Silicon Alley Roundup: Accelerating into 2012. ‘Siri’ously.

2012 is off to a great start and my New Years resolutions are still holding strong.  I’m not going to curse it, but so far, so good.  Dibsie has been rocking in the first week as one of the 10 new companies in the Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator’s second class.  It is an incredible opportunity and one I’m extremely grateful for.   Over the next couple months, I’m sure I’ll touch on this more, but for now, let’s get into this week’s Silicon Alley Roundup, which seems to be taking both a serious and ‘Siri’ous tone this week.


Roundup Reads for the Week:
•Meet ERA’s second class.  Be sure to support us, follow us, and help us succeed.  Here is Betabeat’s introduction to the 10 lucky companies.  Also, don’t forget to see ERA highlighted in Forbe’s Magazine’s Top 10 Incubators, which are considered more difficult to get into than Ivy League schools.

•As a photographer, I’m excited to see new technologies used to cover events like the Volvo Ocean Race.  Puma is taking a group of prominent Instagrammers and bloggers, including my buddy Brian Difeo (@bridif), so follow their hashtag #marmostro as they cover this race. Mashable goes into further detail on Puma sending bloggers to the race.


Got what it takes to be an entrepreneur? This CBS MoneyWatch article may help you make your decision.


•How much are you worth as a founder?  This article is an interesting perspective on calculating your value.  How should startup founders value their time?


Reddit is planning on blacking out their site on January 18 in opposition of the SOPA/PIPA bills.  If I didn’t mention this and didn’t mention that you should look up more about stopping SOPA, then I’d be a failure this week. Here are some SOPA and PIPA resources for catching up:

  1. Stanford Law Review calls SOPA unconstitutional 
  2. Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian to Bloomberg TV on SOPA “Congress is going to obliterate an entire industry” (VIDEO)   (He’ll also be testifying in front of congress)
  3. CNET answers an FAQ on how SOPA would affect you
  4. How to stop American Censorship and how to stop SOPA/PIPA


•On the topic of freedom and after having spent quite a bit of time working and traveling through the closed country of Burma (Myanmar), I’m happy to see light starting to shine at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel for the people of this beautiful country.  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the main political prisoner, but there have been hundreds of other prominent leaders in the country also detained.  I’m excited to get back to this amazing country when it is finally free.  The BBC reports with their story, “Burma frees high-profile dissidents in amnesty.”


Quote of the Week:
My buddy Chris tipped me off to this quote, but I’m not sure where it comes from.  Either way, I couldn’t agree more:

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”


Videos that inspire:
•This is what innovation looks like and this is how I want my home to function.  Apple’s Siri controls your home theater system via a Carnes Audio theater system:

Now get out and make today the worst of your tomorrows…

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