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Hibiscus & NomadaEspacio announces today that the travel blog, Hibiscus & Nomada, was acquired by the media incubator.

“We are thrilled to be working with Hibiscus & Nomada and to continue the legacy that Marion created,” said Espacio CEO Conrad Egusa. Conrad Egusa is a former VentureBeat writer and is a Global Mentor at 500 Startups along with being a co-founder of Espacio with Eddie Arrieta.

Hibiscus & Nomada was founded in 2016 by Marion Payen and Alex Hurstel. The travel blog, documenting the affordable ways to discovering the unexplored, quickly amassed close to 50,000 Instagram followers, and a beautiful portfolio of travel photos. They were even seen on publications like Lonely Planet & City Style & Life.

Through the acquisition, Espacio aims to promote the publication’s growth and to project it’s voice into the travel community. Hibiscus & Nomada’s editor will be Mathew Di Salvo, a former news wire journalist who also has experience in travel writing. 

In a press release, Mathew commented,”It’s extremely exciting to be taking over this blog, which has amassed an impressive following in its short time. At Espacio we were blown away by the photos and the variety of locations it featured. Our enthusiastic team is fully up to continuing the great job Marion started.”

Espacio’s upcoming investments into the publication will include an expansion of its editorial newsroom, investments into video, and a series of events in 2018.

In addition to its blog, Hibiscus & Nomada provides travel Guides to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. 

“We hope to expand the site by reaching even more untouched and beautiful locations and demonstrating that great content can still come out of the somewhat crowded market of travel blogging.”

Peru Reports will join Espacio Incubator, announces the media incubator powerhouse today. Peru Reports is the leading English news publication in Perufocused on in-depth coverage of news, economics & politics in Peru to readers worldwide.

Colin Post
Colin Post

Peru Reports was founded in 2013 by Colin Post. Colin is also the author of the Lima Travel Guide and the Arequipa Travel Guide. Through the acquisition, Espacio aims to continue Colin’s effort to promote the publication’s growth and to project a voice for Peru to the wider international community.

“We are thrilled to be working with Peru Reports and to continue the legacy that its founder Colin [Post] created,” said Espacio CEO Conrad Egusa. Conrad Egusa is a former VentureBeat writer and is a Global Mentor at 500 Startups along with being a co-founder of Espacio with Eddie Arrieta.

Arjun Harindranath

The new editor of Peru Reports will be Arjun Harindranath, who was born in India and studied law and philosophy in New Zealand before moving to Latin America to pursue writing and journalism. He has lived and worked as a writer in the UK, Germany, India and Colombia.

Harindranath said of his time at Peru Reports that “We’ve had a few months to really get our heads around the biggest narratives in the region and it’s our hope to expand on what we’ve learned so far. From the Odebrecht scandal to the Dakar Rally or this year’s World Cup to matters affecting the Amazon and the indigenous–we plan to cover the biggest stories in Peruvian politics, sports, business and culture for an English-speaking audience.”

Upcoming investments into Peru Reports include an expansion of its editorial newsroom, investments into video, and a series of events in 2018. In addition to recent current events, the publication will also bring stories that draw on scholarly commentary from experts of the region and look to shine a light on Peruvian innovation and entrepreneurship.

“As more eyes look to Peru as an important player in the region, we are excited to continue this mission of sharing the stories of Peru,” Espacio CEO Conrad Egusa said.

December 7th 2017 – Espacio, Sandhill’s media Incubator and parent company today announces it has acquired PortugalStartups.com, a media publication dedicated to startup and entrepreneurial news in Portugal. Through the acquisition, Espacio aims to promote the publication’s growth and give a voice to the Portuguese tech scene, much like Techli for the Midwest startup scene.

Rafael Pires

PortugalStartups.com was founded in 2014 by Rafael PiresDaniela Monteiro and Inês Silva to introduce the Portuguese startup scene to the world. The independent publication is focused on featuring inspiring stories of up-and-coming entrepreneurs, interviews with exciting startups that are prospering in their markets, and provides insight into Portugal’s great conditions to establish new businesses.

Conrad Egusa

Conrad Egusa

The promoters of the publication have been startup ecosystem builders, responsible for non-profit and community programs driving education, acceleration, and growth for startups.

