Crowdfounding, With A Twist of Innovation: Interview with Sponzu Founder Natalie Kaminski

29 Mar 2011 in Interviews
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Welcome to The X Factor’s brand new illmatic redesign! Let’s just say….thanks a MILLION to Petovera Design. As an aspiring entrepreneur myself, I think one of the best ways to learn is to go directly to the source and study the stories of founders building startups. Wait ’til you read Natalie’s interview. Natalie Kaminski was [...]

What Socialwok’s Private Beta Taught Founder Ming Yong

9 Mar 2011 in Interviews
What Socialwok’s Private Beta Taught Founder Ming Yong

Welcome back to the 4th (very noisy – sorry!) segment of my interview with the Founder and CEO of Socialwok, Ming Yong! Socialwok is a collaborative social feed built on Google apps. This is a story about what Socialwok learned from its private beta, and how it changed the way they thought about their initial [...]

The Milestone Interview: Brittany Laughlin, Co-Founder of Travel Startup gtrot (Don’t Miss This)

15 Feb 2011 in Interviews
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Today is a monumental day for The X Factor – but I’ll get to that in a second. First, let’s turn the clock back a few weeks. In January, I wrote about a problem I saw with the difficulty of planning trips and the gap it represented in the travel startup space. My friend Chris [...]

Ever Wish You Knew Your Twitter Friends’ Birthdays? Meet @SamBensalem: The Entrepreneur Who Heard Your Wish

13 Feb 2011 in Interviews
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THE BACKGROUND Around 2005, Sam Bensalem dropped out of college to pursue his dreams as an entrepreneur. After becoming frustrated looking for a developer, he took up the challenge of teaching himself how to code. Today, he is the Founder of VeVite – a startup that notifies its users when anyone that they are following [...]

3 Startup Lessons From Singapore’s Socialwok: The Ming Yong Interview Continues

9 Feb 2011 in Interviews
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Welcome back to the 3rd segment of my interview with Ming Yong, Founder and CEO of Socialwok; the collaborative social feed built on Google apps. Thousands of users. Praised by Robert Scoble. Winner of TechCrunch50′s Demopit Award. A growing track record of working with Google. A global presence achieved from being started in Singapore, having [...]

How Socialwok Won The Attention of TechCrunch, Robert Scoble, And More

26 Jan 2011 in Interviews
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Branding advice from Ming Yong, CEO of Socialwok from John Exley on Vimeo. Welcome back to segment two of my interview with Ming Yong, Founder and CEO of Socialwok; the collaborative social feed built on Google apps. It was the summer of 2009. The Socialwok founders – based in Singapore – were planning to fly [...]

Singapore’s Fast Moving Startup: Interview with Socialwok Founder & CEO Ming Yong

24 Jan 2011 in Interviews
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Interview with Ming Yong, CEO of Socialwok (Intro) from John Exley on Vimeo. Unforgettable. I still remember when I first discovered Socialwok. I was in Singapore’s Supperclub for the the iMATCH Launchpad event, standing behind a panel of investors that included former BitTorrent Founder and President (and current partner at early stage startup program i/o [...]

The Five Travel Startups You Need To Know

20 Jan 2011 in Startups & Technology
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photo © 2009 Michael Ruiz | more info (via: Wylio) ************* A few days ago, I wrote about the problem of planning tourist trips and how I want to be able to choose pre-selected, step-by-step daily itineraries for cool things to do on every trip I take. I don’t want to have to sift through [...]

The Problem With Planning A Trip To NYC…Or Any City For That Matter

17 Jan 2011 in Startups & Technology
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photo © 2010 Jorge Quinteros | more info (via: Wylio)                       *********************************** Yes, I am a travel addict. There are a million cool things to do in New York City. Tons of great restaurants to dine out at, lots of places ‘you just have to [...]

What Did Google Do Wrong In China? The Ben Crox Interview (Part 5/5)

14 Jan 2011 in Interviews
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This is the final segment of “the dark interview”. In part 4 of my interview with Ben Crox, we discussed Google’s controversy in China. A very sophisticated hacking incident was orchestrated against Google from within China in December 2009, prompting Google to stop complying with the Chinese government in censoring search results. They shut down [...]