More than 3,000 tech employees are volunteering their skills to turn the tables politically

 There have always been outliers, people in tech who are willing to volunteer to help certain candidates. An even smaller percentage of techies quit their jobs to join campaigns. Still, it’s probably safe to say that most tech employees, who are also U.S. citizens, have long viewed the extent of their obligation as Americans to vote for their preferred candidate — then get back… Read More

Source: Tech Crunch

Barry Diller takes shots at VCs, startup valuations

 Media mogul and IAC chairman Barry Diller had some choice words for venture capitalists when he took the stage at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Tuesday. “These valuations don’t bear reality,” said Diller, speaking about the high multiples that some startups are generating. “They’re truly made up.” He quipped that it’s the “absence of dealing… Read More

Source: Tech Crunch

Microsoft looks to iOS and Android for its path forward in mobile

 Between the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Edition and the announcement of a new Surface Book, today’s Microsoft news was firmly focused on the desktop. But as the company works to build its future ecosystem, it’s keenly aware that no play in the space is complete without a mobile strategy. What shape that strategy will take, however, has been pretty unclear in the wake of… Read More

Source: Tech Crunch

Magic Leap confirms $502 million Series D round

 Mixed reality slash augmented reality startup Magic Leap announced today that it raised a $502 million Series D round led by Temasek with participation from EDBI, Grupo Globo, Janus Henderson, Alibaba Group, Fidelity Management and others. Just last week, a Delaware filing confirmed that Magic Leap authorized up to $1 billion in new shares. “We’re excited to welcome Temasek and… Read More

Source: Tech Crunch

Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia, Sydney Nov 16

 Hard to believe that TechCrunch’s first Startup Battlefield Australia is just one month away.  The Sydney event on Nov. 16 at ATP’s Locomotive Workshop will present a tremendous day of programming and an epic competition to find early stage best startup across Australia and New Zealand. TechCrunch and our partner, Elevacao, are very pleased to announce the agenda for the big… Read More

Source: Tech Crunch

#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Kate Oliver, Ellen Prasse and The Modern Caravan


Founders Kate Oliver and Ellen Prasse of Austin, TX based The Modern Caravan left their full-time jobs to remodel Airstreams.

In their own words (

What we do.

We offer full design and renovation services for Airstreams and other alternative mobile dwellings, placing emphasis on human connection and relationships, reshaping the concept of home and life. We work hard to embrace imperfection in life while perfecting our craft.

Who we are.

We are a 100% women-owned and run renovation business specializing in full and completely custom renovation services for Airstreams and other timeless caravans. The work, from metal fabrication to delicate linen upholstery, is done with our two sets of hands.

The Name

MODERN: of or relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past.

Our chosen aesthetic. Clean, simple, minimal, but more so, we take something dated, often neglected, worn, and broken and transform it into a functional, current, lovely space.

CARAVAN: a vehicle equipped for living in, typically towed by a car and used for vacations.

While our first love will always be the classic vintage Airstream, we’ve never wanted to limit ourselves. We intially wanted to buy a school bus or vintage motorhome. We’ve toyed with the idea of renovating a van! Moving forward, the sky is the limit as we pursue projects that feed our creative souls and push our physical limitations.

In the news

Airstream Dream Team: These Women Travel the Country, Turning Retro RVs Into Homes | By Zillow and Published by Dwell, 10 October 2017

The Modern Caravan: A Vintage Airstream Transformed | REMODELISTA, Justine Hand, March 31, 2017

To learn more about what they’re up to at The Modern Caravan visit

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#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Father Greg Boyle, Thomas Vosso and Homeboy Industries

The largest gang intervention, re-hab and re-entry program in the United States

In their own words (Homeboy Industries)

Founder Father Greg Boyle, CEO Thomas Vosso and their Los Angeles based Homeboy Industries team provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. Each year over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change. They are welcomed into a community of mutual kinship, love, and a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes. Full-time employment is offered for more than 200 men and women at a time through an 18-month program that helps them re-identify who they are in the world, offers job training so they can move on from Homeboy Industries and become contributing members of the community – knowing they count!