“We are thrilled to take PortugalStartups.com onboard and hope to continue the legacy that its founders, Rafael, Daniela and Inês, have created,” said Espacio CEO Conrad Egusa. The former VentureBeat writer and Global Mentor at 500 Startups, founded Espacio with Eddie Arrieta.

“We are happy to see PortugalStartups.com joining Espacio. It will bring an extra layer of capacity, expertise, and exposure that will take the Portuguese Startup Scene even further,” says Pires.

Eddie Arrieta

Eddie Arrieta

“We have noticed a promising increase in interesting ideas and technology in Portugal, reflected in the number of incubators and investors heading there,” says Egusa. “At Espacio we will work to make sure this is mirrored in the media coverage – something PortugalStartups.com was created to do – and something we will continue.”

Recovering from an economic crisis, Portugal has since been thriving in the world’s entrepreneurial scene. A renewed spirit of innovation has led to an eruption of startups, helped by the country’s impressive bilingual education system and local support network – such as Startup LisboaANJEBeta-iUPTECIPNStartup Braga and ScaleUp Porto, to name a few. Portugal has significantly simplified the process of building a business, which has incentivized entrepreneurs to launch their own enterprises and has attracted others to the country.

“As more eyes look to Portugal as an emerging strategic tech hub we are excited to continue this mission of sharing Portugal’s own inspiring stories of growth and exploration in the startup sector with the world,” said Egusa.

  • With average competition receiving 108 concept submissions, startup looks to take on industry
  • ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions
  • Platform includes more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries
  • ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, and a dedicated project manager for oversight
  • With options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs

ZillionDesigns announces its re-launch, aiming with its graphic design contracting platform to change the way customers find design projects.

ZillionDesigns’ unique crowdsourcing competition model provides users with more options, at better prices than traditional freelance channels and agencies, without sacrificing quality.

Today, all your design needs, from web pages to t-shirts, can be accessed on a single site. With a proven team of more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries, ZillionDesigns has the established industry traction to capitalize on the general push toward crowd contracting.

“Graphic design has always been central to branding, marketing and creative ventures,” says ZillionDesigns Founder Zaheer Dodhia, “and especially with the growth in digital mediums – mobile apps, web startups, etc. — the industry is only growing. But what you saw a few years ago was that people were getting stuck with money already invested in these poor contracting arrangements, and wound up overpaying for services that were either late or insufficient. ZillionDesigns changes that.”

Zaheer Dohia explains that, in the traditional graphic design marketplace, customers pay money upfront for work that often comes in late and might not fit the project even when it does. “With a talent agency or a freelancer, you’re essentially at their mercy,” he says. “They’ve usually got other works going on at the same time, so the turnaround can be bad and the options few.”

Because of its open competition model and global team of designers, however, ZillionDesigns can guarantee a broad range of options for clients to choose from and an end to drawn-out waiting periods. “Within a week,” says Zaheer, “users can expect to have 100 high-quality design options or more in hand.

The process is simple: users create competitions online, explaining the specifications of the project, and setting a timeframe for submissions and payment amount for the winner. The competition then gets vetted through ZillionDesigns worldwide network of over 50,000 designers, who send in fully completed concepts for the user to pick from. ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions, but the average project gets nearly 110 entries, and any ZillionDesigns submission comes with unlimited concept possibilities.

“Fixed deadlines mean that designs come in when they’re supposed to,” says Zaheer. “Open competition keeps prices low, and users can select the best quality options from a pool of finished products without committing themselves to any one designer beforehand. At ZillionDesigns, our focus is to put the customer in a position where his business is valued and fought over. That’s the best way to ensure a high quality service arrives in a timely fashion.”

ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, multiple file formats and a dedicated project manager for oversight. And with options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs.

“Graphic design continues to factor in to virtually every business out there, new or old,” says Zaheer Zodia. “And with an expansive online competition model, ZillionDesigns is poised to disrupt the industry and place itself at the forefront of crowdsourcing innovation.”

