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Eureka Park at CES 2018 Will Shine the Light on Emerging Startups



ne of the must-see startup events at CES 2018, the largest consumer electronics show in the world, is Eureka Park. It is here over 800 of the world’s most promising new companies will showcase their breakthrough technology. At CES 2017, over 3,500 financial professionals and 7,000 members of the media, key investors and suppliers descended on Eureka Park to find their next unicorn, and this year the attendance will be even bigger. Eureka Park offers a unique opportunity to spotlight a startup’s ingenuity in front of people who can truly fuel their business.

Within the Eureka Park Marketplace, Arlington Economic Development (AED) is back again as a partner of CES to host the Startup Arlington Lounge (booth #50463) and will kick off their award-winning Startup Arlington program.

Startup Arlington CES 2017

The startup program was created to promote Arlington as a technology and startup friendly community on a national level. As part of the program, Arlington, VA, hosts one startup technology company that wants to build its vision in their backyard. From lodging to workspace to transportation, Arlington invites entrepreneurs to live their dream with support from Arlington and its business partners.

Being across the river from Washington, D.C., makes Arlington a hotbed for tech startups to grow. The Startup Arlington Lounge will feature the hottest Arlington-based tech startups, and founders can learn more about the benefits of growing a business in proximity to our Nation’s capital and Federal agencies (DARPA, ONR and the Pentagon, etc.) looking for dynamic technology.

One startup you’ll be able to meet at the Lounge is SmartGurlz, a line of coding robots and action dolls designed for girls, who were featured on Shark Tank.

Eureka Park is going to be the place for founders who are looking to attract attention, capital and partners, and maximize all the benefits of CES.

Read more about emerging startups in Arlington on TechCo

The article was brought to you in partnership with Arlington Economic Development. Learn more about the Startup Arlington program.

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Sanjay Dalmia: A name to reckon with when it comes to roaring success



Sanjay Dalmia

Success comes easy when you put in that extra effort and go that additional mile. Certainly, there is no potential substitute to the enormous toil and determination it entails. When Sanjay Dalmia, one of India’s leading industrialists embarked on his journey, he was well aware about the amount of hard work required. But it was his zeal to excel, which established him as one of the most powerful tycoons and a major global player.

Born in Lahore (now Pakistan) in 1944, Sanjay Dalmia did his schooling from Modern School in Delhi. Later, he graduated with Economics (Hons) from the prestigious St Stephen’s College, Delhi University. It was in the early 1970s that he embarked on his entrepreneurial journey as an industrialist. Following the footsteps of his father, he took charge of Dalmia Brothers Pvt Ltd.

In his entrepreneurial journey spanning over four decades, Sanjay Dalmia assumed diversified roles in various organizations. He was the Non-Executive Chairman of GHCL Limited (Former Name, Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Limited), its subsidiary — Colwell and Salmon Communications (India) Ltd, and Golden Tobacco Ltd chairman till the year 2014. He also serves as the Director of Bharat Explosives Ltd. Under his aegis, these companies have attained commendable success.

As a part of its expansion plan, GHCL has acquired two large companies – a soda ash unit in Europe, and a home textiles company in the US. “Earlier, only overseas companies could come here, now it’s a two-way traffic. We too can acquire companies abroad and that’s the route to growth that we’ve decided on,” he said.

Dalmia has also been associated with a number of trade organizations, such as the PHD Chamber of Commerce and FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India.

Dalmia was also among the board of directors of Union Bank of India, and a member of the Northern Committee of IDBI (Industrial Development Bank of India). Apart from this, Sanjay Dalmia is also a Founder Director of the Europe-India Chamber of Commerce (EICC), which was established to promote trade, commerce and investments between India and Europe.

At 78, Sanjay Dalmia is the chairman of the Dalmia Group of Companies, one of the leading global business conglomerates, and continues to head its charitable trust. With a knack to spot opportunities in different sectors and capitalize upon them, Dalmia’s ventures include textiles, industrial chemicals, industrial explosives, and healthcare.

As a Member of the Rajya Sabha, Sanjay Dalmia has been actively involved in debates and discussions around national issues related to finance, economy and the industries of our country. An avid nationalist, he moved a private members bill in the Rajya Sabha for renaming the Andaman Nicobar Islands as ‘Saheed’ and ‘Swaraj’ Islands as a tribute to Subhash Chandra Bose and the freedom fighters.

