Archive for August, 2008

7 Key Green issues for the upcoming Presidential Election


# 1 Global Warming

Heat waves, wildfires, droughts and flash floods are among the weather phenomena that will become more intense and frequent due to global warming. There’s more in store, as carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, primarily flowing from our tailpipes and smokestacks, build up in the atmosphere.
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# 2 National Security

National Security isn’t [...]

What makes radio commercials effective?


By Jay Maharjan on October 25, 2007
We recently started a radio advertisement campaign on CBS KFWB Los Angeles. KFWB 980 is one of the largest radio stations in the city known for its second largest media market in the world. This was the first time we prepared a script for a station with million + [...]

The Art of Bootstrapping


From Guy Kawasaki’s blog
Someone once told me that the probability of an entrepreneur getting venture capital is the same as getting struck by lightning while standing at the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day. This may be too optimistic.
Let’s say that you can’t raise money for whatever reason: You’re not a “proven” [...]

SDTCA Quick Pitch Competition



QUALCOMM Auditorium 6455 Lusk Blvd. San Diego, CA 92121

6:00 PM

Quick Pitch CompetitionDate: October 2, 2008
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.mLocation:
QUALCOMM Q-Auditorium
6455 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121 To Register Visit: http://connect.kintera.org/tcaquickpitch2008
$65 for Non – Members


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10 Facts About Sarah Palin


The first woman to run on a Republican Presidential ticket (and the second woman, after 1984 Democratic candidate Geraldine Ferraro, to run for Vice President for a major party), John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin was also the first ever female governor of Alaska — and its youngest when she was sworn [...]

who are Y combinators?


By Michelle Kessler, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — If you must live on a diet of Lean Cuisine, try the Swedish meatballs.
So advises Wayne Crosby, a 29-year-old computer programmer who recently spent three months subsisting on the frozen dinners. He also slept on an air mattress, used a box as a coffee table, and worked about [...]

Obama’s Democratic Convention Speech


Seminars for entrepreneurs: Take Charge of Your Finances


Take Charge of Your Finances: 3 Action Steps That Will Lead to Financial Sanity
A lot goes into managing your finances: paying bills, saving for retirement, filing taxes, balancing your checkbook, organizing your receipts. It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you don’t have a system in place. This seminar will give you tools to take control [...]

Driven to Obscurity


By Tony Dokoupil | an excerpt from Newsweek Web Exclusive 

Inside the Mercedes Benz dealership on New York’s posh Park Avenue, cars shimmer, leather seats invite, and hubcaps gleam—just like you’d expect. But there’s also something missing: the distinctive three-point Mercedes star atop the hood. A feature of nearly every Mercedes made since 1923, the trademark [...]

Baseball Instant Replay To Begin Thursday


RONALD BLUM | August 26, 2008 11:12 PM EST | AP
NEW YORK — Replay ball! Umpires will be allowed to check video on home run calls starting Thursday after Major League Baseball, guardian of America’s most traditional sport, reversed its decades-long opposition to instant replay. The Major League Baseball instant replay display at Tropicana Field is [...]

Feds: 117 Banks In Trouble, Highest Level Since 2003


WASHINGTON — The number of troubled U.S. banks leaped to the highest level in about five years and bank profits plunged by 86 percent in the second quarter, as slumps in the housing and credit markets continued.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data released Tuesday show 117 banks and thrifts were considered to be in [...]

McCain on Leno last night


Major studio film shoots in Los Angeles grind almost to a halt


Production was ramped up in anticipation of a possible actors strike, with most big-budget movies for next year wrapping by June 30.
By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press
An extra in the DreamWorks SKG production of “The Soloist” walks past movie lights during a location shoot at the Biltmore Hotel in [...]

Joe Biden on Green Technology


A look at the environmental record of Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s running mate
Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s running mate, has earned an 83 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters during his 35 years representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate, voting fairly consistently with environmentalists and the mainstream of his party. In 2007, while [...]

Who is Joe Biden?


