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Behind The Scenes of Doing Business in Lithuania

March 16, 2014 by  

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  You might not be able to locate Lithuania on a map, which is why it may surprise you to learn that this small Baltic nation is now one of the fastest developing economies in Europe. In fact, the World Bank’s Doing Business 2014 report claims that Lithuania is the 11th easiest nation in which to start a business and ranks 17th overall for ease of conducting business. Considering all of this, it’s no wonder that Lithuania is considered a Baltic Tiger standing on the cusp of greatness. With a population of just under 3 million people, Lithuania has distinguished itself as a business and technology powerhouse. This is no small feat — especially when you consider the fact that it only entered the free market economy with the collapse of Soviet Union in 1990. Since the early 2000s, Lithuania has experienced unprecedented economic growth and was among the few European nations to maintain a positive GDP during the 2008 economic crisis. In the wake of this economic growth, Lithuania has enjoyed a rapid influx of both start-ups and established organizations looking to expand their reach in the Baltic region. If…

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We Blog the World Makes AlwaysOn Power Players in Technology Business Media List

October 3, 2013 by  

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AlwaysOn just announced their first annual Power Players in Technology Business Media List. The AlwaysOn Power Players in Technology Business Media list honors editors, writers, and bloggers in the technology world who are keeping technology entrepreneurs informed and connected. Reporting on the massive technology breakthroughs hitting the market almost every day, this list of media have become the voices behind the ideas that make the Global Silicon Valley an incubator for success.
press_blogger_power_players_300x260 Cool beans that We Blog the World made the cut, which at face value may not make sense, but it’s largely because I also write about technology trends, conferences, events, start-ups, launches and entrepreneurs on Down the Avenue, on the Huffington Post and of course on We Blog the World, mostly in the products and events section.  The site also has a Mobile category as well as a technology category, however the products covered range from luggage and fashion to mobile devices, social apps, gadgets which may help the on-the-go warrior and digital cameras. While the list is extremely long, and the more traditional cast of characters are listed (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable,

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TEDxUNPlaza: The Power of Storytelling & Being Human at the UN

October 3, 2013 by  

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Costa Michailidis opened the Being Human Session, the very last session of the day for TEDxUNPlaza, now in its first year, an awe-inspiring TEDx event held at the United Nations on September 16, 2013. Michael Marantz, the first speaker is an independent director and filmmaker. After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21, he rediscovered a new passion for being alive, constantly looking to discover more about life, technology, and why humans do what we do. Michael-Marantz (7) This re-ignition in life is what continues to inspire him in his work today. He reminds us how powerful storytelling is and what powerful stories can do for people and for the world. He says, “you need others to collaborate with and to push you along your journey. Your experiences along your life journey becomes your story and that story becomes your guide.” So true. Ultimately, the most important story is the one you tell yourself since it becomes your compass in life, often one you rarely deviate from. When something out of the ordinary or uncomfortable comes up in your life, you ask yourself: does it fit into my story?

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FoodAgro Africa in Nairobi October 4-6

October 2, 2013 by  

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kenya_nairobi_foodexpoExhibitors from more than 20 countries are expected at the 17th annual Food, Hotel and Agriculture Exposition to be held October 4 through 6, 2013, in the Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya. A mix of consumer interaction and industry presence, FOODAGRO AFRICA 2013 is the place to learn more about what’s new on the food, hotel, kitchen and agriculture scene in East Africa. It’s organized by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Africa Business Development Association.


Entrepreneurial Spirit: Move Ideas To Action With Bravery & Passion

October 2, 2013 by  

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After a warm, amusing and enchanting performance by the ever so talented WJM Band, a rock band of 10 year old boys, Paul Katz took the TEDxUNPlaza stage on September 16, 2013 at the United Nations to kickstart a conversation about the third session of the event: Ideas to Action. Entertainment industry executive, two-time Grammy nominee and social entrepreneur, Paul Katz is the founder and CEO of Commit Media. Paul-Katz (3) He cited Catapult, an example of an idea moved to action in the real world. The first crowdsourcing platform dedicated to girls and women’s rights, it is run by small start-up team of people hailing from design, technology, advocacy, journalism and of course the girls and women’s sector. The team’s passion is driven by the fact that there’s an urgent need for increased funds and engagement for girls’ and women’s rights and development, something which has been obvious for years to activists, advocates and everyone else working and campaigning on behalf of girls and women. When you realize how low the stats are, your ears perk up. For example, only 6% of all funding goes to girls and women’s issues. One very…

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Vator’s Splash Event on October 2 Showcases Ten Innovative Startups

October 1, 2013 by  

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VatorsplashVator, one of the largest business networks dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors, is holding its popular Splash event on October 2, 2013 at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco followed by one of their infamous after parties where Coverflow will jam with attendees at the bar! The event showcases ten promising startups who have raised no more than $2M, who will present on stage in front of an audience of some 400 attendees in the high-tech space. Past winners have raised $50-plus million in follow-on funding and have included Thumbtack, Udemy, PokitDok,
DogVacay, and others. Speakers include Keith Krach (CEO of DocuSign), Jared Simon (Founder, HotelTonight), Rory O’Driscoll (Scale Venture Partners), Rick Lewis (US Venture Partners), Lisa Maki (Pokitdok), Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), Howard Hartenbaum (August Capital), Charles Hudson (SoftTechVC), Lars Leckie (Hummer Winblad), Jenny Fielding (BBC Worldwide), Tony Conrad (True Ventures), Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Rick Moss (Hub Ventures), Charles Moldow (Foundation Capital), Andy Ross (Grant Thornton), Dave Samuel (Freestyle Capital), Ben Ling (Khosla Ventures), Kristian Segerstrate (Initial Capital), Ted Wang (Fenwick & West), Raj Kapoor (Mayfield), Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital), and Bambi Francisco (Vator). To get discounted tickets enter promocode “magicsauce15″ to get 15% off your registration. Register here: https://vatorsplash2013.eventbrite.com/.


Sustainability for Africa, a Grassroots Effort to Transform Social & Environmental Challenges

September 29, 2013 by  

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To sustainably address the vast social and environmental challenges in Africa, Africa’s grassroots social organization Sustainability for Africa is trying to make things right. For most of Africa’s remote communities, social innovation has to be pioneered solely by the small grassroots organizations and social entrepreneurs working alongside local people—if present at all anyway. The social sector quite often is the only immediate vehicle of change for the average rural African household in responding to local constraints—from alternative energy solutions to building clean water sources. But often, the small community-based organizations themselves do not have support for their activities. Besides, traditional donor agency funding has shown to have a very shortlived impact and is increasingly inaccessible for most of the social innovators that work at the frontlines of different causes for the millions of poor Africans. The goal of this campaign is to reverse the cycle of poverty for Africa’s rural poor by building a Self-Sustaining Africa’s Grassroots Social Sector—as this is the turning point for social change in Africa’s remote poor communities. Rather than work on getting individual families out of poverty, they work through an Africa-wide capacity building for the key social sector…

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TEDxUNPlaza: Entrepreneurs With The Power To Change Everything

September 24, 2013 by  

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BRAVE was the theme at the TEDxUNPlaza’s September 16 event at the United Nations. Up first was a moving session on Women Empowerment (check out my piece on three fabulous women who inspired me and the TEDx audience) and was followed by a session entitled Change Everything, which included accomplished leaders in business and government. Renowned investor and entrepreneur Tim Draper kicked off the session. Tim-Draper (4) Tim started his talk comparing government and private sector business models. He asks, “monopolies are bad and competition is good, so why are governments all monopolies? What about competitive governments?” His suggestion is that countries should compete for us – they should have to compete for us. Tim’s life’s mission is to spread entrepreneurship and venture capital around the world, passing along ideas and stories on his journey. He shared a statement a Russian told him on the road, “markets are like parachutes, they’re only good when they’re open.”
Tim-Draper (7) He also gave an example of a chocolate company he advised in China. He reflects on what he shared: make…

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