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Month: January 2015

The Startup Advice You Don’t Hear Inside The Echo Chamber

Editor’s note: Nadia Eghbal is a Principal at Collaborative Fund. Kate Harrison Brennan is a Rhodes Scholar and founder of Global Smart, and was an adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. When today’s most successful founders are asked why they started their companies, they often give some version of the answer that they were “scratching their own itch.” Airbnb founders Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were renting out their floor space to help cover their rent. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook to help Harvard students find one another. Nest co-founder Matt Rogers says that the development of their first product “started as our frustration and the more we talked to other people, the more we heard their frustration.” These stories have morphed into the widely held notion that the best companies are born out of our personal problems, a line repeated by venture capitalists like Paul Graham, who advises founders, “The way to get startup ideas is…to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.” It’s understandable why this advice is so frequently passed around among entrepreneurs. As Paul Graham points out, solving a problem that you yourself have ensures that the problem exists. It guarantees empathy for your user. This advice is useful for optimizing a startup’s chances of success, but in the context of a tight-knit entrepreneurial community like Silicon Valley, solving your own problems can...

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Louis W. for A.P.C. 2015 Spring/Summer Collection

Louis Wong and A.P.C. take cues from the early ’90s and that era’s wave of indie flicks as they present their collaboration for Spring/Summer 2015. Marked by luxurious materials, rugged leather, and an intensely deep color palette, the latest Louis W. for A.P.C. drop once again focuses on can’t-miss outerwear and features the likes of the minimalist raw black denim Ivan, the greased black leather Yuri, jacquard Gabriel varsity, and bomber-inspired Sergeï. Last but not least, the ever-popular Ferris returns, this time boasting warm and earthy suedes in hues of chestnut brown, beige, and burgundy. The entirety of this season’s Louis W. For A.P.C. collection is now available at A.P.C. stores and the French label’s web store while supplies last. Article source:...

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Nike SFB Mountain "Military Brown"

Inspired by founder Bill Bowerman’s service in World War II is the brand new SFB Mountain from Nike Sportswear. Built for rugged terrain, the design adopts the Swoosh’s aggressive SFB sole unit and features the likes of a durable, water-repellant, and breathable Kevlar-reinforced canvas upper along with a removable, quick-drying perforated memory foam bootie; puncture-resistant Kevlar-reinforced footbed; and an external collar that helps to prevent small stones from making their way into the shoe. Available now in a “Military Brown” colorway, the SFB Mountain can be purchased via Nike.com for $300 USD. Article source:...

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Blackbird Sits Down with Shinsuke Takizawa of NEIGHBORHOOD to Talk About His Recently Revamped 1932 Ford Roadster

Hong Kong-based SILLY THING‘s automotive journal Blackbird has launched a brand new endeavor: “Shop Talk,” a new web series that’s set to explore the relationship between car and driver. For the very first installment, the Blackbird team travelled to Tokyo to highlight none other than NEIGHBORHOOD founder — and well-known auto enthusiast — Shinsuke Takizawa. Specifically, the episode highlights Takizawa’s recently restored 1932 Ford Roadster — an eight-year labor of love that the designer discovered in the United States. Here, “Shop Talk” offers some rare insight into the NEIGHBORHOOD founder’s build methodology, which reflects his own personal aesthetic, and a chance to get up close and personal with the details of an automobile that’s more than eight decades old. Article source:...

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Singapore Property Site 99.co Lands $1.6M From Sequoia And Facebook Co-Founder Saverin

99.co, a property rental and sales site that launched in Singapore last November, has scored a deal of its own after closing $1.6 million (SG$2 million) in funding from Sequoia and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. The company confirmed that the round values it at $8 million (SG$10 million). This new funding will go towards continuing to scale the business, as it begins to look at overseas expansion opportunities this year. 99.co raised a $650,000 seed round from a range of investors including 500 Startups last year when it soft-launched its website. At this point, 99.co is operational in Singapore only. That may be a relatively small market of five million people, but its real estate industry is arguably the most developed in Southeast Asia. As we wrote last year, existing players PropertyGuru and iProperty lead the domestic market. 99.co claims to have 26,000 listings, more than double the 11,000 it had in November, and it is aiming to do things differently to its more established rivals. 99.co CEO and co-founder Darius Cheung told TechCrunch that the ad-based model of other services effectively allows real estate agents to pay to have their listings feature more prominently. 99.co takes a more user-centric approach, it doesn’t prioritize any results and uses only its search algorithm to surface listings. “We’re offering a new way of doing property search. Our search results are relevant to our visitors and not corrupted by advertising money,” Cheung — who sold his previous security software...

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