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Adidas’ Recycled from the Ocean Shoe

This is cool… Reminds me of Bureo (see here).

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Evrnu, Recycled Cotton, the the Future of Apparel

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I’m a huge fan of big crazy ambitious goals to benefit society, and I see enormous value in what Evrnu is working on. They are recycling cotton garment waste to create renewable fiber. And, yes, Seattle is an amazing place where world changing ideas are being started.

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Seattle Angel Conference IX Recap

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Friday marked the 9th Seattle Angel Conference. I spent the day at Impact HUB, watching the pitches and mingling in the crowd. This is the second SAC I’ve volunteered at, and I noticed an increase in attendance from November’s event. The day started off with several alumni updates previous events, a few open remarks by John Sechrest, and then Bob Crimmins laid out the agenda for the rest of the day. Wade Brooks, executive director of Angel Resource Institute, spoke about tracking angel returns. He had a data set of 136 complete investments, and shared some findings from the HALO reports (released quarterly). Average deal size was $915,000, while the median was $505,000. 70% of outcomes in the Halo dataset are failures. … Continue reading

Thoughts from the Seattle Angel Conference

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Last Wednesday, I volunteered some time at the Seattle Angel Conference at Impact Hub (where I am a member) to man the front desk for a few hours, and wanted to put a few thoughts down on paper (or, into a database with a keyboard technically). The turnout was impressive; I’d say about 100 people in total. I, of course, am not an angel investor – so didn’t know much about the Seattle Angel community in Seattle that John Sechrest has cultivated over the years. The energy in the room was great. Josh Maher, a longtime friend, was the keynote speaker. Josh recently published a book, Startup Wealth, and touched on a wide rang of topics related to angel … Continue reading

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Can Technology Make Someone More Empathetic?

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From Wikipedia: Empathy is the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, ie, the capacity to place oneself in another’s shoes From my perspective, increasing empathy is one of the most important aspects of improving the world. Without empathy, people are not likely to spend much time or money helping others. Without empathy, people will go on living their lives with no regard to others, shaming people left and right without regard to the damage that does. More cyberbullying. Humiliation. Shaming. See Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk on this topic: How do we increase empathy? Nicholas Kristof wrote about this topic earlier this year, saying: Let’s encourage student service … Continue reading

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LetsTRYKE, and More on The Long Tail of Ride Sharing

I agree with Nick Grossman, when he said “the long tail of ride sharing will be a big big thing”. Earlier this week, as a result of being one of the organizers for Startup Weekend Valparaiso and a friend’s project (Wilin) advancing to the Global Startup Battle champions track, I was browsing other finalists and came across LetsTryke (@letstryke). They didn’t win unfortunately, but that’s not the point. In my Why I’m Long Lyft post on GeekWire, I said: Lyft’s brand can support being the technology under the entire public transportation grid (including a massive peer-to-peer component that doesn’t exist today). LetsTRYKE in the Philippines is exactly the type of long tail opportunity that exists in the transportation market in the developing … Continue reading

Innovation Pockets by Country, Driven by Regulation

I just watched this debate between Marc Andreessen and Peter Thiel from 2013 (as a result of seeing the link at the end of this article). At the very end of the hour debate, Marc mentions countries being differentiated by regulatory structures (and the movement toward more Hong Kong’s and Singapore’s) — resulting in innovation by sector. I see a strong parallel between countries differentiated by regulation as he mentions, and cities differentiated by branding around certain lifestyle niches… something I wrote about last year. At the end of the day, communities are at the heart of both trends.