TEC Pitching Opportunity

Following great success of "Startup Pitch" at the last TEC meeting with Deutsche Telekom top executives, we decided to dedicate portion of future TEC events for new startups presenting their business plans . If you'd like to pitch your business to distinguished group of TEC investors and mentors, please fill up your startup info at http://www.tecglobal.org/PitchingApp


Dancing with the Elephant: Pitching to a Largest Telecom Operator

Please join us on September 21st (Wednesday) in Palo Alto for TEC meeting with a group of Deutsche Telekom top executives. DT comes to the Silicon Valley for scouting entrepreneurs and startups working in the areas of:

  • mobile applications
  • location
  • payment
  • cloud infrastructure and cloud security
  • communications
  • OTT media
  • middleware

The event includes a panel of DT executives, 10 min pitches from 4 pre-selected companies and extensive one-on-one networking.

Confirmed Deutsche Telekom speakers:

Attending VCs

  • Jim Smith (Partner , Mohr Davidov Ventures)
  • Tae Hea Nahm (Partner, Storm Ventures)
  • Vivek Mehra (Partner, August Capital)
  • Sanjay Subhedar ( Partner,Storm Ventures)
  • Dror Berman (Partner, Innovation Endeavors)
  • Serge Plotkin (Venture Partner,Opus Capital )
  • Evgeny Zaytsev (Partner, Helix Ventures)


TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-09


Why Mindcraft is so Popular


In depth analysis of un-expected massive success of game created by single person...

(and shame-less advertisement of my son first techno blog ;-)

Why the Fax Machine Refuses to Die


Startup Funding

Venture Funding Report  for 2011Q2 published by Venture Deal (http://www.venturedeal.com ). Bottom line : bio/pharma/mediacal - significant increase from previous quarter, all other domains see [mostly ] decrease of venture funding...
- Biotechnology · Pharmaceutical · Medical Devices http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2BioTechnologyReport.pdf
- Alternative Energy · Clean Tech · Energy · Environmental http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2CleanTechReport.pdf

- Internet · Digital Media · eCommerce · Software http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2InternetReport.pdf
- Telecom · Wireless · Mobile · Communications http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2CommunicationsReport.pdf

FREE Term Sheets for Startups


Very helpful collection of free documents every emerging startup needs.....


OAuth : The Big Picture


(video recording and slides of nice presentation made by ApiGee)

Check “Bad idea” section at the near end!

Don't let these disasters happen to you: The top five engineering hints you'll rarely hear


Modern Microprocessors: A 90 Minute Guide



Foundry Group Premiers Documentary Film About Secret Lives of Venture Capitalists


***** No entrepreneurs were harmed in the making of this film.*****

Survival Of The Stupidest


Absolutely enlightening!!! Include mathematical proof that “In an environment infested by stupidity 'being the smartest' does not equate to 'being the fittest'. “


TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-03


Legal Advice : If I Launched a Startup : http://startuplawyer.com/startup-issues/if-i-launched-a-startup
While this blog is clear advertisement for legal services, it includes short list of quite helpful basic advises for VERY early stage founders.

NASA Blog recommendations : How to guide your project toward failure :
Learn from the best experts how to waste resources on failed projects (Shuttle to nowhere?)

Sequencing the Startup DNA on LinkedIn

Benchmark your startup against 3,200+ internet startups.

It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings

Five Tips For Getting iPhone Reviews


 Scratchpad : dev tool in the latest FireFox : http://blog.mozilla.com/devtools/2011/08/15/introducing-scratchpad/

Google released “offline” support for Gmail. GDOC support to  be released soon..

AI vs. AI. Two chatbots talking to each other   
IMHO, looks like a natural man & female conversation, isn’t it ?

Web technologies evolution [ infographics]

Free Stanford U classes at your location:
http://www.ai-class.com (Artificial Intelligence)
http://www.ml-class.com (Machine Learning)
http://www.db-class.com (Introduction to Databases)


How to get media attention using fake research:
Exhibit 1 : Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb? A New Study Suggests Exactly That.
Exhibit 2:  retraction at http://www.aptiquant.com/articles/396/ 9
(quite a lot of people believed this “research” and create a MASSIVE traffic )
Bonus reading : iPhone users are getting more sex ;-)
( no , it is not a joke - coming form quite solid company)


TEC Weekend Reading



From Zero To Millions in Customers and Revenues

Thinking to bootstrap your company in the Silicon Valley ? - Learn from those who did it!



From Zero To Millions in Customers and Revenues

Successful founding CEOs tell their amazing stories! Well, who can’t build a large company on “beaucoup buck” by hiring a powerful PR agency, crafty viral marketers, giving out product for free, running multi-million dollar burn rates, and securing exclusive distribution channels through Apple or Google by capitalizing on investors’ connections?

But can you build a product used by millions and/or generate millions in revenues without any, or on very small, investment? – These Extra-preneurs did it!



Sponsored by


Bank Leumi USA and Blumberg Capital

cordially invite you to attend:


Hear from a panel of experts on what it takes to fund, launch and grow your digital media startup in the US.  Join Venture Capital and Strategic Investors, Super Angels, Executives, Founders, and Entrepreneurs from the US and Israel as they discuss the latest trends in the digital media sector.


oDesk founder & CEO : Getting to Millions of Users ( and $$$) per Month


What They Say About Us

"The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is that their passion for starting new companies transcends languages and geographic boundaries."

Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal

"Networking is very important for start-ups. The challenge for them is often not money: it is mentoring and finding people who can give good advice from experience."

Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings

"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Eastern European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"

Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity

"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart