SoTechie Spaces http://sotechiespaces.com Coworking Spaces for Entrepreneurs, Startups & Telecommuters Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:21:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Primary care startup raises 40 millionhttp://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/primary-care-startup-raises-40-million/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/primary-care-startup-raises-40-million/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:21:18 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5717   One Medical Group, a primary care startup that specializes in high quality patient clinics has raised $40 million in funding. It has altogether raised $117 million dollars ( previously $77). It was reported that the latest round was led by Redmile Group with their current investors Benchmark capital, DAG Ventures and Oak Investment Partners.   Founder and CEO  MD Tom Lee wanted to change people’s experience of visiting a doctor and thus started this service. In an interview he said,”We started One Medical to build a better primary care delivery model – one that uses technology to deliver higher-quality care and service more affordably. ” Started in 2007, Lee had $3.5 million to execute the plan. Now, they have 150 healthcare professionals across 27 different locations including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.  Here, you don’t need to wait for days to get an appointments. You can schedule blood tests, request prescriptions and get lab results online. All the records are available digitally so patients can go to any of the clinics as all doctors have access to their records. The annual fee is between $149 and $199. Some of their business customers include, Adobe, NBCUniversal, Uber and Fitboit.  Lee says he will be open more clinics with the funding nationwide. It will also be used to develop One Medical’s iOS and Android apps to make it more user-friendly.    Sources:  http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/04/17/primary-care-startup-one-medical-raises-40-million-plans-more-clinics/?iid=SF_T_LN  http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/one-medical-group-raises-40m-to-help-reinvent-the-doctors-office/?ncid=rss

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One Medical Group, a primary care startup that specializes in high quality patient clinics has raised $40 million in funding. It has altogether raised $117 million dollars ( previously $77). It was reported that the latest round was led by Redmile Group with their current investors Benchmark capital, DAG Ventures and Oak Investment Partners.  

Founder and CEO  MD Tom Lee wanted to change people’s experience of visiting a doctor and thus started this service. In an interview he said,”We started One Medical to build a better primary care delivery model – one that uses technology to deliver higher-quality care and service more affordably. ”

tom-leeStarted in 2007, Lee had $3.5 million to execute the plan. Now, they have 150 healthcare professionals across 27 different locations including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

 Here, you don’t need to wait for days to get an appointments. You can schedule blood tests, request prescriptions and get lab results online. All the records are available digitally so patients can go to any of the clinics as all doctors have access to their records. The annual fee is between $149 and $199. Some of their business customers include, Adobe, NBCUniversal, Uber and Fitboit. 

Lee says he will be open more clinics with the funding nationwide. It will also be used to develop One Medical’s iOS and Android apps to make it more user-friendly. 

 

Sources: 

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/04/17/primary-care-startup-one-medical-raises-40-million-plans-more-clinics/?iid=SF_T_LN 

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/one-medical-group-raises-40m-to-help-reinvent-the-doctors-office/?ncid=rss

