VenueNext – The future of venue experiences

How do you turn a new sports stadium into a Silicon Valley tech start-up? San Francisco 49ers can probably answer that question.

The NFL team from the heart of the Valley, San Francisco 49ers, opened its Levi’s Stadium to public in August 2014. Billed as one of the world’s best outdoor sports and entertainment venues, it’s built at a cost of $1.3 billion with 1.85 million square feet of space, with high speed Wifi connecting the approximately 68,500 people that fill it to capacity.

This time lapse video shows how this hi-tech stadium was built.



What this video does not show, though, is how it led to the inception of the hot Silicon Valley start-up, VenueNext.

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The Fall and Fall of CLT20

Guess what’s nose-diving faster than the BCCI’s public image. The CLT20. For the still uninitiated, it’s the thing that Indians know as ‘that IPL-type tournament played by international IPL teams in which the only ones I know are the IPL teams…and… I really don’t care’. It stands for Champions League T20, btw.

How much of a ‘Champion’s’ League it is can be gauged by the fact that a 4th placed team in an 8-team league can also qualify for it. Bravo!

Here’s a brief story of its title sponsors. In just 5 years, the title sponsorship of CLT20 has gone from Airtel to Nokia to Karbonn to Oppo.

‘Oppo, who?’



If that’s not enough, the list of official sponsors for this year includes marquee brand names such as Cycle Pure Agarbathies, Gixxer, Wall Care White Cement Based Putty, and Killer Jeans. Wow, this tournament is rocking!

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Twitch bought by Amazon, not by Google or Microsoft

Before the announcement that Amazon had agreed to purchase Twitch for $970 million, I read that Google and more particularly, the Youtube arm of Google had agreed a $1 billion buyout of in principle.

Youtube, the ubiquitous platform of user generated video sharing, buying out the biggest live video game streaming service, sounded like it made a lot of sense. It also sounded like an acquisition like that would make the combination unstoppable, almost leaving no space for other services like Livestream or Ustream to exist in the market.

But Amazon buying Twitch? Why the last minute change? Read on to find out.

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Reddit India AMA: Ronnie Screwvala on Entrepreneurship

Ronnie Screwvala is an Indian entrepreneur and social philanthropist who founded the UTV Group, Unilazer Ventues, and Founder-Trustee of Swades Foundation. He also owns the Mumbai based Pro Kabaddi team, UMumba.

In his Reddit AMA, he mentioned off the bat that he would be answering questions focussed on promoting entrepreneurship. A theme that is along the lines of a book he is working on called, ‘Dream With Your Eyes Open’.


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Red Bull puts the spotlight on Rampur’s Parkour movement

What is Parkour?

Parkour, aka ‘free running’, is the discipline that uses movement of one’s body to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. It has been developed from military obstacle course training into what we see today. David Belle is said to be the pioneer of parkour and the best showcase of parkour and his abilities and skills can be seen in the video below. It is a chase scene from the french movie ‘District 13’.



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All the people behind the Hero ISL

What is the ISL?




The Hero Indian Super League is a professional football league in India. The first ever ISL is set to start on the 12th of October 2014. ISL aims to foster local talent and feature international stars, making the game one of the country’s flagship sports and India, a name to reckon within the global arena. ISL features eight franchises from Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

Review of 120sports – An innovation in new media sports content

Innovation in content formats has been a key element in the battle for digital eyeballs, especially as new media has taken over the content consumption landscape. Long articles have long been replaced by short reads and the importance of pictorial and video content in a publisher’s mix of offerings is globally understood and accepted.

120sports by Times Inc is an interesting large scale attempt at innovation in content format, that should be observed closely over the next 12 months to see if it is able to make a dent in the insatiable market for sports content.

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Here’s all the people behind the Pro Kabaddi League

What is Kabaddi?

Originating from India, kabaddi is played with two teams competing with each other to get higher scores, each having 7 in court players. India, a dominant figure in the sport, has won gold medals at the Asian Games in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010.

The game of kabbadi is one of the oldest games of Indian origin.
To learn more about the history of the game, read this.



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