Primer avión de entrenamiento militar y civil fabricado en Colombia


Fabricado en Colombia por Aiming (http://aiming.aero/index.html) compañía del portafolio LIFT Growth & Innovation (http://www.lift-gi.com) , con la contribución de Indaer (http://www.indaer.com.co/). 

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Este avión de categoria certificable, que tiene instrumentación de última generación y un diseño que permite acrobacias y entrenamiento en situaciones inusuales, es el primero en su categoria en Colombia y fue fabricado por Aiming dueño de la propiedad intelectual de un diseño alemán.

El avión está en proceso de certificación para ser fabricado y comercializado a escuelas y academias de entrenamiento civil y militar del mundo.

Pueden visitar el stand de la empresa en la sexta versión del encuentro aeronáutico www.faircolombia.com.co/‎ contará con espectáculos de las Fuerzas Militares de países como Estados Unidos, Brasil y Alemania, entre otros.

Otro de los stand mas atractivos es el proyecto Iris UAV adelantado por la Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana (Ciac), esta aeronave, que es la versión criolla de los polémicos drones estadounidenses, tiene 3,20 metros de envergadura, llega a los 15.000 pies de techo de vuelo y transmite fotos y video remotamente desde 100 kilómetros de distancia.

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Most Disruptive Technologies to 2025 – McKinsey Global Institute


What technologies will most radically transform human life in the next twelve years?

Disruptive Tech

The McKinsey Global Institute looked at more than a hundred possible candidates across a variety of technology fields and narrowed the most potentially disruptive down to a dozen. They are, in order of size of potential impact:

  • Mobile Internetdefined as “increasingly inexpensive and capable mobile computing devices and Internet connectively.”
  • Automation of knowledge work or “intelligent software systems that perform knowledge work tasks involving unstructrured commands and subtle judgments.” An example might be IBM’s Watson system.
  • Internet of Things or “networks of low-cost sensors and actuators for data collection, monitoring, decision making and process optimization.”
  • Cloud Technology or “use of computer hardware and software resources delivered over a network or the Internet, often as a service.”
  • Advanced Robotics or “increasingly capable robots with enhanced senses, dexterity, and intelligence used to automate tasks or augment humans.” This category is perhaps most famously personified by the Baxter robot (profiled in the May-June issue of THE FUTURIST magazine).
  • Autonomous and Near-Autonomous Vehicles.
  • Next Generation Genomics or “fast, low-cost gene sequencing, advanced big-data analytics, and synthetic biology.”
  • Energy Storage.
  • 3D Printing
  • Advanced Materials defined as “materials designed to have superior characteristics.” Much of what we today call nanotechnology would fall within this category.
  • Advanced Oil and Natural Gas Recovery
  • Renewable Energy

Of the above, the Mobile Internet, which could change the lives of more than 5 billion people around the globe, the automation of knowledge work, and the Internet of Things would have by far the largest economic impacts, according to McKinsey. All together, the above technologies could generate $14 to $33 trillion per year in 2025. But the authors caution that much of that growth will be at the expense of older technologies and even entire industries falling into obsolescence.

“When necessary, leaders must be prepared to disrupt their own businesses and make the investments to effect change,” the report’s authors write. “By the time the technologies that we describe are exerting their influence on the economy in 2025, it will be too late for businesses, policy makers, and citizens to plan their responses. Nobody, especially businesses leaders, can afford to be the last person using video cassettes in a DVD world.”

Source: Executive Summary McKinsey Global Institute 

ecoATM’s eCycling for phones secures US$ 40 Million


Based in San Diego, Calif., ecoATM (www.ecoatm.com) is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system to buy back old phones, tablets or MP3 players for cash.

ecoATM uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate electronics. ecoATM’s eCycling stations provide a convenient trade-in solution that:

• Pays consumers immediately in cash.

• Connects consumers real-time to broad worldwide secondary markets ensuring best possible pricing.

• Incorporates features that validate sellers’ identities and deter the sale of stolen phones and works closely with local law enforcement.

The company secured $40 million in mezzanine debt financing from Falcon Investment Advisors LLC. ecoATM said it will use the new financing to continue expanding operations nationally.They currently have 300 kiosks in 20 states throughout the U.S., most in major malls within major cities.