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Startups Battle Energy Poverty, Selling Solar Lanterns To India’s Poor Communitieshttp://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startups-battle-energy-poverty-selling-solar-lanterns-indias-poor-communities/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startups-battle-energy-poverty-selling-solar-lanterns-indias-poor-communities/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:05:20 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5705 “Energy Poverty” is not a new concept in India, where extreme disparities between the rich and poor leave the people of the slums struggling for basic necessities. The millions living in poverty, who are not part of the energy grid, rely on kerosene lamps to provide light and wood stoves to cook food.   However, this system is faulty and dangerous, since women and young children face death from the air-pollution caused by burning fossil fuels indoors, especially in small tents.    A philanthropic startup, founded in 2013, named Pollinate Energy, strives to bring solar lanterns to millions, reaching 14,163 people so far.  The solar lanterns cost 17,000 rupees or $30 dollars each.  While Pollinate Energy may not be able to boast the cheapest price per lantern, they hold themselves accountable to any issues users may encounter with their after-care services.  Another like-minded startup, Frontier Markets, was begun in 2011 by Ajaita Shah, a daughter of immigrants. Shah’s purpose is the same as Pollinate Energy’s, but her business model is dynamically different. Recently awarded as a recipient of Forbes’ “30 Under 30″, Shah strives to target India’s low-income customers, those living in the poorest villages. Her endeavors involve discovering what the villagers seek the most.  “If they have five rupees what would they spend it on?,” quote Shah, illustrating the approach her startup takes. Rather than employing salesman to sell door-to-door, her startup, Frontier Markets, cuts-to-the-chase, collaborating with small retailers in the selected villages, selling bulk amounts of solar lanterns at highly discounted prices.  Like Pollinate Energy, Frontier Markets holds itself accountable to their buyers, going the “extra mile,” and opening customer-service centers to ensure this promise.    By creating a culture of care while targeting low-income slums, and poor villages, clean tech startups like these are revolutionizing poor areas, gradually lifting stagnant communities into modern ways of using energy.  According to India’s Slum Census of 2011, one in six urban Indians live in slums.  They may be poor, but as a result of always living on less, are resourceful, and good at conserving: they are the ones who will be the pioneers of solar energy for domestic purposes.          Those living in poverty can benefit greatly from your donations. If you would like to donate to Pollinate Energy visit http://pollinateenergy.org/donate/!   Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/solar-lighting-india-cleantech-startup http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/india-villages-solar-lanterns-kerosene-l-idINKBN0D101L20140415 http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/04/selling-solar-power-indias-slums/5153/ http://pollinateenergy.org/          

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“Energy Poverty” is not a new concept in India, where extreme disparities between the rich and poor leave the people of the slums struggling for basic necessities. The millions living in poverty, who are not part of the energy grid, rely on kerosene lamps to provide light and wood stoves to cook food. 

 However, this system is faulty and dangerous, since women and young children face death from the air-pollution caused by burning fossil fuels indoors, especially in small tents. 

  A philanthropic startup, founded in 2013, named Pollinate Energy, strives to bring solar lanterns to millions, reaching 14,163 people so far.  The solar lanterns cost 17,000 rupees or $30 dollars each.  While Pollinate Energy may not be able to boast the cheapest price per lantern, they hold themselves accountable to any issues users may encounter with their after-care services. 

Another like-minded startup, Frontier Markets, was begun in 2011 by Ajaita Shah, a daughter of immigrants. Shah’s purpose is the same as Pollinate Energy’s, but her business model is dynamically different. Recently awarded as a recipient of Forbes’ “30 Under 30″, Shah strives to target India’s low-income customers, those living in the poorest villages. Her endeavors involve discovering what the villagers seek the most.

 “If they have five rupees what would they spend it on?,” quote Shah, illustrating the approach her startup takes.

Rather than employing salesman to sell door-to-door, her startup, Frontier Markets, cuts-to-the-chase, collaborating with small retailers in the selected villages, selling bulk amounts of solar lanterns at highly discounted prices.  Like Pollinate Energy, Frontier Markets holds itself accountable to their buyers, going the “extra mile,” and opening customer-service centers to ensure this promise. 

  By creating a culture of care while targeting low-income slums, and poor villages, clean tech startups like these are revolutionizing poor areas, gradually lifting stagnant communities into modern ways of using energy. 

According to India’s Slum Census of 2011, one in six urban Indians live in slums.  They may be poor, but as a result of always living on less, are resourceful, and good at conserving: they are the ones who will be the pioneers of solar energy for domestic purposes.

         Those living in poverty can benefit greatly from your donations. If you would like to donate to Pollinate Energy visit http://pollinateenergy.org/donate/!

