Archive for April 2011
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. (From the NSF Website)
We were fortunate enough to have Greg Baxter, director of the National Science Foundation, come in to our workspace and give a presentation on early stage funding. We appreciate Greg’s valuable insights and experience with startups, and look forward to working with the NSF further.
We are thrilled to announce 106 Stanford startups have applied for our summer session, a record number of applications for SSE Labs which speaks of the high quality of the student body. Of the applicants, we are happy to announce 9 new companies that will be participating in our summer session. Stay tuned for our upcoming Demo Day on June 1st, where we will be unveiling the amazing companies that have been accepted.
Benny Xian has given our companies a lot of feedback during the Midway Milestone, and we would just like to give a shout out for his help. Following him @bxian3.
“Benny Xian is a seed investor and formerly the COO and co-founder of Beyondcore. BeyondCore is an advanced analytics software company based on the disruptive innovative principles identified and analyzed by Clayton Christensen. Xian is passionate about taking innovative technology and products into new markets. He has done business internationally including China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and US. He helped to put together and drive a $15 million technology purchasing and licensing negotiation with Transmeta. In his previous role, Xian served as the COO for Midori Linux, with offices in China and Silicon Valley, focusing on consumer applications in China market. Midori was originally developed by Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux. Previously, Xian was one of the key members responsible for strategic marketing and product management atTransmeta. Transmeta achieved one of the most successful IPOs reaching over $3 billion in market valuation. Prior to Transmeta, Xian held engineering, operations, applications, and sales positions at Actel and Lightspeed.”
Thanks Adam for giving us a Brand and Marketing Workshop in Enterprise this afternoon!
Your comments on what a brand is mechanically, emotional and what both mean for the user experience were especially valuable. Here is an except on slideshare:
The Midway Milestone for Session II went well! Each of out teams gave a 3 minute pitch of their current progress and future plans. Afterwards, we features a demo floor directly in our office space where everyone shared their products. We would like to give special thanks to our mentors and guests, Sam Schillace, Mauria Finley, Supreet Oberoi Rock Clapper Adam Rodnitzky, Benny Xian, Dave Hodson, Burke Robinson, Claudia Carpenter, Zachary Taylor, Kelly Mayes, and Trent Herren, for attending and giving feedback.
Congratulations to Wifislam, 6dot, Leglytics, Tezzit, Qwhispr, ClearEar, Juntos, SongSpring, Kitchit, and GameClosure for your progress so far! We’re looking forward to your work in the coming months.
4/11 Pitching/Public Speaking Workshop with Mary Etta Eaton, Public Speaking Instructor at Stanford University
Mary Etta is a public speaking instructor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Prior to working at Stanford, Mary Etta was an Organizational & Communications Consultant and a public speaking instructor at the Keys School. She also worked at Hewlett-Packard for over 15 years, serving as a Human Resources Specialist, and leading teams of 5-75 marketing professionals as the Sales Development Engineer and Product Specialist Manager.
Mary Etta shared her extensive experience in public speaking and pitching with our companies this week during our pitch workshop session. Mary Etta had great advice on not only the content in the presentations, but also the way in which the entrepreneurs presented themselves. Below is some of the advice Mary Etta gave:
1. Hand positioning – it is important to be wary of your hand positioning while presenting. No “penguin” hands or hinged hands, and try to use large gestures to show that you are in command of the room.
2. Pausing while presenting is one of the best ways to emphasize your key points. Also make sure to have voice modulation and vary your tone when presenting.
3. Having a story is one of the most powerful ways to connect with the audience and to easily explain the usefulness and purpose of your product/service.