Monthly Archives: July, 2009

TEDx Comes to Auckland

On October 1st – Auckland will get a local taste of TED when a TEDx event is held over in Takapuna.

“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is called TEDxAuckland, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxAuckland event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

It is being organized by The Department of Doing Ltd under official license by TED.

The first event is scheduled for Thursday October 1st, 2009 at Westlake Boys High School.

Applications to attend TEDxAuckland 09 will be made available via the TEDxAuckland website on 1st August 2009″


Boutique Venture Capital Firm

In an update from Silicon valley a new VC firm has been launched.

“Andreessen, a co-founder of Netscape, knows a thing or two about what young, inexperienced, brainstorming whiz kids might face in the big bad world.

Netscape’s appearance in the mid-1990s is considered the internet’s Big Bang. Netscape served up the first eye-popping IPO of what was to become the dot-com boom and at one point its eponymous browser had 90% of the market.”

Marc Andreessen launched Boutique Venture Capital Firm with business partner Ben Horowitz  VC  fund last Monday with an initial capitalization of $300 million that the pair intends to invest in “anything that involves chips and computers” at a clip of $50,000 to $50 million per start-up.

“they they won’t invest in anything they don’t understand, period. This includes a lot of “cool stuff,” the eternally-boyish Andreessen explains, like clean and nano technology.

If you get to make a pitch a decision won’t be long in coming because it’s only the two partners deciding. But don’t bother to cold e-mail them with your Google-killing idea. You need an invitation to this party  — a referral from somebody you both know and that they respect. This rule, however — more bean-counter than dreamer-friendly — is pretty much disposed of almost as quickly as it is enunciated. “We’ll probably read the e-mail,” they say, shrugging and shooting each other a look after a moment’s reflection.”

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