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Student to Founder Series: Interview with peerTransfer’s Founder Iker Marcaide

Student to Founder Series: Interview with peerTransfer’s Founder Iker Marcaide

Aug 5, 2010

Last June Iker Marcaide graduated from MIT with an MBA degree from the Sloan School of Management.  His graduation present?  Traveling to Barcelona to collect €20,000 for winning the HIT Global Entrepreneurship Competition as part of the HIT Barcelona World Innovation Summit and having his young company peerTransfer named the most promising early-stage...

Student to Founder Series: Paths To Building A Technology Startup While In B-School

Student to Founder Series: Paths To Building A Technology Startup While In B-School

Aug 4, 2010

How do you incubate a technology startup while in school?  How do you search for ideas, validate them, and pick your best one and go after it?  And of course, what are some of the startups created nowadays by MIT graduates?  These are some of the interesting questions that we explore in this interview with Nir Hasson, a 2010 graduate of MIT Sloan and founder...

How to Be an Entrepreneur on Your Own Terms: Interview with JetPens.com Co-founder Adrian Mak

How to Be an Entrepreneur on Your Own Terms: Interview with JetPens.com Co-founder Adrian Mak

Jul 28, 2010

JetPens.com is the leading online retailer of Japanese pens, pencils, and stationery.  Started in 2004 with an initial investment of $9,000 from its three founders, the company managed to achieve profitability after two years, without any additional financing.  Because they never had to sell any equity to outside investors, the three founding partners have...

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with Jamie Taylor of Metaweb

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with Jamie Taylor of Metaweb

Jul 23, 2010

I talked to Jamie Taylor, Minister of Information at Metaweb, the company behind Freebase. Freebase is a community-writable semantic database, spanning millions of topics in thousands of categories. Jamie, tell us what sparked your interest in semantic technologies: you got a PhD in Behavioral Economics, at some point you started San Francisco’s first ISP. How...

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with Will Hunsinger of Evri

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with Will Hunsinger of Evri

Jul 22, 2010

I recently talked to Will Hunsinger, CEO of Evri, a discovery engine, delivering intelligent, real-time streams of information around popular topics enabling users to share and engage. The company has just under 40 employees and is based in Seattle with offices in San Francisco. How does the recent acquisition of Twine/Radar Networks impact your strategy? So we...

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with David Recordon of Facebook

Semantic Technologies Series: Interview with David Recordon of Facebook

Jul 21, 2010

This interview continues our 6-part series on semantic technologies bringing you interviews with industry thought leaders.  To follow on Thursday and Friday this week are interviews with Will Hunsinger (Evri) and Jamie Taylor (Metaweb). I recently interviewed David Recordon, Senior Open Programs Manager at Facebook, where he leads open source and open standards...