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Hello Future – The Bionic Exoskeleton

Posted in innovation, pioneers, quality by aldorf on January 5, 2012

Ekso is the bionic exoskeleton that allows wheelchair users to stand and walk.

How it works
Guided by a clinician, Ekso utilizes four electromechanical motors and
an intelligent algorithm to provide patients with a smooth natural gait.

It will debut in rehabilitation centers in early 2012
and enable users to stand, walk, make turns and sit.


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Revolutionary New Camera That Looks Nothing Like A Traditional Point-and-Shoot

Posted in innovation, Media, photography by aldorf on October 20, 2011

It reminds me of the time when Apple launched it’s first mp3 Player. The iPod did not look like any other device on the market but changed an entire industry. Mountain View-based startup Lytro, which launched earlier this year and demoed at Brainstorm Tech last July, just unveiled a line of “light field” cameras that capture more color, intensity and light per shot than traditional cameras. That makes for more vibrant photos, but most importantly, it allows users to change the focus within an image after it’s been taken.

Lytro founder Ren Ng holds the new Lytro camera. Photo: JP Mangalindan

Follow Lytro’s company blog here.

Codeacademy – Fun Way To Learn How To Program

Posted in design, ideas, internet, web by aldorf on August 19, 2011

Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun, playful and you can do it with your friends.

Ryan and Zach were students at Columbia before they started to work on Codecademy. They’ve worked at NYC startups, given numerous lectures on topics in programming, and are now living in Silicon Valley. Codecademy was created when Zach got frustrated with learning how to program. For years, Ryan taught Zach the basics of HTML and CSS, but books and videos didn’t help. Create your own account and get started.

Ideas don’t Matter by Adeo Ressi [Video]

Posted in conference, ideas by aldorf on August 10, 2011

Many people don’t realize that more than half of Founder Institute companies start the process without their final idea – and in many cases, without an idea at all. In fact, the first 1/3 of the program is devoted to identifying and refining a meaningful, enduring and defensible startup idea.

In the video below from the very beggining of the program, Adeo Ressi outlines a simple, 5-step method to forming and beggining to evaluate startup ideas. Adeo is a serial entrepreneur, founder of the Founder Institute and TheFunded.com, and is on the board of the X PRIZE Foundation. He also runs the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, and has a second child due any day now congrats Adeo!). (via Founder Institute)

Adeo Ressi on Coming up with Startup Ideas (06/08/10) from Founder Institute on Vimeo.

The Startup Genome Report – Patterns Of Successful Internet Startups

Posted in innovation, internet, pioneers, quality by aldorf on May 30, 2011
The Startup Genome Project team came together 3 months ago to attempt to crack the “innovation code” of Silicon Valley and share it with the rest of the world. They just released the first Startup Genome Report— a 67 page in depth analysis on what makes Silicon Valley startups successful based on profiling over 650 startups.
The report was co-authored by Berkeley & Stanford faculty members along with other contributors including Steve Blank, the Sandbox Network team & the blackbox team.

Few findings:

1. The value-add that investors claim to offer in an operational capacity has little to no effect.

2. Startups that pivot once or twice have 3.6 times better user growth than startups who pivot three times or more. Startups that never pivot under-perform startups that pivot once or twice.
3. Startups without a technical cofounder are 80% more likely to scale prematurely, have 152% less user growth and need 45% longer to reach product market fit than startups with 1 technical cofounder.
4. Founders generally underestimate how long it will take to validate a market by 100 to 200 percent.
Read more at startupgenome.cc
Or benchmark your own start-up here»

Don’t Take Innovation For Granted

Posted in ideas by aldorf on June 19, 2010

Judy Estrin, CEO of JLABS.

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“Silicon Valley Has Moved From Being A Geography To Being A State Of Mind” (Steve Blank)

Posted in blog, ideas, Quotes Of The Day by aldorf on June 13, 2010
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