Popular for his works in philanthropy, Dalmia started Masoom in 2001, a special school for training the mentally-challenged children from the underprivileged section of the society., Since then, he has spent all his birthdays and celebrated various festivals with these kids.

As a patron of the Dalmia Sewa Trust, he has promoted the construction of lavatories in about 100 houses, along with building houses for a number of homeless families in Chirawa, Rajasthan.

Certainly, the life and success story of Sanjay Dalmia charts a career graph, which affirms that it is only hard work that counts, and comes into play for making it to the top. It will continue to inspire the budding entrepreneurs.

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7 Notable Tech & Startup Speakers at SXSW 2018



While South by Southwest (SXSW) is easily one of the most recognizable events in the world, its definition is surprisingly hazy. Is it a music festival? A tech conference? Or simply a collaboration between the most interesting industries in the country for one of the most memorable weeks of the year? Anyone that’s ever attended the Austin event knows that “all of the above” doesn’t even begin to cover the excitement of SXSW. And while the entertainment industry takes a lot of credit for the awesomeness that is SXSW, tech holds its own when it comes to creating the electric atmosphere of this epic coming-together.

Hundreds of celebrities, thousands of companies, and millions of attendees descend on Austin for concerts, parties, events, and speakers that impart wisdom, instill joy, and generally engage people in ways most of us could only imagine. In that vein, we wanted to prepare you for the festivities by showcasing a few speakers that will be participating in sessions on Tech & Startups. Take a look at who you can see in Austin this year below!

Ann Hiatt, Chief-of-Staff to the Chairman at Google

As the former executive assistant to not one, not two, but three of the most influential minds in the world, Ann Hiatt is a decidedly impressive presence in the tech industry. In addition to currently being the Chief-of-Staff at Google and the Business Executive Partner of Eric Schmidt, she has also been the executive assistant to Marissa Meyer of Yahoo! and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. Plus, she’s fluent in Swedish, which is impressive in and out of the tech industry.

Hiatt will be speaking solo at a session titled Lessons in Innovation from Silicon Valley Elite. She will regale attendees with practical stories from her storied tech past, as well as tips and advice for people looking to “hire with vision, breed creativity and ambition in your organization, and harness unparalleled power and influence under your leadership.”

Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, US Ambassador of the Government of Afghanistan 

Not only has Dr. Mohib been Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States since September 2015, he also acts as a non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Columbia. His goal to reshape Afghanistan’s image in the US to reflect its social and institutional development is as noble as it is difficult. By focusing on culture and peace initiatives, he’s been able to secure a number of investments between the two countries, setting a prosperous foundation of peace for the future.

Dr. Mohib will join Keith Alaniz of Rumi Spice and Victoria McColm of McColm & Company in a session titled Social Enterprise: Peace Through BusinessThey will discuss the importance of pairing global peace initiatives with economic opportunities that can lead to a more sustainable future, using Afghanistan as a case study.

Neha Narula, Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Labs

When your résumé includes Google, the World Economic Forum, and a TED talk, speaking at SXSW 2018 is a walk in the park. As an expert in blockchain and cryptocurrency, one of the most talked about topics in tech today, Narula has definitively established herself as a force in the tech community. Her work on distributed systems could someday be the difference maker in turning blockchain into a global standard.

Narula will be giving a talk at SXSW 2018 titled Cryptocurrencies: A New Future for Money. With cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin becoming increasingly significant in the financial landscape of the modern world, understanding its potential is more important than ever. And who better to learn from than someone leading a team of people engaged in “cutting-edge research to build the future of money.”

Daymond John, Star of Shark Tank and CEO of The Shark Group

Being one of the stars of ABC’s Shark Tank effectively turns you into the public face of entrepreneurship in America. And Daymond John wears that honor like a badge. As the famous founder of FUBU and the current CEO of The Shark Group, a successful brand management firm, John has left an undeniable mark on the business world, guiding startups towards success on screen and off.

John will be participating in a session titled Swim with a Shark: Rise & Grind to Maximize Your Day in hopes of inspiring some SXSW 2018 attendees to get out there and accomplish their dreams. By using successful entertainers and entrepreneurs as an example, John will show attendees how a little “rise and grind” can make all the difference when it comes to achieving and succeeding.

