professional skills while immersing yourself in an exciting, new city. As we all know, in today’s post-recession world, a Bachelor’s degree no longer guarantees solid employment. But here’s the silver lining: Just as important as the piece of paper you receive upon graduation is your real-world experience, and international exposure can really set you apart.

Most visas are easier to get if you have been accepted in an accelerator. Entrepreneurs have to prove their business and achieve the renewal requirements in terms of job created and revenue generated. It also has a flexible immigration system that makes it easy and simple for start-up to hire foreigners.The programs could well provide the spark for the US and or the EU to launch programs that attract talent, create jobs and foster innovation on a larger scale.

Originally published on Migreat Blog http://wp.me/p2rYvz-fE .