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Kym McNicholas

Kym McNicholas is an Emmy Award winning reporter (3x Emmy nominated), with 18 years experience in broadcasting. She has spent most of her career in finance and technology, most recently at Forbes.

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    Meet the Startup Dream Team: 18 interns and entrepreneurs living in a three-bedroom house in SF

    Every day I get at least one email from a new, shared work space, accelerator, or incubator. They’ve been popping up everywhere over the last two years. It seems like everyone’s trying to be the place where the next big idea emerges. Here’s one, though, that is setting itself apart from the rest. It’s the Startup Dream Team, a nine-week program for  interns and aspiring entrepreneurs from around the world who want to get their foot in the door in…
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    Welcome to the real bootcamp for entrepreneurs

    In the middle of the scalding Arizona desert, Meredith Perry, CEO of uBeam, is wrapping a tourniquet around Travis Steffan, CEO of online fitness training program, WorkOutBOX. She’s one of more than a dozen entrepreneurs taking part in a series of exercises that instill military discipline, tactical methodologies, and entrepreneurial acumen, which, the organizers hope, can transcend the field to the boardroom. The seminar, in which Perry and the other entrepreneurs learned first aid and to assess the welfare of fallen soldiers,…
  • Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal: From fake IDs to non-profit work to hipster glasses

    Neil Blumenthal talks to Sarah Lacy about how he got started as an entrepreneur. He said he had three choices. He explains why he chose to sell fake IDs. Blumenthal also talks about how he got into non-profit work giving glasses to needy people and how that led him to start his company.
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    MoTwin gets another $2.7m to fuel the unsexy but surging enterprise app wave

    Whether you’re developing a mobile app on your own or inside a large corporation on a budget, you may need a little help. And now with another $2.7 million in the bank, MoTwin wants to be that assist. MoTwin is essentially the even more unsexy part of the already unsexy business of making enterprise mobile apps. MoTwin allows companies to build bespoke apps quickly and easily, handling all the behind-the-scenes complexity like connecting to your back-end servers, data sources, and so…
  • For startups which comes first, success or kiteboarding?

    I once did the math and calculated that in the one weekend each year when entrepreneurs, executives, and investors gather on the island of Maui for the annual MaiTai kiteboarding event, $7 billion in market cap is skating across the water. Soon to add to that number could be the founders of walkie talkie app Voxer, guy-rating app Luluvise, and video chat app Tango — all listed in the last couple of months in the top 20 most popular apps…
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    How to get Sir Richard Branson’s undivided attention

    I can’t tell you how many times entrepreneurs have asked me to introduce them to Sir Richard Branson, who I’ve interviewed a number of times. “Learn to kiteboard,” I tell them, “and I’m certain you’ll run across him on the water at some point.” Oh, and there’s one other piece of advice I can offer: Know venture capitalist Bill Tai and professional kitboarder Susi Mai. They are the creators of the annual MaiTai (Get it: Susi MAI and Bill TAI?) Maui…
  • GTChannel says Goodbye to Machinima and soars

    A new automotive multi-channel network is blowing up after leaving Machinima — a very risky move that revved up its business. In case you’re not familiar with the multi-channel network concept, it’s a community of Youtube channels that are brought under one umbrella. It’s the best way for independent Youtube channels to get their videos seen and get help monetizing them. Typically, the multi-channel networks are created under a particular genre. Machinima focuses on gamers. The GT Channel focuses…
  • Well-played law of attraction between Grammy Award-winner Skylar Grey and Gigg’s CEO

    Singer/songwriter Skylar Grey and Gigg’s CEO Scott Warner are the new posterchildren for the law of attraction. Just watch the video above if you don’t believe me. I heard first-hand the story of how they met at Bloomberg’s conference in Half Moon Bay this week. I couldn’t help but immediately become engaged by their energy, as they talked about partnering on a contest which would help Skylar find a new rap artist to collaborate with on her next song. Skylar…
  • Warren Buffett’s former pilot launches Visionary Airlines in Silicon Valley

    When my mom was hospitalized in New Castle, Pennyslvania, diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (blood clots in her lungs), I felt helpless. I didn’t know how to get her back to the San Francisco Bay Area without jeopardizing her health. The doctor told me it would be fatal to drive, take a train, or fly commercial. That’s when Michael Flint came to the rescue. Don’t worry about a thing, he said. He would lease a plane and fly my family…
  • Culination wants to teach you how to become a top chef

    As much as I may want to prepare scrumptious dinners I am no cook. The last time I prepared a meal for a guy in my life, I went down to my local family-owned Italian restaurant, bought some Eggplant Parmigiana, heated it up in the oven and pretended it was mine. (Don’t judge me.) In comes Culination, a website and app that, if it ever makes it to market, would allow chefs to bring their recipes to life through video.…

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