About ZillionDesigns

ZillionDesigns is your one-stop spot for all design needs. We specialize in bringing your ideas to life. Our unique crowdsourcing model allows you to broadcast your design needs to a global team of designers and receive more designs and ideas than you ever would with an agency or single freelancer, and at a much lower price!

  • With average competition receiving 108 concept submissions, startup looks to take on industry
  • ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions
  • Platform includes more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries
  • ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, and a dedicated project manager for oversight
  • With options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs

ZillionDesigns announces its re-launch, aiming with its graphic design contracting platform to change the way customers find design projects.

ZillionDesigns’ unique crowdsourcing competition model provides users with more options, at better prices than traditional freelance channels and agencies, without sacrificing quality.

Today, all your design needs, from web pages to t-shirts, can be accessed on a single site. With a proven team of more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries, ZillionDesigns has the established industry traction to capitalize on the general push toward crowd contracting.

“Graphic design has always been central to branding, marketing and creative ventures,” says ZillionDesigns Founder Zaheer Dodhia, “and especially with the growth in digital mediums – mobile apps, web startups, etc. — the industry is only growing. But what you saw a few years ago was that people were getting stuck with money already invested in these poor contracting arrangements, and wound up overpaying for services that were either late or insufficient. ZillionDesigns changes that.”

Zaheer Dohia explains that, in the traditional graphic design marketplace, customers pay money upfront for work that often comes in late and might not fit the project even when it does. “With a talent agency or a freelancer, you’re essentially at their mercy,” he says. “They’ve usually got other works going on at the same time, so the turnaround can be bad and the options few.”

Because of its open competition model and global team of designers, however, ZillionDesigns can guarantee a broad range of options for clients to choose from and an end to drawn-out waiting periods. “Within a week,” says Zaheer, “users can expect to have 100 high-quality design options or more in hand.

The process is simple: users create competitions online, explaining the specifications of the project, and setting a timeframe for submissions and payment amount for the winner. The competition then gets vetted through ZillionDesigns worldwide network of over 50,000 designers, who send in fully completed concepts for the user to pick from. ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions, but the average project gets nearly 110 entries, and any ZillionDesigns submission comes with unlimited concept possibilities.

“Fixed deadlines mean that designs come in when they’re supposed to,” says Zaheer. “Open competition keeps prices low, and users can select the best quality options from a pool of finished products without committing themselves to any one designer beforehand. At ZillionDesigns, our focus is to put the customer in a position where his business is valued and fought over. That’s the best way to ensure a high quality service arrives in a timely fashion.”

ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, multiple file formats and a dedicated project manager for oversight. And with options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs.

“Graphic design continues to factor in to virtually every business out there, new or old,” says Zaheer Zodia. “And with an expansive online competition model, ZillionDesigns is poised to disrupt the industry and place itself at the forefront of crowdsourcing innovation.”

About ZillionDesigns

ZillionDesigns is your one-stop spot for all design needs. We specialize in bringing your ideas to life. Our unique crowdsourcing model allows you to broadcast your design needs to a global team of designers and receive more designs and ideas than you ever would with an agency or single freelancer, and at a much lower price!

A recently launched app is looking to keep up with the increasing demand for U.S. visas by making the application process easier and more accessible.

After observing a 19% increase in U.S. visa applications between 2011 and 2012, the creators of SimpleVisa sought to develop an app that streamlines a traditionally time-consuming process. By using patent-pending photo technology, SimpleVisa allows users to scan their passports and receive a United States visa waiver within a few minutes.

“We thought about where the best entry point in this process would be to cut out as much of the time and effort involved as possible,” says founder Loris Mazloum, a French entrepreneur, “Because our users have cameras built into their devices already, the whole thing is reduced to one easy step that also eliminates the chance for manual error.”

The app currently works for any of the 38 countries on the United States’ visa waiver list, and plans to expand its services to United States citizens planning trips to countries with similarly friendly travel relationship

 

 

Hungary has become a leader in the European tech scene, ranking among the top 5 tech economies for VC investment in Europe.

With tech innovation now one of the top ten industries of the country, Hungarian firms are not only looking to spread their influence throughout Europe, but to overseas markets as well.

