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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 

Bionic hybrid age may well be flickering to life. Naweed I Syed

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Dr. Naveed I Syed is a world renowned scientist of Pakistani origin and the Head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada.He is the first scientist to connect brain cells to a silicon chip. Dr. Syed has travelled worldwide giving lectures and presenting presentations about the human mind and his mini chip. One of the most important contributions of Dr Naweed was to ‘connect brain cells to a silicon chip’, the first scientist to do so.

This opened up a field of unimaginable potential bringing artificial intelligence to the next stage. He estimates that science fiction type ‘Machine Men’ may be developed in one or two decades, with the use of his silicon chip.The discovery ‘Brain on a chip’ is a major step in the research of integrating computers with human brains to help people control artificial limbs, monitor people’s vital signs, correct memory loss or impaired vision.

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Being able to monitor the dialogue between cell and silicon chip is a crucial step toward one day manipulating it, raising the possibility of neurochip implants that can help restore sight or language after a stroke, or repair neurons that malfunction in a wide range of brain disorders, from Parkinson’s disease to Alzheimer’s.

Until now, the Calgary group had conducted most of its research on cells taken from rat and snail brains. Snail neurons, Dr. Syed said, are four to 10 times the size of human brain cells and easier to manipulate on a chip one millimeter square.

“That’s what the dream really is all about .where a man made device can be integrated into living human tissue and become part of it,” Dr. Syed said.The humbling part, he said, has been the complex wiring of the human brain.”A lot of people still think bionics is science fiction,” Dr. Syed said. “It’s not. It’s already here.”

More in the feild of Neuro Genetics. The Man Who’s Building a Computer Made of Brains ,IBM cracks open a new era of computing with brain-like chip .

Internet.org an Opportunity calling .

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Every person joining the internet has a story to tell. Here’s a story from a student in Colombia who is using the internet to learn.Internet.org is a partnership between social networking services company Facebook and six companies (Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm) that plans is to bring affordable access to selected Internet services to less developed countries by increasing efficiency,and facilitating the development of new business models around the provision of Internet access .
A year after its successful launched of free basic services in Zambia.Today, more than one billion people in 17 countries can use Internet.org. An application tool that has allowed people to connect to the web in the most remote of areas in order to improve and further there lives. Now, more people are getting online, using these free tools for health, education, jobs and communication putting an end to poverty, and discovering the value of the internet.
After launching free basic services, mobile operators are seeing people adopt mobile data 50% faster than before. More than half the new people coming online through Internet.org choose to pay for data and access more internet services within the first 30 days. In June, people used Internet.org to access online health services more than one million times.
Studies show that for every 10 people who gain access to the internet, around one person is lifted out of poverty. If we can connect the 4 billion people with internet access, we can help raise hundreds of millions out of poverty. An application for the free service can be found here for Android & IOS platforms .Alongside the app launch, Internet.org is also experimenting with drones and satellites to deliver internet to remote areas.
To continue making progress, we’re expanding free basic services to even more operators by making it easier for them to offer Internet.org. We also recently announced the Internet.org Platform to help any developer worldwide offer their services.
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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 .

Entrepreneurs can save #Pakistan.

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Mr Ishrat Hussain

Mr Ishrat Hussain

This blog is  repost from http://startup.org.pk/

Entrepreneurship is the need of the hour. A good number of jobs are created by small and medium enterprises. Entrepreneurial-minded people are the ones who drive the economy of the country. Entrepreneurship is a way of life. The people who are exposed to entrepreneurship frequently express that they have more potential to exercise creative freedom, higher self-esteem, and an overall greater sense of control over their own lives. This is one of the major reasons many veteran business people, public officials, economists, and academicians firmly believe that inculcating a dynamic entrepreneurial culture will not only maximize individual success rate but also collectively, economic and social success on a local, national, and global scale.

Startup magazine  had the honor of meeting the former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Ishrat Hussain. The celebrated banker and economist is currently the Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.

The following words of wisdom will be a treat for all the aspiring entrepreneurs of the country.

Startup: What does entrepreneurship mean to you, sir?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: There are some individuals who are prone to taking risks in their lives. They do not want to do a 9 to 5 job but they want to start their own business by recognizing some of the opportunities which exist in the market and which can be translated into a commercial proposition. That is what I think entrepreneurship is.

Startup: What is the role of an entrepreneur in the economy and the society?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: You see, the entrepreneurs, they are successful, although the success ratio of entrepreneurship all over the world is very low. They create multiple jobs. They bring about innovations. They bring about new products, new processes, which do not exist. And this is how the economic transformation takes place: by bringing in new ideas and translating them into new products and processes. This is the role of entrepreneurship in the economy.

Startup: What do you think should be the characteristics of an entrepreneur?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: The characteristics are variable. They are not fixed. There are some people who are not very good at creativity but there are others who are good at creativity but they do not have market sense. Although the entrepreneur may not be completely self-sufficient but if they work in a team, they can bring a change. Most of the startups have been successful where there is teamwork, where different skills are complementing each other. And that ensures the larger degree of success, as far as outcome is concerned. But no individual knows both the creative part as well as marketing and finance strategy. Therefore, you must have some teamwork in order to start the business.