Ray Dalio, Chairman of Bridgewater Associates

That’s right, the founder of the largest hedge fund firm in the world is going to be at SXSW 2018. In addition to managing $160 billion at Bridgewater Associates, Dalio has a storied past of investing in good ideas. Dubbed the “Steve Jobs of Investing,” Dalio has injected capital into more industry-changing innovations than you can count. Dalio is also the best-selling author of Principles: Life and Work, in which he shares the unique principles that led to his impressive breed of success.

Dalio will talk at SXSW 2018 in a session titled How to Build a Company Where the Best Ideas Win OutDalio will discuss how the meritocracy-focused culture of Bridgewater Associates has led to its undeniable success, as well as the technology used to guarantee that merit is rewarded properly.

Ernestine Fu, Venture Partner at Alsop Louie Partners

In the business world, being great isn’t always good enough; you have to be great and fast. Fu personifies this trait, as her success at Alsop Louie Partners was obvious within her first few months. Since securing funding for a wide range of companies for the firms disruptive technology division, she has become a staple of the investment community. She also developed the firms outreach program, focusing on bringing in companies from university campuses around the country.

Fu will join Richard Rabbat of Gfycat and Tenzin Seldon of Kinstep in a session titled Minorities in Tech: New & Old Challenges Under Trump to discuss what “has and hasn’t change regarding sexism, xenophobia, and racism in tech” since Trump was elected. They’ll focus on the challenges of hiring while immigration policy is in flux, the uptick in sexual harassment issues in the workplace, and how decision makers can instill actual change in the industry.

Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives at Apple

While a lot of us take technology for granted, Herrlinger does not have that luxury. As the Director of Global Accessibility at Apple, she has made huge strides in trying to make iPhones and other Apple devices more accessible to the deaf and blind. Her inclusive mindset has allowed for innovations like the VoiceOver screenreader and the Made for iPhone Hearing Aids.

In a talk titled Y35 W3 C4N: Innovations in Accessibility, Herrlinger will join Richard Ellenson of Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Betsy Furler of Easter Seals Greater Houston/BridgingApps, and Haben Girma, a disability rights lawyer, to talk about innovations in accessibility that will allow disabled people of all kinds access to technology like never before. They’ll also talk about why this initiative is important and that more needs to be done in the space.

Read more about SXSW 2018 on TechCo

If you’ll be in Austin on Saturday, March 10th, RSVP now to join us and these 25 startups at SXSW Startup Night 2018 at the American Cities House located at Maggie Mae’s on 6th St.

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Middle East TV Personality Simobb KILLS IT AT THE OSCARS 2018



Alarabiya News English Showbiz correspondent Simo Benbachir may not consider himself an #influencer, but there is no doubt his work has been influential. His lovable personality and genuine enthusiasm for fashion is evident in his work, but also his style choices. He is not the first and the only Moroccan journalist at Hollywood but he was the most fashionable Middle East TV Reporter @ The Oscars 2018 dressed by his buddy fashion designer : Moncef Moncef.


Sharp, chic and sophisticated; his style speaks to the modern day man.
From daytime- laid back casual to evening suit chic, Simobb has the rare ability to pull off any look that he likes. His fashion choices match his personality, vibrant in both spoken words and expression of style.

Several European magazines has ranked Simo Benbachir as the most popular Moroccan TV personality. He is one of the faces of Kastiani magazine and was described as “The Reporter of Star, The Star of Reporters”. In addition to that, the Version Homme magazine lists him among the most influential Moroccan Media personalities and he graces their cover page. In 2017, he received the Brukmer Press Honorary Award in Belgium.


He has to his many credits, the skill for making his interviewers relaxed to the point of being friendly with him and sharing their secrets. This is the major reason he is most sought-after. Many youngsters in Arab and Morocco look up to this hood-hollywood star for motivation.

Simo Benbachir & Mario Lopez

Simo Benbachir & Jason Kennedy from E!

Simo Benbachir & Giuliana Rancic from E!

Simo Benbachir & Caroline Ribeiro from ( TNT Brazil )

Keturah King from ( Arise News DSTV 416 )

Simo Benbachir & Viviane Geppert from ( Prosieben)

Simo Benbachir Interviewing Fayrouz Karawani

Simo Benbachir & his cameraman Brian Patamakanthin

Simo Benbachir & Raya Abirached from ( MBC Middle East )

Simo Benbachir & Ramzi Malouki ( Canal + France )

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