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The New Healthcare Revolution

Unless you work in the health industry, you probably have a vague sense of what digital health means. Robot doctors? Not quite. If you’re thinking of Apple Watch, then you’re on the right track.

 

A Day in the Life of a Disruptor

We learned a lot about how disruptive technologies are playing a growing role in our industry. In order to continue to innovate and develop leaders who not only have an eye for disruption but who can also implement those disruptors internally, will be increasingly more valuable to General Mills business.
 
What does disruptive technology mean to you?

The MassChallenge Summer Reading List

Our Finalists share some books that have helped them on their entrepreneurial journey. The result? Some great summer reads ideas for you!

7 Tips for Shark Tank Success

 

  1. Balance Entertaining and Pitching
     

Startup Reach Expands with Boston Foundation / MC Bootcamp

With our mission to help all entrepreneurs win, MassChallenge successfully grew it's reach to the communities of South Boston including Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan and got the attention of 13 stellar companies. These companies were nominated from key community leaders and vetted by experts at The Boston Foundation to partake in this intensive program.
 

Why Women Entrepreneurs Underestimate Themselves And What We Can Do About It

A recent report finds that more than 200 million women across the world are starting and running new businesses. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM),  although men are still 50% more likely to become entrepreneurs, women are steadily gaining ground. The gender gap narrowed by 6% from 2012 to 2014, and in ten nations women are now just as likely as men to start new businesses.
 

The Startup Ecosystems of Westeros

Given how medieval startups can be, it’s easy to identify common traits of many startups in the Houses that the lords and ladies of Westeros in Game of Thrones run. Each of these houses needs to leverage the talents on their team and the limited resources they have in order to secure the Iron Throne, taking massive, life-threatening risks in the process. 
 
Here’s what types of startups we think the houses and characters of Game of Thrones represent: 
 
House Stark: Winter is Coming

In the Third Wave - Startups Will Finally Grow Up

From the nearly endless consumption of snacks, to the nerf darts that litter the floor and “pods” that are available for napping -- the hallmarks of offices built by top startup executives are deliberately engineered to encourage “play,” not work. You see this lampooned in HBO’s Silicon Valley, but for the past few years, entrepreneurship has been imbued with a certain sense of infantilism. 
 

Sell First; Scale Later

Here's the problem with building something that you predictively think will work: there's a big chance it could fail or come crashing down. 
 
Your software should do one or two things, and do them really well. Feature creep, over-engineering and over-optimizing for anything will take your product into a dark abyss from which there's no return. The main aim for any founder or engineering team should be to build an MVP first, then have the confidence to sell the product yourself. 
 

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