 

Sources:

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/solar-lighting-india-cleantech-startup

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/india-villages-solar-lanterns-kerosene-l-idINKBN0D101L20140415

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/04/selling-solar-power-indias-slums/5153/

http://pollinateenergy.org/

 

 

 

 

 

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Did you buy the Google Glass?http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/buy-google-glass/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/buy-google-glass/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:26 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5688 It’s April 15 and today is the only day you can go and purchase the Google Glass . Last week Google posted… “We’ve been trying out different ways to expand the Explorer program.…We’re excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Glass.”   So, you can get a sunglass shade or the new prescription glass frames with your purchase. It is ONLY  $1500 (plus tax).    The condition is that any adult ( above 18) in the U.S. with a U.S. shipping address can become an Explorer by going on this website. You will get the Glass, a “pouch,” a mono ear bud and a choice of frame. The Google Glass device is positioned in a  glass above the users right eye. They have access to the internet, take directions, get notification and search for content. It has a voice control or a touch on the pad.  Next week Google will push the Kitkat software update to the Google Glass next week. It will improve the battery life , a new photo sharing feature and an updated SDK for developers.    It has been year for them as the Google Glass has been criticized for some of its features. People wearing the Glass have been banned from bars and have given tickets for distracted driving. The most controversial feature is the  small camera  which could take videos and photos.    In a story in WSJ, Google calls these Explorers — a group of consumers and developers serving as guinea pigs testing the hardware.   Well, guinea pigs or not this is definitely an expensive gadget to have on your list. Sources: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04/14/glass-day-for-one-day-only-you-can-buy-google-glass/?mod=e2tw&mg=blogs-wsj&url=http%253A%252F%252Fblogs.wsj.com%252Fdigits%252F2014%252F04%252F14%252Fglass-day-for-one-day-only-you-can-buy-google-glass%253Fmod%253De2fb https://glass.google.com/getglass/shop/glass  

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It’s April 15 and today is the only day you can go and purchase the Google Glass . Last week Google posted… “We’ve been trying out different ways to expand the Explorer program.…We’re excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Glass.”
 
So, you can get a sunglass shade or the new prescription glass frames with your purchase.
It is ONLY  $1500 (plus tax). 
 
The condition is that any adult ( above 18) in the U.S. with a U.S. shipping address can become an Explorer by going on this website. You will get the Glass, a “pouch,” a mono ear bud and a choice of frame. The Google Glass device is positioned in a  glass above the users right eye. They have access to the internet, take directions, get notification and search for content. It has a voice control or a touch on the pad. 
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Next week Google will push the Kitkat software update to the Google Glass next week. It will improve the battery life , a new photo sharing feature and an updated SDK for developers.
 
 It has been year for them as the Google Glass has been criticized for some of its features. People wearing the Glass have been banned from bars and have given tickets for distracted driving. The most controversial feature is the  small camera  which could take videos and photos. 
 
In a story in WSJ, Google calls these Explorers — a group of consumers and developers serving as guinea pigs testing the hardware.
 
Well, guinea pigs or not this is definitely an expensive gadget to have on your list.
Sources:

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04/14/glass-day-for-one-day-only-you-can-buy-google-glass/?mod=e2tw&mg=blogs-wsj&url=http%253A%252F%252Fblogs.wsj.com%252Fdigits%252F2014%252F04%252F14%252Fglass-day-for-one-day-only-you-can-buy-google-glass%253Fmod%253De2fb

https://glass.google.com/getglass/shop/glass

 

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Why the Heartbleed Bug Could Have Been Avoidedhttp://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/heartbleed-bug-avoided/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/heartbleed-bug-avoided/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:39:57 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5660 The Heartbleed Bug, a technically miniscule, but overwhelming flaw in internet software, leaks personal information, usernames, and passwords, to hackers and other snoopers.  Heartbleed has gone unnoticed for too many years, leaving behind no fingerprints of the ruthless crime it commits.  Leaving internet users vulnerable, the Heartbleed Bug has been quoted by CNN as the “biggest exploit of the last twelve years.”  The Heartbleed Bug is a flaw that is, perhaps, a result of lack of awareness of and funding for Open SSL, a server software used by thousands of companies for their websites.  According to James Lyne of Forbes, Open SSL is open-source; any knowledgeable coder can easily view it, and unfortunately, exploit it. Open SSL, although usually highly regarded, overlooked a huge error in the code. But a shortage of funds for Open SSL stands out as the reason why their workers are scarce, tired, and overworked.  Now, Fixed-Open SSL software has been created, and now it is up to companies to install it, but the longer they wait, the longer users are exposed and vulnerable. The only thing we can do right now is change our passwords, and perhaps donate to Open SSL, which is even still, struggling for adequate funding.  Perhaps if there is more funding, and a society that is more educated on the subject, an issue like this can be avoided in the future. Or it could have been stopped two years ago.  While the NSA denies having information of the heartbleed bug for the past two years, Bloomberg has claimed they in fact, did, aggressively suggesting that the NSA neglected to report the issue to Open SSL developers.  If the NSA was involved, the controversy surrounding Snowden pales in comparison. Sources: http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/11/technology/security/heartbleed-gear/index.html http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/09/technology/security/heartbleed-bug/index.html http://heartbleed.com/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/jameslyne/2014/04/14/how-heartbleed-happened-the-nsa-and-proof-heartbleed-can-do-real-damage/ http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/180435-the-nsa-knew-about-and-exploited-the-heartbleed-bug-for-at-least-two-years  

