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What is the Greenwave Incubator?

[Wikipedia] A Business incubator is a program designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by incubator management and offered both in the incubator and through its network of contacts.

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The Greenwave Incubator is an open-innovation factory dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship around the Globe.

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Our projects span the English-, German-, French-, Swedish-, Russian- and Hebrew-speaking world.

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We invest in innovative early-stage projects and companies, that demonstrate a potential to create disruptive technologies or processes.

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We are continuously looking for people (Greenwavers) to join our incubation programme.

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1. Candidates who join our programme because they “own” a project that meets the Greenwave admission criteria . We assist and guide these candidates in developing their product-set and show them how to dominate their market niche
2. Candidates with specialist know-how who can be shown how to develop a project based on their intellectual property (For example specialists from the following fields: medical, aircraftindustry, energy, farming, machinery, welding… the list is endless) We show these candidates how to monetise their specific know-how and lead them through the stages of our “optimal formula” through product development, route to market definition, market presence development and product launch.

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If you feel that you fit into one of the categories to become a “Greenwaver” then please contact us on candidate@greenwaveincubator.com with a short note on the reasons for wanting to join the programme.

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[Wikipedia] A disruptive innovation is an innovation that disrupts an existing market. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect.

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How to build a winning team

Every VC will tell you that their ultimate investment decision was based on “the team” – and that’s fair enough – because the marketing graveyard is littered with great product ideas that simply lacked execution ability. (Just another way of saying: the team just didn’t bring it…)
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/So what defines a winning team and how do you build one?
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/I recently came across this article in Newsweek by Jack and Suzy Welch, the authors of the bestseller “Winning” entitled “How to Build a Winning Team”, and parts of it resonated with me, so here is my abbreviation of the article (it still turned out long).
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FIRST, the leaders of winning teams always—always—let their people know where they stand.

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/Leaders evaluate their people all the time – but they don’t often share those observations with the team members themselves. In the silence, stars become disaffected and leave seeking more appreciation, either in the soul or the wallet, or both.
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/Meanwhile, the solid center wanders around in undirected ignorance, and the real underperformers drive their teammates crazy because others must carry their load (and no one upstairs ever seems to do anything about it).
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/By contrast, on winning teams, leaders spend the vast majority of their time lavishing love on top performers, rewarding them for every contribution, building their self-confidence so they have the guts to take on even greater challenges.
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/On winning teams, leaders devote a lot of energy to middling performers, relentlessly coaching. And as for the do-nothings: leaders face into these individuals with a sense of reality, spending only the time to help them put together a résumé and find a job where they will be more successful.
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SECOND, winning teams know the game plan.

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/Winning teams believe that winning will make life better in very real ways.
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/On winning teams, leaders infuse their people with crazy-positive enthusiasm about what winning will look like for the company and, more important (as it’s often forgotten), for them as individuals. “Look, Acme’s killing us,” they might say. “Their on-time delivering makes us look like we’re driving horses and buggies around here. But we can beat them by coming up with a better idea for efficiency every single day. And when that happens, your life is going to change and everything is going to get better. Our company will start to grow again; you’ll have more job security and a chance for advancement. Even though we’re going to enter into a long, hard slog of change ahead, at the other end of it you’ll be smarter, richer, and your life will be more exciting.”
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THIRD, winning teams are honest.

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/Only in such environments will people be bold. And only bold teams win.
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FOURTH, and finally, winning teams celebrate.

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/Teams that get pizza when they land a new client, or go on trips when they hit a sales milestone, or otherwise whoop it up every time something good happens create a delicious dynamic. They teach people what it feels like to win, a feeling that they never want to go away. So they do everything to keep winning.

Leadership Lesson From The Naked Dancing Guy

Derek Sivers gets his analysis absolutely spot on…
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Google Wave of Appreciation

It seems that there are quite a few people out there who are sad about the loss of Google Wave
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Why I set up the SaveTheWave Facebook Page

