This is an outstanding test of the capabilities of 3D printing and a demonstrations of where are the limitations. All the code is made available to reproduce the experiment. The code is in processing and it converts to an STL file which is the input to a 3D printer.
Lessons from the art world in how to not sell to galleries. This is a nearly direct parallel to what entrepreneurs need to learn in selling to the market and to investors. Reading the article one can substitute artist with entrepreneur and every point would be relevant. It also illustrates why artist need to be entrepreneurs and possible why entrepreneurs need to think like artist to get the business off the ground.
An infograph is a single page of summarized information that is highly visually engaging and make use of charts, graphs, and visualizations to convey a message as a story. The best ones have a narrative structure and commentary but are sparse with the textual explanations.
“Pivots”: Tech entrepreneurs use this term to refer to the practice of trying out new ideas, shedding them quickly if they don’t catch on, and moving on to the next new thing. Founders have pivot at least once raise 2.5 times more money, have 3.6 times better user growth, and are 52 percent less likely to scale prematurely that did not pivoted at all or pivoted more than twice.
Team size: Solo founders take 3.6 times longer to reach scale stage compared to a founding team of two people or more.
Team dynamic: Balanced teams with one technical founder and one business founder raise 30 percent more money, have 2.9 times more user growth, and are 19 percent less likely to scale prematurely than technical or business-heavy founding teams.
Factors that decrease the odds or don’t make a difference
Mentorship: Investors that provide hands-on help have little or no effect on the company’s operational performance
Super fast growth: The most likely reason for startup failure is premature scaling. Don’t invest in entrepreneurs that get ahead of themselves!
Experience of the founders: Successful founders are driven by impact, rather than experience or money.
The value of reputation is not a new concept to the online world: think star ratings on Amazon, PowerSellers on eBay or reputation levels on games such as World of Warcraft. The difference today is our ability to capture data from across an array of digital services. With every trade we make, comment we leave, person we “friend”, spammer we flag or badge we earn, we leave a trail of how well we can or can’t be trusted.
An aggregated online reputation having a real-world value holds enormous potential for sectors where trust is fractured: banking; e-commerce, where value is exponentially increased by knowing who someone really is; peer-to-peer marketplaces, where a high degree of trust is required between strangers; and where a traditional approach based on disjointed information sources is currently inefficient, such as recruiting.
The ten-step reputation plan
Want to be a trusted member of the online community? Follow these tips on building your reputation capital.
Be a maven - Demonstrate your knowledge on something — music, maths, movies — on MavenSay, Mahalo or StackExchange.
Get tagging - Use a platform such as Skills.to to tag your strengths and make it easy for others to know at a glance what you can do.
Become super at something - Be a great host, runner, seller, renter, lender, in an online marketplace such as Airbnb, WhipCar or Zopa.
Build a portfolio - Make a note of references, ratings and reviews on various platforms that give a snapshot of your online value.
Collect trusted opinions - Ask people who know and trust you to write about your skills and trustworthiness on platforms such as LinkedIn.
Follow, like, befriend - Concentrate on building a deep social network on at least one platform. Interact, follow and “like” on a daily basis.
Review and recommend - Get your name out there: be active in writing reviews and vouching for friends and colleagues on a range of websites.
Monetise your profile - Build some kind of virtual currency account, whether it’s Linden Dollars, Gold Coins, IMVU or Facebook Credits.
Spring clean your reputation - Use a service such as Reputation.com or Veribo to clean up any misleading or false information about you.
Gain some social capital - Become an active part of your local community and demonstrate you are trustworthy in your personal life.
Startupbootcamp is a three month business startup acceleration program that runs quarterly during the year for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses across Europe to get ready for funding, launching and scaling to European and global markets. By locating startup teams to one of Startupbootcamp’s program offices in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Dublin, Madrid, Haifa and Berlin, the accelerator focuses on exposing and connecting startups to an expanding community of key mentors and advisors that provide expertise from a multitude of verticals, industries and regions vital in growing a business. Take your startup to the next level with seed funding, mentorship & free co-working office space with Startupbootcamp and follow in the footsteps of fellow European startup successes such as Skype, XING, Spotify and SoundCloud.