- Producer26/10/2016beBee pitch - Steven Suller ( a virtual bee )beBee. be Professional. be Personal. be Successful.beBee is the next big thing in social media.Steven Suller in an engineer working in Aeronautics. He is passionate about technology, scuda diving, and cooking. Steve loves establishing NEW and DEEPER...
- 26/10/2016Called the Agility Fund, the new vehicle will target sub $50 million investments. FP IV’s portfolio includes Capsilon, ClickSoftware, GoodRx, and the pending acquisition of Dell Software Group.Francisco Partners Closes $600M Fundwww.finsmes.com Francisco Partners, a San Francisco-based tech private equity investment firm, closed a $600m fund targeting smaller technology...
- Producer11/10/2016beBee: The Next Big Thing in Social Media As the US President & CEO of beBee, I had 5 min to introduce bebee.com to an audience of 200. It was fun and here is how it went: Matt Sweetwood @ Media Tech Summit, New York City,...
Comments14/10/2016 #9 David B. GrinbergAwesome presentation, Matt! I found your potent points to be very persuasive. The buzz is growing! Buzz on...
- 10/10/2016beBee goes viral @MediaTechSummit - Pitch by @Matt Sweetwood
https://www.bebee.com/content/854679/833907beBee goes viral @Media Tech Summit NYC: Buzz - beBeewww.bebee.com Matt Sweetwood has 5min to present beBee. So here...
- Producer12/09/2016beBee Pitch in Silicon ValleybeBee is professional networking through passions and hobbies. Why ? Because personal interests generate much more engagement, deeper and longer business relationships.An example from New York Times - last week. "Cycling brings deeper business...
Comments13/09/2016 #11 Jena BallSo you were there pitching the movers and shakers? That's rarefied air :-) How did you feel it went? Silicon Valley and its hive of tech savvy investors and entrepreneurs is a world unto itself. I'd be interested in your thoughts and impressions. The presentation looks terrific. I think you did a great job of defining what sets BeBee apart. Hope they "got" it.
- 05/09/2016Top European Scaleups Chosen for Prestigious Silicon Valley Program
- Producer05/09/2016Pretty SublimePretty sublime There are lots of special places and special jobs, but for me being a Las Vegas dice dealer was sublime. It was somehow timeless; timeless and imbued with the corrosive and bland patina of a mundane evil, venality, a...
Comments05/09/2016 #22 jesse kaellis#21 I almost did get a place. The credit agency made a mistake -- it was their mistake, and the guy wouldn't listen to me. So I was denied on a credit check. There was an apartment hotel that would rent to me but at $675.00 a month in 1991 it seemed too pricey. Vancouver is similar people are not that friendly. But Nanaimo is friendly. The people here are nice. Nanaimo is on Vancouver Island. I've never lived in eastern Canada, Brian. I've been to Toronto and Montreal briefly.05/09/2016 #21 Brian McKenzie@Gerald HechtI like my view for the apocalypse over the horizon - it is why I left the States. Nobody pays attention to me here - in America - I am on too many lists; it is what happens when you troll the White House and mail them a brick. @jesse kaellis Seattle has always been very insular. I got my first apartment because I showed them my birth certificate that proved I was from Seattle and a 'local' even though I didn't grow up there. The 'fair housing act' does nothing for single men trying to get into a place - nothing at all.05/09/2016 #20 jesse kaellis#18 I'm hoping that we don't succumb to total anarchy. This is the first time in my life that I have been comfortable. Stable and sober. I have a great life now. Aside from a health problem that I am working on -- I'm going to get surgery in Puerto Vallarta. Things are looking dire right now. Nice emoticons, Gerald.05/09/2016 #17 jesse kaellis#14 I was drawn to the nihilism of Vegas. Many people are, Gerald -- drawn to nihilism. Hence the popularity of end of time movies -- end of the world movies, like The Road, The Book of Eli. Zombie movies. So? How come? There might be a freedom in it, in just embracing futility. There is a secret futility because we know, we KNOW that we're going to die regardless. And life is such a struggle. One time I asked this Christian "What's the deal with the rapture? What's your hurry?" "We're sick of this shit!" Fair enough.05/09/2016 #16 jesse kaellis#13 I haven't been to Seattle in a while, Brian. I considered moving there in 1991. I would be close to my parents and still have the States. But I was encountering resistance in Seattle. Nobody would rent to me without me having a job first even though I had money. I packed it in and spent four months in Reno. I couldn't get a job there either. Finally, I wound up back in Vegas. The town wasn't through with me yet.05/09/2016 #14 Gerald Hecht#3 @jesse kaellis I don't think we have to ask why (those of who are) anyway; I'm a bit concerned about anyone who isn't interested. Darkness is one of the most interesting things since...umm ever. Remember that book; the bible (or something like that) doesn't that word MEAN book...anyway, there's this really famous bestseller; draws ya right in! The very first line is something like: "In the beginning...there was darkness." Anyone who then decides to at least read the next page; is already not interesting05/09/2016 #10 Pascal Derrienthat's the best post intro I have seen in a longgggg time :-) @jesse kaellis