“There’s still a large percentage of the country that doesn’t have access to a convenient recycling solution for their mobile phones and other personal portable electronic devices,” Tom Tullie, chairman and CEO of ecoATM, said in a statement. “We raised this money to help us deploy ecoATMs nationwide and help people recycle their old phones, tablets, or MP3 players, regardless of where they live.”

The company, founded in 2008, said they have paid out millions of dollars to users of their ecoATMs. The company repurposes most of the electronics they buy back in an effort to stop potentially hazardous devices from piling up in landfills.

THE FUTURIST Video – Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and Beyond


Video Trends Future

1. Neuroscientists may soon be able to predict what you’ll do before you do it.

The intention to do something, such as grasp a cup, produces blood flow to specific areas of the brain, so studying blood-flow patterns through neuroimaging could give researchers a better idea of what people have in mind. One potential application is improved prosthetic devices that respond to signals from the brain more like actual limbs do, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario. World Trends & Forecasts, Jan-Feb 2012, p. 10

2. Future cars will become producers of power rather than merely consumers.

A scheme envisioned at the Technology University of Delft would use fuel cells of parked electric vehicles to convert biogas or hydrogen into more electricity. And the owners would be paid for the energy their vehicles produce. Tomorrow in Brief, Mar-Apr 2012, p. 2

3. An aquaponic recycling system in every kitchen?

Future “farmers” may consist of householders recycling their food waste in their own aquariums. An aquaponic system being developed by SUNY ecological engineers would use leftover foods to feed a tank of tilapia or other fish, and then the fish waste would be used for growing vegetables. The goal is to reduce food waste and lower the cost of raising fish. Tomorrow in Brief, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 2

4. The economy may become increasingly jobless, but there will be plenty of Work

Many recently lost jobs may never come back. Rather than worry about unemployment, however, tomorrow’s workers will focus on developing a variety of skills that could keep them working productively and continuously, whether they have jobs or not. It’ll be about finding out what other people need done, and doing it, suggests financial advisor James H. Lee. “Hard at Work in the Jobless Future,” Mar-Apr 2012, pp. 32-33

5. The next space age will launch after 2020, driven by competition and “adventure capitalists.”

While the U.S. space shuttle program is put to rest, entrepreneurs like Paul Allen, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos are planning commercial launches to access low-Earth orbit and to ferry passengers to transcontinental destinations within hours. Challenges include perfecting new technologies, developing global operations, building new infrastructure, and gaining regulatory approval. “The New Age of Space Business,” Sep-Oct 2012, p. 17.

6. The “cloud” will become more intelligent, not just a place to store data.

Cloud intelligence will evolve into becoming an active resource in our daily lives, providing analysis and contextual advice. Virtual agents could, for example, design your family’s weekly menu based on everyone’s health profiles, fitness goals, and taste preferences, predict futurist consultants Chris Carbone and Kristin Nauth. “From Smart House to Networked Home,” July-Aug 2012, p. 30

7. Corporate reputations will be even more important to maintain, due to the transparency that will come with augmented reality.

In a “Rateocracy” as envisioned by management consultant Robert Moran, organizations’ reputations are quantified, and data could be included in geographically based information systems. You might choose one restaurant over another when your mobile augmented-reality app flashes warnings about health-department citations or poor customer reviews. “‘Rateocracy’ and Corporate Reputation,” World Trends & Forecasts, May-June 2012, p. 12

8. Robots will become gentler caregivers in the next 10 years.

Lifting and transferring frail patients may be easier for robots than for human caregivers, but their strong arms typically lack sensitivity. Japanese researchers are improving the functionality of the RIBA II (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance), lining its arms and chest with sensors so it can lift its patients more gently. Tomorrow in Brief, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 2

9. We’ll harness noise vibrations and other “junk” energy from the environment to power our gadgets.

Researchers at Georgia Tech are developing techniques for converting ambient microwave energy into DC power, which could be used for small devices like wireless sensors. And University of Buffalo physicist Surajit Sen is studying ways to use vibrations produced on roads and airport runways as energy sources. World Trends & Forecasts, Nov-Dec 2011, p. 9

10. A handheld “breathalyzer” will offer early detection of infections microbes and even chemical attacks.

The Single Breath Disease Diagnostics Breathalyzer under development at Stony Brook University would use sensor chips coated with nanowires to detect chemical compounds that may indicate the presence of diseases or infectious microbes. In the future, a handheld device could let you detect a range of risks, from lung cancer to anthrax exposure. Tomorrow in Brief, Sep-Oct 2012, p. 2

Taken from: The Futurist Magazine, Patrick Tucker.

