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Danielle Strachman, the cofounder and general partner of 1517 Fund and a founding member of the Thiel Fellowship, says that she looks for founders who are "crazy awesome," not "crazy."
The venture capitalist connected with an aspiring founder on Twitter, who was passionate but came off as "pretty nuts," so she offered him some advice.
She said that founders "should put together a narrative and story that is exciting and sounds believable and doable" so that VCs can recognize what actually exists.
For a venture capitalist to take an idea seriously, it has to exist outside of an aspiring founder's head, Strachman said.
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When fledgling founders seek out advice from seasoned venture capitalists, it's not unusual for them to strike up a conversation on Twitter. And many VCs, who often list their Twitter handles and LinkedIn accounts publicly but keep their email addresses private, seem to enjoy giving advice on the Twittersphere.
And Danielle Strachman, the cofounder and general partner of 1517 Fund and a founding member of the Thiel Fellowship, is one of them.
On Friday, the experienced venture capitalist offered some advice for aspiring founders. She tweeted, "Made a connection off Twitter recently with a young man who is super passionate and pumped, but also not putting their best foot forward. Here's a little on how to showcase yourself as crazy awesome over just crazy."
Along with the tweet, Strachmann included a Loom video that summarized her call with the young man on Twitter.
In the Loom video, Strachmann said that the young entrepreneur was working on a hardware technology and had sent her an initial email that she described as "kind of weird."
"I couldn't really tell what existed and what didn't," she added.
The VC, whose firm prioritizes working with dropouts, college students, and those who never attended college, felt that the initial email was "off-putting," even though the aspiring entrepreneur was so passionate about what he was building.
On their Zoom call, the young entrepreneur went on about his failed applications and rejections. And about 15-20 minutes into the conversation, Strachmann decided to tell him something he needed to know — that he came off "as crazy" and seemed "pretty nuts."
But there are two types of crazy, she told him.
There are also "crazy awesome people" who have a big vision, and "can put together a narrative and story that is exciting and sounds believable and doable,'' she added as encouragement.
"Crazy awesome" people have usually done something to solidify their ideas, such as sketching out a roadmap for their project or developing a prototype.
For a venture capitalist to take an idea seriously, it has to exist, in one way or another, outside of an aspiring founder's head, Strachmann said. VCs are less likely to reject ideas from founders who have demonstrated that their idea can sell, or who have outlined a "path to execution," Business Insider's Shana Lebowitz and Jennifer Ortakales have previously reported. And founders who are trying to raise funds for a project should, at the very least, prepare a flawless pitch deck.
But when founders come off as "just crazy," or when they have no concrete ideas to share, they're more likely to face rejection from VCs, Strachmann said.
"If you're crazy awesome, I want to hear from you," she said, towards the end of the Loom video. "If you're crazy, I might want to hear from you, too.''Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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If you’re following the science of COVID-19 you’re likely still working at home. So how can Apple’s Siri help you get that work done?Here’s a handful of tasks you can request from Apple's voice-based assistant, with a couple of useful Mac-only suggestions:Open an app
The best and easiest way to open any application on any Apple platform that supports Siri is Siri. Just ask it to “Open [app name].” It’s that simple.Send a Message, text or email
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Messaging app Telegram wants a US court to dismiss the allegations put forward by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about its token being a security.Telegram outlined its case in a court filing submitted on Tuesday, where it refuted all the allegations made by the SEC.“Plaintiff’s claims are without merit as Telegram‘s private placement to highly sophisticated, accredited investors was conducted pursuant to valid exemptions to registration under the federal securities laws and Grams will not be securities when they are created at the time of launch on the TON Blockchain,” the filing reads.“[…] Plaintiff has engaged in improper ‘regulation by enforcement’ in this nascent area of the law, failed to provide clear guidance and fair notice of its views as to what conduct constitutes a violation of the federal securities laws, and has now adopted an ad hoc legal position that is contrary to judicial precedent and the publicly expressed views of its own high-ranking officials,” it adds.Telegram noted it had “voluntarily engaged” with the SEC, allegedly asking for guidance on how to avoid breaking federal securities laws, but claimed the regulator failed to help before it decided to enact enforcement action.Additionally, Telegram said its Gram tokens are yet to be created and noted that “if and when they do, they will constitute a currency and/or commodity — not securities under the federal securities laws.”
Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures took a swing and a miss by releasing the first trailer for its upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog flick.The response to that trailer was not great, with many people complaining about Sonic’s uncanny valley look.Fans of the blue blur criticized everything from Sonic’s vaguely human proportions to the way his teeth looked and the shape of his eyes.There’s no denying that movie Sonic looked far different from video game Sonic and fans of the franchise were not pleased about that.After a few days of heavy criticism, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter to announced that the VFX team would be tweaking Sonic’s design before the movie’s release, which was subsequently pushed back to February 14th, 2020.Now, some six months later, we’re seeing the final result of Fowler’s decision to go back to the drawing board.
Honor will launch the V30 smartphone on November 26 and it will come with 5G, making it the brand’s first model to support the technology.First announced on the official Honor Weibo social networking page, the V30 will be shown off in Beijing.It should be considered the sequel to last year’s Honor View 20, and 5G won’t be the only big change compared to it.The Honor View 20 was the first phone to widely use a cutout in the screen for the camera.Samsung adopted a similar dual camera screen cutout on the Galaxy S10 Plus.Both the teaser images state the V30 will have 5G, but it’s not the first time the phone has been connected (if you’ll forgive the pun) to this tech.
When the Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours as part of the recent INEOS 1:59 Project Challenge, this was arguably one of the most significant achievements of athleticism since Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954.They are built around a carefully considered sole design that absorbs the energy of each foot strike and then helps store, channel, and returns it as the athlete runs.Its various patented innovations include the types of polymers used and how they and air pockets are located to absorb and return energy, coupled with a carbon plate built into the midsole.Yet since then, the maximum projections in that study have already been exceeded by around two minutes, and nearly by four if you include Kipchoge’s time.In fact, compared directly to other elite-level trainers in the same study, the performance gain was in the range of 2.6 percent to 4.2 percent.At the razor-thin margins of elite sport, that sort of benefit is the equivalent of bringing a gun to a knife fight.
In October, Google officially discontinued its Daydream View VR headset — and the company took another step away from its initial leadership position in phone-based VR today by announcing that it’s open sourcing the software of Cardboard, its “no-frills” VR headset.It had already “open-sourced” the actual Cardboard VR viewer by posting its technical specifications for anyone to download, so it is nice to see Google open up the software as well.Google says it’s shipped “more than 15 million [Cardboard] units worldwide,” but that it’s seen usage of Cardboard “decline over time.” That doesn’t surprise me, sadly — I just don’t think there were many compelling uses for Cardboard, beyond its initial novelty.I remember playing with a free Cardboard viewer from one of Google’s promotions with The New York Times, and while it was really cool that one time I used it, I haven’t been clamoring for another Cardboard experience since.Introduced in 2014, Cardboard was one of the first DIY VR kits, following projects like the FOV2GO, and helped kick off years of interest in phone-based VR.Now, though, that trend is officially over, with seemingly no way to buy Oculus’ Gear VR in the US and Google discontinuing Daydream.
The FTC today announced it had settled a lawsuit with AT over misleading marketing concerning the company’s “unlimited” data plans and would issue a $60 million fine.The fine comes five years after the suit was brought forth by FTC chairpersons who, in 2014, determined that AT had likely begun the practice of throttling data on customers’ “unlimited” plans as far back 2011.The suit alleges that all customers on the specific plan(s) were subject to this practice upon reaching a specific usage threshold.AT, in reference to the fine, gave the following statement to The Verge earlier today:Even though it has been years since we applied this network management tool in the way described by the FTC, we believe this is in the best interests of consumers.It’s no surprise that AT appears to have no objection to the $60 million fine.
It's that time of year again -- good lord no, I am not talking about the holiday season.It's nearly SEMA show time, and automakers are busy previewing the latest builds meant to flex aftermarket companies' muscles.The F-150s shown on Thursday, however, cover both the mild and wild side of things.The F-150 Sport Crew Cab headed to the Vegas trade show features a black appearance package.They include a Fox suspension kit with Ford Performance tuning, Rigid LED lighting, a Borla cat-back exhaust and 22-inch off-road tires.Custom graphics and smoked badges complete the look.
