By Ira Boudway Bloomberg Fri., Nov. 16, 2018 Kobe Bryant has a sales meeting. Across the table is a middle-aged man in a blue suit who works at a large convenience store chain. He’s seated in the corner of a makeshift conference room in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Outside are hundreds of suppliers of beef jerky, cigarette lighters, hot dogs, motor oil, potato chips, vape pens, beer and everything else you might expect to find at the annual trade show for the National Association of Convenience Stores. Mom-and-pop vendors display nicotine toothpicks and pickle popsicles down the hall from where Coca-Cola, Conagra, MillerCoors and other mega-corporations have booths as big as houses, with stadium-style video boards and servers passing out free samples. Monster Energy has a dance floor. Hostess has someone in a Twinkie costume. Bryant, in a quarter-zip grey fleece and dark jeans, is there to represent Bodyarmor, a sports-drink startup looking to grab … [Read more...] about Kobe Bryant the entrepreneur wants to sell you a sports drink
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MANILA, Philippines — After almost a decade since the destructive Typhoon Ondoy, two decades since the millennials started making an impact, and three decades since the first People Power Revolution (and the birth of The Philippine STAR), defining the Filipino has only become more complicated. We gathered insights from Filipinos who embody unconditional resiliency and advocate empowerment in the face of modern challenges; local globetrotters who have traveled around the world, to refine our idea on where we stand at present; multi-hyphenate individuals, whose list of accomplishments may give us an idea on how to improve ourselves; and modern Filipino heroes, to ground us through our continuous search for peace and freedom. * * * Manny Gonzalez How can Filipinos positively impact the nation and the whole world? Filipinos blame our problems and our poor economic performance on everything and everyone but themselves. But most of the symptomatic problems — drugs, corruption … [Read more...] about What have we learned so far?
caption Chamath Palihapitiya. source TechCrunch / Flickr Social Capital is bleeding top investment partners. The venture firm, run by legendary investor Chamath Palihapitiya, has lost three partners – Tony Bates, Marc Mezvinsky, and Arjun Sethi – in two weeks. Palihapitiya says the firm will shift focus away from new growth opportunities and instead be “doubling down on proven winners.” Another two partners have left Social Capital in a series of departures from the Silicon Valley venture firm. On Monday, the firm’s cofounder Chamath Palihapitiya announced that growth equity chief Tony Bates, who is the ex-president of GoPro, and vice chairman Marc Mezvinsky, a former hedge fund manager who happens to be Chelsea Clinton’s husband, will be leaving Social Capital amid an organizational shakeup. Axios first reported the news. Bates and Mezvinsky are … [Read more...] about Ex-Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya’s VC firm just lost 3 partners in 2 weeks, and it signals more changes to come
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha delivers a keynote speech during a meeting with investors, traders and officials at Phuket Rajabhat University on Friday. (Government House photo); Inset: New logo of digital technology & society ministry; Sergey Brin Russian-American co-founder of Google. Govt vows to turn island of Phuket into hub for high-tech startup businesses as well as a smart city driven by computing technology & networks. TECHNOLOGY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Phuket as start-up hub in Thailand 4.0 17/09/2016 vowed to turn the island province of Phuket into a hub for high-tech start-up businesses as well as a so-called smart city. This is part of the government's new Thailand 4.0 economic model, which focuses on technological innovation and digital development. START-UP THAILAND & DIGITAL … [Read more...] about Phuket as start-up hub in Thailand 4.0