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The Heartbleed Bug, a technically miniscule, but overwhelming flaw in internet software, leaks personal information, usernames, and passwords, to hackers and other snoopers. 

Heartbleed has gone unnoticed for too many years, leaving behind no fingerprints of the ruthless crime it commits.  Leaving internet users vulnerable, the Heartbleed Bug has been quoted by CNN as the “biggest exploit of the last twelve years.” 

The Heartbleed Bug is a flaw that is, perhaps, a result of lack of awareness of and funding for Open SSL, a server software used by thousands of companies for their websites.  According to James Lyne of Forbes, Open SSL is open-source; any knowledgeable coder can easily view it, and unfortunately, exploit it. Open SSL, although usually highly regarded, overlooked a huge error in the code.

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But a shortage of funds for Open SSL stands out as the reason why their workers are scarce, tired, and overworked. 

Now, Fixed-Open SSL software has been created, and now it is up to companies to install it, but the longer they wait, the longer users are exposed and vulnerable. The only thing we can do right now is change our passwords, and perhaps donate to Open SSL, which is even still, struggling for adequate funding.  Perhaps if there is more funding, and a society that is more educated on the subject, an issue like this can be avoided in the future.

Or it could have been stopped two years ago.  While the NSA denies having information of the heartbleed bug for the past two years, Bloomberg has claimed they in fact, did, aggressively suggesting that the NSA neglected to report the issue to Open SSL developers.  If the NSA was involved, the controversy surrounding Snowden pales in comparison.

Sources:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/11/technology/security/heartbleed-gear/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/09/technology/security/heartbleed-bug/index.html

http://heartbleed.com/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jameslyne/2014/04/14/how-heartbleed-happened-the-nsa-and-proof-heartbleed-can-do-real-damage/

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/180435-the-nsa-knew-about-and-exploited-the-heartbleed-bug-for-at-least-two-years

 

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Undergrad students build Open-Source API For Voice Controlhttp://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/undergrad-students-build-open-source-api-voice-control/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/undergrad-students-build-open-source-api-voice-control/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:40:22 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5652   Two Princeton undergraduate students Charlie Marsh and Shubhro Saha have created a open-source voice recognition and control application called Jasper. This isn’t that complicated and you don’t need your smartphones for this. All one needs is a small network adaptor with a microphone and internet connection. It also comes with a ‘Dead’ simple API and a development kit based on Rasberry Pi model B.  It can perform actions such as Internet searches, email notification and can control music and give you social media update. The voice recognition is build on CMUSphinx , CMUCLTK and Phonetisaurus. Since this it’s open-source anyone can build their own Jasper.    By default they have built modules to demonstrate  Jasper’s capabilities: Time: “What’s the time?” Weather: “How’s the weather?… What’s the weather like tomorrow?” News: “What’s in the news?” Gmail: “Do I have any email?” Hacker News: “What’s on Hacker News?” Facebook Notifications: “Facebook notifications?” Birthday: “Who has a birthday today?” Jokes: “Tell me a knock-knock joke.” Life: “What is the meaning of life?”   In an interview on Wired, Marsh said this is a great way to show developers what can be done with open-source. “We were amazed by how far we could get with these free, open solutions, and we wanted others to be similarly inspired.”  The files for Jasper are now available over on the GitHub and full documentation is available from the official Jasper website.     Sources:  http://jasperproject.github.io/ http://www.wired.com/2014/04/out-in-the-open-jasper/  

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Two Princeton undergraduate students Charlie Marsh and Shubhro Saha have created a open-source voice recognition and control application called Jasper. This isn’t that complicated and you don’t need your smartphones for this. All one needs is a small network adaptor with a microphone and internet connection. It also comes with a ‘Dead’ simple API and a development kit based on Rasberry Pi model B. 

