In simple terms, a startup accelerator or incubator is a startup collaborator which helps budding companies grow by providing a combination of services like workplaces and product development. In fact, from the year 2008 to 2014, the number of startup accelerators grew by 50 %! Companies like AirBnB and Twitch were given birth because incubators helped push them forward. Here is taking a look at some incubators which are doing really well in the world!
1. Y Combinator
Perhaps one of the most famous incubators in the world, Y Combinator has been known for training and funding over 460 startups. Founded by Paul Graham in the year 2005, this incubator has helped develop major startups like Dropbox, Posterous, Reddit, Scribd, Songkick, and Weebly. From helping the startups with a certain amount of funding, to helping them develop with a management team, this incubator gives budding startups exactly the push they need to grow.
2. Founders Space
With over 50 partners spread over 22 countries, Founders Space has constant programs across China, Korea, Taiwan, Europe and the United States. Known for the excellent quality of the services provided, this incubator gives complete end to end services for all the startups who ask for help. If you are looking for someone to help you grow not just at the national level but on an international scale as well, Founders Space is where you should go.
With a string of famous companies under its belt (DailBurn, Ignightr, Occipital, Order.in and Sociathing,) TechStars was founded in the year 2006 by David Cohen. Receiving 1000 applications on a regular basis, rumour has it, getting into TechStars is harder than getting into the Ivy League Schools! While it may be one of the most sought after accelerators, the programs are currently present only in Boston, Boulder, New York, San Antonio and Seattle!
Unlike the other incubators, PlugAndPlay helps develop the right kind of connections for the startups under them. Most of the offices they have, function as co working spaces, giving people the option to build brand value and increase the recognition of the brand on a global level. With more than a 100 partnerships spread across the world, PlugAndPlay works because of the vast space it offers!
Founded in the year 2007 and based out of London, Seedcamp gives startups an access to almost over 100 of the most promising startups in Europe. Every year, almost 20 startups are selected by Seedcamp and with the kind of work they do, they help in increasing the presence of the startups not just in Europe, but all over the world.
In a world where there is always a push and pull for doing something different, startup incubators help in increasing the presence of the brand. If you think we missed out on any other incubators and accelerators, comment and let us know!
Facebook Finally Launches Messenger Rooms Which Accommodates 50 People And Unlimited Video Calls
The lockdown and quarantine measures implemented in multiple countries meant that people could not commute to work or go outside for social gatherings. This scenario hugely benefited video calling and conferencing platforms and applications. Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts and Houseparty have seen a phenomenal spike in daily active users. Facebook has joined the club by finally upgrading its messenger capabilities.
Facebook Messenger is a chatting and video calling application developed by Facebook. Facebook is finally introducing a new feature in messenger named Messenger Rooms. The free feature will allow Facebook and Messenger users to create group video calls of up to 50 people, contrary to the eight people limit available currently. The Messenger Room does not require a Facebook account and works similar to the Zoom meeting rooms. Participants can join the room by clicking on a link.
The rooms do not have any time limit which lets people converse indefinitely. There are a slew of other features like augmented reality filters, normal filters, virtual masks and a feature to lock the rooms. Facebook also announced that it is doubling WhatsApp’s video call person limit from four to eight people as well. However the Messenger Rooms feature is not immediately available and Facebook will roll the feature out slowly in all the regions it operates.
In a company blog post,Facebook said that 700 million accounts participate in calls everyday between Facebook and WhatsApp. Once Facebook announced this news, shares of the video calling company Zoom fell down by 5%.
Star Wars And Coca Cola Singapore Launch Limited Edition World’s First Electronic Coke Bottles
Star Wars over the years has managed to gather a cult following which stretches across generations. Star Wars is one of the biggest and the most famous film franchises to have ever been created. The latest trilogy in the Star Wars is referred to as the Skywalker Saga and the final movie of the trilogy, The Rise Of Skywalker released last year. Movie franchises have been known to rely on merchandising as part of their promotional strategies and the Star Wars franchise partnered up with Coca Cola to create a unique and one of its kind merchandise. The output of this partnership is very unique and the world’s first electronic coke bottle.
Coca-Cola Singapore harnessed the flexibility of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays to wrap special-edition sugar-free Coke bottles with light-up, glowing lightsabers wielded by the Star Wars characters, Rey and Kylo Ren.
These bottles are part of a limited edition batch and the only way to obtain one of them is by answering a riddle which is revealed on Facebook and Instagram. Answering these riddles will reveal locations near the 7-Eleven stores around Singapore where one can obtain a special pass. This special pass can be redeemed to purchase the limited edition bottle. These bottles have a touch sensor and squeezing the bottle will light up the lightsabers of Kylo Ren and Rey. Each OLED on the bottle can light up to 500 times.
There are only 8000 of these bottles available making these collectibles very rare. Some of these bottles are sold on ebay for as much as $ 800 which is a high premium.
It will be interesting to see how this OLED technology will be incorporated and it is safe to say that we would be seeing more products which use OLEDs on their packaging in the future. Coca Cola is always at the forefront of innovation and these electronic coke bottles are a perfect example.
‘May the force be with you’ should you set out to find one of these rare collectibles!
Five Unusual Yet Useful Japanese Innovations
The Japanese are responsible for some of the most important innovations which shaped the world. However, there are some gadgets which, although useful, can seem a bit unusual. Here is a list of five such Japanese innovations, which may seem funny but are quite useful.
Five unusual yet useful Japanese innovations
1) Eye drop glasses
Every one of us has gone through the struggle of putting eye drops without spilling them. It truly is a waste of money. Hence, Japanese innovators came up with a solution and invented the eye drop glasses. Even though the glasses look funny, they ensure anybody who uses them will never waste eye drops ever again.
2) Head support
Head support is a device in the shape of an arm. Designed for people who work extensively with computers, this device is useful if you want to avoid neck pain. The device can also help keep your head in one position when you accidentally fall asleep.
3) Movable fridge
Invented by Panasonic, this movable fridge is equipped with sensors, is able to move around your house and can come to you when commanded. Known as the fridge of the future, this invention will be great to assist to the elderly.
4) Handwritten letter vending machine
In the age of smartphones, there are many who still prefer handwritten notes. However, many people are too busy or too lazy to write a letter. The Japanese scientists found a solution to this problem and introduced vending machines which generate handwritten letters.
5) Flying umbrella
The flying umbrella is a device invented by Asahi Power Services and uses artificial intelligence (AI). The flying umbrella is a solution for people who are tired of holding an umbrella while doing their daily tasks. The flying umbrella, thanks to AI, can hover above its owner, saving them from rain and allowing them to do their tasks without any problem.
Did we miss mentioning any other unusual yet useful Japanese inventions? Comment below and let us know.
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