In the news

Father Greg Boyle: How his Homeboys are healing our community |, Lisa Ullmann, 17 Jan. 2014

To learn more about what they’re up to at Homeboy Industries and how you can get involved visit

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#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Heidi Kujawa and ByFusion

Transforming Plastic to Save Our Planet

CEO Heidi Kujawa and the Los Angeles based ByFusion team converts plastic waste into an alternative building materials.

In their own words (

ByFusion is a smart waste management company focused on repurposing plastics. Our patented, 100% modular technology solution transforms waste plastic into an alternative building material we call RePlast.

ByFusion has been designed as a key component in promoting community-based circular economies – fully supporting the ability to convert plastic waste generated within a city into a building material that can be used locally for construction, infrastructure, development and revitalization projects.

In the news

ByFusion’s RePlast Blocks Named ‘Most Disruptive Innovation of the Year’ by Waste Dive |, Press Release, 16 November 2016

The 2016 Dive Awards for the waste industryMost disruptive innovation of the year | 2016 Dive Awards,

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#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Sam Polk and EveryTable

Every body. Every block. Everytable.

CEO Sam Polk and the Los Angeles based EveryTable team are making good food accessible as an affordable alternative to fast food.

In their own words (

Our mission is to make good food available to everyone. We price our meals according to the neighborhoods we serve. So when you eat at Everytable, you’re paying less and bringing better food to more communities.

Healthy food is a human right. But $9 green juices and $12 salads make healthy food a luxury most people can’t afford. In fact, many communities in the U.S. have so little access to healthy, affordable food, they’re called “food deserts.” These communities experience high rates of obesity, diabetes, and stress.

Our goal is to make good food accessible and affordable in every community. At each store, we price our meals according to the income of the surrounding neighborhood. We make sure our food is affordable, and that each store is profitable.

About EveryTable

In the news

EVERYTABLE: THE OASIS FOUND IN FOOD DESERTS (Video) |, September 06, 2017, Denise Toledo

To learn more about EveryTable visit

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#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Phil Graves and Patagonia Tin Shed Ventures

Tin Shed Ventures – Investing in the Next Generation of Responsible Business

Director Phil Graves and the Patagonia Tin Shed Ventures really are leading by example.

In their own words (

Tin Shed Ventures is Patagonia’s corporate venture capital fund, which invests in start-ups that offer solutions to the environmental crisis. Originally launched as $20 Million and Change in May 2013, Tin Shed Ventures partners with businesses focused on building renewable energy infrastructure, practicing regenerative organic agriculture, conserving water, diverting waste and creating sustainable materials. The Tin Shed name is rooted in Patagonia’s history. In 1957, a young climber named Yvon Chouinard decided to make his own reusable hardware. Using supplies procured from a junkyard, he taught himself how to blacksmith. By 1970, Chouinard Equipment had become the largest supplier of climbing hardware in North America—produced in a tin shed in Ventura, California. But there was a problem. The company’s gear was damaging the rock as popular routes had to endure repeated hammering of steel pitons. So Chouinard decided to phase out of the piton business, even though it comprised 70 percent of the company’s sales at the time. He introduced an alternative: aluminum chocks that could be wedged in the rock and removed by hand, rather than hammered and left behind. The audacious move worked. Within a few months, the new chocks sold faster than they could be made. Patagonia has since expanded from a climbing hardware company into a global outdoor apparel brand with $800 million in sales while maintaining a strict commitment to sustainability in its products and supply chain. Tin Shed Ventures is funding the next generation of responsible business leaders who share these core values.

In the news

Tin Shed Ventures – Investing in the Next Generation of Responsible Business (YouTube)

Patagonia’s venture fund is trying to find the next Patagonia by looking at startups’ supply chains | Quartz Media LLC, 12 April 2017, Michael J. Coren

To learn more about Patagonia Tin Shed Ventures visit

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