It can perform actions such as Internet searches, email notification and can control music and give you social media update. The voice recognition is build on CMUSphinx , CMUCLTK and Phonetisaurus. Since this it’s open-source anyone can build their own Jasper. 
 
By default they have built modules to demonstrate  Jasper’s capabilities:
  • Time: “What’s the time?”
  • Weather: “How’s the weather?… What’s the weather like tomorrow?”
  • News: “What’s in the news?”
  • Gmail: “Do I have any email?”
  • Hacker News: “What’s on Hacker News?”
  • Facebook Notifications: “Facebook notifications?”
  • Birthday: “Who has a birthday today?”
  • Jokes: “Tell me a knock-knock joke.”
  • Life: “What is the meaning of life?”
 
In an interview on Wired, Marsh said this is a great way to show developers what can be done with open-source. “We were amazed by how far we could get with these free, open solutions, and we wanted others to be similarly inspired.” 
The files for Jasper are now available over on the GitHub and full documentation is available from the official Jasper website. 
 
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Google Glass Proves It’s Potential In Hospitalshttp://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/google-glass-proves-potential-hospitals/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/google-glass-proves-potential-hospitals/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:21:27 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5633 Google Glass, a savvy and compact new eyewear, comes in various, trendy styles, and enables users to access information on the web, check their gmail, find directions to new destinations, stream their experiences to others, and more.  However, the device that may seem like just a smartphone for your eyes, is gradually becoming accepted among members of the medical community, who are beginning to realize its capabilities.  The story of Google Glass saving a man’s life is spreading like wildfire. Dr. Horng, of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was treating a patient whose brain was bleeding last year. The doctor needed to find out which drugs he could treat the patient with, without causing an allergic reaction, but he did not have the kind of time it would take to manually search through the patient’s medical history.  Fortunatey, Dr. Horng was able to pull up the information on Google Glass, and the man survived.  Evidently, Google Glass, has great benefits in medical settings where professionals are pressed for time, and data.  Yet, the device faces regulation difficulties, and is still being used at the experimental level.  However, Beth Israel has altered Google Glass’s functions to ensure patients’ data privacy, and in other subtle ways, catering it to fit the hospital setting.  It enables doctor’s to easily scroll through patient’s data and history, as they observe them, to make check-ups more focused, and effective. Another hospital which is in the process of embracing Google Glass, is Rhode Island Hospital.  The emergency room of this hospital has launched a pilot to use the new technology’s live image, and audio streaming abilities to make the task of consulting outside specialists a more efficient experience for both sides.  To begin, patients who will be observed with Google Glass will do so on a volunteer-basis. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Rhode Island Hospitals’ experiments with Google Glass are small scale trials, attempts to measure the potential of what could be the next big thing in healthcare.   Sources: http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/9/5596654/google-glass-helps-save-mans-life-in-hospital-says-doctor http://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2014/03/17/how-beth-israel-modified-google-glass-to-use-in-its-ed http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140307-r.i.-hospitals-emergency-department-first-to-test-google-glass-on-medical-conditions-video.ece http://www.google.com/glass/start/

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Google Glass, a savvy and compact new eyewear, comes in various, trendy styles, and enables users to access information on the web, check their gmail, find directions to new destinations, stream their experiences to others, and more. 

However, the device that may seem like just a smartphone for your eyes, is gradually becoming accepted among members of the medical community, who are beginning to realize its capabilities.  The story of Google Glass saving a man’s life is spreading like wildfire.

