Lisa Shipley


Startup Weekends are always action-packed, as organizers try and pack as much of the startup experience as possible, in a 54-hour time frame. But in Hong Kong, they took it up several notches in 2017. They had 12 local events, played part in an AI global-winning highlight for Lillian Lai and “Serena”, and hosted a special Silver Society vertical event focused on senior citizens actively aging. 

The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)’s theme “Women First, Prosperity for All” was not isolated, as all year, organizations worked on strategically constructing a better startup ecosystem for women entrepreneurs. In the early weeks of the new year, it seems like a good time to take a look at the progress made in 2017 to ensure inclusive innovation stays on the right track for 2018.

The peace agreement signed by the Colombian government and leftist Farc rebels in 2016 has ushered in new opportunities, as well as new challenges. Though the peace treaty papers were signed in the bustling cities of Cartagena and Bogota, the success of the agreement depends largely on what will play out in the small farms stretching across Colombia’s vast countrysides, as historically, drug money from trafficking cocaine has fueled the armed conflict.

CEO and President of Brave Software, Brendan Eich

The current CEO and President of Brave Software and former CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was able to raise $35million in 30 seconds from his ICO for Brave, because of his incredible network of investors. As most innovators know, the networking effect is critical for startups to get the financing, mentoring, and visibility they need to succeed.

Did you know that 85% of all online images, that are often used by businesses, are stolen from photographers? The online image market is broken, but the Swedish startup Pickit has found a solution, and even captured the attention of Microsoft. Today, in order to further their entrance into the US market, Pickit announced their opening of an office in Redmond, WA.