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Women in Entrepreneurship Summit


by BASES Staff

The Stanford WiE summit is fast approaching, and here are all the details you need!

Apply at bit.ly/BASESWomenSummit by Tuesday, April 19th!

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Saturday April 30, 2016

1-4 pm


Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center, Stanford University


Interested in learning from a range of founders from industry, non-profits, and VC firms? Then attend the Women in Entrepreneurship Summit and listen to leading experts mentor you about their experiences with women in entrepreneurship through rapid fire speeches.

Sign up early if interested, seats are capped at 100 students. The summit is open to all students, all genders, and anyone interested in learning more.


This year’s line-up:

Danae Ringelmann – Indiegogo, Co-Founder

Mike Cassidy – GoogleX, VP

Selina Tobbaccowala – SurveyMonkey, President

Elizabeth Douglas – WikiHow, COO

Lisa Sugar – Popsugar, founder

Eurie Kim – Forerunner Ventures, Partner

Lauren Imparato – I.AM.YOU, Founder

Shannon Wufounder.org, Director

Rebecca Lynn – Canvas, Partner

Please direct any questions to Yael Lederman at yael3@stanford.edu




Job Opportunity: Looking for the All-Singing, All-Dancing Tech Wizard!

Calling all techies! We have an opportunity to share with the CNECT community. See below!

We’re looking for the all-singing, all-dancing technical wizard who can work with databases, servers, systems engineering, and client app (IM)… Or at least is NOT afraid to tackle a challenge when it arises!

We are looking to transform the way people use mobile messaging in smartphones while introducing a new content format for mobile interactions.
So we’re building a platform that introduces a new mobile format, extends experiential magic between user interaction, provides new forms of information visualization.

About the Co-Founder Role
We are looking for a full stack developer to join our dev team of two. The main focus of this role will be working on our distributed network instant messaging platform. You will also have the opportunity to build green field products using up-to-date web technologies.

We work in an Agile development environment and maintain a variety of projects in a range of languages. We’re a remote team and are flexible to applicants who wish to work from outside the office.


About You

  • Excited by the idea of working in tech (though experience in the sector not essential).
  • Comfortable working within an agile environment, including pair programming, test driven development and continuous delivery.
  • Happy to work in a cross-functional team and work across projects as required.
  • Product-focussed, team-player
  • Will attempt to really understand the customer’s problem and ask relevant questions of the team before diving in.
  • Can build the design or work with the team to create a good design.
  • Is happy to work with the team to iterate on their feature, throw out half of it, until we get something great.
  • Really smart
  • Human readable code
  • Can deliver the first iteration in hours. Ships features in days.
  • Overcomes obstacles.
  • Writes good code the first time – we aim for zero technical debt.


  • Proficiency with the C# programming language…
  • Implementation experience with AngularJS, React or another modern JavaScript framework.
  • A strong understanding of web technologies and how they fit together (HTTP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript).
  • A solid understanding of web application security and best practices.
  • Experience working with relational databases, especially Postgres and SQL Server or other.
  • Previous data warehousing experience would be an advantage, as well as instant messaging and cryptography.

Why join us?

Sweat Equity & Benefits. We need a Tech God! We love analytics, lean, automated testing (if not TDD) and agile – whatever makes us faster.


The team members working remotely from Canada, France and looking for USA (California).

Interested? Contact Adam @ a_bielski (at) ymail.com


Apple vs. the FBI: Everything You Should Know

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by Kameron Butler                                                                          photo courtesy of Elena Scott @ Fusion

There has been an apparent buzz regarding Apple’s latest obstacle, especially since it concerns an arguably more formidable opponent than Apple has faced in the past – the FBI. With privacy concerns landing themselves among major discussion in current political policy talks, Apple’s current tussle has gained a lot of attention, and for good reason.


