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Month: August 2014

Filling Pieces 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

Amsterdam-based footwear label Filling Pieces has unveiled its latest offerings for 2014 fall/winter. Several new fabrics have been introduced to incorporate into the shoes such as leather and cotton wire woven patterns and natural grain and Scottish grain leathers. The range includes the brand’s signature silhouettes like the Low Top and Mountain Cut trainer but we also find a completely new Era Low model, which has been redesigned for a more clean and sophisticated aesthetic. Handmade in Portugal, the limited collection will be available at the brand’s online store as well as select stockists including the HYPEBEAST Store. Article source:...

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Nike SB Eric Koston Mid Black/White

After making its way to retail in R/R (“Rest and Recovery”) fashion earlier this summer, Nike SB‘s mid-top take on Eric Koston‘s OG Swoosh-emblazoned signature has returned for Fall 2014. This time around the kicks ditch the bells and whistle’s of the R/R, eschewing breathable mesh and a branded midfoot strap in favor of a look that channels the aesthetic of the original. Seen here in black and white with a TPU-reinforced suede upper, padded collar, cup sole construction, and drop-in Lunarlon cushioning, the Nike SB Eric Koston Mid is now available from SB retailers like Premier for $90 USD. Article source:...

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Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

When adults are struggling to remember all of their passwords, how can second graders? After launching to provide a common API for K-12 education two years ago, Clever wants to help instructors teach more and worry about resetting students’ forgotten passwords less. The education technology company recently launched a feature that will allow students to use a single sign on to all of the Clever-supported software, which includes key education players such as Scholastic and CK-12. Clever CEO Tyler Bosmeny said a recent study showed teachers spent an average of 25.4 percent of their time in computer labs just logging in students. “It’s really so rare that so many companies come together and solve a common problem,” Bosmeny said. “This is going to make life a lot easier for so many teachers and students.” Clever also reported rapid growth from our last report on their Series A funding round in December that raised $10 million. At the time, Clever was available in 10,000 schools. Now it’s available in 25,000. Bosmeny said he attributes much of Clever’s growth to how rapidly the company has taken off in several large school districts, including Miami and Houston. That explosive growth has helped the company attract new software partners, including CK-12. CK-12 produces interactive digital textbooks to encourage STEM learning. CK-12 executive director Neeru Khosla said her venture recently partnered with Clever because the company’s impact has become “impressive.” Khosla said...

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Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

After eight years of studying best practices for expanding a business, a pair of Stanford professors are scaling up the size of their classroom with their first foray into massive open online courses (MOOC). Huggy Rao and Robert Sutton, the authors of “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling For Less,” will bring the lessons they learned from their research to the virtual classroom. When their five-week, free MOOC launches on Sept. 15, it will feature interviews with prominent investors like Ben Horowitz and Michael Dearing. Normally Rao and Sutton teach the book in their executive education classrooms, but true to their research, they found the MOOC to be a scaling tool that could help them reach more readers. “They can not only consume the book as in reading it, but more importantly they can actually apply it to their own venture or startup idea,” said Rao, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sutton, a professor at the Stanford School of Engineering, said the pair has experience in teaching for-credit online courses in the past. He said this is most likely the only time that the course will be offered in the free MOOC format. “It will particularly be helpful to entrepreneurs trying to scale their ventures […] because when people think about scaling they think about the footprint,” Rao said. “The footprint won’t survive and it certainly won’t thrive unless you have...

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Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y-Combinator’s Summer 2014 Class

Editor’s note: Matt Oguz is managing director of Palo Alto Venture Science. In my previous article, I wrote about how multi-factor analysis of startups helps avoid decision biases such as availability — anchoring or the famous “herd mentality.” The merits of the theories behind this approach go back to the 1950’s. But based on the feedback our team received, we felt encouraged to share a sample analysis with everyone to explain the inner workings of the process. With that in mind, we ran the Y Combinator Summer ’14 class through our models. First, let’s take a look at the methodology to refresh our memory. The idea behind Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) is to instill transparency and consistency to the process of picking alternatives among an available batch. Professors Belton and Stewart state the following in their book, MCDA – An Integrated Approach: “Subjectivity is inherent in all decision making. MCDA does not dispel that subjectivity; it simply seeks to make the need for subjective judgments explicit and the process transparent.” A view shared by many others prominent in the field of MCDA is illustrated by the following quotes:  Simply stated, the major role of formal analysis is to promote good decision-making. A good analysis should illuminate controversy – to find out where basic differences exist in values and uncertainties, to facilitate compromise, to increase the level of debate and to undercut...

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