Hundreds of Facebook employees are asking the company to change its policies on political ads, according to an internal letter obtained by The New York Times.The social network currently refuses to fact-check ads from politicians, allowing them to lie with impunity.250 employees signed on to an internal open letter calling for this to end and for Facebook to make a series of other changes.Facebook's polices on political ads are proving intensely controversial, in particular with Democrats.On Monday, The New York Times' Mike Isaac reported that more than 250 workers at the Silicon Valley social networking giant have signed an internal letter calling on the company's leadership to change course on its stance on political ads, which has become the latest political firestorm to engulf the company."Free speech and paid speech are not the same thing," the letter reads, according to a copy of it published by the NYT.
They’re finally here: Apple today announced the AirPods Pro, a noise-cancelling, (presumably) better-sounding variant of its extremely popular true wireless earbuds.This marks the first time Apple has introduced a ‘serious’ headphone since 2008’s Apple In-Ear headphones.By serious, I mean a headphone that actually prioritizes sound quality.While the AirPods are decent for what they are, they won’t win any prizes for their fidelity.On top of this, Apple has added active noise canceling, which uses two microphones to capture and mitigate background noise.But many AirPods users liked them precisely because they didn’t require a seal.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that the next tranche of 5G frequencies will be made available to operators via an auction next year.The spectrum consists of 80 MHz of 700 MHz band and 120 MHz in 3.6-3.8 GHz band.The 700 MHz is a lot more valuable to operators because it covers much greater distances than the higher frequency spectrum.Thus Ofcom is proposing a reserve price of up to £240 million per 2×5 MHz lot of that, compared to a reserve price of up to £25 million for each 5 MHz lot of 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum.Four lots of 5 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum will also be auctioned for downlink-only.The big news within the announcement is that Ofcom isn’t attaching any coverage obligations to any of the spectrum, apparently as a result of the deal struck with operators last week.
Huawei is gearing up to launch their first-ever mid-range 5G smartphone in the form of Nova 6 5G.Before its impending release, a leaked render has revealed the entire design sans specifications.We are not sure what this phone will pack but can confirm the design by looking at the leaked render.The same pill-shaped notch has been leaked in some previous images as well.The display of Huawei Nova 6 will feature a pill-sized hole punch like the Galaxy S10 Plus to nest its dual front-facing cameras.The top and side bezels will be relatively narrow but the chin seems to be a bit wider than the other three sides of the phone.
Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.We closed the day, October 24 2019, at a price of $7,493.That’s a minor 0.21 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$16.23.It was the lowest closing price in one hundred and fifty-eight days.We’re still 62 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $134,968,410,276.
Intel CEO Bob Swan said in an analyst call that the company is on target to return to a schedule of major manufacturing upgrades every 2 to 2.5 years.Intel took longer than usual to move from 14-nanometer manufacturing to 10-nanometer circuitry, causing a disruption to the company’s improvement in cost efficiency and making it vulnerable to competition from rival Advanced Micro Devices, which uses contract chip manufacturers such as GlobalFoundries and TSMC.AMD was able to move to 7-nanometer manufacturing (which Intel argues is equivalent to its 10-nanometer manufacturing) earlier this year, while Intel is expected to launch its 10-nanometer chips in the fourth quarter.This is important because most Moore’s Law (named after a famous prediction by Intel chair emeritus Gordon Moore in the 1960s) improvements over the past half century have been contingent on moving to smaller and smaller widths between the circuitry.A 10-nanometer chip has 10 nanometers (or 10 billionth of a meter) between the circuits, with billions of transistors (with each transistor made of multiple circuits) on a single piece of silicon.Chip designers can also pack more circuitry onto a same-sized chip.
Researchers at Google have touted their quantum computer has solved a problem that would take fastest conventional supercomputer thousands of years to crack.Google published the results in Nature journal, after its Sycamore quantum processor was able to perform a specific task in 200 seconds that would take the world’s best supercomputers 10,000 years to complete.Google claimed the milestone in computing comparable in importance to the Wright brothers’ first flights.But IBM has poured cold water on Google’s claims.Google said that it had achieved ‘quantum supremacy’ as its quantum processor consisting of 54 superconducting quantum bits, or qubits, was able to perform a random sampling calculation – essentially verifying that a set of number is randomly distributed – exponentially faster than any standard computer.Google’s Sycamore device apparently did it in just 3 minutes and 20 seconds, though one of the qubits had to be turned off as it wasn’t working properly.
