Sunday, November 2, 2008

Food crisis - It never went away

Jeffrey Sachs starting the SIPA Columbia talk pretty drastically and to the point, listing challenges and actions. If you don't have the time for the whole discussion, don't miss the first 15 minutes of Jeffrey Sachs. John Holmes follows by detailing the UN taskforce, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid emphasising the importance to target women as a very important part of the solution and Ajaykumar Manubhai Vashee about the challenges of the local agriculture, the small farmers.
The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University is hosting regularly panel discussions that you can watch on the web or via iTunes.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Free Trade - The Wrong Question?

As part of our research we come along some interesting articles and documents, which we would like to share with you - together with a comment from one of the tickerTXT team.

I found this interesting paper by Claire Slatter "Will trade liberalisation lead to the eradication or the exacerbation of poverty?" (Address to council the International Development Trade Forum in 2003) . And I think as many of those politicised and emotional topics it might be quite interesting to challenge the assumptions... to ask if it is the right question?

Free trade is often discussed as the foundation for a solution to global market inequalities. And yes, at tickerTXT we see the problem of rural poverty as mostly a market problem. But first and foremost we see it as a local and regional issue, a challenge which needs to be addressed at it's core.

As long as these enormous differences in efficiencies and use of economies of scale exist, global free trade agreements won't have a big impact in solving the problem.

For example who wins if a very efficient supermarket chain using well oiled distribution channels rolling out in poor rural areas or a fragmented local farmer market, everyone for himself, where most barely make their living?

The answer may however not be to go back to old protectionist methods, as this would also not solve the problem, maybe not even delay or soften the blow.

We think it is time to give the people of those markets the tools and techniques to solve issues where the occur, at the source, to have the possibility and the means to compete. And if we have nothing, we have at least ourselves. Therefore we as tickerTXT want to make available the most powerful leverage we have, the power of communities, the power of more than one!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

TickerTXT is on Amazee

TickerTXT is registered as a project on Amazee. This website, if you do not know it is focused around entrepreneurial startups in the social space. We would love to see you there as a friend of TickerTXT.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A group shot of Seedcamp in full flow...  It is amazing how long it sometimes takes to sort through all those digital photos!

Friday, September 19, 2008

A wordle of the companies that attended Seecamp 2008, and the countries they represented. Here's the list that created it...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

As mentioned on the FT

If you want some insights into our project then watch Undine being interviewed by the Financial Times Enterprise Correspondant Jonathan Moules. More FT Seedcamp coverage.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Join us at the OpenEspresso party on Friday 12 Sep 2008

Together with our 3 fellow Seedcamp finalists from Berlin and Potsdam we would like to invite you to a nice evening in the Barist Restaurant / Bar Friday 12 Sep 2008 at 5.30pm open-end. 

4 out of 22 finalists are from Berlin, that is quite astonishing and worth celebrating.  And that's why we decided with Toksta, Quillp and Yoose to organise the networking evening.

We have named it OpenEspresso, as we all try to regularly join the monthly OpenCoffeeClub meetings, which in Berlin take place in the Cafe Caras every last Friday of the month.  So this week is a spontaneous get together and also a thank you to OpenCoffeeClub. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Executive Summaries...

We do have the intention to publish more information about tickerTXT, our ambitions and our plans. It is more for lack of time than secrecy that info is still so scarce :-) Until then to know more about us please just send us a mail and we will come back to you asap. The executive summary is in English, we have just released a brief overview in German, the French exposé will follow shortly.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Winning Seedcamp Berlin 2008 :-)

YESSS. We won the friendly competition of startup presentations, the Mini-Seedcamp Berlin on the 20 June 2008. tickerTXT therefore is directly qualified for the 4 day Seedcamp mid September in London. Congratulations to toksta and mixxt for 2nd and 3rd place.

We would like to thank the organisers of the Seedcamp event in particular Oliver Beste (FoundersLink) and who also runs the OpenCoffeeClub Berlin (see Upcoming ), Stephanie Zari and Reshma Sohoni (both of Seedcamp) who are unbelievably fast responding to emails :-)

We would also like to send a big hug and thanks to Susanne Steiner who was a great help to Undine and Moritz preparing for the event (if you seek great advice as a starting entrepreneur, look no further).

Last, but not least, we greatly appreciated all the support and positive reactions that the tickerTXT project received from all participants, startups, entrepreneurs and investors during the event. And to Saul Klein for creating Seedcamp and OpenCoffeeClub and being the host of the event in Berlin :-) ...

Here are some articles and blog posts regarding the event.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Updates on tickerTXT

We took a bit longer than planned to start the site, better late than never :-) will start as a blog and then morph into something bigger.

First we will keep you up to date about what has happenede since that post, and there is quite a bit. We will also add bit by bit more about our plans, the next steps and our ambitions.

As this is a blog, either check out regularly this place or simply subscribe to the blog using the RSS feed.

Some of the technical decisions we made and tools we use are described over at the blog, which Andy, a few friends and myself have used for quite some time to write about technology related topics.

Thanks for being so patient :-)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Seedcamp London 2008 - a fish-eye view of a session

A group shot of Seedcamp in full flow...  It is amazing how long it sometimes takes to sort through all those digital photos!