Dr. Horng, of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was treating a patient whose brain was bleeding last year. The doctor needed to find out which drugs he could treat the patient with, without causing an allergic reaction, but he did not have the kind of time it would take to manually search through the patient’s medical history.  Fortunatey, Dr. Horng was able to pull up the information on Google Glass, and the man survived.  Evidently, Google Glass, has great benefits in medical settings where professionals are pressed for time, and data. 

Yet, the device faces regulation difficulties, and is still being used at the experimental level.  However, Beth Israel has altered Google Glass’s functions to ensure patients’ data privacy, and in other subtle ways, catering it to fit the hospital setting.  It enables doctor’s to easily scroll through patient’s data and history, as they observe them, to make check-ups more focused, and effective.

Another hospital which is in the process of embracing Google Glass, is Rhode Island Hospital.  The emergency room of this hospital has launched a pilot to use the new technology’s live image, and audio streaming abilities to make the task of consulting outside specialists a more efficient experience for both sides.  To begin, patients who will be observed with Google Glass will do so on a volunteer-basis.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Rhode Island Hospitals’ experiments with Google Glass are small scale trials, attempts to measure the potential of what could be the next big thing in healthcare.

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Sources:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/9/5596654/google-glass-helps-save-mans-life-in-hospital-says-doctor

http://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2014/03/17/how-beth-israel-modified-google-glass-to-use-in-its-ed

http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140307-r.i.-hospitals-emergency-department-first-to-test-google-glass-on-medical-conditions-video.ece

http://www.google.com/glass/start/

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What entrepreneurs can learn from childrenhttp://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/entrepreneurs-can-learn-children/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/entrepreneurs-can-learn-children/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:53:16 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5625 When it comes to children most of the times we never take them seriously. You will be surprised how much one can learn from these tiny human beings. There are certain characteristics about them that entrepreneurs should observe and learn.    Being creative  The word impossible does not exist in their dictionary. They constantly change and come up with something new with their old toys. Give them a spoon and they have multiple ideas to play with it. As entrepreneurs being creative is your key tool. You need to constantly change and be innovate. The more creative you get, you are challenging yourself even more.    Take risks  As children they don’t think what looks good or what others may think. They don’t do things that are dangerous but they are ready to take that big step. As entrepreneurs you must invest your time, money, idea and take that risk. If there is something unexpected on your platter, you should try it.    Have passion Whenever children pick a particular game they really like they do everything to play with it till the end. They dream about it, they talk about it and their energy is focused towards it. Entrepreneurs must have that same passion when it comes to their project, work and their team.    Dream big If you listen to kids carefully they can make you believe that a fairy land exists and they know a secret passage to reach there.  They are not restricted by anything , they are not afraid and they learn from their mistakes. As entrepreneurs you must dream big, you must be a little more brave and have a goal that should surprise everyone.    Making decisions  Children know what they want. They are clear. Between red and white they know they know which color to choose. Even for entrepreneurs decision-making is essential and should be done at the right time.        

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When it comes to children most of the times we never take them seriously. You will be surprised how much one can learn from these tiny human beings. There are certain characteristics about them that entrepreneurs should observe and learn. 
 

Being creative 

The word impossible does not exist in their dictionary. They constantly change and come up with something new with their old toys. Give them a spoon and they have multiple ideas to play with it. As entrepreneurs being creative is your key tool. You need to constantly change and be innovate. The more creative you get, you are challenging yourself even more. 
 

Take risks

 As children they don’t think what looks good or what others may think. They don’t do things that are dangerous but they are ready to take that big step. As entrepreneurs you must invest your time, money, idea and take that risk. If there is something unexpected on your platter, you should try it. 
 

Have passion

Whenever children pick a particular game they really like they do everything to play with it till the end. They dream about it, they talk about it and their energy is focused towards it. Entrepreneurs must have that same passion when it comes to their project, work and their team. 
 

Dream big

If you listen to kids carefully they can make you believe that a fairy land exists and they know a secret passage to reach there.  They are not restricted by anything , they are not afraid and they learn from their mistakes. As entrepreneurs you must dream big, you must be a little more brave and have a goal that should surprise everyone. 
 

