We went through a Startup Weekend with our teams and pitched to judges yesterday. Here is a photo of my team during the question and answer period. From left to right is: Claudia from Columbia (our Industry Spy), Roberto from Mexico (our Robot Man), Me (our Tough Cookie), Pedro from Brazil (our Maker), and Lorenn from Australia (our Credibility).
I will keep you updated generally as we move forward with our project, however at this time I can’t share any specific details. But put it this way, its a BIG idea and we need to be brave as we challenge the current industry norm. I am confident though :)
So you may have noticed that I have not been writing too much content on here for the last few weeks. That is simply because my mind has been inundated with so much new information that when it comes to writing an update, I honestly don’t know where to start.
We had our group-formation exercise yesterday and I ended up on a team with people I genuinely think could do great things. I love each member of my group individually and believe in their skills. We have yet to decide on an idea, which could be a source of stress in the group, but hopefully it will all work out.
The one thing I do know for sure is that I will not be working on Stackz while here. I have decided to pursue this idea outside of SU and while here work on something that my group and I come up with. Part of this is because I want to keep sole ownership of Stackz (the IP) but also because I want to really leverage the opportunity to do something BIG with technology that I might not otherwise have the opportunity to use outside of this space.
We are headed into a startup weekend where together with my group, we will hammer out and explore some of our big ideas, and hopefully narrow it down to one golden ticket. Wish us luck!
Wesley the Robot
META’s Augmented Reality Glasses
I had the privilege of being hosted at the META campus today. We were given a tour of their estate, had a presentation by the CEO, given demos of their product, served lunch, beer and went for a dip in their swimming pool. It was a fantastic day and I left truly inspired about the future of tech. They are developing glasses akin to what was used in the Ironman movie.
In this photo, I’m actually moving around a hologram with my hand.
Learn more about META here: https://www.spaceglasses.com/
This is a baby dinosaur robot… pets of the future
'Discover Your Strengths' is a self-help book written by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. At the heart of the book is the internet based “Clifton Strengths Finder,” an online personal assessment test which will outline ones strengths. The authors advocate focusing on building strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses.
The theory behind the book is that each adult individual possesses a certain number of fixed universal personal-character attributes, defined by the authors as “talent themes,” which, together, result in an individual’s tendency to develop certain skills more easily and excel in certain fields in a sustainable way while failing or not being able to sustain success or high levels of effectiveness in other fields.
Here are my results:
1 Achiever - has a great deal of stamina and works hard.
2 Relator - enjoys close relationships with others.
3 Command - having presence; can take control of a situation and make decisions.
4 Positivity - has an enthusiasm that is contagious.
5 Activation - turning thoughts into action.
I’d say, these are pretty spot-on…
One of the speakers at Singularity University suggested we do this test to help us in the creation of our project teams. Team creation will be finalized in the coming week or two. Stayed tuned to discover who I end up in a group with and working on what type of project.
Welcome to Google…
Welcome to Facebook…
I know you want to send me some post… so here is my address for the next 2 months:
Tamara Etmannski c/o Singularity University
NASA Research Park
Building 20 S. Akron Rd. MS 20-1
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Weekend in Yosemite National Park
I headed to Yosemite National Park with probably 10 car loads of GSP’ers this weekend. We rented two large houses and had an insane amount of food of alcohol with us. In addition to partying, we ended up doing one full day hike to some cool waterfalls, spending half a day in a fun waterhole with a picnic, walked around super tall sequoia trees and went white water rafting. All-in-all, it was pretty epic. Now back to SU…
White Water Rafting Cherry Creek in Yosemite National Park
with 11 of the most hardcore GSP14’ers…