Google Era Best Practice – Google Wave: My name is Ilya Spitalnik and I am the CEO of the Greenwave Business Incubator, a Google-Era private equity and business incubation firm. We invest in seed- an early-stage companies, develop and support them to break-even and beyond.
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/In this post I will be addressing the impact that Google Wave had upon our business, and the speed at which we were able to integrate it into our corporate processes.
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/From reading early-user reports, I deduce that I am one of the lucky ones who joined Google Wave late in 2010, when there were no sign-up restriction, many initial start-up problems had been ironed out and a large number of extensions and add-ons were functional.
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/I will lead into my story by saying that I go through phases where I research new technology. This type of research leads you down “rabbit holes” (following links from one article to another).
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/I came across the Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009 which I started watching at around midnight. Around 7 minutes later my jaw just dropped.
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/Google was presenting the most advanced, most brilliant, extendable, open source enterprise collaboration tool that I had ever seen (and most likely that is out there) – and in inimitable Google style they were making it available for free?!?!?!
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/If there is anybody who can sustainably create something that is “too good to be true” – its Google – in this case it was just “far” too good to be true…
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/I finished watching the Video around 2am as I was pausing to check the application features while they were being demonstrated in the video.
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/By 2:15am I had sent outright orders – not requests but orders – to all Greenwavers (all the employees, outsourcers and entrepreneurs affiliated with our incubator) to sign up for a Google Wave account, watch some videos on how to use it and create at least one wave where I am collaborated to demonstrate that they were on the ball.
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/By 5:23pm the following day everyone in our organisation, spanning 4 continents was using the Wave and although many people did not initially understand how it differed from email and instant messaging, as soon as we started collaborating on everything from contract design, training development, copywriting, logo design and marketing collateral everybody started to understand what this would mean for our business…
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/I get the sense that there was a serious flaw in Googles PR and marketing that confused to many potential users about this fact.
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/For IM and VoIP you use Skype and for email you use Gmail and those are currently best of breed.
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/What I am hoping for is that we can find a solution to retain the Google Wave infrastructure in its current state, so that companies such as ours will not be forced to migrate millions of waves into “alternative vessels”.
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Google Wave is Canned – without people even knowing what it was..

How can you not love this guy?

I subscribe to quite a few Newsletters – there are in fact some that should not be missed, and this message from John Reese is one of them…
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/I found this pearl in my inbox today – enjoy and learn from this excellent copywriting:
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Title: Why I just sold all of my possessions (and killed my Facebook account)

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/I like doing “experiments” on myself.  I think it’s a great way to grow as a person and to learn more about yourself — which can help in one’s personal or business life.
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/I once read how Leonardo Da Vinci slept only about 3-4 hours a day by taking short 20-45 minute naps throughout a 24 hour cycle.
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/Many years ago, I tried my own sleep experiment after I found myself pulling a lot of “all nighters.”
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/I decided to go every other night without sleep.
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/And I was able to do this for about 3 months straight – sleeping only every other night.
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/There was only one problem… it put me in the hospital.
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/It had weakened my immune system and I ended up with a bad case of vertigo.  Horrible, horrible stuff.
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/I was basically DIZZY all day, everyday, for about
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/So I, obviously, went back to a normal sleep schedule and refused to pull “all nighters” anymore.  I had bad insomnia for a long time but eventually got over it.
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/If you’re pulling all nighters and going without sleep, I recommend you don’t.  It’s just not worth the damage it can do to your health.
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/But I’ve done many other “full immersion” types of experiments on myself over the years, and most of them didn’t have bad health results – thankfully. :)
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/Check this out…
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/I just finished selling (or giving away) all of my personal possessions.
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/Not too long ago my life consisted of a massive 6-bedroom house (with many rooms I never even went into!) and
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/5 cars.  Yes, FIVE cars.  I’m a car guy, what can I say. 😉
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/I had accomplished what many consider to be the “American Dream.”  I had the huge house and all the toys.  The Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMWs, a Rolex collection, an expensive wardrobe, amazing furniture, a massive home theater, a 1,000 gallon saltwater aquarium, the works.
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/”John, what the hell are you doing!?”
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/It’s a challenge of MINIMALISM.
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/If you haven’t yet heard about minimalism, or read anything about it, you should.  Not only can it (I believe) improve the quality of your life but it can also make your business a lot more profitable.
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/Minimalism is essentially focusing only on the 3-4 most important things in your life (or business) and ELIMINATING THE REST.
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/Everyone will have their own take on minimalism.
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/WHERE ON EARTH WILL I LIVE?
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/As many of my customers already know, late last year I started a new company to develop Video Games.  It’s been a dream of mine for many years and I finally decided to pursue it.  Well, this new business (along with other projects) really demands maximum creativity from me.  So I wanted to try this new ‘experiment’ to give myself the best chance at being able to come up with amazing new ideas.
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/Okay it’s time for me to go and pack up my stuff — even, though, it only takes me about 5 minutes. 😉
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/I’m heading to Europe for a few months tomorrow as I continue on my journey.
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/I’ll be in touch soon.
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/Yours For Online Profits,
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/John Reese
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/This message was sent by: Income.com, 8815 Conroy-Windermere Rd #415, Orlando, FL 32835

Tubemogul delivers Google Style Analytics – Gamechanger!

Don’t miss the boat on this new development. If you don’t know what this means for your business, then make the effort and find out.
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What The Largest Corporations Can Learn From Smelling Good and Being Personal

Here is a short analysis by our resident social media expert Avi Zuber on a phenomenon taking the social media world by storm (this was originally meant for Greenwavers only, but on account of the fact that it shows the use of Google Wave so well – we openend it up)
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01 – The Aim Of This Video Training


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Optimal Formula Training

The Optimal Formula Business Building Series

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