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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 

Hip New Chika’s shaping Technology

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This Article aims to encourage Women locally / Abroad to take up the Appropriate education,empowerment of women. which will lead to a prosperous Nation Pakistan.

Many women have contributed to Pakistan’s technology industry and have made a name for themselves,The concept of Women in Technology or towards Entrepreneurship in Pakistan is a new one. There are several examples of women leading the way in Technology and towards Entrepreneurship.This has lead to the growth of the economy from over last few years.

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The presence of these enthusiastic women have brought prosperity,welfare and as role models have encouraged numerous others to stand up and strive for stunning achievements. Here is the list of few Pakistani game changers and their stories.

1. Ms Jehan Ara is the mastermind behind PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Associations).She is an entrepreneur,speaker,motivator,Human Rights activist and writer for various Industrial publications. A President of P@SHA Tech Incubator,The Nest I/O .

2. Ms Sara Haider is of Pakistani heritage,live’s in San Francisco,Is a Software Engineer at Periscope the new live broadcast /streaming app making head way. An Inspiration to women locally that engineering is not a dying field.

3.Ms Fiza Farhan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Buksh Foundation in addition she is also the Director of Buksh Energy Pvt Ltd runs .A micro finance institution that brings clean energy projects to poor and rural areas. She made it to Forbes’ international list of 30 Under 30 social entrepreneurs was also selected as a “Future Energy Leader” at the World Energy Council.

4.Ms Mona Mahtani from Hyderabad, Sindh has received International N-Peace Award from Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon, N-peace Network is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia working on the advancement of women and peace issues .She is an advocate of Inter faith harmony and spends her time running a school and other similar projects advocating peace and educational the youth.

5. Ms Shiza Shahid is a young, female Pakistani educational advocate .A Stanford Grad and former McKinsey consultant; she became Ms Malala Yousafzai Chief Strategist and is the driving force behind The Malala Fund. And has even made it to Forbes.

6. Ms Kalsoom Lakhani is founder and CEO of Invest2Innovate (i2i) , LLC, a global social enterprise intermediary that matches investors with social entrepreneurs in emerging markets beginning in Pakistan and (soon) Bangladesh. By her venture she supports entrepreneurs, engaging mentors & investors, and partnering with local stakeholders, work to build a better enabling environment in Pakistan to encourage investment & entrepreneurship.

7. Ms Saba Gul did her Bachelors, Masters from MIT. She studied Computer Sciences and Economics. She is a successful entrepreneur that runs a nonprofit organization Popinjay, which helps girls, and their families of Pakistan, living below the poverty line to get education.

8. Ms Salma Jafri is who founded her own Content Marking Firm named as WordPL.net in 2008 and now she is working currently with Fortune 100 Companies as a Services Provider.

Notes:

http://www.smeda.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=236&Itemid=574

http://codeforpakistan.org/programs/women_and_tech/

http://www.mizlink-pakistan.com/About-Us.html

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 .

Red Hot : Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 edge

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Samsung has teamed up with Marvel and has launched the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition smartphone in select countries. The handset will reach South Korea on May 27th 2015 along with China and Hong Kong in June. The firm has not mentioned the price of the smartphone or if it will reach other markets or not. The limited edition smartphone comes as a part of Samsung-Marvel tie-up for the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. 

With Samsung being an active promoter of Marvel’s latest Avengers movie, it’s no surprise to see the tech giant releasing some sort of special edition product to sweeten the deal. The metal of the Galaxy S6 edge sports a red color on the front and back with a gold trim around the sides which are Iron Man’s signature colors.

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Samsung and Marvel have partnered on multiple projects over the last few years. For example, Samsung gave away four limited edition Avengers cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the past. There is also a Battle For The Avengers Tower experience available for the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset. Samsung also offers anAvengers: Age Of Ultron theme for the Galaxy S6, which includes a set of wallpapers, lock screens and icons.

As far as the specifications are concerned, it all remains the same.  The Galaxy S6 Edge boasts a curved Quad HD display with the sides acting as a secondary display where you can view notifications and launch applications with one hand. As for the design, it boasts a body made out of Gorilla Glass 4 and metal.

It is powered by a  Exynos 7420 octa-core processor with 64-bit capability and 3GB of RAM. The Iron Man Limited Edition offers 64GB internal storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and a non-removable 2,600mAh battery. On the software front, it runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box wrapped under an overhauled TouchWiz UI.