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The Rocki Road Part 5: Rocki at Techstars

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The Rocki Road is an occasional blog feature written by its CEO N.M. Yap detailing the company’s path through the start-up world. Rocki is now officially part of Techstars family — day nine actually. It all happened last week which could some day be remembered as a truly significant moment in Rocki’s road, as important (or more important) than the Kickstarter launch. At Kickstarter, we launched Rocki the “garage-built” company complete with the cliched troop of friends, family, ex-team mates, volunteers, and anyone and everyone who’s able to contribute to the cause. Everyone on the team are experts in their day job and sweating it out by night to build Rocki, something


Business, Hardware, Opinion, Software Programs

THE ROCKI ROAD Part 4 – Disney, Techstars & YCombinator

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Disney, Techstars & YCombinator – some of you who are familiar with Start-ups would immediately know this episode is about Accelerators from the title. After all, Techstars and YCombinator are without a doubt the two biggest and most well-known Accelerators, with countless of articles written about the two and comparing the two. How about Disney – what’s Accelerator gotta do with Disney? Well, the question should be what has Disney gotta do with Accelerators. Answer is simple – Innovation. Accelerators are creating so much buzz and so “at the forefront of technology innovation” that Disney has jumped in too — they’ve launched the inaugural Disney


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This is a follow-up to The ROCKI ROAD series Part 1 – Life After Kickstarter Shall Begin at CES, published on the day ROCKI’s Kickstarter closed successfully on December 20th, 2013. The intention was to blog about the ups and downs of start-up life as it happens. A glimpse into ROCKI making its transition from Kickstarter to a start-up with the ambition to be a major technology company, grabbing the opportunity to change the world of music and technology. Running a successful project is one thing and running a successful company is another. Will ROCKI be a one hit wonder? Or is there more in its



Is Google +1 Yet Another Social Media Dud?


At the beginning of this month, Google proudly released its +1 Button to the world, immediately live across several leading websites. The +1 Button is, according to Google, our way of saying "this is pretty cool" or "you should check this out". So in our web and search life, we would see what our friends think of as cool. A social recommender built-into web and search, sort of a cross between Facebook Like (which only shows up in Facebook) and Social Bookmarkers such as Digg, Delicious etc (which only shows up in their respective systems). Google’s +1 would be deeper integrated in web and search,



Happy (belated) Birthday IBM: 100 Years Old!


IBM i.e. International Business Machines had its 100th birthday yesterday, and I missed it. I did see the news flash by yesterday in my daily news watch, but I was just too busy to write about it. It wasn?t on my to-write list, not on my agenda and disappointingly not on my social media birthday calendars which I have come to rely on. Facebook, Skype, MSN, LinkedIn, iPhone, Android, Google ? none of you reminded me of his birthday, shame on you. In fact, probably the only reason it is being news’d about is because a publisher is pimping the book IBM 100 Years. If IBM