''There are lots of special places and special jobs, but for me being a Las Vegas dice dealer was sublime. It was somehow timeless; timeless and imbued with the corrosive and bland patina of a mundane evil, venality, a soulless mockery of human aspirations. What could be more useless than playing with money?05/09/2016 #9 Brian McKenzie@jesse kaellis Enjoying the tale. The Seattle version of Freemont hosts annual nude bicycle parade (* the Horror cannot be unseen) and a Soviet era Lenin Statue guiding your way to Fish tacos & English bangers & mash ~ all guarded by a troll that lives under a bridge and likes to eat VW Beetles.05/09/2016 #5 jesse kaellis#1 You're welcome, Gerald. the alchemy of creating empathy from pain. That's what it finally boils down to. I'm still trying to figure out the enigma that is Las Vegas. An enigma within an enigma. And it's so apparent that I can't clearly see it or barely articulate it.05/09/2016 #4 jesse kaellis#2 Donna-Luisa, moving to Vegas was the best thing I ever did. The peroration of my life and my crucible. I loved it there, and I dearly wanted out. The first time I ran, I wound up back there less than four months later and had to start all over again. What's the saying? May you be blessed with interesting times? That life is a part of me now, for eternity, however long that is. Forever I suppose -- soul deep. But it fell on me like a benediction. I have a certain gravitas or at least it's apparent in my writing, and for that -- I'm blessed.
In the mid-nineties, I could walk the strip and look at a half dozen joints I worked. I could see the physical manifestation of my entire trajectory, from the bottom to the top to the bottom again and nothing unusual about it; thousands of guys ahead of me and thousands more coming up behind; nothing special about my journey. Not in Vegas.
More money equaled more drugs when I got there. Are there guys who get to the top and stay there? Raise families? Live a quiet life? Yeah, sure there are. I didn't know them. They aren’t the majority.
Vegas drove me to my knees. I left in 1991. I wanted more. There was an emptiness in my soul. I was in some psychic agony. It was a mistake I knew that. There was nowhere to run. When I got back, I found myself wishing I could somehow get my illusions back; the illusion that status and money would be enough. But I couldn't get my illusions back for love or money.
Well, look. I did encounter God which is great. But still. I'm still in this life. I still have to negotiate the miserable, soul bending compromises that encompass daily survival. We all have to do that.
I can't sum it up. Vegas. Everybody knows. It's just a microcosm of the American dream: Something for nothing.
It should have been paradise.
- 26/08/2016Cabify raises $120m at a $320m valuation led by Rakuten to take on Uber in Latin Americatechcrunch.com Mark up one more sizeable round of funding for another regional startup that is rivalling Uber and other services in the world of on-demand...
- Producer25/08/2016Madrid, Spain — Start-ups spawned from economic crisis, by Financial TimesLET'S LAUNCH IN...August 24, 2016 11:55 amMadrid, Spain — Start-ups spawned from economic crisisTobias Buck, Financial TimesThe economic downturn has provided plentiful and cheap engineers iStockPopulation (city / metropolitan area): 3.3m / 6.5m...
Comments26/08/2016 #22 Pascal DerrienWe have witnessed a similar scenario here in Ireland post recession I guess the commonality between the two countries it that they were hit hard in the main components of their GNP leaving no choice to choice except either rebound in some shape or form or emigrate, well done Bebee :-)25/08/2016 #15 Javier beBee#13 @Lisa Gallagher it is not only about taxes. It's about how difficult is to set a company here... Here you can find details http://www.thelocal.es/20151028/spain-ranks-among-worst-nations-for-starting-a-business25/08/2016 #12 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#11 LOL, I don't think that's a trait limited to Spanish politicians, Javier. I think it's more a symptom of politics in the first place. @Nicholas Fester wrote a piece advising against sticking to the middle of the road. Running down the middle of the road is what politics is.
They try to please everybody and end up pleasing no one.
Maybe if we sent our elected officials to run down the middle of a real road they would see just how dangerous and foolhardy that is.25/08/2016 #11 Javier beBee#10 I am proud of having been an important IT guy for Oracle.... I really think Spaniards are creative and really great. But.... As @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian says, Spanish politicians are not so smart... They don't understand anything. Entrepreneurship is a high risk sport in Spain.25/08/2016 #10 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianWhen I heard about Google opening it's Innovation Center in Madrid, I immediately understood that Top Tech Talent was plentiful. Google rarely makes mistakes.
