This Week in Startups
Entrepreneurial Online Classrooms
An online classroom of sorts offers entrepreneurs a cheap and easy way to learn skills essential to the growth of their startups. Startupplays.com offers many different “play”, or project plans, for entrepreneurs to purchase. For example: users can purchase a play entitled Validate your product concept in 7 days. The entrepreneur would simply purchase the play then follow a step-by-step model to conquer the designated milestones (determining your product hypothesis and keywords etc…)
The site also offers a number of other plays including: market and launch your iPhone application, PR for pros and build a startup forum. Entrepreneurs can choose a play based on their specific needs and complete the coarse on their own time schedules.
Entrepreneurs can also make a few bucks by creating and submitting a “play.” This is a great way for experienced entrepreneurs to pass on their knowledge to younger generations.
New Startup gives DropBox a run for its money
CorkBoardMe, a new file sharing application, is moving into the scene giving DropBox a run for its money. This new application makes it not only easier for users to upload their documents, but easier for them to find them as well. It’s the latter that gives the startup an edge over larger competitors.
It’s the virtual pin board, similar to Pinterest, which makes CorkBoardMe an easy, interactive tool. It’s as simple as creating an account, dragging your files onto the board and coming back to download them when needed. Users can also attach sickies, much like the ones available on Apple computers, to leave notes and messages.
In addition to being a great resource for individuals, CorkBoardMe can be accessed and changed by multiple users, making it an ideal collaborative workspace for partners to work in real time.
To try out this rad new service, click here.
Microsoft Imagine Cup
Students from around the world gathered last week to compete in the Microsoft sponsored Imagine Cup. During the tournament, students use technology to solve real-world problems such as hunger and preventing drought among many others.
More than 350 students from 75 countries gathered in Sydney Australia to find solutions to some of the worlds most pressing issues sing the latest Microsoft technologies.
Teams such as Team Symbiosis of Greece, whom designed a software that could provide augmented reality therapy for patients suffering with Alzheimer’s, and Team CatchCake, a Serbian team that created a program that assists visually impaired people by alerting them of objects in their path, lit up the stage in this years competition.
U.S. champions include the Drexel Dragons, from Drexel University, who won first in game design: phone team, and Team Whiteboard Pirates, who won second in the Kinect fun labs challenge.
A full list of winner can be found on the ImagineCup website.