By CAL Entertainment Featured Speaker Dr. David Bell PROGNOSTICATORS have a bad record when it comes to new technologies. Safety razors were supposed to produce a clean-shaven future. Cars were expected to take off and fly. Automation was meant to deliver a life of leisure. Yet beards flourish, cars remain earthbound and work yaps at […]
Tasked with energizing the crowd for the second day of the Sunbelt Builders Show, Nate Holzapfel took the center stage to engage with audience members on “building business relationships.”
Holzapfel is co-founder of The Mission Belt Company, but he’s most famously known for his appearance on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” in which he blew away all the sharks on deck with his work ethic, common-sense approach and sales savvy.
In the annals of Silicon Valley history, Nolan Bushnell’s name conjures up both brilliant success and spectacular failure. His two landmark achievements were founding Atari in 1972–laying the groundwork for the entire video game industry–and starting Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre in 1977. But there’s another highlight of Bushnell’s bio that has long gone undocumented: pioneer of the high-tech incubator.
In 1981, Bushnell created Catalyst Technologies, a venture-capital partnership designed to bring the future to life by turning his ideas into companies. In the era of the TRS-80, Betamax, and CB radio, startups funded by Catalyst pursued an array of visionary concepts–from interactive TV to online shopping to door-to-door navigation–that created entire industries decades later. “I read science fiction, and I wanted to live there,” Bushnell explains.
Experimental entertainment company Two Bit Circus has raised $15 million in a funding round led by Jazz Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors, including Foundry Group, Techstars Ventures, Intel Capital, and a handful of new investors. Founded out of Los Angeles in 2012, Two Bit Circus uses technology to create immersive and interactive spectacles through events. Among its […]
A headline 4.5 percent unemployment rate shouts “prosperity,” but few believe it. That’s because too many able-bodied Americans opt out of work. Over 20 million prime working-age Americans wake up each morning, smell the coffee, and then sit down again till lunch. Although sofa-dwelling Millennials may help Xbox and PlayStation sales, the nation suffers. The Labor Participation Rate has dropped down to levels not seen since the 1970s, and a record 9 million collect disability.
Home-sharing service Airbnb has assembled an in-house humanitarian team headed by designer Cameron Sinclair, to help it achieve its aim of providing temporary housing for 100,000 people within five years.
Dezeen understands that Sinclair, who previously co-founded Architecture for Humanity and later worked for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian charity the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, has been working with the San Francisco startup for around a year, driving a series of pilot projects and gearing up for an official launch of the team this summer.
By Tyler Kepner for the New York Times Joe Torre is a CAL Entertainment Featured Speaker We measure greatness by championships, so the four that Joe Torre won as the manager of the Yankees are the cornerstones of his career, which the team celebrates on Saturday by retiring his No. 6 and unveiling a plaque […]
Why Nate Holzapfel’s Mission Belt Co. Just Donated $1.5 Million in Loans to Small Businesses in Inc.com
By Emily Canal for Inc.com Nate Holzapfel is exclusively represented by CAL Entertainment It doesn’t take a lot of brain power to guess what Mission Belt does–its name says it all. The belt startup, which has a charitable mission to fight hunger and poverty, hit a huge milestone in pursuit of that objective. The Orem, […]
Superstar physicist Michio Kaku recently sat down Innovation & Tech Today for a sprawling interview on education and future tech for our stellar fall issue, which you can get at Barnes & Nobles everywhere. As one of the faces of popular science, Kaku is uniquely positioned to supply advice on how to engage young minds.
Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos sounds affable on the phone, despite recently coming out surgery for a shattered wrist that ended his season earlier than expected. “Even with the injury that I’m dealing with right now, and the surgery being more painful than I thought it would be, I’ve never been in the position […]