Corporate Venturing – Getting stronger in 2012 & 2013


How are we doing in Latin America? Do we have mixed units of  M&A, Corporate Venturing and R&D and Innovation?? or What do we have?

Video: Corporate Venturing

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From downtown San Francisco to Palo Alto, companies like American Express and Ford are opening offices and investing millions of dollars in local start-ups. This year, American Express opened a venture capital office in Facebook‘s old headquarters in downtown Palo Alto. Less than three miles away, General Motors‘ research lab houses full-time investment professionals, recent transplants from Detroit.

“American Express is a 162-year-old company, and this is a moment of transformation,” said Harshul Sanghi, a managing partner at American Express Ventures, the venture capital arm of the financial company. “We’re here to be a part of the fabric of innovation.”

But unlike traditional venture capitalists, multinationals are less interested in profits. They are here to buy innovation – or at least get a peek at the next wave of emerging technologies.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, the large Spanish banking group, opened an office in San Francisco last year. The team, which has about $100 million to fund local start-ups, is looking for consumer applications that will help the bank create new businesses and better understand its customers.

“We are in one of the most regulated and risk-averse industries in the world, so innovation doesn’t come naturally to us,” said Jay Reinemann, the head of the BBVA office. “We want to avoid the video-rental model. We want to evolve alongside our consumers.”

The companies are hoping to tap into the entrepreneurial mind-set. Multinationals, with their huge payrolls and sprawling operations, are not as nimble as the younger upstarts. While they are rich in resources, big companies tend to be more gun-shy and usually require more time to bring a product to market.

Of the 750 corporate venture units, roughly 200 were established in the last two years, according to Global Corporate Venturing, a publication that tracks the market. In the last year, corporations participated in more than $20 billion of start-up investments.

Big business has played the role of venture capitalist before, with limited success. During the waning days of the dot-com boom, financial, media and telecommunications companies sank billions of dollars into start-ups. Companies say they are taking a different approach this time. Rather than making big bets across the Internet sector, investments are smaller and more selective.

As they try to find the right start-ups, some are forging tight bonds with local firms. BBVA, for example, is an investor in 500 Startups, a venture firm that specializes in early-stage start-ups and is run by Dave McClure, a former PayPal executive.

Unilever and PepsiCo are limited partners in Physic Ventures, a venture capital firm designed to help corporate investors build commercial partnerships with portfolio companies. Both Unilever and PepsiCo have installed full-time employees in Physic’s downtown San Francisco offices.

American Express has stacked its investment team with technology veterans. Mr. Sanghi, the head of the office, has spent roughly three decades in Silicon Valley and formerly led Motorola Mobility’s venture arm. Through its network of relationships, the office has met with roughly 300 start-ups in the last six months.

The connections have started to pay off. Vinod Khosla, the head of Khosla Ventures and a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, introduced the American Express team to the executives at Ness Computing, a mobile start-up. In August, American Express partnered with Singtel, the Singapore wireless company, to invest $15 million in Ness.

Taken from: Mutinationals stake a claim  in venture capital. New York Times. Evelyn M. Rusli

Nine of the 10 possible IPOs this year identified by news provider CNN has corporate venturing backing.

This could be a record. The 10th is Arista Networks, founded and funded by legendary entrepreneurs and angel investors David Cheriton and Andy Bechtolsheim – their trophies include writing the first cheques to search engine Google and server maker Sun.

The 10 are:

Twitter, backed by DST, Mail.ru and JP Morgan

Violin Memory, backed by Toshiba and Juniper

Square, backed by Visa, Starbucks

Xoom, backed by SVB Financial Group

Dropbox, backed by Goldman Sachs

Arista Networks

Box, backed by SAP Ventures and Salesforce

Marin Software, backed by SAP Ventures

Kabam, backed by Intel Capital, Warner Bros and MGM

Opower, backed by General Electric

Taken from: Corporate Venturing, Jame Mawson.