It might be dominating the headlines, demanding the lion’s share of CAPEX and a fresh opportunity to show some sort of innovation, but BT has reiterated the message that the future is more than just 5G.Speaking at Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, BT’s enterprise business CEO Gerry McQuade offered the room a timely reminder that there is a lot more to creating a future-proofed telco than rolling out an expensive and flashy 5G network.“5G vision, whilst it is not the catalyst of the strategy, it is absolutely key in delivering it,” McQuade said his presentation.The GSMA is suggesting telcos will spend more than $244 billion on 5G networks by the end of next year.While this is of course spread out across the operators globally, it is still a monstrous figure to generate ROI against when you consider the gloomy picture which is looming large across the consumer segments.5G is unlikely to be a silver bullet to solve all the challenges which telcos are facing, and it probably won’t be the only reason the industry wins out against the OTTs who are causing chaos, but it is unavoidable.
When Apple Arcade launched last month, it included a lineup of more than 70 games, with a number of standout hits like Card of Darkness and Sayonara Wild Hearts.One of Apple’s requirements is that titles on Arcade must be available in more than 14 languages, which opens up these experiences to often-ignored markets and languages.The pair says it was worth the effort.Development on Tangle Tower actually started years ago, but it was put on pause when the small studio partnered with Nintendo on Snipperclips, an adorable puzzle game that was one of a small number of Switch launch titles.But once that game and its expansion launched, the pair turned their attention back to their detective game concept.“Post-translation, the localized content is implemented in the build, and we then have another set of eyes to go through the translation to make sure that it is actually accurate when playing the game… All these sanity checks, together with contextualisation allow for the translation to flourish and help engaging further the players into the game, increasing player experience.”
That’s because, while they may be getting announced alongside the Pixel 4, the Pixel Buds aren’t going to launch alongside them.Clearly they’re not yet ready to be tested out, and the company’s claims of improved audio quality over the original Pixel Buds quantified.Still, even at this early stage there’s enough there to get excited about.The original Pixel Buds seemed like a solid idea, let down with hardware that felt out of date even before they went on sale.Tethering the two earbuds together looked altogether old-fashioned compared to Apple’s AirPods, and while Google’s live translation feature was clever, it wasn’t quite enough to push buyers past the ergonomic issues.What’s impressive is how small each earbud remains, despite the cord being cut.
Made by Google is live and the Pixelbook Go has just been announced with maximum portability being the key concept.The second iteration of the Pixelbook is thinner and lighter than the original, at just 13mm thick and weighing in at barely 2lbs/ approx 907g.In spite of the thinner and lighter design, the battery life is 15 per cent longer than the OG Pixelbook, offering up to 12 hours of use.And to ensure you don't annoy everyone around you while you're using your laptop out and about, the Pixelbook Go features Ultra Quiet Hush keys.On the aesthetics front, the Pixelbook Go is available in Just Black and Not Pink in a smooth magnesium matte finish, with a ripple wavy bottom making it easy to grip.You can pick it up with an Intel Core m3/ i5/ i7, 8GB/ 16GB RAM, and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB SSD from $649 which is around £509, although Google has yet to confirm UK pricing.
Roundup In a week where the space-faring community said goodbye to death-defying cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, Skyrora upped the ante with its rocket testing, Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine kissed and made up, and Britain said it would be sending mech-spider nightmare fuel to the Moon.Brit spiderbot* to roam the MoonBrit startup SpaceBit showed off its Walking Rover robot at London's New Scientist Live show and announced it would be hitching a ride aboard Astrobotic's Peregrine lander in 2021.Thornton's spacecraft is due to be launched on the first ULA Vulcan mission in 2021.Discussion of lunar exploration with Spacebit CEO and Founder, Pavlo Tanasyuk, and US Astronaut Al Worden, who flew to the moon as part of the Apollo 15 mission, moderated by TV presenter @dallascampbell.To further add to the horror, the four-legged robot can also jump.