Today we start a full video coffee blog series on internet of things.
Have you noticed the new energy around Entrepreneurship?
For instance, Shark Tank is one of the most popular family shows. Families are teaching their kids about the potential and the feasibility of changing the world.
We now have Restaurant Start-up and even Walmart is running a “entrepreneur” event to gather new products for its US stores.
And more women are also joining the trend …. did you know that nearly 20% of angels invested in women-led businesses — the percentage grew more than 40% from the previous year, according to the Center of Venture Research.
Why is this the case?
1. There is more access to capital and it costs less to start a business. With new technologies like cloud, the cost to begin a start up is less, and areas like social enable businesses to market like the large companies for less.
2. There is more “hope” now in the economy that in the past few years. Yes, CNBC says we are in the period of overjoy, there are signs that our economy is improving — it’s a good time to start a business.
3. Corporate America isn’t fulfilling the “need to show value” and to “change the world.” To attract and retain the best employees, companies should be more proactive and willing to invest in their workers’ future. Many believe they have to create their own company to get that culture.
4. Mentoring abounds. I see IBM offering business and technology mentoring. Virgin is focused on mentoring in the UK and the list goes on. Mentoring provides confidence to get started!
5. Support is pervasive. Unlike in the past, support for start-ups exists in networking groups, meetups, and beyond. For example, for women entrepreneurs, some groups are National Association of Women Business Owners, Women’s Toolbox, PBWC, WITI, and Women 2.0.
I love this time of Entrepreneur Energy and know 2014 will truly be the Year of the Entrepreneur!
Here’s an opportunity to hear from IDC analysts in a webcast as they share insight from the whitepaper they authored, “The Big Opportunity for IBM Business Partners in Big Data and Analytics.”
And, just as a teaser, here’s a sneak preview about the IDC findings:
The IDC whitepaper (requires IBM ID and password) includes the story of three IBM Business Partners (YaData, Aginity, and eCapital Advisors) as they approach the Big Data and Analytics market with their solutions.
This is such an important opportunity, that we’ve dedicated a webcast for this whitepaper. I can’t stress enough how important it is that you attend the webcast to learn more about the market opportunities with Big Data and Analytics.
I hope you’ll join me for the webcast. It will be an hour well spent!
With video we can engage like never before. With lightning-fast networks and the ease of viewing on mobile devices, you can build trust across global organizations in revolutionary new ways.
I’d love to hear your stories on the varied power of this medium!
One of my fondest memories was coming up to Boston to visit all of my relatives (yes I had 8 aunts and uncles!) in the summer. Even as a kid I loved the food (my Aunt Marie would have 5 courses minimum) and the stories. Yes, the stories.
Uncle Johnny will forever be a part of our lives through those stories. I know he will forever be a part of my life.
Especially on D-Day.
What do I remember most when I think of Uncle Johnny?
First, I remember Johnny as a man of freedom. He didn’t talk much about the war but I know that it did impact his entire life. He was drafted at age 18 into the Army during WW II and served in the Infantry. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he was bound for the coast of France in an LCI, Landing Craft Infantry, and was one of the last troops to descend into the waters at the beach at Normandy when he was struck by an enemy bullet in the left arm which caused him to fall backward into the LCI. He received the Purple Heart Medal for his battle incurred injury and returned to Cambridge and Family. He lived the Purple Heart and Medal of Bravery everyday even though we didn’t find the medals and the stories until after he died. I thank Uncle Johnny for our freedom today.
Second, I remember a man of Faith. Yes, of course with his passion for the Patriots and Red Sox, having faith was required! But I do remember his faith is His God. Uncle Johnny was part of the knights of Lithuania. Uncle Johnny believed in His God but acted with God’s characteristics. He used to give us kids change to go down to the corner store to buy candy, and even reward us with Silver Dollars. He showed us his faith.
Third, I remember Uncle Johnny as a man of Family. My mom tells a story where Uncle Johnny brought home chocolates from his work for the family. (Of course, mom always took the orange inside!) Auntie Helen always told me he was a great Big brother – throughout his life. He worked to support the family while Auntie Anna took care of their mother. And did you know that he took me to lunch almost weekly while I was at Harvard and he walked to meet me? He and Anna had me over for every holiday that I couldn’t go home. He was my family in Boston. He never forgot a birthday or Christmas. And he always wrote us postcards from his trips – even if he did memorize the inscription! And when my kids came, he loved them too. Because they were family.
There is a saying that goes “tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” Uncle Johnny will live in my heart forever. He will live in my kids hearts forever. And I know he will live in your hearts forever. Uncle Johnny was a person of character, humble and respectful of each person’s dignity. He was never boastful nor do I recall him bragging of anything, including his purple heart and medal for bravery. He was a Man of Faith, Family and Freedom.
Big congrats to the SparkCognition team on winning the Linux on Power App Throwdown with their cognitive security insights solution!
First there were 25, and now there are just 5. Congratulations to the following teams on becoming the Top 5 finalists of the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge!
•GenieMD, Inc. @GenieMD
•Majestyk Apps @MajestykApps
•Red Ant @Red_Ant
Selected from hundreds of submissions, these finalists stood out for their ability to tap into the powerful cognitive computing capabilities of Watson to build innovative mobile consumer and business apps that span health & fitness, healthcare, retail, and education.
On Monday, June 2nd, at IBM Innovate in Orlando the Top 5 finalists will present their ideas to judges in a live-streamed event that begins at 5:30 pm ET. If you can’t attend IBM Innovate, our live-stream feed is a great opportunity for you to watch the action! Then, on Tuesday, June 3rd, three of the finalists will be named the Grand Prize winners!
To learn more about our Top 5 finalists, go to the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge website
Michael Sherman is a student at the McCombs School of Business, UT Austin and winner of the recent Watson case competition on campus. He suggested a solution for Watson, the cognitive computer, that can navigate the vast amounts of accounting regulation: more than any human can process!
Learn more about Watson from our IBM SVP Mike Rhodin at TieCon this Friday in Santa Clara.
We’ve got some big news on the Cloud front!
The expansion of Cloud Foundry Foundation sponsorships jumped to 8 additional Gold sponsors: Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, GE, Ericsson, Intel, NTT and Verizon. That brings the total number of contributing companies to 43!
A huge WELCOME ABOARD to our new Cloud Foundry Foundation sponsors!
Did you know that IBM is one of the original founding sponsors of Cloud Foundry? Cloud Foundry is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists that seek to produce a ubiquitous Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. And IBM wanted to be a part of it. As Angel Diaz, VP of IBM Open Technologies & Cloud Performance, puts it, “IBM sees Cloud Foundry as yet another opportunity to help our clients develop and adopt open cloud computing platforms.”
As you can imagine, there’s also a Codename: BlueMix element! BlueMix is leveraging Cloud Foundry and its capabilities to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, all while accessing a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. It’s all about building and creating apps!