Woman takes matters into her own hands when she can’t find wheelchair-accessible auto options, starts business.
Now I have to ask: did you have any interest in the auto industry prior to doing this?
Not at all! [laughs] I had done many things before getting involved with Community Cars: I even wrote a memoir called “I Like to Run Too” when I was twenty, which took me six years to get published and talks about my disability. With the Kenguru, I just saw an opportunity to solve a problem that had been limiting me — and millions of other people — in my professional and social life…
Stacy Zoern, Entrepreneur With Drive
Welcome to Daily BR!NK’s special Auto Innovation Week, in partnership with Nissan.
All of you should check out Nissan Innovation Garage immediately. They’ll be giving a $50,000 grant to the person with the most innovative idea to make it a reality. (They’ll also throw in a new Altima to sweeten the deal.) All you have to do is send them your idea.
In the meantime, Daily BR!NK will be bringing you five interviews with the most upcoming, influential innovators in today’s auto industry. Nissan supports innovators everywhere, and — as you know — so does Daily BR!NK. It’s a match made in heaven. Enjoy the week.
— The Editors
vox.io allows you to call any phone at local rates, anywhere you are.
So… if I wanted to explain to someone what vox.io was, I’d say that it’s “voice calling using a URL.” Now, what does that mean, exactly? How does it work?
…Phone numbers really are not the optimal way to enter a conversation anymore. They are tied to a specific geography and network. vox.io profile links replace phone numbers, while one-time call links extend that concept with an additional layer of disposability… Instead of dialing long numbers and entering call PINs, you just click on a link and join a call (…).
Tomaž Štolfa, World Caller
Next up on our #FixYoungAmerica week at the Daily BR!NK is Dell’s first Entrepreneur-in-Residence, who aims to empower 1 billion women, change global economy.
Could you explain what your position is at Dell as Entrepreneur-in-Residence? Coming from a startup background, what role do you think a global giant like Dell can play in bolstering the work of entrepreneurs and business owners?
If someone told me five years ago that Dell (or any other large company) was a place I would find myself working, I would have looked at them like they were crazy…In my role as the first-ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, I’m not only using what I’ve learned “in the trenches” of business to help other entrepreneurs, but I’ve set a goal for myself to empower a billion women by 2020 (…).
Ingrid Vanderveldt, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Today in the Daily BR!NK’s #FixYoungAmerica Week, an entrepreneur sees the Silver Lining in small businesses, promotes SLAP-ing.
Tell me about Silver Lining. How did you come up with this business and the SLAP, its main product?
That first year in business I was 22, and I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I decided I’d interview one small business owner each day for a year. I talked to 365 small businesses in 365 days. I loved trying to figure out the patterns in small business growth and, more importantly, trying to understand why it was so hard to make a small business grow (…).
Carissa Reiniger, Small Business Builder
Let’s get right to it. What does Mancx bring to the information/knowledge world that was not available before?
When it comes to information that is either too valuable or too time-consuming to put together for free, people want something more tangible in return for their efforts. Historically, money has proven to be a good tool when it comes to facilitating the exchange of valuable goods between individuals. We see information as no exception to this rule (…).
Henrik Dillman and Mattias Guilotte, Information Matchmakers
GOOD Magazine mentioned recent BR!NKer Ayah Bdeir in an article today. Can tools like Bdeir’s littleBits help develop creative skills?
Opensource library of electronic modules allows you to better understand technology and become a DIY master.
I have a background in computer engineering, and then I did my Masters at the media lab at MIT… It was the first time I learned how powerful tech could be if you were able to use it as a tool for creativity. I started to learn how the fact that I was an engineer was very empowering, and I became very interested in giving that power to people who were not engineers (…).
Sandbox provides resources and community needed to nurture outstanding individuals making a difference.
Million dollar question. As someone who interacts with burgeoning leaders on a daily basis, what has been your most interesting observation in regards to what businesses need to succeed?
When I first started working with startups, I believed about creating value for customers. Now, I think it’s just as important to create values. An organization does not only stand for the products sold anymore, but for their mission and vision as well (…).
Fabian Pfortmuller, Sand(box) Man