One of these companies is the Budapest-based startup accelerator, Traction Tribe, whose innovative hybrid approach and reputation for careful mentorship have distinguished its accelerator program on the European scene

“Hungary is quietly building one of the stronger tech economies in Europe,” said Antal Karolyi, Traction Tribe partner and head of growth, “There’s a long history of tech and science focus here.”

The next step for Hungary, says Karolyi, is to expand globally. Traction Tribe seeks to do so by providing European startups with access to and firsthand preparation for business opportunities in the U.S. tech market. Startups go through a 3-6 month accelerator mentorship, with early seed funding of up to $100,000, training from experts with on the ground knowledge of the U.S. investment economy, and the potential for further funding after completion.

“This isn’t about exporting our talent,” says Karolyi, “so much as exposing Hungary to the world and the world to Hungary.”

With all of the mobile apps, Web sites and free services clamoring for your personal data, whereabouts and preferences, it might seem as though privacy is at death’s door. Not so. Several projects underway aim to provide virtual lockboxes or screening technologies that can help people to reassert control over their digital lives.
 
In general, privacy-enhancing approaches to online data sharing require any company, app developer or government agency that wants to know more about you to ask permission for access to specific information. The rest of your data stay locked away.
 
Services such as Britain’s Mydex offer the ability to store, manage and share personal information in an encrypted central repository called a data store, which only the person who creates the store can fully access. Anyone wanting information contained within that personal data store—an insurance company or marketer, for example—must connect to Mydex’s network and agree to terms of use created by the person owning the data before Mydex will release it. Personal, based in Washington, D.C., offers a similar “data vault” service.
 
A system called the open personal data store (openPDS) platform, under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, likewise consolidates information into a single location that can be stored on one’s computer or with a service provider (aka in the “cloud”). OpenPDS, however, deals specifically with metadata—which can describe a person’s location, phone use or Web searches, for example. The M.I.T. approach protects privacy by refusing to share any of that data directly. Instead, a mobile app, Web site or research firm looking for information protected by an openPDS must query the data store directly—to check, for instance, whether your shipping address has changed or to confirm your present location. OpenPDS responds specifically to that query with answers that the openPDS owner approves for release, according to a study published July 9 in PLOS ONE.
 
Simply anonymizing records by stripping out names and other identifying information is not enough protect one’s privacy, says Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, an M.I.T. graduate student in media arts and sciences and first author on the new paper. de Montjoye and colleagues at M.I.T. and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium have demonstrated in past experiments that as few as four pieces of data from a person’s mobile phone checking in with the nearest cell tower is enough for them to identify the owner of that phone 95 percent of the time. The researchers are now testing openPDS with telecommunications companies in Italy and Denmark.
 
A service in the Netherlands called the Qiy Trust Framework offers a slightly different model for privacy protection. Since 2012 people that country have been able to create their own online portal for organizing and protecting the personal information they give to utility companies, government agencies and businesses. Unlike MyDex or openPDS, Qiy is not a data repository—any data that someone gives to, say, a wireless provider stays in the database of that entity. If such organizations participate in the Qiy program, individuals access their accounts with those agencies by logging into their own Qiy account. They gain protection because participating organizations are required to adhere to guidelines established by the nonprofit Qiy Foundation, including mandatory data encryption.
 
Such data centralization projects are likely to be received lukewarmly in the U.S., at least at the moment. Here, two trends conspire against them: stories about data stolen from supposedly secure corporate or government databases have become commonplace; and many consumers show little reluctance to hand over access to their phones’ address books and GPS trackers in exchange for free mobile apps.
 
Still, as the controversy over the U.S. National Security Agency’s data collection practices deepens and data breaches proliferate, greater demand for improved privacy tools is likely to emerge eventually. The New York State Attorney General’s officeissued a report on July 15, for example, saying that in 2013 alone 7.3 million records of New Yorkers were exposed in more than 900 data security breaches, thanks in part to the “retail mega-breaches” at Target and Living Social. Five of the 10 largest data thefts reported to that office have occurred since 2011.
 
The N.Y. Attorney General’s office recommends that, to protect themselves and their clients, companies and other organizations should cut down the amount of data they themselves collect and store. This advice is exactly the kind that could pave the way for new types of privacy protection technologies.