My thoughts were confirmed when I found out about beBee earlier this year.
I have no fears for Madrid. They have what the World needs. Add an incredible climate to the tech landscape and all that's left is to improve the tax rate climate. Easier said than done, but the potential is extreme.
- 25/08/2016beBee selected in the 18 top tech startups selected to represent Europe at the Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV) program September 12-20.Top European Scaleups chosen for prestigious Silicon Valley programwww.eitdigital.eu
Comments25/08/2016 #22 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDAmazing effort went in to produce an even more amazing distinction! Woo~Hoo! Calls for a Virtual Party! Dr @Ali Anani and I thought of having a 'Contest' for encouraging bebee imagination ~ I'm thinking that would be a small measure of our appreciation back to you ~ @Juan Imaz, @Javier beBee! ~off to write a Dedication!
- Producer01/08/2016It's Time To Re-Evaluate How We Size The App EconomyGames have been dominating the app economy revenue since its inception. App Annie reports that games accounted for 85% of app market revenues in 2015. Our recent Appstore Economics Report highlights that games capture 76% of the top 50 grossing...
- ProducerHarry Potter & World of Warcraft : The Ultimate EnchantmentsIf you belong to the 90% of the world’s population living North of the Equator and find yourself in the month of December, you are faced with two undeniable facts :Winter has already comeThe end of the year is coming For most people, it is a time...
Comments19/07/2016 #3 Froilán PérezVery interesting read @Shubhankar Bhattacharya
I wrote my Bachelor Thesis on a hypothetical business model restructuration for WoW, since it has reached in the past year it's lowest subscriber numbers, and Activision-Blizzard is no longer going to report figures.
Also, Blizzard more specifially (Activision too in the CoD and Destiny franchises) is going for a f2p model in its latest releases (Hearthstone and HoTS) - microtransactions included.
Additionally, WoW is now offering the option to pay for game time through the in-game currency, in the for of the WoW token.
In a survey I did for the above mentioned thesis, a great number of WoW players would play in a free classic server, and many of those would make microtransactions of optional items in the store (which already exists in the actual game).
Blizzard send a cease-and-desist to a group that offered a nostalgia (vanilla) private server, and would be foolish not to supply the existing demand for this type of service. Monetization should be viable if the current ingame store would be introduced to a classic service.
Another subject to debate would be product cannibalization between the actual game (which is losing players at an alarming rate) and a nostalgia service.
I myself believe that this hypothetical product cannibalization would be preferible, as in would keep current players (and maybe profit from microtransactions) and maybe atract customers from other MMORPG's. Also, one could argue that cannibalization could also be an issue with other Activision-Blizzard games, such as Diablo III, Overwatch, HS, HoTS and Destiny.
To sum up, Blizzard cant be stagnant in their customer relation.
Also, Thanks for sharing your insights!19/07/2016 #1 Britney ThompsonIt is also amazing how WoW got to enter into society as a social disruption in the users community, I mean it created relationships and marriage! It also makes me think how will Pokemon Go also will leave it mark... I would love to see if your perspective on this new game (if you have an opinion of course) great buzz @Shubhankar Bhattacharya
- ProducerFeed the RichAn overwhelming majority of the firms we evaluate at Kae Capital (I would imagine the same is also true for almost every other sector-agnostic VC) are built around business models made for the urban middle class. There is of course a very valid...
Comments19/07/2016 #2 Britney ThompsonAnswering your question I would dare to say that it is a pattern worth recognizing, I think that in terms of politics and economics firms will always feed the rich and decisions will be based on that but that is another concept for another type of discussion. For now I would like to say that your analysis is great and the article you've created here is my favorite for the day. Thank you @Shubhankar Bhattacharya19/07/2016 #1 Praveen Raj GullepalliThank you for an insightful and informative read, Shubankar Bhattacharya ! It took me back in time really, before resoundingly connecting all that to the Now! In these days of aspirational thinking and living, exclusivity draws like nothing else! Most of the buying audience have already had a taste of what mediocrity actually feels, looks and tastes like, (thanks to the hyperbolic advertising and exaggerated marketing strategies of many manufacturers); so no wonder the sights are set higher! A high performance automobile, while it costs more, also offers a better mileage in its class. So exclusivity is not always all about affordability but also value for money. So there is a shift at both ends of the buying spectrum I feel. And a greater connect between them too, that resonates instantly, thanks to social media.
- ProducerNear Death : The ticket to success ?At a recent board meeting of one of our portfolio companies, the discussion briefly moved to a topic that has been getting increasingly more attention from VC investors — Fund-raising is likely to get harder.In other words, Winter is coming.Someone...
- ProducerDetermination : DecodedIn my first post on LinkedIn , I discussed a key aspect of a firm’s business model and value proposition that could make it enormously valuable. However, even the greatest business model cannot deliver extraordinary returns without an exceptional...