Making decisions 

Children know what they want. They are clear. Between red and white they know they know which color to choose. Even for entrepreneurs decision-making is essential and should be done at the right time.  
 
 
 

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Startup, BioConsortia, Strives to Increase Crop Yieldshttp://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startup-bioconsortia-strives-increase-crop-yields/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startup-bioconsortia-strives-increase-crop-yields/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:17:50 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5611 Agricultural startup, BioConsortia, has recently received fifteen million, combined, in new funding from investors, Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital.  The agricultural company’s purpose is combat climate change’s negative affect on farming by altering the microbe composition in the soil, which can boost crop growth, and function. Soil microbes, bacteria and fungi, are often regarded as pests that wreak havoc on farms, but they, in fact, have many essential purposes. Not only do they work to decompose and recycle plant waste and material, but can provide valuable nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, to plants at the root level.  Strangely enough, some viruses even can work towards the advantages of plants.  Through an accelerated microbe selection, or AMS, process, BioConsortia efficiently seeks out microbial combinations that optimize plant functionality.  This process differs from genetic modification, but the methods can be used in fields with genetically modified or organic plants. With concerns of food security on the rise, BioConsortia is a useful startup that can greatly increase crop yields as well as  longevity of thousands of individuals who are suffering as a result of climate change. Climate change is projected to affect world hunger by a daunting twenty percent by 2050, especially in places like Africa, India and China.  Hopefully, the advanced agricultural technology of BioConsortia will be able to mitigate this global issue. Sources: http://gigaom.com/2014/04/07/meet-bioconsortia-a-startup-using-microbes-to-boost-crops/ http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/07/bioconsortia-raises-15-million-to-boost-crop-yields/ http://www.noble.org/ag/research/microbes/ http://bioconsortia.com/ http://www.wfp.org/climate-change  

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Agricultural startup, BioConsortia, has recently received fifteen million, combined, in new funding from investors, Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital.  The agricultural company’s purpose is combat climate change’s negative affect on farming by altering the microbe composition in the soil, which can boost crop growth, and function. Soil microbes, bacteria and fungi, are often regarded as pests that wreak havoc on farms, but they, in fact, have many essential purposes. Not only do they work to decompose and recycle plant waste and material, but can provide valuable nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, to plants at the root level.  Strangely enough, some viruses even can work towards the advantages of plants. 

Through an accelerated microbe selection, or AMS, process, BioConsortia efficiently seeks out microbial combinations that optimize plant functionality.  This process differs from genetic modification, but the methods can be used in fields with genetically modified or organic plants.

With concerns of food security on the rise, BioConsortia is a useful startup that can greatly increase crop yields as well as  longevity of thousands of individuals who are suffering as a result of climate change. Climate change is projected to affect world hunger by a daunting twenty percent by 2050, especially in places like Africa, India and China.  Hopefully, the advanced agricultural technology of BioConsortia will be able to mitigate this global issue.

Sources:

http://gigaom.com/2014/04/07/meet-bioconsortia-a-startup-using-microbes-to-boost-crops/

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/07/bioconsortia-raises-15-million-to-boost-crop-yields/

http://www.noble.org/ag/research/microbes/

http://bioconsortia.com/

http://www.wfp.org/climate-change

 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gearhttp://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/samsung/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/samsung/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:56:55 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=4424 New and updated, Galaxy Note III features a 5.7″ full HD Super AMOLED screen, 2.3 GHz Quad Core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 3,200 mAH power battery. Translation: colorful design, big screen, and a longer battery life. But there’s much more to the Note III than just some improvements here and there, and that is Galaxy Gear. Galaxy Gear is an attractive and comfortable smartwatch, which pairs up with Galaxy Note III to allow the users to check on their calls, text messages, and other notifications without taking the phone out of their bags! And yes, I do mean a bag. Galaxy Note III is said to be way to big for a normal size pants pocket. However, the 5.7″ screen is perfect for reading eBooks, and overall, the phone could sever as a mini tablet. But, enough about the phone. Let’s go back to the Galaxy Gear.   placing calls, displaying email and taking pictures and videos with a camera in the wristband. 1.6-inch touch screen, and overall the watch weighs just under 3 ounces.  AT&T, which began selling the Gear last week for $299.  Samsung plans to make the Gear work with multiple Android-based devices, but for now it only works with Samsung’s new Note 3 phone. Then you can receive calender and message notifications on the watch, though emails and even tweets are difficult to read because you have to scroll through them on the tiny screen.  

