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  • Summary about spark: history of spark, what we do at spark, etc.
  • What we look for at spark.
  • How do you innovate? You create and capitalize on change.
  • Open web ingredients.
  • Power to the people !
  • Broadband and wireless infrastructure isn’t suitable for our needs. Example: iphone & ATT = nightmare. We need speed but we also need concurrency & capacity. We don’t’ have that now.
  • Founder ofWePay was also a BC alum.
  • 3 rules.

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  • 1. Hello, I’m Bijan. Class of ‘91.
  • 2. A little about me
    Got into BC
    Learned a ton & met amazing people*
    Rejection
    Found my passion
    Startups
    Venture Capitalist
    Back at BC
    *especially my wife, lauren, BC ‘91
  • 3. http://www.sparkcapital.com
  • 4. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs
  • 5.
  • 6. My online life since undergrad
    THEN
    NOW
  • 7. Open Web
  • 8. Openness = Innovation
  • 9. “Creation Generation”
    And I think that’s an important characteristic of his generation: They take the tools available and make things, whether that’s a blog or a video or a web page or an application. The more tools there are, the more things they’ll make. There is no end to it. They don’t consume. They make.
    This is the creation generation.
    -Jeff Jarvis, Buzzmachine, http://bit.ly/rXJcC, May 2007
  • 10. Users Are In Control
  • 11. Real Time Information
  • 12. “I’ve come to really believe that if you make it easier for people to share information, more good things happen”
    Evan Williams,TwitterCEO
  • 13. Jailbreak !
  • 14. The App Store
  • 15. Social Television
  • 16. Disruption goes beyond media
  • 17. Education
  • 18. Finance
  • 19. Health
  • 20. Infrastructure innovation(software, hardware, telecom)
  • 21. Starting a company
    Then
    Capital intensive
    Propriety applications
    Waterfall development
    Large teams
    Servers
    Channel
    Bloatware
    Now
    Capital efficient
    Open source
    Agile development
    Small teams
    Cloud
    Direct to consumer
    Constraints & simplicity
  • 22. Data
    Twitter: side project (3 people)
    Tumblr: side project (2 people)
    Boxee: open source (3 people)
    OMGPOP: funded with $12k (2 people)
  • 23. New enablers
  • 24. Advice from another alum*
    *Bill is the founder of WePay (funded by Y combinator) and a BC grad
  • 25. Some more advice
    http://bijansabet.com/post/183120815/some-thoughts-for-students-new-grads