Comments19/07/2016 #2 David BrownDrop out or not drop out, I think the point here is to be able sometimes to throw out what's old and what doesn't bring anything to your table but a paper that says you attended class. Sometimes degrees are overrated and what really brings value to what you are going to take on is what you are able to learn everyday and apply. I agree here with you @Shubhankar Bhattacharya
- ProducerIdentifying the next Unicorn opportunityVCs are notorious for being myopic when it comes to evaluating start-up ideas and investment opportunities. Regardless of where you find yourself on the spectrum ranging from ‘eternal believer’ to ‘permanently disillusioned by VCs’, you will likely...
- 06/07/2016CALLING ALL THE ANGELS.
Are you are Angel Investor? Perhaps you are a Philanthropist? Can you help us Change the World? @Deb Helfrich and I have been Out-Thinking Parkinson's for six months and what we have demonstrated smashes healthcare wide open, with the potential to help many millions of people worldwide to ease their long term suffering. Now we need help. We need a Visionary who is also on a Mission to invest in us.
Will you be the One to give us our Wings to Fly?
- 29/06/2016Who is the Winner of the LinkedIn Acquistion? Hint: It's Not Microsoft or LinkedInwww.entrepreneur.com Don't count of LinkedIn winning, especially now that Microsoft owns...
- 27/06/2016Since becoming an ambassador for beBee, I've learned so much! Most recently, I was invited to attend an investor call. I talked about the experience in my latest column on Inc. I hope you enjoy the piece!My First Investor Call Was Worth $5 Million. Here's What I Learnedwww.inc.com Pitching to investors can be intimidating. Especially when $5 million is on the...
Comments29/06/2016 #10 Brian McKenzie@John White, MBA Keep stepping up on the mound. The last month of doing investor relations for MEDx has been a hard fast 'university' in the difference between pitching projects and securing funding. Learning new adventures daily, best of success to you and beBee!28/06/2016 #7 Teresa GezzeI agree with all of your points 100%, @John White, MBA. I also think that it’s important to not only tell the investors how you’re going to solve an existing problem with your service or product but how you intend to tell potential users that they should use it or buy it. This means that having a communications and marketing plan that convinces investors that you are ready to convince others is also essential.27/06/2016 #4 Jim AbleWell, @John White, MBA, thank you for inviting me to the party, especially as lately I've been seeing posts pop up with stickers in their upper right hand corner proclaiming, "Disable Able!". Of course, what they really should say is, "No Ability Here!" Anyway, this is a no-nonsense piece about business that is refreshing in its lack of self-puffery. And that is a compliment from someone such as myself, who is an expert in nonsense. BTW, did you know that the original meaning of MBA was "Me Be Able"? Or as you bees say, Me beBee Able. Anyone have a Zantac?27/06/2016 #1 John White, MBAA few bees that I think might enjoy reading this: @Javier beBee @Juan Imaz @Matt Sweetwood @Teresa Gezze @NO one @Catalina Serrano @Chema M. del Hoyo @Jeffrey Boxer @Qamar Ali Khan @Arnie McKinnis @Lisa Gallagher @Jim Cody @Jim Murray @Jim Able @Neil Hughes @Phil Friedman @Phillip Louis D 'Amato @Dean Owen
- Producer23/06/2016Introducing Founder Academy SacramentoAfter a year of hard work we are proud to announce Founder Academy Sacramento, a Sacramento-based, Silicon Valley training and mentoring program for entrepreneurs.The Founder Academy is being launched by experienced entrepreneurs and business...
- Producer22/06/2016beBee will represent the EU in Silicon Valley as the "next EU unicorns"It's my pleasure to inform you that beBee has been selected in the top 15 EU scaleups! beBee will represent the EU in Silicon Valley as the "next EU unicorns"Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV) is a mission that seeks to connect the dots...
Comments16/08/2016 #75 Franci Eugenia Hoffman#74 Thank you for this @Javier beBee. This is a nice concise description that I can use for my WordPress followers. I have a weekly post on my blog called Tuesday Chatter. One of my features in Tuesday Chatter is "As the Honey Drizzles", which is about beBee. I have had some followers ask me to describe beBee and this is perfect.
I am also an author for another blog, which is increasing my followers rapidly, as it creates a ping back to my blog. More exposure for beBee!! Yipbee! Make it a great day.15/08/2016 #74 Javier beBeeFor those who are asking me what is beBee :),...... beBee is about professional networking through personal interests and hobbies. Take golfers, for example. It is the same concept but applied to all professions and personal interests or hobbies. Personal interests generate much more professional engagement and better business opportunities."28/06/2016 #60 Rafiqul IslamBest wishes for BeBee! Being a StartUp Global Link always with BeBee!
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