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New and updated, Galaxy Note III features a 5.7″ full HD Super AMOLED screen, 2.3 GHz Quad Core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 3,200 mAH power battery. Translation: colorful design, big screen, and a longer battery life.

But there’s much more to the Note III than just some improvements here and there, and that is Galaxy Gear.

Galaxy Gear is an attractive and comfortable smartwatch, which pairs up with Galaxy Note III to allow the users to check on their calls, text messages, and other notifications without taking the phone out of their bags! And yes, I do mean a bag. Galaxy Note III is said to be way to big for a normal size pants pocket. However, the 5.7″ screen is perfect for reading eBooks, and overall, the phone could sever as a mini tablet. But, enough about the phone. Let’s go back to the Galaxy Gear.

 

placing calls, displaying email and taking pictures and videos with a camera in the wristband. 1.6-inch touch screen, and overall the watch weighs just under 3 ounces.  AT&T, which began selling the Gear last week for $299.  Samsung plans to make the Gear work with multiple Android-based devices, but for now it only works with Samsung’s new Note 3 phone. Then you can receive calender and message notifications on the watch, though emails and even tweets are difficult to read because you have to scroll through them on the tiny screen.

 

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Are Standing Desks Running the Office?http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/standing-desk/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/standing-desk/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:25:45 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5478   Standing desks are the new trend in many office spaces. Now office workers have the option to sit down at their desk or stand at it. Standing desks have been around for many years, Thomas Jefferson was a user of it, but studies that have been conducted in the past couple of years have increased the public’s interest.  In Forbes‘ article What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages of Standing Desks?,  Steve Mullis explores this office innovation and writes his likes/dislikes on the matter. Some Advantages Of Standing Desks  Standing keeps your blood flowing and my mind more alert. It’s a lot harder to get sleepy at your desk if you’re standing.  More opportunity to engage with coworkers. Standing all day helps your posture In case of any emergency, you are ready to run into action.   Some Disadvantages Of Standing Desks Leg/feet soreness: The first few days/weeks are brutal if you don’t                                                                                   prepare. It will take different people a different length of time to get                                                                                         acclimated to standing that long. It will be uncomfortable for a bit, but                                                                                   if you can power through, it pays off in the end.     If your workplace is an “eat-at-your-desk” type of place then this can make lunch annoying. It’s hard to stand over your desk and eat.  If you work long days , it can get a little rough toward the end. They’re expensive.

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Standing desks are the new trend in many office spaces. Now office workers have the option to sit down at their desk or stand at it. Standing desks have been around for many years, Thomas Jefferson was a user of it, but studies that have been conducted in the past couple of years have increased the public’s interest.  In Forbes‘ article What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages of Standing Desks?,  Steve Mullis explores this office innovation and writes his likes/dislikes on the matter.

Some Advantages Of Standing Desks

  • mf-standing-deskb_f Standing keeps your blood flowing and my mind more alert. It’s a lot harder to get sleepy at your desk if you’re standing. 
  • More opportunity to engage with coworkers.
  • Standing all day helps your posture
  • In case of any emergency, you are ready to run into action.

 

Some Disadvantages Of Standing Desks

  • Leg/feet soreness: The first few days/weeks are brutal if you don’t                                                                                   prepare. It will take different people a different length of time to get                                                                                         acclimated to standing that long. It will be uncomfortable for a bit, but                                                                                   if you can power through, it pays off in the end.
  •     If your workplace is an “eat-at-your-desk” type of place then this can make lunch annoying. It’s hard to stand over your desk and eat.
  •  If you work long days , it can get a little rough toward the end.
  • They’re expensive.

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