“This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.” – Tim Cook (CEO, Apple)


For those who are hearing of this for the first time, the breakdown is as follows:

The FBI has issued a court order for Apple to create a “backdoor” in its iOS to help investigators gain access to an iPhone related to the San Bernardino terrorist attack that occurred last December. Apple has publicly refused to comply with the order, in an effort to defend its customers privacy and security rights. To get you caught up on the issue, here is the public letter that Apple’s Tim Cook released to its customers regarding the matter: Apple Customer Letter.

Many respectable figures have weighed in on the issue. To hear Bill Gates’ opinion, check out this CNN article: CNN: Bill Gates on Apple FBI Encryption, and to hear Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the situation, read here: Zuckerberg on Apple vs FBI.

This issue has re-introduced the debate of digital security to the headlines, and many sources have attempted to gauge the public views regarding the debate. We invite you to read Forbes’ recap of these different polls, but be mindful that “not all polls are created equal” : What the Polls Are Saying. The results of this situation could play out in many ways, and all parties included may very well be affected in ways big and small. Once a final decision has been met, you can be sure that there will be plenty more to say.




Opportunities at the New England Venture Summit


by Ribhav Gupta

With a growing rise in early stage startups, the waters of venture capitalist funding have quickly grown muddy. As a means of providing necessary transparency on how venture firms decide where to invest, current trends in venture capitalism, and other means for acquiring assets, the youngStartup Ventures is to hold its annual New England Venture Capital Summit on December 9th. Registration information, as a general attendee, volunteer, or startup representative can be found on their website.

The summit is a prized opportunity for young entrepreneurs to dance toe-to-toe with dozens of the leading venture capital firms, with prominent names such as New Enterprise Associates, Intel Capital, and many other venture firms taking the stage this year.

An entrepreneur is born out of the ability to dream of building a better tomorrow and the dedication to pursue the dream. This event is geared towards those who dare to dream of building something special. For this reason, the venture firms speaking at the event all share one similarity: a dedication towards early stage startup investment. Each of these firms will speak on a host of topics ranging from what they look for in an early startup to smart strategies for creating capital by other means. It is this unique educational aspect of the summit, on the thinking style of venture firms, that has brought the summit to the spotlight.

The event is however two pronged, providing time for both education and interaction, by the use of many socializing hours. In general, socializing hours ( technically called networking hours) are not simply meant for mingling. This is precious time for early stage startups to get one on one time with prospective venture firms. For those not working at these startups, this time also serves as a perfect opportunity to get affiliated with the work these startups are doing and to search out potential work opportunities. The time split between learning and networking makes this one day summit a priceless opportunity for everyone, from the founder of a startup to anyone with a hankering to work on the frontlnes to change the world.

The fact is money makes the world go ‘round. Entrepreneurs pour their blood, sweat and tears into bringing concepts to life. They work to dedicate a potion of their lives to making the life of others better. Sadly, many of these innovations never make it to the market in order to help the masses, not because of concept failure but simply due to the fact that they are overlooked when it comes time for generating series funding. youngStartup Ventures aims to turn this around, creating opportunities for up and coming startups to turn their vision into reality.



Success: The Intersection of Influence and Impact


by Ribhav Gupta

Impact vs. Influence, what is the difference?

Each year Forbes releases a list of the 100 most influential companies. But does influence imply impact? The answer is no.

Influence is defined as the capacity to have an effect on someone or something, while impact is the ability to have a strong effect on someone or something. Without a large influence, a valuable impact will not reach the masses; without a beneficial impact, a far-reaching influence serves little purpose. The most successful companies, in terms of societal benefit, are those found at the crossroad of impact and influence.