WASHINGTON (AP) – — Joe Biden has lived a life of second chances, a cycle that’s been cruel and redemptive by turns. Now he’s starting over once again.
Deeply private yet in-your-face, collegial yet ideological, the Delaware senator brings a wealth of foreign policy experience to Barack Obama’s Democratic ticket, plus wisdom in the ways of [...]

Why party conventions still exist


By Bill SchneiderCNN Senior Political Analyst

Bill Schneider has covered political conventions for more than 30 years and has covered them for CNN since the 1992 election.
(CNN) — Conventions are relics. They don’t decide the nominees anymore — that’s been turned over to primary voters. No one pays much attention to party platforms except a few [...]

California Legislature takes aim at urban sprawl and global warming


A bill calling for financial incentives to target greenhouse gases would be the first in the nation.
By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 21, 2008
Will Californians drive less to reduce global warming? Maybe not on our own — but state officials are ready to nudge us.
The Legislature is on the verge of adopting the [...]

Jerry Seinfeld: Microsoft’s New $10 Million Pitchman


Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Corp., weary of being cast as a stodgy oldster by Apple Inc.’s advertising, is turning for help to Jerry Seinfeld.

The software giant’s new $300 million advertising campaign, devised by a newly hired ad agency, has been closely guarded. But Mr. Seinfeld will be one of the key celebrity pitchmen, say people close [...]

13 Magnificent Renewable Energy Successes and Failures


Gavin Hudson
Last week, EcoWorldly hosted a renewable energy festival, highlighting energy projects and issues around the globe. Here, with links back to the original articles, are some inspiring successes and dismal failures in renewable energy as they were explored by our team of international environmental writers. To keep up with all international environmental news and [...]

McCain, Obama Race To Promise More Plug-In Cars, Clean Driving


Popular Mechanics   |  Chris Ladd   |   August 19, 2008 05:57 PM

As the fight for the White House turned into an all-out energy policy battle this summer, both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have thrown their weight (inflated tires aside) behind plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). While Detroit and Japan race to deliver mainstream electric cars [...]

Entrepreneurship Spreads Across U.S. University Campuses


Education aims to nourish entrepreneurial spirit, boost student startups
By Andrzej Zwaniecki
Staff Writer, america.gov

Washington — Syed Hussain started his business in 2007, prompted by a desire to fight extortion. That is what he calls $60- to $70-per-hour fees he had been asked to pay for tutoring when he was an undergraduate student.
The torment of not being [...]

original entrepreneur tv series – Interview with Jarvee Hutcherson


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Launching entrepreneur tv series tomorrow


For the past six months, I have been working with fellow entrepreneurs to launch an exclusive entrepreneur tv series – covering various core topics related to entrepreneurship. The entire work was purely a product of passion, put together by the support of a team of friends, volunteers and interns.
As of today, we finished taping 12 shows. A partial list of our [...]

Russia’s conflict worries Wall Street


Louise Story/International Herald Tribune

NEW YORK: When Prime Minister Vladmir Putin of Russia wiped $6 billion in shareholder value from a Russian steel company last month with a few choice words, even risk-taking investors in Russia took notice.
Now, as a military conflict between Russia and Georgia ends its first week, a number of big Wall Street banks [...]

NYC Stores To Be Fined For Leaving Doors Open


Creative Capitalism, (RED) And A Time To Try, And Believe In, A New Way.


- James Boyce
My story is exactly like Bono’s.
Well, not exactly, but I think you’ll see my point. The ten years I spent at a traditional ad agency were ten years of frustration when it came time to helping people. You’d see all of these great groups who needed advertising and marketing help and then you [...]

Phelps becomes winningest Olympic athlete ever


By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer  
BEIJING – For Michael Phelps, it’s not enough to just set a new standard. He has to demolish the old one. Winningest Olympian ever? He’s two golds past that already and not finished yet, just over halfway to his goal of breaking Mark Spitz’s record seven in a single Olympics.
World [...]

7 Lessons Olympians Can Teach Entrepreneurs


by Ben Parr —
What qualities would you come up with if you were asked to describe an Olympian? Perseverance? Determination? Fearlessness? Quick Wits? Teamwork? You could probably come up with a long list of admirable qualities.
Now how about if you were asked to describe an entrepreneur? Don’t all of those terms apply to the most [...]

