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When a Stormy Uber Ride Turned into a Game-Changer
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“Give the Spark” event: From Zero to IPO: The Secrets of GoGoX 🛑
Coming Up: Sparkathon ⚡️
Stormy Ride to Success: Entrepreneur Spotlight: Igor Duc🌩️
Consciousness Studies 🧠
A Green Revolution ✅
UPCOMING EVENT: GIVE THE SPARK
From Zero to IPO: The Secrets of GoGoX 🌟
The journey from startup to IPO is filled with trials, tribulations, and triumphs. It's a roller coaster ride that only a select few ever truly experience. Join us for an exciting fireside chat with Steven Lam, the co-founder, and CEO of GOGOX.
Topics we will cover:
The real challenges and obstacles faced by Steven while building GOGOX
Tips on scaling a business in a competitive market
The importance of adaptability and resilience in entrepreneurship
Navigating funding, expansion, and going public
Lessons learned and mistakes to avoid in your own startup journey
Where: 20/F, TOWER 535, 535 Jaffe Road AWS office Hong Kong, Causeway Bay Hong Kong
When: Wednesday, May 10 · 6 - 8pm HKT
SPARKATHON #1: JUNE 2ND, PARIS
Spark Your Interest: Prototype into Action💡
Are you a dreamer with a brilliant idea? 💡
Join us at Sparkathon - the ultimate event for idea-makers and innovators!
This is your chance to turn your idea into a reality, with access to all the equipment you need, Sparkmate’s builders and like-minded individuals.
Kickstart your entrepreneurial journey.
Don't wait - sign up now and let's ignite your spark! 🔥 You won’t want to miss this!
⚡️Entrepreneur Spotlight: Igor Duc ⚡️
Meet Igor Duc, CEO and Founder of Native Union! This brand has made waves in the tech and lifestyle worlds, growing from a single product idea to a flourishing lifestyle brand. Igor's entrepreneurial journey is nothing short of remarkable.
However, the question remains: How did Native Union achieve such success? What led Igor to take an 8.5-hour Uber ride from Las Vegas to Cupertino during a storm, and how did this journey end up being a game-changer for his company? To uncover the answers, read more below.
TRENDING: CONSCIOUSNESS IN AI
Experts are Warning Against Consciousness in AI 🧠
Elon Musk, a technology billionaire, and his ex-wife, Tallulah Riley, have both expressed concerns about the safety of further AI development. In a recent letter, they called for a halt in AI advancement until effective safety measures could be established. Tallulah Riley also tweeted that artificial general intelligence (AGI), which can perform tasks at a human-level, needs protection similar to environmental conservation.
A Google engineer, Blake Lemoine, was fired last year for suggesting that an AI system was capable of feeling emotions. Lemoine was responsible for creating Google's large language model called Lamda, which forms the basis of its rival ChatGPT system, Bard.
Google has asserted that Lamda was simply communicating in a human-like manner as it was programmed to do, and that it was not sentient.
This excerpt is likely unnerving…what is your opinion on the future of humanoid robotics and AI?
ROAD BLOCKS TO A GREENER LIFE 😔
Green Revolution Concerns
Do you want to live green?
If everything goes according to plan, the construction of the world's second-largest wind energy project will begin in the latter half of this year. The SunZia Wind and Transmission project, an ambitious venture, will merge a 3.5-gigawatt wind farm in New Mexico with a 500-mile transmission line that will transport the energy to Arizona. The US is in dire need of more renewable energy and an expanded grid, making this a critical endeavor.
However, the road to constructing this project has been challenging. The initial permits for the project were submitted 14 years ago, in 2009, highlighting an urgent problem. One of the reasons there aren't more projects like SunZia is that it takes a long time to obtain clearance to construct green energy infrastructure.
The Biden administration has set an admirable objective of decarbonizing the grid by 2035, which would necessitate a fivefold increase in renewable energy. To achieve this goal, the government will invest a historic amount of money in green energy, over $400 billion via the Inflation Reduction Act alone. However, the sluggish pace at which energy projects move poses a threat to this goal. Wind and solar farms, geothermal power plants, and hydroelectric dams can take between five and 15 years to obtain construction authorization.
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