Startup: What are the sources of entrepreneurial ideas?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: Sources are people who are keeping their eyes and ears open and they find out that there are some rare opportunities, which are knocking on their doors. They will seize that opportunity and try to bring that into a culmination. However, if you are very much, which I call as “bound by tradition and conventions” and you are not looking around, then you will never be able to find those opportunities. Therefore, the mindset has to be very different as compared to those who are conformist. You have to be non-conformist. You have to challenge the conventional wisdom. All the scientific research, inventions and innovations have taken place when the existing theories had been challenged and new ideas had been replacing those old theories and practices.

Startup: What sectors do you feel are the greatest source of entrepreneurial activities?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: All sectors! We have here people who are doing food. They are doing beverages. They are doing trade, agro-processing etc. There is no dearth of sectors. This is an economy which needs big boost, as far as, both economic growth and income distribution is concerned. If you go to the rural areas, you will find that the way they are distributing their inputs into agriculture is insufficient. So if you are an entrepreneur, you’ll look at this opportunity and say, “How can I do a better job as far as the distribution of these inputs are concerned?” Or, if I am a farming person, then I know that the water is being wasted in irrigation application. So if I can have some way of introducing, let’s suppose, sprinkler irrigation, whereby I can conserve and use the water more efficiently; my incomes will go up! These are the ways an entrepreneur can make some of the contributions in a struggling economy.

Startup: What does wealth mean to you?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: Wealth is both intellectual wealth as well as the financial wealth. Most of the people concentrate on financial wealth, but they do not realize that intellectual wealth really creates the financial wealth. If you have very good ideas, you translate those ideas. I mean, look at the largest companies today in the world; it is Google. It is Facebook, yahoo, Apple, Microsoft etc. They are all been generated because of intellectual wealth and not because their parents, their ancestors were very rich people. They started from scratch. They were college dropouts! Some of them were very young, 17, 18 year olds. And today they have an empire which is larger than ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP (British Petroleum) which are using the natural resources, which is hydrocarbon. So you see what is the importance of intellectual wealth which is required for the future also. The bottom line is, it’s all about what is going in your mind and how that mental process creates something useful for the society.

Startup: How can small and medium enterprises help alleviate poverty in our country?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: As an entrepreneur creating jobs, you are not just going for “one job for one person”, but one person is creating multiple jobs. Even if one person creates 10 jobs, you have a large impact on unemployment because unemployment is reduced to that extent. But if you work for a company, you are the only one who is employed. What about the others, who are not selected by the company? But if you are creating your own company, you may employ 10 people. And if there are a 100 companies, you have a multiplier effect! Therefore, poverty is reduced to that extent.

Startup: How can entrepreneurship manifest in the early education?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: School level is very difficult because they have to be given the basic education. But at college level, you can have them exposed to the ideas which other people translated into action. That exposure itself will make them think. It is the thinking process, which is very important. It is not whether you are a scientist, an engineer, or whether you are a technologist, but it is what is going on in your thought process, which is very vital. Right from college days, you realize that I have to do something on my own, rather than go for an employment. You start thinking in a very different way. So it is the mindset, it is the attitude which is different among those who want to train themselves as entrepreneurs and those who want to train themselves for 9 to 5 jobs.

Startup: So does it mean that an entrepreneurial education develops the entrepreneurial mindset?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: Yes it does. Not everybody gets it but 10 %, 15 % of the students, who are exposed to entrepreneurship training somehow or the other, do think differently. It’s a slow process, it doesn’t happen overnight.

Startup: What is role of government and policy makers in entrepreneurship?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: Nothing much, you just pay the level fee and you do not create any obstacles in the way. The Indian government did not know what the IT industry was doing and that is why that industry took off. If the IT industry was strangulated by government policies and regulations, India would not have done so well. The government should keep its hands off because creativity and innovation are to be given free hand. There is a lot of experimentation. There are a lot of failures. You learn from your mistakes and try again harder. So there is no room for government or government policy. The only thing I would like is that they should not create obstacles. They should have the enabling environment in which this innovation can nurture itself.

Startup: What is the entrepreneurship ecosystem according to you?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: The ecosystem is that people are not given procurement orders on the basis of who-you-know but what the quality of the product is. You should not always say that anything which is produced by multi-national corporations is of superior quality and anything produced by a new entrepreneur is of low quality. You should give chance to everyone to compete. Competition really is the name of the game and you will realize that those who can succeed, then they will expand. Nevertheless, if you do not allow them to take part in the competition, then it is never going to happen!

Startup: How do you feel entrepreneurship has changed over the years and what do you think the future holds?
Dr. Ishrat Hussain: I don’t think it has changed in any way. There were entrepreneurs all over Pakistan for the last 67 years. There will be entrepreneurs in the future but the nature of risk taking will change. The people who are getting a lot of confidence for what they are doing, they will continue to experiment. They will continue to expend. However, those who are weak minded or very timid, if they fail, they will completely get out of this business. They will not try again. So it is perseverance, it is persistence, it is patience; these are the qualities which will help you whether you are in the 1960s or you are going to be in 2020s! There are no rules about it. Anything which is going to make a difference to the existing way of doing things or filling a vacuum or a gap which exists, then entrepreneurship will survive.

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