The Impact Engine provides many tools to entrepreneurs and corporations to learn to best put their resources towards addressing the biggest challenges faced by society. They follow a simple belief that success is derived out of providing a positive return to the world. They list many different “successful” companies, notable for both their popularity and positive impact upon society. Despite the growing controversy of the boy one, give on business model, both Warby Parker and Soapbox Soaps have made a name for themselves. Each exercises a large influence in the US while then using profits to provide a measurable impact to those in need. By giving glasses, soap, water, and much more to already existing charities, these corporations make sure that their influence in the US is converted into a maximum impact upon the lives of others. If we look at Google, we often see a behemoth company, consistently ranked amongst the most influential companies in the world. What Forbes also explains however is that Google donates billions of dollars, almost 10% of its profits. This money goes towards scholarships, innovation, refugee relief programs, counter trafficking, and disability support. Yet Google does more than just donate, they raise awareness.

Many of Google’s resources, such as their famous artwork, are used to raise awareness of current problems in society. In a similar sense, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other social media outlets often apply their influence and resources towards rallying the world together in support of those afflicted by problems. Whether that is the Earthquake in Haiti, awareness for ALS, the Terror in Paris, or anyone of dozens of other events. Raising awareness works to educate even the most distal of people about the potential to make a difference.

So at the end of the day, a company isn’t measured in terms of its size, net worth, or even just its desire to give back. Success is determined by the extent to which a company will exercise its power, size, and general influence towards making a positive difference in the world.


Right Time to Explore the Land of Promise

Participants dressed as Foxconn workers take part in a protest against Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn, which manufactures Apple products in mainland China, outside an Apple retail outlet in Hong Kong on May 7, 2011.  Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn treats its workers like "machines" a Hong Kong based labour group said on May 3, after a survey based on interviews with the firm's workers in mainland China. At least 13 Foxconn employees died in apparent suicides last year, which rights activists blamed on tough working conditions in a case that highlighted the challenges faced by millions of Chinese factory workers.   AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

China has emerged as the ultimate land of promise for entrepreneurs in the past decade. Therefore, it did not surprise me to hear that Apple launched Apple music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks in China today. Tim Cook has expressed his interest or rather love for the Chinese market multiple times in the past, bigger screens and golden themes of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus being just a few of many examples of his pursuit for Chinese market.

Without doubt, Cook’s interest in China makes sense. China’s appeal is surreal with China already being Apple’s largest market for app downloads and the country offering nearly 1.5 billion potential customers. But there are some serious traps all over this land of promise, namely piracy and depressing outlook of Chinese stock market. Now with these traps in mind, is this the best time for Apple to launch its signature apps in China?

For one thing, piracy hinders the radical approach that Apple is taking in China. In China Apple is distributing its apps first, and then plans on increasing its market share on iPhones instead of the other way around. In order for this system to work, the apps need to be beyond appealing so that the users are lured into purchasing Apple products after using the apps. However, the uncontrollable piracy takes away much of the appeal of Apple music, iTunes Movies, and even iBooks. Why bother paying to purchase a song or a movie on Apple music if one can download the songs for free? It was not by chance that Google Music Search shut down in 2009, after its three years of dreadful battle with piracy in China. The fact that China is dominated by Android that holds a 70 percent market share also suggests that perhaps Apple should increase its market share first before distributing the apps.

The recent crash of current Chinese stock market and the devaluation of yuan are also problems that cannot be lightly treated. Despite its unpredictable future of the stock market, the country is still one of the biggest markets for luxury goods, and if Apple aims to promote their apps and products only to the rich top 1 percent of the nation, I see no hardships in its way. However, if Apple wants to distribute its apps to the rest of 99 percent of the country and ultimately expand its market size to compete with Android, it must find a way to deliver its products with either cheaper prices especially in this downward economy or apps sensational enough to convince users into buying Apple products, preferably apps much more competitive than Apple music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks.

I admire Apple’s attempt to venture into this now seemingly dangerous land of promise. Having seen its success globally, I am sure Apple has a thoughtful Plan B in case it falls into one of those traps. But Apple may be depending too much on China. As appealing as it may seem, China does have some serious traps and perhaps this is not the best time to explore the land of promise. Timing may or may not determine the success of Apple in China.