AARP Heads to Silicon Valley for Innovation@50+ LivePitch Competition

The day has finally come — the AARP Innovation@50+ LivePitch competition! Perhaps you’ve heard of it. If not, let me explain. AARP’s Innovation@50+ LivePitch event, or LivePitch, is a competition for emerging start-ups in the caregiving health technology and financial technology sectors. Over the past five years, almost 30 start-up finalists have raised over $172 million in venture investments and four have been acquired. I’ll be tuning in this week via our live steam and you’re invited to do the …

George Takei Finds Collaboration (and Robots) at the Heart of Boston Tech

Get ready for AARP tech explorer George Takei to be everywhere at once this summer, or at least it may seem that way. This week, for example, he visited The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart to talk about a new documentary: To Be Takei: A Star’s Trek for Life, Liberty and Love, opening in August after playing the film festival circuit. Not only that, Takei continues to use his social media clout to promote Allegiance, a Broadway-bound musical about the Japanese …

Start Me Up: Fund Boomer Entrepreneurs

  So many boomer entrepreneurs these days, so little venture capital interest.  Despite a growing number of boomer entrepreneurs starting up businesses, investors like the very public Vinod Khosla refuse to believe in funding companies started by people over the age of 35. He not only does not seem to recognize the age advantage that older entrepreneurs may have, he seems to get a kick out of letting us know – first from a podium in Bangalore, no less – …

Hey, Entrepreneurs: What’s Your 50+ Strategy?

So many age 50+ customers -yet marketers obsess about youth. So I wonder, being exactly in the age demographic of the prospective buyer of BMWs, what’s up with their marketers? BMW seems on a quest to reach the young through social media. But the actual buyer my age isn’t shopping for cars that way – and today’s young people don’t have the money for that car! Here’s the reality: baby boomers own half of the nation’s wealth. That’s $2.3 trillion. …

Starting a Company at 71: Eugene Spiritus, OMyMeds

Meet Eugene Spiritus. He’s 71, he’s on Twitter, and he’s the cofounder of a brand new startup called OMyMeds. What does OMyMeds do? I’ll let VentureBeat explain… Based in Orange County, Calif., OMyMeds started out when Spiritus became frustrated with the medication management of his ailing mother. She had heart failure, diabetes and emphysema and took 12 different medications daily, with three to four additional drugs on an as-needed basis. He displayed a medicine cabinet on stage, full of her …