Nanotech – A Self-filling Watter Bottle


Sorensen got the idea from observing the Namib desert beetle, which lives in a habitat that receives less than half an inch of water a year. To get its water, the beetle climbs to the top of a dune and turns its back, which contains water-attracting areas, to the wind.

Deckard Sorensen, a scientist and co-founder of NBD Nano, has created a prototype of a bottle that fills itself up by collecting water from the surrounding atmosphere.

The water comes when air from a fan passes over a surface layered with nanoscale water-attracting and water-repelling coatings. Until now all tests have been done with solar cells and a rechargeable battery, but even that might not be necessary in order for the technology to work: Anything that moves fast enough to create an airflow — “a car or a boat, or even a running human” — could cause water to condense on the surface

In addition to providing water to people in need, the technology could be used in a variety of applications, according to Sorensen: Greenhouses and green roofs could enhance their water-drawing abilities, and large ships could generate their own drinking water supply. In the meantime, he hopes to bring the water bottle to the public by 2014.

Taken from: Big Think, Kecia Lynn.

Tareasplus.com – Primer Startup colombiana en recibir inversión extranjera de US$2 Mill.


Cada 2 segundos el profesor tiene un alumno de cualquier parte del mundo.

La fiel muestra de que todo lo que se quiere se puede, es el startup de los colombianos Hernan Jaramillo y Roberto Cuartas: TareasPlus.com, quienes a través de tutoriales educativos gratis, encuentraron la mejor forma para llegar a millones de personas en el mundo.

Han logrado posicionarla esta iniciativa educativa como la más completa de habla hispana, radicando su operación en Silicon Valley son la primera en conseguir una inversión extranjera de 2 millones de dólares.

Es una de las plataformas web que ofrece a las personas aprender sin ningún tipo de restricciones, sin costo, fácil y didácticamente las áreas más “difíciles” de la educación: matemática, física y química mediante videos guiados, teniendo en un día de reproducciones el equivalente a 100 días continuos de 24 horas de clases presenciales.

El apalancamiento con inversionistas extranjeros satisface la demanda de experiencias de aprendizaje, además de mejorar la calidad de los contenidos que inicialmente se encuentran en español.

Y acá no para todo, las cifras de crecimiento y demanda de este emprendimiento son impresionantes, en promedio tiene un total de 36.000 visitas al día, cada 2 segundos un estudiante está aprendiendo matemáticas con TareasPlus.com en Latinoamérica y España.

Pero, ¿cómo dos paisas consiguen 2 millones de dólares para invertir en un proyecto educativo?

Muy fácil, la tenacidad de sus fundadores, una gran idea y la necesidad de padres y docentes porque niños y estudiantes aprendan matemática de manera eficiente y eficaz los impulsa a apostarlo todo por su proyecto dejando su país, vendiendo todo y radicándose en Silicon Valley, aprenden la cultura y trabajan sin descanso en la búsqueda de hacer su sueño realidad.

Es así como con constancia y perseverancia se convierten en el aliado perfecto de la educación tradicional, consiguieron que los estudiantes de forma extracurricular afiancen los conocimientos adquiridos en sus clases teniendo a la mano, siempre que lo necesiten, explicaciones y ejemplos que les permita aprender e interiorizar mejor los conceptos.

De dónde nace TareasPlus.com

Esta idea nace mientras su CEO y cofundador Hernán Jaramillo dictaba tutoriales de matemática para pagarse sus estudios en la universidad. Cuando comenzó a tener tanta demanda de clases se vio en la necesidad de un colaborador, subcontratando a su actual socio Roberto Cuartas.

Juntos maduran la iniciativa de hacer dinámica y moderna la forma de impartir el conocimiento, crearon formatos asequibles para la comunidad que ayudan a entender las lecciones fácilmente y permiten un refuerzo del aprendizaje.

Así, una vez aparece YouTube, usan la plataforma como medio directo para subir el material educativo y compartirlo de manera abierta con todas las personas que tiene la necesidad de mejorar en dichas áreas del conocimiento.

Actualmente cuentan con una librería de más de 1.300 tutoriales gratis donde responden las preguntas más frecuentes en cálculo, ecuaciones diferenciales, química general, física clásica, álgebra, aritmética y trigonometría.