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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.
  • Boston College TechDay

    1. 1. Hello, I’m Bijan. Class of ‘91.<br />
    2. 2. A little about me<br />Got into BC<br />Learned a ton & met amazing people*<br />Rejection<br />Found my passion<br />Startups<br />Venture Capitalist<br />Back at BC<br />*especially my wife, lauren, BC ‘91<br />
    3. 3. http://www.sparkcapital.com<br />
    4. 4. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs<br />
    5. 5.
    6. 6. My online life since undergrad<br />THEN<br />NOW<br />
    7. 7. Open Web<br />
    8. 8. Openness = Innovation<br />
    9. 9. “Creation Generation”<br />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.<br />This is the creation generation.<br />-Jeff Jarvis, Buzzmachine, http://bit.ly/rXJcC, May 2007<br />
    10. 10. Users Are In Control<br />
    11. 11. Real Time Information<br />
    12. 12. “I’ve come to really believe that if you make it easier for people to share information, more good things happen”<br /> Evan Williams,TwitterCEO<br />
    13. 13. Jailbreak !<br />
    14. 14. The App Store<br />
    15. 15. Social Television<br />
    16. 16. Disruption goes beyond media<br />
    17. 17. Education<br />
    18. 18. Finance<br />
    19. 19. Health<br />
    20. 20. Infrastructure innovation(software, hardware, telecom)<br />
    21. 21. Starting a company<br />Then<br />Capital intensive<br />Propriety applications<br />Waterfall development<br />Large teams<br />Servers<br />Channel<br />Bloatware<br />Now<br />Capital efficient<br />Open source<br />Agile development<br />Small teams<br />Cloud<br />Direct to consumer<br />Constraints & simplicity<br />
    22. 22. Data<br />Twitter: side project (3 people)<br />Tumblr: side project (2 people)<br />Boxee: open source (3 people)<br />OMGPOP: funded with $12k (2 people)<br />
    23. 23. New enablers<br />
    24. 24. Advice from another alum*<br />*Bill is the founder of WePay (funded by Y combinator) and a BC grad <br />
    25. 25. Some more advice<br />http://bijansabet.com/post/183120815/some-thoughts-for-students-new-grads<br />

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