Why small business dreams die


Simon Sinek 
For passion to survive it needs structure. But for structure to grow, it needs passion.
90% of all new businesses fail. And most of the companies that don’t fail won’t become billion dollar businesses or change the world. Why is that?
Ask those who didn’t make it and the most common answers you’ll get are: under [...]

Collaboration: The Heart of Entrepreneurship


original post By Keith Johnson 
The very essence or heart of entrepreneurship revolves, ultimately, around one “sacred” word, and that word is “collaboration”. But don’t we live in a world of competition, you might wonder? Well, this is true, but only to a certain extent. The very purpose and nature of business is to serve others [...]

Spitz, once the star, upset over Beijing snub


HONG KONG (AFP) – US swim legend Mark Spitz won’t be on hand in Beijing if Michael Phelps breaks his record of seven gold medals at a single Olympics—because, he says, no one bothered to invite him.
Spitz said the International Olympic Committee, a US television network or FINA—the international body that governs world swimming—should have [...]

Two Down, Six To Go


huffington_post:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/11/two-down-six-to-go-phelps_n_118073.htmlAugust 11, 2008 07:34 AM EST | AP

United States’ Michael Phelps, right, and his teammate Garret Weber-Gale celebrate winning the gold in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian [...]

San Diego Tech Coast Angels Quick Pitch Competition – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


Quick Pitch Application Period:
July 18 – August 22, 2008
To Apply to the Competition:
Quick Pitch Event Details:
October 2, 2008, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Qualcomm Auditorium, 6455 Lusk Blvd., San Diego, CA 92121 
Competition Overview: 
Announcing a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to participate in the San Diego Tech Coast Angels Quick Pitch competition. Selected applicants will make a 2-minute quick [...]

A Venture Capital Crunch?


Entrepreneurs need to shift focus or find alternative sources of funding
By Matthew Bandyk
Entrepreneurs still remember the dot-com crash that rocked the world economy almost a decade ago. Now there’s something else to worry about: A slow deflation of investment. Industry watchers say today they’re seeing the weakest market for venture capital in decades.
The main sign [...]

French entrepreneur offers motorists chance to drive green


13 Jul, 2008, 0936 hrs IST, IANS
PARIS: Electric, hybrid, LPG or biofuel – the green car market is booming as people in increasing number around the world become aware of the havoc fossil fuels wreak on the environment.
The spiralling oil prices have further driven people to look for alternative fuels.
“Due to high fuel [...]

Olympian Entrepreneurs



It’s a sad certainty: Mere months, if not weeks, after the hordes leave the Olympic village in Beijing, most of the competitors–even the medalists–will slip from international consciousness. And as their stars quickly dim, so do their dreams of cashing in on their extraordinary achievements.
While many athletes, entertainers and models are able to parlay their [...]

Gen Y’s Favorite Green Brands


(as appeared on Greenbiz.com)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Outlaw Consulting surveyed 100 of its trendsetter panelists about their favorite green brands and came up with an eclectic list of the top 15 products, services and retailers that Generation Y consumers perceive as being the most eco-friendly.
The favorite 15 are Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Toyota, Honda, Google, [...]

A Social Media Conversation: How PR, IR and Marketing Professionals Can Engage and Participate in the Social Web


Business Wire conducted a seminar on social media and how PR can engage and participate in the social web. Here is a summary:
What is social media:  Companies are impersonal entities.  Social media helps to convey a more personal, human side to a company’s image.  It provides consumers with a face, voice, and message that create [...]

Leading Space-Related Investment Conference


Space Investment Summit 5 (SIS-5) will continue the series of forums hosting entrepreneurs and investors in a frank dialogue about the best investment opportunities in new space-related ventures. The summit comes at an exciting time for space-related business, with space startups like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX [...]

Caltech Scientists Awarded $20 Million to “Power the Planet”


PASADENA, Calif.–In the dreams of Harry Gray, Beckman Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, the future energy needs of the world are met with solar-fuel power plants. Now, a $20 million award from the Chemical Bonding Center (CBC), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Chemistry program, will [...]

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