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School of Hard Knox — Hardware - the next frontier for startups and accelerators #toa14

School of Hard Knox — Hardware - the next frontier for startups and accelerators #toa14

"I went to Trent Poly, as it was then. I didn’t know what the course was, I just thought, that sounds like a laugh. And it was, and I enjoyed every second of it. The head of our course was Malcolm Griffiths, a real angry man of 70s theatre. Watching him come up the corridor was like seeing Jack Nicholson in The Shining – red trousers, red shirt, red Kickers, long hair and a Lambert and Butler, and he’d shout at you, "Have you read this?" and "You should do that…" He had conviction – he had a profound effect on me and on others."
— Jonathan Glazier on why he studied theatre design

 (via Jonathan Glazer interview: ‘It felt as if we were under siege’ | Film | The Observer)

"I went to Trent Poly, as it was then. I didn’t know what the course was, I just thought, that sounds like a laugh. And it was, and I enjoyed every second of it. The head of our course was Malcolm Griffiths, a real angry man of 70s theatre. Watching him come up the corridor was like seeing Jack Nicholson in The Shining – red trousers, red shirt, red Kickers, long hair and a Lambert and Butler, and he’d shout at you, "Have you read this?" and "You should do that…" He had conviction – he had a profound effect on me and on others."
— Jonathan Glazier on why he studied theatre design

(via Jonathan Glazer interview: ‘It felt as if we were under siege’ | Film | The Observer)

A very, very good one, actually. I had never been here before and it’s been a bit of a revelation. It’s a combination of various other cities—there are elements of L.A., a southern Mediterranean city, and obviously the Middle East. It’s very easy to live here, everyone speaks perfect English, and the weather is great. It’s a very vibrant, young, 24-hour city where you can sit and have a cup of coffee at any time of the night or day. Which is ideal given our strange schedule. As a place to be suddenly launched off to for work, I have to say, it’s pretty fantastic. 

Adam Rayner on Tel Aviv - his temporary home to shoot ‘Tyrant’
(via Actor Adam Rayner on His New FX Show Tyrant, Skinny Jeans, and Why British Audiences Are Annoying: The Daily Details: Blog : Details)

A very, very good one, actually. I had never been here before and it’s been a bit of a revelation. It’s a combination of various other cities—there are elements of L.A., a southern Mediterranean city, and obviously the Middle East. It’s very easy to live here, everyone speaks perfect English, and the weather is great. It’s a very vibrant, young, 24-hour city where you can sit and have a cup of coffee at any time of the night or day. Which is ideal given our strange schedule. As a place to be suddenly launched off to for work, I have to say, it’s pretty fantastic.

Adam Rayner on Tel Aviv - his temporary home to shoot ‘Tyrant’
(via Actor Adam Rayner on His New FX Show Tyrant, Skinny Jeans, and Why British Audiences Are Annoying: The Daily Details: Blog : Details)

Product #WATCHLIST — Timeful — Promising product & team:
"We started Timeful because we realized how easy it is to manage time poorly, and how crucial it is to the quality of our lives to manage it well. 
Each of us came at it from a somewhat different perspective:
Dan has devoted his career to studying the systematic errors in our decision-making and developed a particular interest in identifying the ways in which we squander our time, and what we could do to help.
Jacob, having always been keen on optimization, approached the problem with an algorithmic bent: how can we automate time management to overcome the computational complexity and the biases inherent in figuring out what is the right thing to do at any point.
Yoav, a logician at heart, approached time from a logical perspective: what does it mean to intend to do something, and how can we reason effectively about different types of intentions?”
More: Blog — Timeful

Product #WATCHLIST — Timeful — Promising product & team:

"We started Timeful because we realized how easy it is to manage time poorly, and how crucial it is to the quality of our lives to manage it well. 

Each of us came at it from a somewhat different perspective:

Dan has devoted his career to studying the systematic errors in our decision-making and developed a particular interest in identifying the ways in which we squander our time, and what we could do to help.

Jacob, having always been keen on optimization, approached the problem with an algorithmic bent: how can we automate time management to overcome the computational complexity and the biases inherent in figuring out what is the right thing to do at any point.

Yoav, a logician at heart, approached time from a logical perspective: what does it mean to intend to do something, and how can we reason effectively about different types of intentions?”

More: Blog — Timeful

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Apple poaches another big fashion executive … Patrick Pruniaux from LVMH watchmaker Tag Heuer will work on the iWatch

Apple poaches another big fashion executive … Patrick Pruniaux from LVMH watchmaker Tag Heuer will work on the iWatch

PITCH PERFECT

Prepare yourself, not just your idea. Angel investors invest first in the entrepreneur not in the business plan. It’s important that the investor and entrepreneur can get along. They will want to see that you are fast, thoughtful and efficient, and can sustain the project through its conception and growth.

Capture the essentials. Angels care more about the presentation than the business plan. Can you, in less than five minutes, explain the project, the return on investment and the growth strategy?

Have a plan from day one. Angels are very interested in your exit strategy. Many investors tire after about seven years with a company and look around for new opportunities. So what is your exit strategy? Are you going to sell all your shares to a new entrepreneur? Go public with the company? Sell to venture capitalists? Franchise?

Do your investor research. You should find out as much as you can about your angel investor. Who has he or she invested in before? Have they been successful? How well do they know your industry? How much time can they devote to you and your idea?

Take care of due diligence upfront. It takes most investors 3 months to do due diligence on your idea. Make sure that it is not a waste of their time.

Negotiate a term sheet offer. Lack of experience can make this a very painful part of the whole project. You can go to the websites of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) or European Business Angels Network (EBAN) to learn more on this step.

Learn the vocabulary—it’s all there on the Internet. 

7 Tips For Pitching Your Entrepreneurial Idea, Whether To Angels Or Sharks

PITCH PERFECT

Prepare yourself, not just your idea. Angel investors invest first in the entrepreneur not in the business plan. It’s important that the investor and entrepreneur can get along. They will want to see that you are fast, thoughtful and efficient, and can sustain the project through its conception and growth.

Capture the essentials. Angels care more about the presentation than the business plan. Can you, in less than five minutes, explain the project, the return on investment and the growth strategy?

Have a plan from day one. Angels are very interested in your exit strategy. Many investors tire after about seven years with a company and look around for new opportunities. So what is your exit strategy? Are you going to sell all your shares to a new entrepreneur? Go public with the company? Sell to venture capitalists? Franchise?

Do your investor research. You should find out as much as you can about your angel investor. Who has he or she invested in before? Have they been successful? How well do they know your industry? How much time can they devote to you and your idea?

Take care of due diligence upfront. It takes most investors 3 months to do due diligence on your idea. Make sure that it is not a waste of their time.

Negotiate a term sheet offer. Lack of experience can make this a very painful part of the whole project. You can go to the websites of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) or European Business Angels Network (EBAN) to learn more on this step.

Learn the vocabulary—it’s all there on the Internet.

7 Tips For Pitching Your Entrepreneurial Idea, Whether To Angels Or Sharks